Pure hog wash: an introduction
Well, for those of you that don’t know me, my name is Scott Hurrey. I am the Content Manager and a Senior Writer at theHogs.net, one of the top Washington Redskins fan sites on the web. At this point, I’m guessing that most of you reading this, my first blog on the Washington Times Redskins Fan Forum, are thinking, “Whooptie-Doo! Why should we care?” Hopefully by the time I finished this blog, you readers will at least come back to check out my first real blog next week.
Before we get too much farther, let me say that I typically despise reading content written in the first person. It is way too personal, and gives the impression that what is being written is solely opinion. While my blogs will occasionally convey my specific opinion on a specific Redskins topic, I will refrain from this style of writing as often as possible. I hope to present things in an objective manner that will help the reader form his or her own opinion, rather than simply chalking it up to some bonehead’s opinion. That being said, I could think of no way around the dreaded first person approach in a blog designed to talk about myself, as well as the organization I represent.
OK. Sorry for the tangent. Let’s get back to the introductions. First, I have been a writer for theHogs.net since 2004. In that time, I’ve had some amazing things happen to me as it pertains to the Redskins. For starters, I am a big fan of the offensive line in general, and of Jon Jansen of the current Redskins line in particular - my call sign on theHogs.net message boards is JansenFan, if that gives any indication. In any case, my first season as a writer, “Rock” went down with a torn Achilles’ tendon in the Hall of Fame Game, and I was lucky enough to interview Jon for the site.
A few months later, I was honored by the Washington D.C. CBS affiliate as the Friday Fanatic of the week; an honor that landed me an on-air interview for all the world to see. Since then, I’ve interviewed ‘Skins players playing in the defunct NFL-Europe, I was lucky enough to cover the final mini-camp of 2005 as a credentialed member of the media and I hosted a weekly podcast called “The B. Lloyd Show” with former Redskins’ receiver and current Chicago Bear Brandon Lloyd.
If this all sounds a little boastful or pompous, I apologize. I’m not one to try and impress anyone with any of these things. I likely wouldn’t bring them up unless asked if you ever met me in person. In this case, however, I feel like it gives new readers an insight into why I write the things I write and why Rob selected my blog to grace these pages each Wednesday.
On a more personal note, I am happily married and have been so for what will be 15 years in September. My wife and I have two great kids. My son will turn 7 in August and loves sports as much as his dear old dad. At 4 he started playing flag football. Now at the ripe old age of 6, he’s added soccer and tee ball to his resume. His sister will turn 1 at the end of June, and she’s a firecracker. She’s the spitting image of her father, while somehow managing to be one of the cutest kids ever at the same time. Don’t ask me how that can be possible, because it’s a mystery to me as well.
Now, that’s quite enough about me. I’ll answer any questions anyone may have. I can be reached directly at Scott.Hurrey (at) theHogs.net or you can simply post a comment below the blog. I like feedback - the good, the bad, and the ugly - as it all helps me improve the product you see before you. Please, let me know what you think. I promise to do my part and read it as regularly as possible and respond as necessary. For now, I’d like to close out edition 1 of “Pure Hog Wash” by telling you a little about http.http://www.theHogs.net.
Over at THN (as we lovingly like to refer to the site) we pride ourselves in giving our members the best Redskins fan experience on the web. We offer things like the Redskins News Portal (http.http://www.theHogs.net/RedskinsNews), which updates itself every 15 minutes with all the latest Redskins News from across the Internet. We’ve got a page called THN Huddle (http. http://www.thehogs.net/THNHuddle), which does the same every 30 minutes for all non-Redskin-related NFL news. We are working on defining the direction of our podcasts (http. http://www.thehogs.net/redskins-podcasts) for this season, and will hopefully be making an exciting announcement in the coming weeks that will make our podcasts a must-listen for the 2008 season. TheHogs.net also offers one of the most up-to-date salary cap tables (http. http://www.thehogs.net/washington-redskins/salary.php), to which plans are being made to add new features that will advance the functionality and usability of said table. In addition, we have an annual contest called Hognostications (http. http://www.thehogs.net/Hognostications), which pits fans from across the globe in a pick ‘em battle to see who earns the title of Master Hognosticator for the following season. Who knows? Maybe this season we’ll have a prize for the winner besides simple bragging rights.
On that note, I’ll just say that by the time you read this, I’ll be on the links at Twin Shields Golf Club for the annual Caitlin Classic (http. http://www.thehogs.net/content/index.php?id=732). This is a golf tournament near and dear to my heart, as it is held in honor of my cousin Caitlin Hurrey, who was tragically taken from us on Halloween of 1995 at just 9 years of age. The proceeds from this tournament go directly to the Caitlin Marie Hurrey Scholarship Fund (http. http://menc.org/gp/caitlin-merie-hurrey-memorial-scholarship-fund), and while its too late for any of you to play this year, I hope some of you will find the time and money to take part at the next one. It’s a great time and a great cause.