Understanding BlackandTeal

I checked the latest statistics and we have had over 3,000 different visitors to BlackandTeal this month in August. That is great. We welcome all of you.  So before the season starts I wanted to write a little bit about what you can expect from us here.

The real media likes to throw a barb our way once in awhile saying we aren’t real media. They feel compelled to point that out. They don’t have to, we already know that. BlackandTeal is simply a fan site and nothing more. We are the modern internet version of meeting for drinks at a bar and talking Jaguars. We are here as fans and for fans. I am nothing more than a guy with a ticket and a camera. Zoltan lives in Budapest Hungary. Luke is from the Great White North. You, the readers, are in Iraq, or South Africa, or just down the road. We have a reach that extends worldwide. We are glad to be here for you.

BlackandTeal is not trying to “break” stories or news. We do not have access to the locker room after games nor are we invited to press conferences. We are fine with that. We simply report on what we see and speculate on that. What we want to do is provide good thought provoking dialog about our team. That is where you come in. Your comments provide as much content as we do. We are here to simply start the conversation.

Big Cat Country is a fantastic site with more access than we have. As such, they provide a lot more details than we do. Good for them. I love the site. They do a good job. We try to be different. We try to provide depth in thinking and look for angles on stories not covered by the Times Union, BCC, or other places. As such, we also try to keep the dialog rich and respectful. We don’t like the discourse frequently found on the Jaguar message board. We don’t want to go “down there”.

We believe football is fun and being a fan is fun. We try to keep it at a level where people feel comfortable to read and to comment. When the season starts, we will be at the games. We will post what we see. If we see people messing up, we say it. When we see people performing at a high level, we say it. We root for our team.

The FanBased network has a lot of good writers covering all the teams. We will talk to them and bring you the other side of the story as best we can. You will meet many of them during the year.

So enjoy yourself and join us when you can. We will be here and are waiting to hear from you. We believe the best Jaguar football is yet to be played and are waiting for it to happen.  Thank you to all of you. We are going to have fun this year.

- Terry O’Brien

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  • kjones407

    I had to register after reading this. I love the Jags and I can’t wait to see the improvements they’ve made pay off, it’s going to be exciting to watch. Even if they don’t have the best record, I’m expecting to see a team that is competitive at all times. Nothing else has disappointed me more over the years of being a Jag fan than the teams overall competitiveness. It seemed at times as if they would give up, which at times would be tough to watch. But now I believe those days are over, thanks mostly in part to GM Gene Smith. Not only is he bringing in talented and intelligent football players, but also players that have a love for the game. Once again, it will be exciting to watch because there is only one way for this to go. And lastly, I can’t wait to Vic write that article about all the tickets being sold, I hope it comes sooner than later. I live in Central Florida and it sucked not being able to see those ‘blacked out’ games last year.

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      We are glad you did register and look forward to hearing from you.

  • keithg

    Terry, you guys are doing a good job here. You may not be “media”, but the stories are usually more interesting in perspective than what the mainstream media churns out.

    Blackandteal has quickly become one of those sites I visit multiple times a day in order to get my “Jaguars Fix”, and I hope the visitor stats continue to grow for you guys.

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      Wow, thank you! We are honored.

  • Patrick

    I would say this site is more opinionated and that is not an issue. One that writes about my team from across the globe and another guy at least puts up with my simple minded comments works for me. I only found this site when it was announced that you were taking over here. Then it’s been my “help pass the time at work” website. Football is around the corner.

    I also like how the random article about opposing teams can get their fans really riled up. When I read stuff about the Jags on other site, I come here or to BCC to vent. Not the other team’s website. Keep up the good reading, this is probably the nicest thing I will say here

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      Hey, when the world has you down, just turn that frown around and always walk on the sunny side of the street! (Broadway play Anne)

  • jeremypbs

    I just have to say, I LOVE THIS SITE!!
    I am a huge Jags fan from Jacksonville now living in Tallahassee and can’t always attend everything back home. So I live off this site along with others, (BigCat, Jags.com, FoxSports, etc..)
    I have found that along with BigCat, you guys post the best stuff. I really enjoy when you posted info on the teams we where going to face, (the broncos). I am a big fan of match ups and you guys cover that very well in your posts.
    Thanks for all the readings and I look forward to more in the future and our Jags going all the way this year!


    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      We love you too. But to be fair and open, we will be seeing other people as well.

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    Thanks for the praising words everyone- it mean a lot to us writers.

  • dagjax

    I’ve been reading the site for a little while now, and I really enjoy what you guys are doing here. I’m a huge jags fan and although I don’t agree with every opinion expressed, I do appreciate all the analysis. Thanx for all the hard work for the jaguar fans everywhere!

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      Thank you. We appreciate you being with us and commenting.

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