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Eagle Totem 2012 superlatives: naval-gazing

December 30, 2012

As we prepare for the end of 2012, I thought I’d take some time to review the year that was. I’m going to start this mini-series by doing a little naval-gazing, but rest assured, as we go on we’ll look outside also. Let’s start with our internal Eagle Totem superlatives for 2012.

Top content

Far and away the most-viewed post of the year was the spring football depth chart. It was viewed nearly 50% more than the #2 post (2012 football position by position: kick/punt returners).

The most prolific commenter (excluding myself) has been Kenneth Barna, with honorable mention for a very close second to Kenneth Bailey.

My favorite post that I didn’t write (I’m not going to judge my own work) was Jeremy’s Season in Shambles, which had an opening that evoked Pride and Prejudice and is also noteworthy for assigning a name, “Bleak Friday”, to EMU’s disastrous 71-3 loss to Northern Illinois in 2010.

Eagle Totem photo of the year for 2012: Dri Archer scored three touchdowns and piled up 222 all-purposes yards, spoiling EMU's homecoming game.

Dri Archer scored three touchdowns and piled up 222 all-purposes yards, spoiling EMU’s homecoming game. Photo by Kenneth Bailey

My photo of the year is the one at right, of Dri Archer running for a Kent State touchdown. This isn’t quite as much a clear-cut choice as Ken’s 2011 photo of Dominique Sherrer coming up just short of the end zone, but I do think this encapsulates EMU football’s shortcomings in 2012: not strong enough, not fast enough, and not put in a position to win by the coaches.

Coming and going

The #1 way readers came to Eagle Totem in 2012, excluding search engines, was from Facebook, and although I don’t have any way to get any more specific than that, I’m pretty sure most of those came from the unofficial EMU football page.

The #1 search term that brought people here was “eagle totem”, which suggests a lot of people looking for the site. Of people not specifically looking for us, the top search term was “terrence jones”, which is a little odd, since I’ve only ever mentioned him twice (On the recruiting trail: the agony of being EMU Football, Anthony Clemmons decommitment confirmed), each time just in passing, and not at all this year.1 The top relevant incoming search term was “depth chart” in various forms (e.g., “2012 depth chart”, “eastern michigan depth chart”, etc.).

The top pages Eagle Totem readers went out to both had to do with the new football uniforms; #1 was a photograph showing various uniform combinations, and #2 was a photo tweeted by then-recruit Hunter Matt showing the new helmets. The top sites readers went to were Twitter, followed by Hustle Belt.

  1. Since I’m mentioning him here, this will probably drive incoming searches for him into 2013! []
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kenneth Barna permalink
    December 30, 2012 4:52 pm

    Dear cmadler,
    I had no idea that I was the most prolific commenter. I always hope my comments would make others think about what I was saying, and then react with a follow-up comment.
    I really appreciate this board and hope that others find out about it. Many of the topics found here, are thoughtful and provoking, and that\’s what it should be.

  2. Ken permalink
    December 31, 2012 5:21 pm

    This year wasn’t nearly as fun as last year but still it was great to be on the sidelines at the football games. I hope to do a few more basketball games especially as the MAC season kicks in. I also hope to be on the sidelines next year.

  3. Grady permalink
    January 2, 2013 3:17 pm

    This board is the ONLY place to find intelligent, objective and in-depth coverage of EMU sports – great work and continued growth.

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