The next time there’s a world disaster, the BN community might be the best place to turn for aid, because you folks are amazingly generous.

Last week, I offered that I would blog for 30 straight hours at the trade deadline on July 30/31 – no sleep, no breaks, minimum of one post an hour, and a whole lot of commenting and Tweeting – if you donated enough to cover the annual cost of hosting the site ($1440). I posted that offer/request on July 5, in the afternoon, just five and a half days ago. I posted it that far before the trade deadline because I anticipated that it would take a few weeks to get to the goal, if we got there at all. Clearly, I underestimated you guys.

When I totaled things up last night, I had to do a double take. I can’t put into words my level of appreciation, and, frankly, shock at the amount you all graciously donated in just a week (seriously, you can ask The Wife – I was rendered speechless as the process went on, and then again at the end of the totaling). You didn’t just reach the goal – you blew past it. So far, you have all collectively donated just north of $3,000 to the site.

Obviously that far exceeds the hoped-for $1440 in hosting costs, and I am humbled by your generosity. Not only have you helped keep the site going, and lined my fat cat pockets with dolla dolla billz (I kid, but seriously: the returns on this job are quite modest, and you just helped a lot), but you’ve also successfully forced me to blog for 30 straight hours at the trade deadline. I can’t promise that it will be trade-filled, and I can’t promise that I won’t go insane. But I can promise that it will be the most fun you’ve ever had in the history of ever. Times four.

There will be more details in the days leading up to the event.

If you’re still dying to donate to the site and didn’t get a chance before the goal was reached, I’m certainly not going to complain (but I’m not expecting any more donations):


And, for those of you who donated so generously, once again, thank you. That means all of the following supremely awesome people, and others who chose to remain anonymous:

Steve, Dave, Andrew A., Andrew J., Brian R., Andy, Justin, Elijah, Jim, John, Barry, Shawn O., Jeremy, Jonathan, Troy, Jill, Jeff S., Dale, Kevin A., Evan, Jeff M., Jon, Phil, David, Guillaume, Thomas, Kent H., Jason, Andrew R., Matthew, Tim, George, Ryan,  Dylan, Robert G., TC, Daniel, Robert S., Adam, Anthony O., Drew, Tony, Kevin G., Mitchell, Juri, Keith, Travis, Michael K., Adam, Andrew B., Anthony M., Gabriel, Bruce, Benjamin, Michael J.K., Brian A., Ramah, Ronald, Chris, Douglas, Brandon, Kyle, Jason, Robert G., Daniel C., James, Thomas A., Cory, Spence, Michael C., Virginia, Tim, William, Bob, Doug, Rich, Max, Joe, David B., Alexander, Michael H., Andrew C., Anthony P., Barton, Paul, Justin, Kevin B., Shawn H., Thomas A., Andrew P., Tom, Anthony B., Edward, Scott, Cheryl B., Cheryl P., Michael S., Danny, Jack, Daniel A., and Jeremy M.

You all rock to the extreme (and thank you to those of you who included a kind note – I appreciated them all).

Let’s get nuts on July 30/31.

  • Dougy D

    F N A !

  • Shawn H

    Making a donation is a no-braner as far as I am concerned. This is the best Cub info site I have found. Its a one stop shop for information. Like several others have said, its my first stop in the morning and last in the evening. If you made it a pay site it would be well worth it, IMO.

    Brett and Luke, you do a great job. You guys are the cat’s pajamas.

    • Brett

      Thanks, Shawn.

    • Jack Weiland

      Yep, 100% agreed. Didn’t even consider not donating. I would gladly pay the modest sum I sent in for the privilege of reading this site every day. As far as I’m concerned the ROI on this is immense, and entirely in my favor. This is where I come to be with Cubs fans who are just like myself.

      Keep up the good work guys. I have to say I feel somewhat sorry that you’ll be subjected to 30 consecutive hours of Cubs, but I’m looking forward to it in a Schadenfreude kind of way. Cheers!

      • Brett

        Gracias, Jack.

  • JoeyCollins

    Missed the first couple of posts about the 30 hour blog marathon while on a camping trip with the inlaws. Apparently sneaking off from family events to find Internet accesses so you can check a cubs info site, while the cubs are in last place, does not go over well with the family. But I do love this site and I’m really glad I found it this year, it has made this season as a cubs fan bareable. I was glad to donate even after the fact, keep up the good work guys.

    • Brett

      Thanks, JC.

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