Welcome To PFT

For our very first item on the brand new PFT, we need to welcome all of the folks who have found their way here via NBCSports.com and msnbc.com, and who are wondering precisely what in the hell this is.

(As to those of you who already know, it’s a lot easier to scroll past this story than it is to piss and moan about it.  But we know from experience that some of you will opt to piss and/or moan.)

Though we’ve been around for more than seven and a half years, plenty of football fans don’t know about ProFootballTalk.com.

It’s one of the consequences of being too cheap to advertise.

But now we don’t have to advertise.  We’ve officially joined forces with NBC Sports, and we’ve managed to stick them with that specific bill, along with a few others.

So here’s what we do. 

We follow the NFL on a continuous basis.  Every day.  Without a break.  

Because I never take vacations, I never get sick, and I don’t celebrate any major holidays.  (Except Festivus.)

Besides, we enjoy following the NFL on a continuous, daily, and relentless basis.  And in so doing we track down the stories that other media outlets are reporting, we explain what the developments mean, and we break our fair share of news items.

The end result is a real-time glimpse of all of the latest happenings in the NFL, the only sport we watch (except for hockey playoffs as long as the Penguins are still alive) — and without question the greatest sport on the planet.

So welcome to what we call PFT Planet, the best way to keep up with said greatest sport on the planet.

Not just on Sundays in the fall, but on every single day of the year.  Including all major holidays.

141 responses to “Welcome To PFT

  1. Also, though he’s too shy to admit it, Florio lives in his basement with no pants.

  2. You forgot to mention how you are at times over-zealous and have never played tackle football in your life.

  3. Florio,
    You mean to tell me I hadn’t made 200 posts??
    What’d you have Aaron Wilson do the “comment count”?
    anyways,
    Congrats on the sponsorship, I’ve read this blog for at least 3 or 4 years now…and turned a lot of people onto it…great work

  4. You mean we’re going to have to put up with pop-ups now?
    How long till NBC fires Florio and puts Matt Millen in charge? He’d at least have SOME football knowledge.

  5. Good to be here. Doesn’t look to be as “Corporate” as I anticipated. Keep up the good work. Stick to your guns and keep sticking it to the establishment. I sound like a damn hippy. Speaking of which, I just had a vision of Florio in tie-dye smoking a doob with Willie Nelson and laughed out loud. Taco Bill get on that!!!

  6. Any of the rest of you old timers need to re-register? I was told the link in my email “timed out”. Sooooo, new website, but still lots of tech problems. Florio was right. Nothing changed.

  7. Florio, I must admit I love the new layout. I also must admit that I don’t feel like I have my secret little website anymore. Congratulations and good luck!

  8. man did I hate those pop up ads every time you accidentally scrolled over a word that was underlined with a dotted line.
    As long as those are gone forever, then this site looks great!

  9. I have to say I am a fan of the new site. Also I’m glad you’re letting other writers develop a voice on this site. Profootballtalk has grown quite a bit from only a few years ago.

  10. Way to go Florio! I have been anonymously reading your site for a year now, but had to let you know how much I like the look of the new site. Best of luck to you!

  11. Mike–
    Many, many, many congrats. I’ve been reading daily (/hourly/minutely) almost all of those years; you’ve been nothing less than the best at what you do all along–report, analyze, opine, praise, and gripe–and with transparency, accuracy, and a big old dose of funny. May you continue to do so, and may you love the hell out of it.
    I know my poor F5 button will never forgive you, though.
    Long live PFT!
    Peace
    Ty @ The Lions in Winter

  12. Welcome to the 21st century. My cell phone had better specs than your last server.
    Savvis is a great host and very well peered. Your new hardware is more like a fleet of Bentleys not caddies.

  13. florio
    you suck
    (congrats dude, site actually looks nice and you didn’t lose your soul)
    you still suck

  14. Hello PFT!
    Welcome to my very own Network. Say what you want, as long as you worship me! NBC is cool. They say whatever I want them to!
    Heil!
    Comrade Obama

  15. So now that you’re on NBC Florio, how long before you’re a guest on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. I’m guessing probably about the same time he brings back the masturbating bear.

