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There’s been a lot of site news lately. We have new contributors. We’ll be redesigning the site and have implemented a new commenting platform. We’re the first Lakers blog to be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Okay, that last one isn’t true. Yet. We’re working on it, though.

We’re not done making changes, either. In fact, we want to make more of them. And you could be a part of that. We are looking for new contributors at the site. We want to continue to add to our team and, like the Lakers, are looking to free agency to fill out our roster.

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Site News: More Changes Underway

Darius Soriano —  September 19, 2017 — 

Yesterday we told you that we were bringing on Pete Zayas (writer + video god) and Grant Goldberg (social media jedi) as full time contributors to FB&G. I’m beyond excited to have both in the fold and think their additions will help grow and improve the site over the long term.

That said, staffing aren’t the only types of changes you’re going to see. I just wanted to give you a heads up that in the coming day or so you’ll see a new commenting platform in use here at the site. I hope this transition will be seamless, but whenever technology changes I get a little nervous. So, I’m asking in advance for your patience in understanding as we implement and adjust things at that level. I really appreciate it.

Please know that I understand the value of this community and the fact that commenting at the site and having a discussion among each other is a big part of what makes this site special. I do believe this new commenting platform will be an aid in that, but like all change it will take some getting used to. Again, I ask for your patience and for an open mind.

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Nearly 8 years ago, in January of 2010, I took over Forum Blue & Gold from Kurt Helin. I read that sentence now and still wonder where the time went. Nearly 8 years of coming here, my second home, every day to write, discuss, argue, agree, and just hang out with all of you. And all because of the Lakers. We’ve seen the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows with this team. Day in, day out…here.

If you read that paragraph above and then glanced at the title of this post, maybe you think you’re getting rid of me. You’re probably thinking “like, finally, this dude is leaving”. Sorry suckers, you’re stuck with me for a while longer. In fact, you’re going to get even more of me. Lucky you.

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Honestly, I feel a bit weird about this. I run this site because I love to. I love basketball, love the Lakers, love to talk about them, love to write about them, and love to engage with the community of posters here at FB&G. I would not continue to pour time and resources into the site if I didn’t love it. I would do it for free. In fact, for many years I basically have.

However, I am also realistic. Over the years I have placed ads on the site as you can see right over there on the right hand sidebar. These ads help with things like paying for the hosting of the site, for domain renewals, for league pass to help me watch the team and its opponents, etc, etc. The revenue gained from the ads mostly cover these things. Sometimes they don’t. This is how things go and I am understanding of that. That said, there are things I would like to do with the site. These things require more time and more resources.

I would never turn FB&G into a subscription based site, it should be free and I want it to forever be free. That will never change. Ever. That said, I am reaching out to ask for contributions to help me continue to run the site in the ways I have been and, hopefully, even better. I would like to do a redesign. I would like to work with other artists to produce things that appear in the posts and, maybe, things others might want to buy. Ultimately, I would love to make the site ad free.

If you would like to contribute to help me achieve these goals, I have started a contributions page through Patreon. You can pledge as little as a dollar a month to me to help keep FB&G going and, maybe one day, profitable. Again, I feel weird asking for help this way. But I have determined that it would really help me stress a bit less about the running of the site if I took these steps.

I hope you can and will contribute. But if you won’t or can’t, don’t worry I understand completely. The site will remain here and I will continue to provide you with the best writing and analysis I can. Thanks to all of you for your continued support and engagement here at Forum Blue & Gold.

Darius

I just want to take a moment to offer all of you and yours a happy Thanksgiving from FB&G. The Lakers may not be a very good team right now, but those of you who follow the site and are part of the community, who make this site what it is continue to make the season more enjoyable than it otherwise would be. For that, I am thankful.

Today is a day for family and, it should be noted, that to many of us the Lakers occupy a space in our lives very similar to our actual kin. We invite them into our lives daily, be it through watching the games, following them online, or reading them in print. And while we might not always like how things go, we keep following because we want to see them do well and hope what comes next will be better than what came before it.

