True Stats of Huddle History:
I was registered user 812 back in 2004.
Most nights back then there were only 3 registered users online after 2am.
In 2007 a French jagoff hacked the website, took it over for awhile, causing Zod to lose a nights sleep and subsequently ban everyone from France from new membership...a ban that lasts to this day.
In 2006 Sports Illustrated named The Huddle the #1 Panthers fan website.
Zod printed up a few thousand business cards and we used to hand them out to people on the streets in 2004 and in the stadium to get the name out and build up business.
At the end of the day, this website was simply a small business endeavor that panned out.
Zod has been basically a small independent man starting up a website that got me into OTA's and 6 weeks of training camp being able to get the same interviews as other major media sites.
Within 3 years of starting the website, I interviewed players and asked them if they had heard of the huddle and most said they were familiar with it.
At one point that media relationship cracked and I got thrown out of a Panthers practice. The Panthers were very nice and professional about how I got kicked out as well.
Several marriages have happened as a result of this website, and yes, hot chicks do post on message boards.
Many guys have scored with women on this website.
This website gets more website traffic than any other single radio or tv station's website in this market.
Every single year this website keeps growing. This website has constantly had to upgrade capacity.
Jerry Richardson once called Zod asking exactly where the Huddle Tailgate was so he could come out and sign autographs.
Huddle members have given over $20,000 and hundreds of bikes to Panthers toys for tots drive.
Saints fan has shipped hundreds of dollars of fresh seafood to Huddle tailgate before.
At the end of the day, most posters on here are good people and many people here have either been entertained, met good friends, or had good times on this website. Now there are radio ads, TV ads, etc for the site and it was all started just by a small business minded guy who really started it all just as a way to keep up with people from his house.
maybe some others can add things to this history that they can remember.