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Smart sportswriting for smart readers. No snark, no cheerleader slideshows, no aggregation: Just brainy sports journalism, every day.
Smart sportswriting for smart readers. No snark, no cheerleader slideshows, no aggregation: Just brainy sports journalism, every day.
1,070 backers pledged $55,598 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator William Barnes on October 10, 2012

      Jack, just curious but what level did you pledge at? I pledged to get the ebook but only got the chip clip and the sticker. Chip clip is a chip clip, sticker is whatever and these people just flatly refuse to talk to anyone. I've given up on this but check in every once in a while to see if there's anything new but at this point they've taked the money and I doubt we'll see anything else. Just another one of life's $50.00 lessons I guess!

    2. Creator jack on October 10, 2012

      So if you guys aren't going to be sending me anything besides a chip clip and a sticker, can you at least post an update letting people know that you aren't fulfilling your pledge rewards? It's been over a year now. Pretty shitty way to treat the people who funded your site.

    3. Creator William Barnes on September 3, 2012

      Heard back from Kickstarter and while its technically true that creators are supposed to fulfill of refund, they won't do anything to assist. So basically anything that's been promised by project creator is in their hands and if they choose not to honor, communicate, whatever than that's just the way it is.

    4. Creator William Barnes on August 29, 2012

      You know what's freakin' ironic? Good old Shoals blocked me! Now what exactly did I do wrong here? I sent him regular notes asking where the rewards were. So far it's been a chip clip and a sticker and a website. Exclusive ebook? Nothing. Twitter shout-out (for what it's worth)? Nothing. This is how you define class, integrity.

    5. Creator jack on August 25, 2012

      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."

      -Kickstarter Terms of Use

    6. Creator William Barnes on July 31, 2012

      It's a great site and they should have left it at that. I was a $50 pledger and so far have only received the chip clip and sticker when what I really wanted was the anthology. And since they only have one person doing everything I guess that's not going either. Frustrating.

    7. Creator Cut From Above on July 27, 2012

      When they said exclusive Jacob Weinstein designed hoodie, I figured I'd get something like one of the awesome sports montages that USED to be on this Kickstarter homepage. What I got for my $150 was a Gildan hoodie with a tiiiiiiny little 'the classical' logo over the breast pocket.

      I could have grabbed the image from their website and had a printer make it for me for less than 15 bux.

      what a f*cking joke.

    8. Creator William Barnes on July 19, 2012

      I freakin' give up on Kickstarter. The lack of accountability here is a real shame and The Classical is a great example of that. Updates? Not unless you asre constantly in somebody's ear (sorry Shoals!). Chip clip takes 7 months? No e-book (the reason I backed the project) and no idea when? Yes its a great site and wonderful writing so why is it so hard to let folks know what's going on?

    9. Creator jack on July 18, 2012

      I pledged $25 and was sent the $10 reward.

    10. Creator The Classical on July 7, 2012

      All domestic rewards have been mailed (update coming soon with more info). If you haven't received a mailing from us by mid-July and you're in the US, let us know.

    11. Creator John Erganian on July 5, 2012

      Package came today.

      Anybody that wants to trade their XL sweatshirt for my L, let me know.

      I had totally written off ever receiving anything, but I still read the site religiously, so keep up the good work.

    12. Creator jack on June 3, 2012

      Congrats on 8 months since the last update on this Kickstarter. Here's to another 8. Enjoy the $55k.

    13. Creator jack on May 11, 2012

      UPDATE: still nothing

    14. Creator William Barnes on April 20, 2012

      I'm a persistent emailer and have heard back from Shoals a couple of times. Think it will happen sooner or later but who the heck knows when that will be. I'm a fan of the Golden State Warriors so I'm just looking at this (receiving anything) the same way I look at the Warriors being in the playoffs. And will also never back another Kickstarter project as this is the place where dreams go to die.

    15. Creator jack on March 6, 2012

      Nope. Haven't received anything.

    16. Creator chris outlaw on February 28, 2012

      Has anyone received any of the swag yet?

