Today we continue our look at the top posts here at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls for the year 2013. Thanks to you -- all of our wonderful readers -- we registered over 1.86 million page views, and over 400 new members this year. It's important that you guys and girls all know that YOU make this site what it is, and we thank you for coming by and helping us become a fun place to talk MSU sports. We hope you'll continue to do the same in 2014.
Now, after reviewing our ten through six top posts of 2013 yesterday, let's finish up our countdown with the top five most viewed posts for this year. Take a look:
5. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dak Prescott and his family - November 4, 2013
It's hard enough to be a college athlete: Balancing school and a demanding practice and weights schedule that seemingly leaves you no free time. But when you add to that the loss of a loved one at any time, let alone in the middle of the season, it can really put the weight of the world on a kid. Unfortunately, that is what happened to our own Dak Prescott this year, as Prescott lost his mother to her battle with cancer on the first Sunday of November. While our words fell far short of anything that could truly ease Dak's pain, we offered them up anyways, as support for a young man that was grieving.
4. Sorting the BCS and SEC Bowl Pictures after a Wild Rivalry Weekend - November 30, 2013
While Auburn was certainly the team that benefited the most from the final second of this year's Iron Bowl, our post on the BCS and SEC bowl picture might have run a close second. In the minutes and hours after the game's crazy ending, fans flocked to Google, searching those hot words like "BCS" and "national championship" and "bowl projections." That led many of them to our post on where the SEC stood in the bowl picture. Of course we, like everyone else, had nothing to offer them in the way of accurate predictions of Auburn beating Alabama and the subsequent bowl ramifications, but we're still glad people came by the site nevertheless.
Weddings are always a happy occasion, but when the groom's mother makes the coolest groom's cake ever? Then a wedding is a fun event for even those of us who didn't get invited to the nuptials. This post came to us by way of Tristan Rawson, who got married in April of this year. His mom literally made a replica of Davis Wade Stadium as his groom's cake, and it was an eye-catcher for sure when Tristan posted it to Twitter the following day. We saw it and posted it, and it took off, getting picked up on message boards and blogs all around the country.
Congrats again to Tristan on his wedding, and to his mom for making what surely will stand for a long time as the coolest groom's cake ever.
2. The long road to the first row in right field: the Jimmy Jon Josey story - June 16, 2013
I was hoping that this post would come in at #1 for us this year, but unfortunately the post that did was another that caught ablaze on message boards and social media following the College World Series this summer. Nevertheless, if there was one post that I hoped you read out of all of ours in 2013, it is the story of Jimmy Jon Josey, and how he ended up getting a front row seat to MSU's dramatic game one victory over Oregon State in the College World Series this past summer.
The story all came together as I was passed along Mr. Josey's story by email, and after reading, I thought "man, we've got to share this with MSU fans." We got Mr. Josey's permission, and shortly after lunch we posted it to the site. The response was amazing and beautiful, as fans for the next day and a half shared the story all over MSU's corner of the internet. Even now, six months later, I love reading the story. If you have a few minutes this morning, I would suggest that you do the same.
What can you say about our #1 post of the year other than thank goodness for the power of stupid teenagers and social media. As most State fans know
Well that's it for our countdown. Where there any that didn't make it that you expected to? What was your favorite post of 2013?