  16. Holy crap! This site actually looks professional!
    I had to reenter the web address to make sure I was in the right place.
    Don’t let it go to your head.

  17. Nice job guys!
    So when I post comments, do any replies automatically get sent to me, or do I need to opt in?

  18. Nice now the we have links to other sports…..
    Congrats…been a faithful reader for while….keep up the quailtiy work….
    bubba

  19. FIRE MILLEN.
    Login system seems a bit screwy. Had to login about five times before the beloved “vent a reply” box opened up.

  20. Whoa whoa whoa! I don’t believe TURD was in Carlin’s list. If you can’t get by with TURD why not make it the “Brown Trout Report” for now on?? Or is it still here actually and just covered over with some TP… thus, not so obvious.

  21. I’m digging it, Florio. Sharp new digs. I do, however, think I’ll really miss the articles being centered on the page. Text just read better that way, but now NBC has put you in the same duds as everyone else with their left justification. Center it up chief!

  22. You need to advertise the Twitter account, Florio. Let the noobs have the whole package.

  23. hey,you think nbc would hook pft up with one of those print size adjusters?
    I’m to lazy to do it myself…. 🙂

  24. The comment rating system really makes this whole bunch of BS more interesting. Please bring it back.

  25. Nice florio. I’ll still be here every day. Numerous times. Except when my boss is around.

  26. I love the new layout, a lot cleaner without all the ad clutter. The site loads a lot faster in my browser as well.
    Bonus.
    It’d be great if you had a photo with every post like you do with the latest one. It makes breaks up the text just enough and looks really clean.
    Good luck and fair winds, but at the first sign of PFT sellout I’m gone.

  27. Can’t say Turd Watch any more? How about:
    S&^%, P#@$, F&%&, C*&^, C*&^%(#@$%, M(*#&$^%$#^&, and T^%*? Just testing…thank you. (God bless you George!)
    Panicked when I couldn’t find my PFTMobile. Will test it out tomorrow. Nice look on the site!!

  28. Don’t go too corporate on us. Remember your roots and what made you what you are. There is no show more stodgy and boring as your new sponsor’s Football Night in America. Maybe you can convince Costas to drop and F-bomb or two, or do a turd watch segment.

  29. Best football site ever. i’m drunk as hell right now tryin to type this. GO BUCS!

  30. Dear Mike,
    Even though you’ve gone big time now, don’t forget to just be yourself.
    Hugs,
    T.O.

  31. Now I won’t be able to spread rumors without people knowing since you became a sellout to NBC. Thanks.
    P.S – Insert the ratings system!

  32. anybody have any idea where can I get the link for PFT’s news feed ? I cannot seem to find it on the homepage at least.

  33. Your faithful will follow you here and continue hitting F5, F5, F5 all day every day. Keep in mind, WE know the “real” you and are entitled to call you Florio (without the Mr.) — among other things.

  34. First, Thankfully the comment rating system is gone!
    Second, Did someone, other than you, at NBC write that introduction?
    Third, the Penguins su…should’ve lost to Detroit.
    Last, I was kinda hoping for a pic of the day to welcome everyone.

  35. You mean your typical East Coast Bias will continue 24/7? Damn, I’m looking forward to that.
    js

  36. Florio, you son of a b!tch. You did it, it looks great. I can’t believe W. Virgina greatest son made it to the bigtime without having having to shave or change out of the clothes he slept in. Keep up the good work.

  37. Hey Florio, are you selling “Advertising Space” on the new PFT Gear also? lol A little Peacock on the left shoulder of all your shirts?

  38. I got the movable type account email yesterday, thought I was good to go. Had to re-register. Glad Vox didn’t squat on me.
    As someone else mentioned, need to get the ratings back.

  39. Just to set the record straight for all the newcomers to PFT:
    1. Florio is a closet Steelers fan.
    2. Florio hates the Steelers.
    Now, with that out of the way, GO STEELERS!