    17. Creator NW Surf & Snow on September 29, 2011

      Getting the email update that you got funded made my morning. Congratulations and I can't wait to start reading.

    18. Creator spicern on September 29, 2011

      Congrats guys!

    19. Creator jonfolmar on September 22, 2011

      Really pumped.

    20. Creator Nik Marwaha on September 22, 2011

      #1001, dang it I wanted to be number 1000 so bad haha. Now after this is done, who is down to start an Allen Iverson Contract Funding Kickstart?

    21. Creator Patsy on September 19, 2011

      yeaaaah boooiiiieeeeeeeee

    22. Creator The Classical on September 19, 2011

      Thanks, all of you. There will be a more formal note/update to this effect, but... yeah, it is amazing, which is to say that you are all amazing for making it possible. We will do our utmost to deserve the amazing gift(s) you've already given us. I, personally (this is David), will do it by using adjectives.

    23. Creator adam spring on September 18, 2011

      Amazing! I'm so happy for all of you. I can't wait for you all to get started.

    24. Creator Chris Anderson on September 18, 2011

      Congratulations!

    25. Creator James Tyler on September 14, 2011

      Good luck, Classicals!

    26. Creator fflte on September 9, 2011

      the domain is for sale, hope you guys get it (http://theclassical.com/). can't wait for the launch!

    27. Creator Jesse Thorn on September 5, 2011

      This is a modest price to pay for a really remarkable group of talents who will do amazing work. Let's do this!

    28. Creator The Classical on August 31, 2011

      He is way out of our league.

    29. Creator Dave Walk on August 31, 2011

      Just please don't ever post anything by Paul Shirley.

    30. Creator The Classical on August 29, 2011

      Thanks, man! As much as we appreciate donations—and believe me, we really do—people getting the word out is just as important, both for fundraising and for building community here.

      Tim Marchman

    31. Creator Kirk Henderson on August 29, 2011

      Good luck, y'all. Getting this site out to the grassroots will be part of my weekly to-do list.

    32. Creator The Classical on August 28, 2011

      You can always up your pledge and change your choice in incentive accordingly.

    33. Creator Patsy on August 28, 2011

      Does pledging more from the same account create a second, distinct pledge, or would it compound with the first pledge? I need to read Rorty's Pragmatism in NBA Scouting and Statistical Use.

    34. Creator The Classical on August 24, 2011

      Nurse P, it ain't where you're from, it's where you're at.

    35. Creator Nurse Pornstein on August 24, 2011

      How much to make the N+1 addition to the roster go away? I'm listening.

    36. Creator The Classical on August 20, 2011

      Nurse P! Thank you, and we'll do our best. (I'm hoping that a mutual Awl friend of ours is going to write something on David Foster Wallace and tennis, so there may at least be that)

    37. Creator Nurse Pornstein on August 20, 2011

      I hate every sport but tennis; please tailor accordingly. Thanks (and good luck)!!!

    38. Creator sjleonard1 on August 16, 2011

      I look forward to this project changing the ultimate dodgeball world forever.

    39. Creator The Classical on August 16, 2011

      we are in the market for chip clip-needing micro-philanthropists, so we're a good match.

    40. Creator rodger pasieczny on August 16, 2011

      I am in the market for a chip clip.

    41. Creator The Classical on August 16, 2011

      With a contribution of $250, you can demand exactly that story, or anything else you like!

    42. Creator Jeannie Cambria on August 15, 2011

      I'd like to commission a story about Jason Giambi's off season activities throughout the years. thank you.

    43. Creator TheRealKingFish on August 15, 2011

      I'm not sure whether you had me at the Undertaker stalking the Ultimate Warrior or Nick Van Exel's fade/baby high-top.

    44. Creator Peter Swimm on August 15, 2011

      I am all over this like bluejays on the waiver wire.

    45. Creator The Classical on August 15, 2011

      The comments section, redeemed. We may never top this.

    46. Creator Will Creeley on August 15, 2011

      ------------> F1RST1111!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      GO BILLS