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A couple of interesting things happened about ten years ago.

Ten years and one day ago, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection. Some of you may be too young to remember the name Lehman Brothers or why we should care that they went bankrupt. Keeping it brief, Lehman Brothers was a large investment banking firm that over the decade prior to its bankruptcy had become heavily involved in the sub-prime mortgage lending market. When housing prices began to fall, Lehman, which was leveraged up the wazoo to the tune of $40+ of debt for every $1 of assets on its books, took enormous losses which quickly resulted in the unraveling of its business and to this day the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. It was the first domino to fall in what would soon become a global financial meltdown that threatened to topple the entire world banking and credit system. Banks refused to lend to other banks, credit markets seized up, and only extraordinary measures orchestrated by central banks worldwide prevented a global financial collapse the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the Great Depression. What ensued was the Great Recession. This was a dark day indeed in world history.

Not to worry. A brighter day happened just one day later. On September 8, 2008, a little website named Gang Green Nation was born. An obscure blogger referred to as John B, curiously sporting a coonskin cap, wrote the very first article of the SBN Jets blog. Legend has it John wanted to name the site www.WeWantedSapp but was shot down by SBN bureaucrats lacking John’s vision and sense of humor. Eventually the name Gang Green Nation was settled on and the rest, as they say, is history.

According to John, he had been interested in leading the SBN Jets site from the beginning and submitted his application, but others were chosen ahead of him, much to his chagrin. The editors of those predecessor sites were not successful in building a thriving Jets fan community and they moved on to other things, and that’s when SBN reached out to John. In a preview of what would happen when the Jets signed Tim Tebow, most of the visitors in the beginning were Brett Favre fans, as Favre had just signed on as the Jets new franchise QB. Fortunately for Jets fans, John’s staying power far exceeded Favre’s and Tebow’s.

By 2009 the two Davids, Wyatt and Vill, had come aboard, and together with John continued to build something special together. Later, such luminaries as Scott Salmon and GangGreenMag joined the team and the site grew and prospered.

The early days were not so easy for the GGN team. For the first several months John was pretty much holding down the fort by himself. At that time GGN had a couple hundred visitors or so and only two or three members who regularly contributed. But with hard work and dedication Gang Green Nation grew steadily. By 2013, five years in, the site had about 9,000 members and a thriving community commenting daily. Today that number has doubled, to nearly 18,000 members, and discussions regarding such obscure tropics as the scrubs who make up the practice squad can draw well over 500 comments. On a really good day we can draw 100,000 or so visitors to the site. The growth in numbers and stature of the Gang Green Nation community has been an immensely gratifying experience for all of us on the staff. With sites like Sports Illustrated, ESPN and Yahoo! Sports routinely linking to Gang Green Nation and citing our work this website has evolved into what we always knew it could be – the go to site for Jets fans and the best dang Jets site on the internet.

In celebration of 10 years of Gang Green Nation, we the staff are deeply grateful for each and every one of you out there, our loyal readers, who make this site the wonderful community of crazy passionate Jets fans it is. Whether you have been with us from the beginning or just found the site today, whether you lurk from the sidelines or dive right in with your debate, your jokes, your intelligence and passion, you are the difference makers. Without you Gang Green Nation is just a few guys throwing words into the ether, and finding little solace in the shrugs of an indifferent universe. With you, Gang Green Nation is the best informed, most literate, most passionate and most joyful Jets site anywhere, a place to share in our misery and dream our collective dreams, a place to cheer and critique, laugh and commiserate, a place where everyone everywhere in the world is welcome to come and share in the weird and wonderful world of Jets fandom.

Gang Green Nation community and Jets fans everywhere, please join us in celebrating 10 terrific years together. Please take a moment to mark the passage of time and the growth of our community into something we think is kind of special. For those of you so inclined, perhaps you could share a little bit about how you found the site and what this community has meant to you over the years. Thank you so much, all of you, for joining us on our continuing journey. Thanks for the laughs, the insights, the wisdom and the debates, thanks for the memes and the dreams. Thanks for being you, and making us, us. Here’s to ten wonderful years, and to the years together yet to come.