This season has not offered much of that, but I am still thankful for it all. And, again, I am thankful for all of you who continue to support me, the site, and the team we all root for. We may not always agree, but we do this together. So, happy Thanksgiving to you all and have a safe and fruitful holiday.

Forum Blue & Gold was founded a little over a decade ago with the intention of being a place where fans could discuss, and the writing would focus on, “on-the-court Laker analysis and information, not the off the court soap opera that dominates the local and national media.”

I’ve no clue if our old buddy Kurt Helin — you might know him from this other little thing he runs now —  thought his “hobby”, as he would often call it, would last this long nor that he would, eventually, pass the reigns on to some random guy who started leaving his thoughts in the comments section of the wonderful space he’d created and cultivated. Yet, here we are.

For a little over five years I have run this site, writing about and talking Lakers with a community of smart, passionate fans who want the best out of the team. We don’t always agree, but that’s part of the fun; part of what makes this site one that I am proud of. The names of the people who visit every day and whose time and effort drives the conversation have changed over that time, but I think the spirit of the venture Kurt started so long ago remains.

And so, today, I do what Kurt did to me nearly seven years ago to me — I am reaching out and asking if you would like to contribute to FB&G.

Maybe you’re a master narrator who can compose a recap for the ages for even the most lopsided blowout. Or you might be a breakdown artist who loves dissecting the X’s & O’s. Or are you a stat geek who wants to take the deep dive into advanced analytics to figure out what’s ailing the Lakers’ offense? Maybe you’re a college hoops junkie who wants to keep us up to speed on the latest prospects? A humorist who can tackle the issues facing the team with gallows humor? Or you could be someone who just wants to add thoughtful observations to our community.

If any of these things sound like you, shoot me an email at darius@forumblueandgold.com with whatever it is you think I need to see (writing samples, links, proposals, references, etc). We hope to bring on multiple people who can add to this place and keep it going for, maybe, another 10 years.

Here at FB&G we remain committed to giving you the best content and analysis as we can. With that in mind, we’re always looking at ways to forge new partnerships that can help us deliver fresh information that can, hopefully, be found useful for everyone who visits this site.

Enter Draftstreet. Draftstreet is a fantasy games site that takes everything you love about Fantasy Sports and lets you play every night in many leagues including money leagues where you get to play fantasy sports for cash prizes. At DraftStreet, you get to choose your sport, draft style, duration, size, and entry fee.

They’re also our new partner. A couple of times a month we’ll work with Draftstreet to provide free access to one of their games — games with cash prizes! for the top finishers – while providing the type of player and team analysis you’ve come to expect from FB&G.

My hope is that this relationship will prove beneficial to everyone while also, you know, being fun in the process. After all, we all love playing armchair GM and this is your chance to do just that while, if proving good enough at it, making some money in the process.

The first game will be this Friday and can be found simply by clicking on this link. We’ll have some good information up for you related to this game soon, but right now you should go to Draftstreet, sign up for an account, and join Friday’s game. Then, come back here in the next day or so and check out our thoughts on some Lakers’ players (and maybe a few other guys) that can help you in the contest. It’s that simple.

FB&G Bracket Challenge

Darius Soriano —  March 19, 2013

Were you looking for another bracket to fill out? If so, you’re in luck!

FB&G has created a group for a March Madness Pick ‘Em contest. All you have to do is go here and enter the password (cake with kwame) and you’re in. DC Kobe 2

This year, the winner will get a fantastic print of Kobe Bryant from artist Dave Choate (pictured on your right). Basically, this is the best prize we’ve ever given away and FB&G thanks Dave (who can follow on twitter here) for generously offering up the print to our winner. You can also purchase the print, which you may just want to do anyway since *you’re likely not beating me in this challenge.

Anyways, join the challenge and get a chance at winning a great piece of Kobe art to hang on your wall. Maybe it’s just me, but that sounds like a no lose situation (accept for the part where *you all lose to me). So, get to it guys and gals.

*Note: I am awful at picking college games. You actually have a very good chance of beating me.