Welcome to the final installment of 2014's CougCenter Player of the Week series. It's been a bit since we last wrote this post, what with the bye week and the lack of qualified candidates following the Arizona State game. We were hoping to have a plethora of players to choose from following a great Apple Cup performance, but that didn't exactly come to fruition. Therefore, we will go in a different direction.
Around the first of every month, Jeff sends the writers the previous month's blog data, which is compiled by the mothership at SB Nation. It's basically a large table full of numbers that tell us how the website did in relation to the other blogs, both in the conference and throughout the SB Nation college network. Among the columns are number of posts, average posts per day, number of comments, fanshots etc. For us, the two most important metrics are "visits" and "uniques." Let me tell you folks, you really made us happy this November.
CougCenter led the Pac-12 in both "visits" and "uniques" for the month. I'm sure it isn't the first time that's happened, but it came in a month where our football team's bowl hopes were officially buried, and our basketball team embarked on what may be its worst season since Paul Graham was at the helm. Through it all, you guys have stayed loyal and involved, and we could not be more grateful. As one of the writers in the email thread (I think it was Preston) remarked, imagine how well we would have done if our team was actually good!
On an even higher note, here is the ranking of the Top 10 SB Nation college network sites for November:
- Florida State
- Ohio State
- Washington State
- Texas A&M
- Oklahoma State
Quick, guess which of those appears out of place. That's right folks, you made CougCenter the third most-visited college website on all of SB Nation. Seeing a ranking like that is what, for me at least (and I imagine the rest of the staff), makes this so much fun to do. If I ever have a chance to meet the eight or nine of you who read the picks column every week, the first round is on me. Additionally, we will do our best to rein in Sherwood and Winters on their completely disrespectful "What the Hell is a..." posts next year, as it is clearly used as bulletin board material for each week's opponent.
Seriously though, thank you one more time for sticking with us throughout another dumpster-worthy season. We may have suffered, but at least we were all able to suffer together. We will keep doing our best to crank out quality content, and we look forward to interacting with you, win or lose. Here's hoping the next year brings more success to our beloved school. Either way, we'll be here to talk and write about it. Go Cougs