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One of the most important parts of the coverage here at Bleacher Nation, in my opinion, involves the endless stream of rumors generated by the nature of Major League Baseball. From the Lukewarm Stove to the Obsessive Watches, I can’t help but cover every little rumor that comes the Cubs’ way. And we’re coming up on the busiest, rumoriest time of the year – the weeks leading up to the July 31, non-waiver trade deadline.

I plan to cover those rumors, obsessively, as always.

But now that I’m running this place as a job, I wondered if I might call upon my readers’ good graces to help keep the lights on. I hate the idea of asking for donations, but I had an idea that could combine your desire to get ridiculous amounts of trade rumor coverage and my desire to not have my wife beat me with a frying pan when the site’s expenses outpace its revenues.

So I had an idea: because I hate asking for handouts, and you probably hate giving away money for nothing, what if we came to an understanding?

If you all collectively donate enough to Bleacher Nation to cover the site’s hosting costs, I will blog at the trade deadline for 24 hours straight – no sleep, no breaks, minimum of one post per hour (even if it’s just to tell you how close I am to losing my mind). From 6pm CT on Saturday, July 30 until 6pm CT on Sunday, July 31, I will be here. Constantly.

That is, if you help me out by helping me cover the costs of Bleacher Nation for one year.

At present, our little home here costs about $40 per month to host, so that’s $480 per year. Since your donation would be tied to the direct costs of running the site, I figured you might be a little more willing to give. Mom and pop shops like BN need advertising to survive, but donations help. And if the total donations go over that amount, I’ll consider it salary, and I’ll thank’ya kindly.

So here’s how you donate:


 

Just click there, and throw whatever bones my way you’d care to. And then laugh at me while I slowly go mad on July 30/31. Or do it because you like BN. It’s all appreciated.

Let me know in your donation if you don’t want me to give you a shout as a thanks; otherwise, I plan to sing some praises throughout the month. I’ll keep the amount anonymous, but I want to recognize everyone that donates.

I’ll keep you all updated on how we’re doing. I hope this works, though I’m not sure how excited I am by the prospect of blogging for 24 hours straight. It’s one of those ideas that sounds good on paper, ends with me face down in a pot of coffee. And I don’t drink coffee.

  • MichiganGoat

    Time to have some BN merch, I’d love to purchase a BN window cling or hoodie.

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      BN leopard-print thongs? Er… um… “man slings”?

      • MichiganGoat

        Banana hammock baby!

      • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

        First time hearing “man slings.” Awesome.

        Going to be stealing that!

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        They’re on back-order.

        • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

          I’ll wait.

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Heck ya Ace…count me in!

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      But only on the condition that he remane the site “Keep Aramis” Nation?

      • MichiganGoat

        Now that’s witty! Your in a zone TWC.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, Ramy.

  • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

    I’m in (look for my donation tomorrow), but I want to stipulate that if I donate more than most, and your posts get a little thin at about hour 13, we get an entire post reviewing the effectiveness of the series she-view girls for the last 3 years.

    Actually, that just sounds like a great idea anyway. Especially a top ten list of W-L records for them. I bet the burrito is in the top 5.

    And yes, I’m aware that you recently changed it so that the girls rotated. You can still include the girls from the other teams in the years that the Cubs were constantly represented by… er… what’s her name.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Good stuff, Caleb. And that kind of analysis would be simultaneously exhausting and sexy. I’ll give it some thought.

      Marisa Miller, it was.

      • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

        Oh yeah. She’s pretty hot.

        Speaking of, check out Misa Campo.

  • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

    Can we get more Meta posts? I just like the word ‘meta’.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Flip me some coin and I’ll make it happen…

  • jstraw

    Help you hose the site? Count me in!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      No! Host! No more hoses!

  • EQ

    Look for a big year next season from Big Z.. check this out on his contract status at the end of next season…
    Carlos Zambrano (32) – $19.25MM player option depending on Zambrano’s Cy Young voting placement

    • CubFan Paul

      Big Z is having a good this year, just has bad luck with support ..that option becomes easier to obtain next year cuz all he has to do is finish in the Top 4 voting (this year is top 2)

      • CubFan Paul

        *run support i meant ..totally obtainable next year if we have a good offseason this year & field a winner & not a AAA team like this year (no pun intended)

  • MichiganGoat

    I’m good for a month of support.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      You’re the man, MG.

