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Fifty Thousand: A Sure-Fire Way To Pump Up Your B/R Reads

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 10:  The NFL Shield logo is shown on the field before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Atlanta Falcons on December 10, 2006 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Falcons defeated the Bucs 17-6. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Tim McGheeCorrespondent IIINovember 19, 2016

I ask you to indulge me as I write a short piece in celebration of my approach on my 50,000th read on Bleacher Report.

It's really no big deal; over 700 B/R writers have already hit this milestone.

Here I offer advice to those who care to follow it.  I just want to pass on to B/R writers one of the most foolproof ways to reel in the big read numbers.

That is: piss off people.

Last college football season, I was awarded three silver hot read medals while covering West Virginia.  I did this by not making any friends at all.

In one article, I compared the Auburn football team to the Mountaineers' previous week's opponent: the powerhouse East Carolina.  Thousands of proud war eagle worshippers told me in no uncertain terms that I had violated sacred ground: I compared an SEC team to one from Conference USA.

Bleacher Report also awarded me a silver hot comment medal for that article.  I can attest to the fact that Auburn fans love their Tigers.  Had I lived any closer to Alabama, my house would have been TPed repeatedly.

Nice that Auburn extracted real revenge by winning the game.  The game: the final arbiter.

From the Nothing-Is-Off-Limits Department, I received another silver hot read and hot comment medals by attacking my own school.  "Pour Some Sugar On Me" was a discussion of West Virginia football's history of scheduling cream puffs.

Even though I didn't take joy in angering Mountaineers, I felt then and still feel the WVU athletic director could step it up.  Please don't pass that on.

So, now I've been a correspondent covering the Pittsburgh Steelers for three weeks.  I jumped right in there delving into the Ben Roethlisberger situations, essentially calling Roger Goodell a racist and a misogynist.

Big mistake.  Pulled in a few bronzes, but I think I should have used better judgement.  I do have a conscience.

Having been at this for 10 years, I should know better.  Initially, I covered the Steelers for The Football Network, a now-defunct service that was kind enough to get me a 'working press' pass for the 2001 AFC Championship game.

Lessons learned through that experience and my latest pit-bull-isms should combine with my recent upgrades of Seroquel and Abilify by my shrink (I'm not making that up) to make me a better, more diplomatic writer.

Maybe my recent bronze and silver article about rallying behind Big Ben could be a new beginning.

If not, remind me to call the doctor.

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