It kinda snuck up on me, but I realized last night that today is our 5th Birthday!
First, please don’t feel uncomfortable if you didn’t bring a gift… You have plenty of time to bring one later (SUBTLE HINT). For those of you that haven’t been with us all along this site was originally called Razorback Legacy and I first registered the domain five years ago today.
It may be weird in a “Drawing Hands” sort of way, but I’ll attempt to give a short history of this Razorback history site.
It’s been said before, but I truly mean it when I say “I love that helmet” – that’s where everything started. Back in 2004 I began doing a lot of research on the History of the Razorback Football Helmet and found it very difficult to locate pictures that were labeled with actual dates. My quest eventually inspired me to create a historical Razorback Photo archive – RazorbackLegacy.com was born. What began as 8 or 9 hundred photos that I gathered from around the internet eventually grew to over 5,000 photos. Phil (Route66 – among other names from WooPig and Hogville) and Rex of Oinkville / Woopig fame both deserve a lot of the credit for jump starting the photo archive.
Another big influence on our site was SoonerStats.com which exhaustively covers all aspects of Oklahoma Sooner history – It’s what Hog Database wants to be when it grows up. NOTE: hogdb will be growing quickly over the summer so look for that to happen (watch out for unintentional pun) sooner rather than later. Keep checking back.
Another re-design before the 2007 season.
In 2008 I made the tough decision to rename and move my site to Hog Database (www.hogdb.com). A lot of factors went into the decision, but there was a lot of concern at that time about the Athletic Department cracking down on sites that use the “Razorback™ ” name or logo. At the same time I also made the switch to WordPress so I could easily update the front page as improvements are made to the site. Although technically Hog Database is a blog, I definitely don’t consider myself a “Blogger”. Luckily for you though, we have one on staff. When I say “Staff” of course, I mean – an over qualified and unpaid die hard Razorback Fan that loves to write about the Hogs. The best part of it all is that he (SharpTusk) is the best at including the things I love most about football… History and Stats.
The highlight of the fall for me was when Chris Bahn wrote an article about Hog Database on ArkansasSports360.com after the release of the Razorback Research Wizard in November. Give it a read whenever you have a few minutes to kill.
Well, that’s it so far. I have a lot of plans for the upcoming weeks and months and next on my list is posting a complete historical roster going back to 1894 with player stats soon to follow.