Fear and loathing are for the other 364 days of the year. Today is reserved for thanking the following people:
The club, especially those who volunteer their time to keep it going week by week.
The players and coaching staff who won us a title.
Thanks also to Steve from Broady (stats), Supermercado (security management artefact), Arthur and Nick Vertsonis for sending some great artefacts to put up, Cindy Nitsos (many, many photos), Pavlaki (assorted hilarity), Mark Boric (for lending me his VSF yearbooks), Manny (comics), Skip Fulton for the odd under 20s report and around the grounds bizzo before I lent him to Goal Weekly and the South official site, the Agitator, and of course Kiss of Death for another erratic year of contributions.
People whose match reports I stole details from because me no see very good and stuff.
The Hon. Hugh Delahunty for responding to my letter.
Engel Schmidl and Athas Zafiris at Shoot Farken for publishing my Heavy Sleeper world cup pieces. It was a pleasure doing them.
Anthony Colangelo for letting me have an hour on radio to put
forward my world view, albeit an hour that I had to share with someone
Tom Pollock, for letting me be on his radio documentary, even if Roy Hay managed to get both the first and last word.
The peerless Walter Pless, who took up my offer of doing a write up on his site, explaining South Melbourne's season in the lead up to the South Hobart game.
Also Pave Jusup, Joe Gorman, Chris Egan, Lou Tona, Nicholas Tsiaras, The Saint, Tony Montana, Cuddles, all for various reasons not necessarily related to the blog.
All the new people I met.
All the old faces.
Anyone who gave me and Gains a lift to some place.
Everyone who re-tweeted, left a comment, or sent us something to put up. Your interest in this project ensures not that it survives, but that I try a little harder than I otherwise might.
Anyone who thinks they should be in here but isn't - it's probably my fault.
And especially Ian Syson and Gains.