June 29, 2009

Wait—I have a blog?

Can't believe it's been two months since my last post.

To anyone who has noticed and not found that a pleasant development, my apologies. And to anyone who noticed and has found it a pleasant development, my apologies for now breaking the silence.

Anyway, it's not like I have missed anything earth-shattering since I gleefully rubbed my cyberhands together over day one the draft. I should probably have posted about the disappointment (if not surprise) of the Redskins then allowing the rest of the draft to pass by without even pretending to get serious about the offensive line ... but then, I've beaten that drum so often the entry might simply have read, "Ibid."

I did consider writing a piece getting out front of the OT Mike Williams story. In it, I would have declared that this behemoth may very well urn out to be the Redskins story of the year. About how I have this sneaking suspicion that come opening day Williams will not only be the starter, but, should he hold up over the course of the season, might just emerge as a Comeback Player of the Year candidate.

Of course, I probably would have couched those pronouncements in enough caveats, to protect myself against ridicule should he blow out a hammy the first day of camp and be relegated to the historical dustbin, to file down any actual teeth the piece might have had.

What can I say—I do that sometimes.

Add to that the unsurprising end of venerable OT Jon Jansen's Redskins career (which has, candidly, effectively been over for a couple of years), and the requisite annual contrived mini-dramas surrounding who did and did not show up for at OTA's, and what Clinton Portis has and has not said and how we said it, and the past two months worth of posts would have been about filling and killing time between the draft and training camp.

Those of you who check the Forum here may already have some idea as to what I have been doing with my internet time instead.

For those who have not and might be interested ... I have been devoting my time, with three partners you will soon meet, building a new Redskins site. What started out as a bit of a lark—building a better Forum for the blog—has evolved into something none of us could have possibly envisioned. Something I dare say those of you as burgundy and gold obsessed as we are may find absolutely … well … you’ll see.

So, while I really do regret the disappearing act, I'm equally hopeful that when we go live with the new site, perhaps as soon as the end of this week, you will understand.

See you soon. Promise.


Burl said...

Glad to see all is well, looking forward to the new site.

Big Redskin Daddy said...

Hail and well-met, Om! Think nothing of the extended absence; while this space ad ES have surely been the worse for it, it obviously has been for some greater good. Besides, it could be worse (psst: MY last piece was April 12. yeah)

You may not know this, but you were the main inspiration for my own blog, and on those occasions when I've actually bothered to seek your advice, a sage and willing mentor as well. I am ashamed that my lack of activity on mhy own space has caused you to drop me from your blogroll, but that will remind me that I must re-dedicate myself to that which I began about that which I fiercely love...for to do anything less belittles and insults our mutual obsession.

Good luck with your site, my friend, and if you can drop me a line when it's up and running. I'd like to be one of the first to walk around your "open house."


Chris said...

Let the good times roll.

Lizkauai said...

Looking forward to the new season!

Mark "Om" Steven said...

Thanks for the comments, ladies and gentlemen. Can't wait to show off the new digs and dive into another season. Good times indeed ...


BRD, you're too kind. Please tell me you're planning to start writing again; I'll add ya back immediately. It's not like I don't know from leaves of absense after all.

HapHaszard said...

Lookding forward to the new site OM, it should be interesting. Build a better mousetrap and people will beat down your door.

Anne The Fan said...

How cool is this? We’re getting a nice new shiny Redskins toy – in the doldrums of July, no less.

Can’t wait to see the new site, guys.

Anonymous said...

Ups and downs of our draft..."Ibid". :-D

As for the new site I'm waiting with baited breath. The only problem is that after cutting down on my MB time, I've discovered that there's actually a [i]world[/i] out there. :) Nonetheless, I'll still make time for anything you're a part of Bro.


Big Redskin Daddy said...

Om -

Indeed I am planning to start writing again. I think I undertook this thing with a vague idea that it would take some effort to overcome writer's block and assorted other ennui from time to time. I did not anticipate it hitting me so soon after a start that was everything I had hoped it would be though.

Just goes to show me that, much like Cher used to say in those old Bally's commercials "if things like this were easy or came in a bottle, everyone would have one." Nothing good is easy; nothing good is free.

I'm gonna keep after it until I get it right, my friend. Thanks for the encouraging words. They mean a lot to me.

Mark "Om" Steven said...

Thanks again for the kind words, all. Got my fingers crossed everything goes smoothly and we can open up this weekend--soft target date is July 4. Pure coincidence, of course.

Jason said...


My name is Jason and I am the founder of SportsSoundOff.net. We are a new blog, but re-established. It had to be shut down because of technical issues. I was wondering if we could exchange links.

Let me know if this is possible.



Mark "Om" Steven said...


Glad to do it. Thanks for reaching out, and I appreciate your adding The Om Field to your links.

Jim Zorn said...

Wow Om, the new site looks like it's really going to be great. Thanks for the screencaps.

One question tho. Shouldn't it be MBO?

Mark "Om" Steven said...

Screencaps, Gracie?

Okay, I'll bite ... MBO?

Rolando said...

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Rolando Mora

HapHaszard said...

Any new projection on when the site will be up?
Enquiring minds want to know.

Mark "Om" Steven said...

Hopefully by the end of the week, Hap.

HapHaszard said...

Thanks Mark, hope its before I leave on vacation.