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NEW FEATURE: Archived Private Messages
Friday, November 13, 2020
Posted by jaygross
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We introduced a private message system more than 15 years ago and our members have sent millions of messages to one another.

I was reading a message board post from this past July from wahoo2719 posted the following:

I wish there was a way to do this with private messages as well. I don't like to delete the old ones, just so I can remember who I've dealt with in the past, but I wish I could unclutter my active mailbox by moving older stuff into an archive folder.

I thought this is a great idea and something that bothered me. So early this morning I added this feature to the site:

On the left side, there is a link (highlighted in white) for "Archived Items". You can move items between your Inbox and Archive.

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Server Upgrades for SportsCollectors.Net
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Posted by jaygross
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SportsCollectors.Net has been consistently growing... And in order to support some of the new features I have been working on behind the scenes, we needed to make some fairly significant server upgrades.

Some of the highlights:
  • more RAM
  • faster CPUs
  • better network (more data transfer)
  • faster storage
  • new (more reliable) DNS provider

In order to accommodate the cutover to new hardware, we had a 40 minute maintenance window this morning (from 1:55-2:35AM EST) where the site was inaccessible. Efforts were made to keep downtime as short as possible - backing up, moving, restoring, and validating all of the latest data took most of that time. This is by far the smoothest migration I have executed in 20+ years of running this site. We appreciate the patience for anyone who was impacted during that window.

Just in case anyone is worried, we are not going to change the price for our premium subscription and we are still planning to keep features from our basic members. The premium package has been a really great value at $14.99 for the past 15 years and I have no plans to change that. I'm picking up the added expenses as part of my contribution to our fun hobby - you guys deserve it.

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RIP to my favorite wrestler
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Posted by jaygross
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I haven't shared my 80's wrestling fandom here nearly enough. I was a huge fan growing up in the early to mid 1980's - watching all of the AWA, NWA, WCCW, and WWF I could (including staying up super late). Before the pay per views and Wrestlemanias, here were great WWF events at Madison Square Garden every month or two and I would get to watch them on the MSG network living in NJ.

The Road Warriors (with their manager Precious Paul Ellering) are my all time favorite tag team!!! And Joe Laurinaitis (AKA Animal) was my all time favorite wrestler. Yesterday Animal passed away at the age of 60. 2020 has been a tough year on so many levels, and we have recently lost so many great folks and athletes (NFL great Gale Sayers also passed away yesterday).

If you are not a wrestling fan and you follow college or NFL football, then you may recognize the last name Laurinaitis. His son James played linebacker for Ohio State and played 8 years for the Rams and Saints.

The Road Warriors were by far the most successful tag team in wrestling history. They held championships in every major organization. They were one of the few teams that fans absolutely loved whether they were heroes or bad guys. And they certainly had a unique look - two huge guys, wore leather and spiked shoulder pads, they were the first to paint their faces, and Animal had a mohawk and Hawk had the reverse mohawk. And they did so many great promos how they were going to beat everyone up.

I remember first seeing them around 1984 or 1985 in the AWA (out of Minnestoa). I remember how terrifying they were when they came flying into the ring in face paint to Black Sabbath's Iron Man for squash matches and their opponents looked genuinely terrified. Those matches usually lasted less than 2 minutes. Below is some highlights of their AWA days:

They were part of so many great matches and story lines in the NWA:

  • It was awesome when they won the first Crockett Cup tournament.

  • I think my favorite rivalry was with the Powers of Pain who were basically Road Warriors rip offs (Barbarian and Warlord). Here was the bench press challenge where these 4 huge guys were lifting, and it broke down with Animal getting attacked:

  • The scaffold match with the Midnight Express (Dennis Condry and Bobby Eaton) where Jim Cornette fell 20 feet and blew out both of his knees was also pretty incredible.

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