  40. The new PFT is great. The only thing lacking are about 75 more Brett Favre stories!!! HAHAHA!!!

  41. ROFL! Southernboi727…
    GO BUCS??
    I’d have never guessed in a million years that you were drunk typing that. Just remember this.. when you’re watching TB play against New England, in Wembley, I’ll be there. Keep your eyes open ok? I’ll be the one giving you a double dose of the one finger gesture.

  42. You may want to enlighten noobies about your Bradshaw story and of your shrieking hysteria when Holmes caught THE touchdown against your squad. ( BAD CALL! BAD CALL! Oh, How could he reverse that!?! He wasn’t in the end zone! Waaaaa!) LMAO.

  43. “But we know from experience that some of you will opt to piss and/or moan.”
    Wow, I’d never tried both at the same time, but I must say, it was strangely satisfying.

  44. The Penguins suck.
    But you are on the right network for exploring their lower intestinal cavities with fervor. Every sports personality at NBC has his man-crush for Crosby.
    …now back to football.

  45. My one criticism is that you allowed the site to be hosted on a “nbcsports.com” domain. Links, ads,…fine. But seeing that domain name up there gives me corporate crawlies.
    You are an attorney Mike, convince them. Go back! Go back! Go back! Present only your old domain.

  46. Hey….
    I know all these guys. Site looks good, enough of the old to be comforting and enough of the new to be swoopy.

  47. I guess I didn’t have 200 comments.
    Not having pagination on the comments is going to lead to some lo-o-o-ng pages around here. It’s going to be tough to pick up a conversation where it left off. Getting the ratings back would be great, but on the bright side we won’t have to worry about all the yinzers putting 1’s on everything that isn’t glowing praise for the squealers.
    Welcome to the big time, Florio. I hope it turns out better than the anal-probe you got when you were abducted by the mothership in Bristol all those years ago.

  48. Nice site besides the fact that it didn’t realize I had registered and logged in. When I was redirected back to the page to leave a comment, I still got the “You better login” stuff. I had to refresh the page just to get the form. You’d think NBC’s web dev crew would code that better.

  49. The new layout looks good Mike. A few bugs here and there, like having to register again and sign in like twenty times, but all in all it’s all good.
    Welcome to all the FNG’s making their first visit. Now you’ll have to work late to make up all the time you’re going to spend here.

  50. welcome to the “new” PFT. Congrats on the gig Florio, Now get back to work and get us some news that doesnt include Vick, Favre or…Charlie Batch? Work Slave Work!

  51. Maybe make the stories a little wider? Seems like the lines are too compressed to me. A little uncomfortable.

  52. Where’s the page breaks for comments?
    Where’s the comment ratings?
    Left justified everything??

  53. Congrats Floreo,
    Did NBC give you an office right next to Tiki
    or are you still working out of your basement?

  54. It doesn’t suck as bad as I thought it would, although I miss the old no-nonsense style.
    I’m betting NBC turns it into a script ridden , slow loading , flashing, blinking, noisy, ad laden slug of a page eventually though.
    It’s how they roll.

  55. For all of the new PFT readers:
    Florio loves to be beat up on, even though he won’t admit it.
    gameday and taintedtrophies are the same guy/girl so don’t think you’re getting ganged up on if you’re a Pats fan…he/she is just lonely don’t take it personally.
    Vox Veritas now admits the Cowboys suck no matter how much he’ll deny it now.
    Pats fans and Steelers fans love to throw at one another, but don’t worry the Pats fans mean it as tounge and cheek (I’m not so sure about the Steelers fans though so be careful).
    Lastly, if you start to feel dirty, it’s OK that’s just the PFT kool aid setting in…

  56. I love the new look. But as PTG said, might want to get comment ratings and pagination back.
    Especially the comment ratings. I loved seeing “5/5 with 25 ratings” next to nearly all of my brilliant comments.
    By the way, the saving of my user name didn’t work for shit. I had to re-register anyway. I spent all day yesterday trying to login and it refused to take my password. Luckily, no one squatted on my screenname.

  57. It’s just me and my 199 post……. I mean my 2nd post.
    So far so good Florio (Korn)holio


  58. Hey Florio…how come we can’t rate the comments?
    I like being able to let people know if i think something is funny, and that vox veritas is a scumbag for being a cowboys fan.

