We have three main goals here at Hornets247:
1. To spread news and information about the New Orleans Hornets
We want all Hornets’ fans, no matter where they may live, to get the latest and most accurate Hornets-related info as fast as possible. If someone has a question about the team, we want the correct answer available to them on Hornets247. If the information exists elsewhere online, we don’t hesitate to point our visitors in that direction.
2. To provide responsible and in-depth analysis of the New Orleans Hornets
We obsessively follow every move the team makes and share our thoughts frequently on the blog, aiming to deliver fresh and thought-provoking content. We have very high standards for the blog, and as such our writers must consistently prove themselves to be educated, responsible and passionate about the subject.
3. To facilitate mature and intelligent discussion about the New Orleans Hornets
Via the comment forms throughout the site, we give our users a platform to discuss pretty much everything that gets posted here on Hornets247. We expect each comment to add value to the discussion, and we moderate with that in mind. Through our Journals section, we give our registered users a prominent stage where they can write at length about Hornets-related topics and share their thoughts with a large audience. We hold our Journalists (see what we did there?) to high standards and moderate Journal posts accordingly.
Beyond those three things, we just try to have a little fun with all this and not take it too seriously. After all, we are talking about a bunch of grown men running around after a rubber ball. Or is it a leather ball? Hmm… you’d think we’d know that.
Past and Present
Hornets247 was launched by Niall Doherty in 2003, and has undergone several face lifts through the seasons. The current version is 6.0, launched in October, 2010. The system powering the site is a highly customized installation of WordPress.
The four main guys keeping it all running are Niall Doherty, Ryan Schwan, Joe Gerrity and Michael Macnamara. Dariusz Ejkiewicz also helps out plenty with the design stuff, and 42 takes on the news and then some. Read more about these outstanding people by visiting their respective profiles.
Many thanks to Pat Ashe for the logo design, and to George Shinn for getting the whole Hornets franchise started in the first place. That was kind of instrumental to the success of this website.
Praise for Hornets247
You should really be reading Hornets247 every day. They are killing it over there.
[Niall Doherty] and Ryan Schwan are so good at what they do, that most of the time I end up clicking away from their blog following reading a post telling myself that, geez, I get paid for this, and that I need to get my stuff together. Because these guys get it, and most of the time they “get it” far better than most of us paid mugs.
I’ve been remiss in not mentioning Hornets247.com to date. I think it’s a pretty great fan site, written from a statistical perspective, and more often than not, you’re going to find very knowledgeable basketball discussion there. The guys over there debunk all sorts of nonsense… and they just do a solid job in general.