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    The Bulls Pen Celebrates 23 Years

    By Brad Meyer | Published 08/31/2022 | USF Fans Site News

    Today marks the beginning of the 24th season of TheBullsPen.com.  It's amazing to me, so I write this post.

    We started up with "TheBullsPen" being the message board for the SouthFloridaBulls.com site.  The site's beginning in 1999 was launched just before the Bulls first game of their third season. 

    SFB was a blast, I started it when I lived in Tampa and could attend USF press conferences, media days, games and host watch parties.  As I moved out west, it became harder to maintain but the message board was booming - and so were the Bulls!  So around 2008, SFB became DOA and The Bulls Pen emerged as it's own entity.

    There have been thousands of fans that have come through the login of The Bulls Pen.  Several fans are still engaged, an entire generation later (note: my kids are 24 and 22, TBP became the middle child).  Others have moved on to create other Bulls  sites or simply disconnected from the site and/or the Bulls.  There was a real shakeout in 2010 with the termination of Jim Leavitt that rocked the program and our membership.

    Still, through the bad times as well as the good times, The Bulls Pen survived and continued in its goal to find, invite and engage other Bulls fans into our online community and build fan support for the Bulls year round.

    I'm very thankful for our robust membership and that the site still plays a role in growing the fan base and facilitating discussion.  

    The members here have been terrific over time, frequently lending their time and money to building the site, supporting the Bulls or even sending students to away games.  Recent membership involvement has seen the site host the Bulls Block Party again, contribute to the IPF and establish a NIL fund for USF student-athletes among other things.

    When The Bulls Pen was too big to remain on a web hosting account, we moved it to a member's server.  In 2007, when that server took a beating we had to upgrade further.  Today we are hosted in a spot that allows for unlimited growth.  Now it's just up to us to grow!

    Thank you all for being members of The Bulls Pen.  It means a lot to see names familiar to me from the days of the Carraba's watch parties or the new names popping up weekly of new fans to our board that want to talk some Bull.

    A toast to The Bulls Pen and it's members! :guinness:

     

     




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    THANK YOU BRAD AND ALL BULL PENNERS !!!

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    Joined the site back in early 2005 - don't post as frequently as many others, but I want to thank you for 17 years of great information, discussion, entertainment, and countless hours of distraction from work (across 5 different jobs)!

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    Although this account shows "2018" ... I joined as JimUSFSig in 2002 -- right before the current logo was announced at an event at University Mall.

    I was far less active for a few years - between lack of time and the general malaise that infested the board, I just didn't come around as much.  It seems the past few years have shaken out some of the "bad element" that soured the site for me, and I am glad to be more active now.

     

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    I joined this page as a 21 year old, 18 years ago. Almost been on here half of my life. **** I am getting old.

    Thanks for the memories Brad.

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    14 minutes ago, flsportsfan83 said:

    I joined this page as a 21 year old, 18 years ago. Almost been on here half of my life. **** I am getting old.

    Thanks for the memories Brad.

    Dang . . . and I am going on 21 years here.

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    Joined here in 2000 (and the earlier iteration of it even earlier) because I had moved to Canada, and this was the only way I could get Bulls information.  Proud to have out-lasted some of the dark-siders and chicken littles that used to make coming here a cringe.  Brad, congratulations! on the longevity of the site, and the direction in which you've taken it.

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    Brad, you should be proud. This is quite a site.  I've learned a lot from coming here and sharing victories and frustrations with fellow Bulls.

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    2 hours ago, flsportsfan83 said:

    I joined this page as a 21 year old, 18 years ago. Almost been on here half of my life. **** I am getting old.

    Thanks for the memories Brad.

    You've growed up before our eyes .....

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    Joined in '06, prior to the first Birmingham Bowl. Still won't forget all the excitement on the board every week during the rise in '07. AP and Coaches Poll threads up and refreshed over and over and over again until the rankings published. Those were fun times.

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