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Five years later, BSB still going strong

December 4, 2013, by


It wasn’t until late yesterday that I realized it was December 3rd, so suffice it to say it was a long day. But when I actually realized what day it was, I had one of those “oh crap” moments. It was a good “oh crap” moment, because I realized that the blog turned five years old yesterday. It’s amazing how fast time flies.

It was five years ago yesterday when my good friend Becky told me that I should start a blog. There weren’t many readable blogs at that point (maybe a handful), mostly because hockey wasn’t as popular as the other sports, so I decided to go for it. I reached out to friend of the blog Mike Axisa (of River Ave Blues) for advice on how to get things rolling. He was even kind enough to promote BSB on RAB (hooray three letter acronyms) a few times to get the word out, and to help write here to get the blog moving along.

In those times, I was happy to cross 100 hits per day. If I got a comment on a post I almost wet myself. I remember the first time I crossed 500 hits, and it was when Mike posted the first link to BSB in an RAB open thread. I had a celebratory beverage.

At first it was just me running things, posting at a whim, no goal breakdowns, no real thought out analysis, and way too much love for Petr Prucha. That lasted about two months, and then I started switching to a more formal schedule. Google searches told me that consistency was the key to building a following, so I obliged. Mike told me that posting relevant and well thought out content often was also a necessity, so my approach changed. Less emotions, more objective analysis. Less at-a-whim posting, more concrete scheduling. Two posts per day in the season.

It wasn’t until the 2009-2010 season where I realized I needed help. I brought on Jeremy to help (Jeremy moved in 2011, which made it difficult to watch games, so he voluntarily moved on from BSB). That February, I was taking a ten-day vacation with friends, and needed someone to help fill the void while I was gone. After all, this was a lot of work for Jeremy, and Mike had his RAB responsibilities. Asking them to cover my burden wasn’t fair. It was a snarky Welshman who volunteered, you know him better as Chris.

The three of us continued writing until Jeremy left in February 2011, but luckily Suit reached out to us that April. We were more than happy to bring him on board, and his systems posts have been an invaluable resource for all. Seven months later, after reaching out to Justin a few times to do some post game analysis, we decided to bring him on board full time. I think this one was Suit’s idea, although my memory is hazy. Feel free to take credit for that one Suit.

In 2012, Kevin Baumer reached out to us to contribute on a weekly basis. We were very quick to say yes, all of us being a fan of his work with Blueshirt Bulletin. Just last week, we added Becky. So in five years, we’ve managed to put together a team of six solid writers, seven if you include Jeremy.

Remember those times when we were happy to hit 100 views a day? I remember the first time we hit 1,000, then 5,000, then 10,000. The traffic here has grown by at least 100% each and every year, to the point where we now average roughly 8,000 hits a day, and anything below that is considered a bad day, a weekend, or a holiday. We’ve had a few of those recently, but more wins mean more traffic, so I blame the .500 on-ice product.

You hear that Rangers? Play better so we can have more traffic. Thanks!

It’s been a hell of a five years. From all of us to you, thank you for your continued support. Here’s to another five years.


  1. cnp says:


    • Dave says:

      Been a while since you commented.

      • cnp says:

        I’ve been so damn busy with senior year/interning with the Pirates. Haven’t been able to watch as many games as I would like!!

  2. Chris F says:

    I think you guys deserve a Cup parade to boost things around here. Get it done Blueshirts!

  3. Mikeyyy says:

    You guys rock. It’s the first site I hit in the morning and the last one I hit on the way to bed. So I can have the latest.

    • Dave says:

      And several times during the day, right?

      • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

        I sure do. The work day drags without several hits throughout the day.

        • Chris in MA says:

          Yeah Boston-based NYR fans!

          BSB is a must have. Shortcut on my phone’s home screen right to it!

      • Mikeyyy says:

        But of course. I like the actual analysis you guys do. A class above the best writers

    • Tim B says:

      Same here always the first and last site I visit. I visit BSB 5-10 times a day. Greatest blog and my favorite website.

  4. Walt says:


    Congrats, great job! By far the best blog for Ranger fans, keep up the wonderful work!!!!!

