Being A Proud Papa Palooza

Hanging with my new old friends, Jon Fucile and Ryan Durling. We all write for BST&N.

I don’t have children, but this may be the closest thing to it.

You give birth to an idea.

It grows.

It crawls.

It walks.

It runs.

It does things that amaze you.

Sunday May 2, 2010 is the first birthday of a dream that became a reality.

Boston Sports Blogapalooza made me feel like a proud papa.

All my hard work paid off.

Proud Papa Palooza, Brades, and Kippah. What a wicked pissah Tri-fecta!

People with similar passions for Boston Sports met for the first time.

They made each other laugh.

They re-lived Savvy’s OT goal versus Philly.

They tried to figure out what was wrong with the Sox.

They talked about the battle between King James and the Celtics.

They tapped their feet to some great music.

Boston Media members like Chris Price embrace the blogging community.

They gave their money to a great cause.

They united as one.

Friends were made.

Business deals were done.

Blogapalooza achieved what it set out to do.

It brought people together. The power of social media at its finest.

I wanted to thank the following in no particular order for helping Boston Sports Blogapalooza become a defining moment in my life. A moment that I will look back, smile, and say, “One door closed and another opened. And what lied through that doorway was simply incredible!”

  • Dean Hybl. The father of the Sports Then and Now family. He gave me the opportunity to untap a passion I never knew I had. My love for sports writing. He let me build Boston Sports Then and Now and make it my own. Hats off to you sir!
  • Ant DeRoche. My friend of 15 years and drummer of the Hootchies. He gave up what little free time he had(because he had a real job) to help me build Blogapalooza from the ground up. Rocko you do indeed rock!
  • My family, my girlfriend and friends. Without you, I wouldn’t have got through my

    My band of brothers. Thanks to my family for supporting me.

    second lay off in six years. You read my website, you believed in my ideas and stories, and dealt with my constant Facebook posts. You were there to roll up your sleeves and lend a helping hand when I needed it. I love you all more than you can imagine.

  • The Bloggers, the fans, Boston Media, the musicians, the sponsors, and partners. Without you, none of this could have been possible. You didn’t know me from the next crazed Bruins fan, but you believed in my idea.  You pushed me. You gave me the confidence not to throw in the towel when hurdles were put in my path. You believed in me and for that I am forever grateful!

I have a real job now and an incredible girlfriend who puts up with my sports blogging and social media obsession.  Love ya baby!

A defining moment of my life.

Things are starting to line up in a good way.

To top it off, I made dozens of new friends.

Damn Life is good.

See you in November(or earlier I hope!) and thanks for getting your BLOG ON!

4 comments on “Being A Proud Papa Palooza”

  1. Kippah says:

    You are inspiring…well a little too inspiring…a friend of mine is coming up with his own idea for a "Get Together"…BRADESAPALOOZA!
    Thanks again for a great time!

    1. joegill88 says:

      Well tell Brades I am going to have Gisellapalooza but only her and I will be there! Clothing optional! Tell Brades I liked cassel more anyways! LOL

  2. Shannon says:

    Joe I had a blast relving Savy's goal with you. When we're old and gray we'll be able to tell our grandchildren we were there. Thanks for introducing me to a roomfull of people who believe in Boston sports like i do. Can't wait for next year!____Shannon

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