Five Years


I’ve never done anything for five years. I’ve never been in a relationship that lasted five years. Growing up I never attended the same school for five years. Aside from my childhood home, I haven’t once lived in the same apartment or house for five years. I haven’t held down the same job for five years. I didn’t live in Chicago for five years. I’ve only been back in New York for three years. College only lasts four years.

Five years ago the sports media landscape was different. The idea of having credentialed access to games wasn’t even a dream, it was a possibility I had never considered. The TrueHoop Network was nothing more than a gleam in Henry Abbott’s eye. The thought that the 48 Minutes of Hell staff — who am I kidding, I never thought this blog would have a staff — would work with ESPN never crossed my mind.

The kind of writing this blog featured was very different. My writing was raw and confused and ebullient. There was no reporting. I was still figuring out what it meant to write about sports, to write about an event that your readership watched with their own two eyes. That’s what makes sports journalism so unique and so dynamic: I’m not telling you how a congressional bill got passed or what caused the market to spike that day. We’re having a conversation about something that we both witnessed, and that forces me to work harder and think more seriously. Five years ago I had yet to learn that lesson.

Five years ago the Spurs were coming off a title, and it seemed as if contention was a luxury we’d be allowed to enjoy for only another season or two. Five years ago I dreamed of one day meeting Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan, whom I had adored ever since they brought San Antonio its first title in 1999, the summer before I started high school.

Five years is a long time for something to last. Before today, I had never really done anything for five years. Now I guess I can say I have, because five years ago today I founded 48 Minutes of Hell.

Thank you to Tim Varner and Andrew McNeill and Matt Tynan and Jesse Blanchard and Scott Sereday and David Menendez Aran and Aaron McGuire and anyone else who has ever taken the time to donate their talent and insight to this blog. Thank you to Matt Moore and J.E. Skeets and Henry Abbott and Kevin Arnovitz and everyone whose support  has been essential to the success of this blog.

Most importantly, thank you for reading. When I started this blog, I never thought anyone would read it. But now that you’re here, I don’t know what we’d do without you.

  • Kirk Henderson

    That’s pretty awesome. Congrats.

  • Fairfax Spurs Fan

    My college lasted five years…

  • lance mc

    congratulations guys

  • senorglory

    This site is fantastic. Consistently a great read. I check it more than daily, on the off chance there’s a fresh post. Congratulations on the milestone, and thanks.

  • Seth

    awesome. congratulations!

  • Aaron McGuire

    Congratulations, Graydon. You’re the man. This site is pretty great, too.

    I promise that I’ll post something someday. SOMEDAYYY.

  • Scorchee

    Thanks for all the great reads man. As a Laker fan, I’ll sneak on here once in a while and see how Spurs fans view their team and the league. (Spurs fans should do the same @ Forum blue and Gold)

    Anywho, We hope you guys make it to the 1 seed.. .and that somehow we can get the 8th!

    Also, I started a free NBA league (think of it like franchise mode in NBA 2k and Fantasy Basketball mixed). It’s free. Here is the link if anyone is interested in joining . You can sign up in the forum, Spurs are still open.

  • andy

    i won’t claim to be the most well read person out there, but i know a good read when i see it, and i’ve always enjoyed coming here for my spurs fix. congratulations and thanks for years of great material.

  • Michael De Leon

    Congrats on five years, Graydon. You guys have done some really great stuff here and I’ve enjoyed being part of the Spurs blogosphere with you guys.

  • NYC

    Great site, guys. Appreciate all you guys do. Seems like this place has been around for much longer than five years.

  • Spurholic Mumbai

    Congratulations on the fifth birthday. Am sure, this is a scenario you would have hardly imagined – a guy in Mumbai, supports a team in San Antonio and reads (daily) a blog named 48 moh!

  • Cmannik

    Living in the Dallas Mavericks hell, it is refreshing to stop by and get info on my Spurs. Keep up the great work.

  • JB

    Love the blog!

  • Nadeem

    Congrats!! Here’s to the next 5 years (with Spurs continuing to contend)!!

  • SAJKinBigD

    Congrats on hitting the “Oh-Five” (to flip a famous phrase from a Little General)! As a Spurs-fan in DFW, I love the perspectives and insights offered here!

  • idahospur

    A lot of people go to college for seven years. Yeah, they’re called doctors.
    Living in Idaho doesn’t offer many opportunities to follow the Spurs, but having this site has been one thing that I can count on.

  • Gomezd

    Whoah, 48 minutes of hell is already a 5 year old? They grow up so quick *wipes proud tear*

  • BigBadBruce

    Congrats on five years. Love the blog, but bring back the Grades!!!!
    -Spurs fan in Munich, Germany

  • J Delgado

    Congratulations! You should be so proud of what you’ve accomplished here, its agreat blog!
    Don’t be so hard on yourself about somethings- I know that feeling =)