  5. VinceR says:

    I love the thumbs down…me thinks the ghost of Ricky be lingering somewhere.

    Congrats Dave! You run a hell of a blog.

  6. paulronty says:

    Good job even if I don’t always agree with you. Also easiest place to post comments without having to go through Facebook or twitter etc. I love that.

  7. Steff says:

    Congratz guys! Let’s keep it up for another 5(0)!?!


  8. Hatrick Swayze says:

    I stopped reading any other Rangers blogs for the most part. I still visit other sites for more diverse league coverage but my Rangers perusing begins and ends here.

    Not sure if you would even want this, but in my humble opinion you should be the Rangers blog for SB Nation. I’m not sure if its an application process or what the deal is but they get crazy page visits and web traffic for sub par coverage/analysis. Just a whole bunch of “I think” type writing by someone who I peg at a lower hockey IQ than myself. Never learned a thing like I do here.

    Big thumbs up to Suit and Justin’s posts.. for my money, some of the most informative stuff posted up.

    Congrats and Thanks, Dave and Co.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      I, too, stopped reading any other Ranger blog, mostly because there just aren’t any good ones out there.

      SB Nation is a cookie cutter blog, and that one I only visited because it was one of the few to provide content on a semi-regular basis.

      Blue Seat Blogs, well done, and keep it up.

      I look forward to the Ranger Stanley Cup coverage in the near future.

  9. The Suit says:

    Thanks everyone. More to come!

  10. wwpd says:

    and you make it look so easy.

    congrats and thanks guys and gal, cheers to you

  11. Skratz says:

    I started out reading BSB in 2011, then someone turned me on to sportspyder. It took me a while to figure out that other than Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants, the rest was largely drivel. So that’s all I read today, BSB and RR. I don’t comment much, because I’ve been called out for being “irrational” but I wanted to let you know just how much I’ve enjoyed this blog and how much it has enhanced my understanding of hockey. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

  12. Chuck A says:

    High time for your own app, ain’t it?

  13. agentsmith says:

    then i came along and made made dave throw up a few times.

  14. potvin sucks! says:

    Thank you. This is the only Ranger blog I visit daily. Found you about a year ago. Have been a fan ever since. Still don’t quite get the Corsi etc. even though I taught calculus for about 30 years, but that’s not your fault. My ancient mind is just creaking along!
    Best Ranger blog in existence. Thanks Dave and all!
    Ken Jacobs Shandaken,ny and Sarasota,fl.

  15. Bloomer says:

    Thanks BSB for giving Ranger fans a forum to express their opinions on their beloved New York Ranger team. I love the commentary and look forward to more years of arm chair coaching and management. This team will need all the advice they can get, as they begin a new era of mediocrity performance from their overpaid and underachieving hockey players. Cheers.

  16. Tikkanen10 says:

    tip o’ the cap. thanks a lot

  17. Mundo says:

    Fraackin A, keep up the awesome work guys. I rarely post but I visit daily.

  18. Mr. Snrub says:

    Long may it continue.

  19. Ray V says:

    Living in hawaii and having to watch most games around 7PM hawaii time (2AM NY time) I have to stay away from this blog during my day so as to avoid any chance of seeing the score before I watch the game (I have not missed a game in at least 15 years). I do start my morning coffee (2pm NY time by then) with this blog. Always a good start to my day especially when its after a win. We all love our Rangers no matter how much we may criticize our players but its only because we all want so desperately to win. All in all the writing here is well thought out and balanced from all sides of the coin. Keep it up and to another 5 years. THANK YOU

  20. Gary says:

    I am relatively new here. Now have no need to go anywhere else for Rangers stuff. Great job guys and happy birthday!

  21. Tyler says:

    This is the first time I’ve ever commented, although I’ve been following the blog for about three years now. I can’t remember the last time I went a day with out visiting this blog at least once (probably the day after the Devils eliminated the Rangers in the ECF).

    This blog has done more to enhance my understanding of hockey and the Rangers than anything else. Thank you all for your dedication to this blog. You guys (and girls) should really be getting paid for this.

  22. Chris.C says:

    Congrats BSB, thx for every great contribution