Hey everybody, just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have picked up my first ever Seahawks Cigar Thoughts eBook. The response so far has been fantastic, which is great, since this project means more to me than anything I've undertaken. For those of you who haven't gotten it yet but are interested, here's a quick refresher.
It's a little odd to even call this a book, as it's more of an interactive, multimedia experience that exceeded even my lofty expectations for the project. Ultimately, the Cigar Thoughts Seahawks Retrospective is a journey back through the wild, tumultuous, exhilarating 2015 Seahawks season. On top of being a collection of all the Cigar Thoughts articles from last season (which, by the way, are laid out in a really sharp format thanks to the savants at Gravit Digital), you'll also get:
*Dozens of handwritten notes from an after-the-season perspective
*Original artwork from renowned northwest artist Logan McQuaig from Novato Studio
*Links to highlights
*Clips from the Cigar Thoughts podcast
*Shareable social media quotes
*Instant online access as well as a downloadable version you can take with you on your phone and tablet
*Over 100 pages of content
*And a bunch of other cool features
The entire experience is only $9.95 and will not only put the whole project on all of your devices, it will give you instant online access to all of the content and features as well. I've never seen anything quite like this in sports writing before and it is an absolute honor to attach my name to it. You can pick up the book here:
Something occurred to me as I was going back through the articles. Once a season is done, the way it ends distinctly colors our memories of them. Re-reading these, I found myself yanked back into the whirlwind of the year, re-living moments that had been shuttered by the awkward way the season ended. It was such a neat experience to remember how I felt throughout the season, like how, based on what I wrote, Russell Wilson went from under-performing automaton to world-crushing MVP. Or how Thomas Rawls transitioned from serviceable backup to running back of the future, with a higher ceiling than any RB in Seahawks history. Re-experiencing the fall of Cary Williams, the rise of Doug Baldwin, the perplexity of Jimmy Graham, and the will he / won't he Marshawn Lynch ride reminded me how much I had erased from my memory banks.
I was brought back into the frustration of the first six games, the elation of the miracle playoff win in Minnesota, the teeth-grinding anxiety of the Steelers game, the "this feels right" emotions accompanying the month of blowout victories, and the boastful celebration following the beatdown of the Cardinals. It was an amazing season and I hope y'all enjoy going through it half as much as I did.
More than anything, though I wanted to create something that would mean a lot to you. The Cigar Thoughts readership has become this smart, funny, opinionated community and my favorite thing about writing these posts is getting to interact with y'all and see your responses. This never happens without you and it is my greatest aspiration that you will find this worthy of your time.
Here's a quick intro video that lets you know where we're coming from on this.
And here's a sneak peak of what the layout and content includes:
So there it is, guys. All that's left is for you to check it out and I'd be extremely grateful to get your feedback on it. Onward, upward, and cheers!