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      Me, too. Just gotta ask the wife the Paypal password.

      (and now I’ll sheepishly shuffle back to work…)

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Gracias.

  • Ron

    I’m good for a donation, do you drink tea instead of coffee, we’ve got some good stuff at the store?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, Ron, but tea is even worse than coffee. I got me one of those pod coffee-makers recently in the hopes that I could start drinking coffee (baby + long hours (believe it or not) = all kinds of tired). It hasn’t taken yet…

      • hardtop

        This is the first time I’ve heard of someone trying to Start drinking coffee. I have to ask: how the hell did you get through college, let alone law school, without coffee. Like a healthy diet and good study habits and shit? if thats the casse, you may be one of the least messed up Cubs fans I’m aware of. Typically, contracting the Cubs disorder goes hand in hand with additional personal short comings.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Eight hours of sleep, every single night. For me, it was like magic.

          But now, for obvious reasons, eight hours of solid sleep is an almost hilarious memory. Last night I got two hours from 12 to 2, and then a few more from 4 until 7. But I’m not complaining.

          • hardtop

            been ther buddy. coffee good.

          • wax_eagle

            If you are lucky that won’t last a whole lot longer (ours started sleeping through the night at 3 or 4 months). If you aren’t, forget sleep for the next several years (know some folks whose 2 and 3 year olds aren’t sleeping through the night) ….

  • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

    Hey, Ace, if you get enough, can we get you to blog for 48 straight hours?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Absolutely.

      $10,000.

      • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

        Jeez, you’re like some high-class escort. The first hour’s only $480 — and that’s just the drinks! — but $10k for the second hour?! Dang.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Don’t forget to ask about our coupon club!

          • Michigan Goat

            What like go around the world and get a free handy 

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              So what is that hand symbol you keep posting?

              • Michigan Goat

                This one is suppose to be a shocked face, guess these iPad/iPhone icons don’t transfer they came with a app I think they are called Emoji… I’m just not hip enough. Funny thing is they show up on my iPad.

                • Michigan Goat

                  I really wish I could use the one of a gun as I watch this game.

                • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                  I probably need to think about adding a small selection of emoticon buttons to the comments here.

                  • TWC

                    Hey, while you’re adding things to the site, how ’bout we get a forum?

                    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                      You know it’s coming. But it’s gotta be just right. And it will be. Probably.

  • Toosh

    Is anybody else glad Hendry didn’t try to trade for Michael Young? Let’s get a list going of the trades he couldn’t quite pull off. I’ll start. Brian Roberts. Adrian Gonzalez. If he could’ve traded for any of these guys, the Cubs would be in much better shape now.

  • Toosh

    Another stellar outing by Garza.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      He was great last time out.

    • hardtop

      i sense some sarcasm. crazy thing is matt has had some stellar outings as of late. but boy, when he starts to give it up, he turns into a total slut… so to speak. that inning was so disgusting. at least they managed to climb back in it. we’ll see how clutch ramis can be now. with 2 outs in the 8th and el comandante standing on second, and the bastard on the mound throwing extreme heat. 9 times out of 10 he strikes out here.

      • hardtop

        ha, but not this time. nice RBI. i love being wrong. got that ramy16 (or whatever) i was wrong to doubt aramis, im sorry. go ramis.

  • Toosh

    Not sure what his last start has to do with tonight’s.

    • Joe

      Pitchers tend to have good outings if they had a good previous one. He did throw like 114 or 119 pitches last time out, so that might have something to do with it.

  • LondonCub

    Just donated mate. Keep up the good work.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, London. Will do.

  • Greg B

    ok so now this my 2nd post ever just got back from a work trip in austin tx(by the way 6th street is alot of fun)but i think i can help your cause a little bit,just keep speaking your mind and entertaining all of us poor suffering cubs fans!

  • Jim

    Done. September is on me.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      You’re the man, Jim.

  • hardtop

    dude, not fair! i wanted september! i dont want to pay for october… who wants to support a cub blog in a month the cubs arent allowed to play in? so it goes. i cant paypal from work brace, but im on it like a bonnet next time im home.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, HT. We’ll just shut down for October – I don’t think anyone is going to want to be talking about the Cubs in October anyway…

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