It’s with great excitement that we announce a new collaborative association between Football Zebras and Quirky Research.
“This is a fantastic partnership for our sites and for our audiences,” says Ben Austro, the founder and editor-in-chief of Football Zebras. “All too often we are asked ‘When was the last time…?’ or ‘Has there ever been…?’ and only sometimes we have an answer.”
“I’ve been writing Quirky Research since 2006,” says its founder and editor, Jeremy Snyder. “I originally started the site as an outlet for historical sports lists that I couldn’t find anywhere else, such as every fair catch kick or every left-hander who ever played third base, and later branched out into other things.”
The New York Times succinctly described Quirky Research as “a blog whose name is self-explanatory.”
“The site — and its related YouTube channel — was always been an individual part-time labor of love,” said Snyder. “The upside was that almost anyone reading or watching the site went looking for something specific and is happy to find it, or was on my weird wavelength and chose to subscribe; the downside was that a lot of interesting stuff went unnoticed.”
Now at a new domain and with a brand-new Twitter handle, Quirky Research is poised to expand. There will be the ability for cross-posting and sharing information and resources between both sites. Austro says, “we can now take our popular Twitter feed and use it to promote these curiosities and pieces of football ephemera to a wider audience. In return, there is great content and historical perspective to support the work we do.”
“My worry is that Quirky Research will quickly surpass Football Zebras in popularity,” said Austro. “And that’s not a bad thing to worry about.”