  59. So how how am I supposed to know where to “bang it” now? It needs to be banged!!

  60. Piss AND moan. I registered yesterday, and when I came back today, the site had no record of my account. Bring back the hamster!

  61. Congrats Flo!
    You’re doing well. Something to be very proud of!
    formerly the Messiah

  62. Nice looking site so far, Florio. A few tweaks here or there and you’re in business.
    When you decide to write the sequel to QBF, give the folks at NBC Sports a heads up. They’re starting to polish this thing up a bit; maybe they could help the book, too?

  63. I agree with alot of the commentors… where is the rating system? Please bring it back so I can rate Slow Joe a 5.

  64. WHOA! All the old comments on all the old posts are gone?!?! That SUCKS! There have been some classic comments on this website! Please tell me that they’ll be re-uploaded. PLEASE!

  65. at least we wont have to deal with Florios lame ass network guys anymore.
    >>>>Slow Joe says:
    WHOA! All the old comments on all the old posts are gone?!?! That SUCKS! There have been some classic comments on this website! Please tell me that they’ll be re-uploaded. PLEASE!
    yeah especially those circa spygate

  66. Chiefs have access to daily comments about the team at bobgretz.com. Gretz was a beat reporter for the Kansas City Star after doing similar in Pittsburgh.
    His daily output is chock full of solid reporting and good information which, given the CIA-like attitude about publicity so far displayed by the Scott Pioli/Tod Haley regime, is remarkable.
    Are there a lot of similar sites available to NFL fans who find themselves starved for reading material in what now seems like an endless off-season?

  67. @Florio
    “# Vox Veritas says: July 1, 2009 9:56 AM
    E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!!”
    Looks like someone squatted on that name.
    I’m glad I got to keep mine, but the e-mail I got yesterday didn’t work, I had to re-register this morning.

  68. Hey Florio,
    How long are you going to sleep with the Peacock?
    Just wondering when I’ll have to re-register ….. again.

  69. Congratulations!
    However, you can’t keep calling yourself “profootballtalk.com” since you are now profootballtalk.NBCSPORTS.com.
    Hey… we all have a price.

  70. To the A Hole that stole my username: You better hope I don’t find you! Eagles suck, Cowboys rule. The new and improved Vox Veritas 2.0 has arrived!

  71. I viewed the new format
    and what I saw was good.
    Florio has a big head
    –first haiku ever

  72. “Because I never take vacations, I never get sick, and I don’t celebrate any major holidays. (Except Festivus.)”
    QUESTION: If we were to call your customer service, would we be put on hold forever, now that you’re “one of the big guys”?

  73. I like the new digs Florio but I think the mobile version really needs some work. The site’s background, print, and borders are all in black and, YES, for you Auqua Teen Hunger Force Fans it is the mantra of “The Drizzle”.
    Other than the mobile issues on my Palm, which is an issue within itself, the site is looking classy. 🙂

  74. I like the clean, harmonized, compartmentalized new PTL Planet web page. I find the black framing a nice complement to screen’s overall layout. Boy, I wish the Cardinals would add more black to their away uniforms.

  75. This isn’t going to lead to new stooges coming on and just looking for ridiculous arguments is it?
    Who am I kidding.

  76. Lol, they won’t let my comment through about using mozilla and noad/noscript plugins to cut through NBC’s crap popups… Nice one Florio!

  77. Cool, does this mean Costas will be available for periodic live chats?
    Maybe during the Christmas parade, PFT Planet can have a float. Hell, maybe Florio can do one of those “The More You Know” PSL’s. NBC, baby!

  78. The mobile version of this site stinks. Too many clicks. You coont just go to the rumor mill and read all of the news, you have to click on each individual story. How is that better?

  79. I just stumbled onto the site not knowing it was only the 2nd day as a “new” site. I don’t know what it was before July 1, but I love what you have here now. LOTS of great info.

  80. Are you ever going to get around to posting the rest of PFT’s biggest moments? Seems like the slow time might be a good time to finish what you started Florio

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