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You did it.

I have to confess that, when I set about working with Make-A-Wish on the fundraiser for this year’s BN Blogathon, I was a little nervous that we’d be able to meet the minimum goal of $6,000 to sponsor a child’s wish. I know how big of a collective heart this community has, but I also know that, when it comes to fundraisers, that’s a lot of money. When I added on the “extra hour for every extra $1,000 donated” thing, it was more about having a just-in-case built in. I didn’t really think we’d climb quite that high, but I figured I should put something in place in the event that you all shock me.

And you’ve shocked me. In the most delightful, rewarding, heartening way possible.

As of this morning, you’ve donated $12,100 to Make-A-Wish in support of their mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. That means you have now exceeded even the loftiest possible goal I’d even remotely considered when we started this process. You should be very proud to have done something that will mean a very real, and very positive change in peoples’ lives.

You’ve done something else, too: you’ve forced me to blog for 36 hours STRAIGHT at this year’s Trade Deadline. A deal’s a deal …

That means, starting at 5am CT tomorrow morning, and going straight through until 5pm CT on Wednesday, I’ll be here. I’ll be making posts, dropping comments, posting on the Message Board, sending Tweets, posting on Facebook, dropping a podcast episode, and probably going a little nuts (especially in the 2am to 4am range overnight – that’s usually a real treat).

The BN Blogathon is as much of a community event as the fundraiser has been, so your participation is encouraged. So do your own commenting, Message Board posting, Tweeting, Facebooking, etc. The Blogathon’s hash tag is #BNBlogathon, so put it to liberal use.

Let’s have some fun tomorrow (um, and the next day). You’ve earned it.

  • Jim

    Brought to you by Red Bull and Taco Bell. Good luck friend.

    • Mike Taylor (no relation)

      He’ll be blogging from the bathroom if it’s sponsored by Taco Bell.

      • ssckelley

        I am thankful to not have been in the middle of drinking coffee while reading that.

    • Brett

      I actually do have a Red Bull standing at the ready – a special one. The first tease of the Blogathon!

  • Tommy (TC)

    This is so cool. Congrats Brett! Hopefully Crain and Peavy still havent been traded by the time you start!

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  • On The Farm

    “dropping a podcast episode”

    I am pretty excited about this. I wonder if you have a special guest in mind for it? My money is on the cat who made a brief appearance on last weeks episode.

  • Headscratchin

    Ok. I’m confused now by this thread. So Brett is going to eat Taco Bell before the blogathon so he can set on the toilet and drop a Podcast??

    • Kev


  • DarthHater

    I think we need a live video feed for the blogathon, to provide visual proof that you are really at the keyboard and not napping. 😉

    • sprtswiz1


  • cubchymyst

    If I remember, you’ve got from 24 to 30 and now 36 hours. Does that mean next year you’ll go for 42?

  • Polar Bear

    Congrats on raising the money for such a worthy cause!!! Brett, you continue to provide a quality product and I would just like to appreciate you again for all that you do. Keep up the hard work!!! Maybe we should all be working on a care package to send you for the blog-a-thon!!!

  • JR

    Thanks for sponsoring the fundraiser – without your spark this worthwhile event wouldn’t have taken place. You should be very proud of your efforts!

  • Idaho Razorback

    5 pm central on Wednesday. What time does the trade deadline end? I thought it was midnight eastern time.

    • DarthHater

      Yes, but I think having the last 6 hours of the blogathon wrap up at 5 pm, rather than midnight, will be a lot healthier for Bert.

    • Brett

      Ending the Trade Deadline Blogathon six hours before the deadline would probably be a poor decision …

      The deadline is 3pm CT (4pm ET) on the 31.

  • Dan

    I think you are crazy but good luck and congrats

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