About The Spitter

In 2006, a young, talented, motivated web designer named Jesse Pugh had a vision to marry sports writing and humor, with a presentation unlike anything the web had seen before. And he succeeded. Bugs & Cranks was born later that year, and quickly assimilated itself into the burgeoning world of independent sports blogging.

Over the years, Bugs & Cranks achieved considerable success, with our writers’ work regularly highlighted on the pages of Deadspin, Bleacher Report, CNN’s Extra Mustard and countless other prominent sports sites.

Additionally, many Bugs alumni have gone on to great success in more mainstream media, including Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports, and more. For these select few, Bugs didn’t just pass the time, it started bigger careers.

Now, a decade later, several Bugs & Cranks graduates are set to recapture that initial magic all over again through the site in front of you. We are The Spitter. The names are the same, the focus is the same, and the quality of their work is the same. What’s different is the desire to create something new and exciting that better represents the sports journalism world of 2016 and beyond.

We want to be old school, in that our content will be honest, heartfelt, funny and real — the qualities that made Bugs & Cranks such a success at the start. But we’re also going to be more closely tied into the online community, and the vehicles with which they communicate. We’ll introduce new elements like regular podcasts and video interviews, and will have a much firmer finger on the pulse of social media.

Bottom Line: We’re back, and we can’t wait to recapture the magic once more.


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