“Farty Artie gave a party…nobody came.”
That was a posting Tiger made on his site February 27th.
“It’s an old saying. Remember that? That’s kind of how I feel these days. Posts (and hits) have dried up”. I don’t have to remind you of what the consequences could be.”
Eleven days before that, he had posted “Where is Everyone?”. “8 posts in the last 4 days???”
Now, well less than two months later, it has gotten worse. Way worse.
After nearly 20 years, Tigers popular website and posting site “Chalk Talk” has dried up.
Despite Magic City going full force, there are no postings worth noting on the current state of jai alai. Outside of Tigers postings (which I enjoy seeing) on slot revenues, cardroom receipts and the weekly Magic City leaders report), only Bennett had made a kind of a “soft” posting about the Men’s Final 4 having ties to jai-alai since an April Fools posting on Texas Jai-alai.
What has happened? Tiger wants to know.
Literally hundreds of regulars have showy disappeared over the years. But now, its down to literally nothing.
Are people giving up on jai-alai? Or Is there nothing to talk about? Are people mad at Tiger? Or are they mad at some of the people that post on there and tired of getting into arguments or be criticized?
To me, Tigers site was the best thing that happened. When Paul Kubala and Tom DeMint worked effortlessly to get the City of St. Petersburg to approve the construction of America’s first public court in 2007, I announced it on Tigers site. This was before (or about as they were forming) Facebook and other social media avenues were around. Within an hour or two, I was receiving phone calls and emails from the likes of Benny, Daniel, Randy, and Jai-a-Lou. Dozens more came in. Even Joey Redner, the founder of Jai-alai Beer contacted me. The reply board on Tigers site took me days to answer all the questions. Then came TV crews from all the local networks, various sports radio talk show hosts and then huge writeups in the St. Pete Times and the Tampa Tribune. Life literally changed overnight, and it all started with that posting on Tigers site. And it wasn’t on April Fools Days, either.