I originally built the site for some friends and myself. We were struggling with a way of organizing all the jersey info that we wanted to be able to quickly recall. The site in its state that it was in wasn't too terrible to manage. I had already put in most of the hard work of creating so much content for it after spending hours and hours researching. Most of the actual work was done by me in the end I suppose, but I had a lot of help along the way as well...particularly from a good friend of mine (hey Tim!) who made it fun and kept me going. The site would never have gotten that far without him and definitely many others as well.
There were two reasons it got deleted...neither of which were because I didn't want a site. I really wanted to keep it going. The first reason I deleted it was I wanted to make it better. I have pretty high standards for projects like that, and I felt it was in need of a makeover with more content. The vision was ultimately an entire history of Sioux hockey, not just jersey-related. The second big reason I deleted it was because the site was built using Flash. It was great to get the site off the ground, but was limited in its future. Apple was dropping support for all flash websites, and flash has slowly been dying, or is dead already. I was ready to rebuild in HTML5 and integrate all the cool new information that I wanted to incorporate to flesh out the idea of making it all-encompassing Fighting Sioux hockey history. But, I was struggling to really get motivated to do it. One day, in hopes of inspiring me to rebuild, I just decided to delete it. That was that. I may have tinkered for a bit to get it going again the way I wanted, but ultimately ran out of desire.
In the end, things like family, career, and getting burnt out of Sioux hockey jerseys all are some reasons I haven't gone back. Despite all the people who fondly remember the site, I remember seeing the analytics, and outside of the tournament held to determine the best Sioux jersey of all-time, the views didn't justify the work (the site never had an ad and I never made a penny from it....I covered all expenses from day 1). Then, in the end, having done so much work recreating old logos and artwork, only to have it end up on mass-produced, counterfeit, Chinese junk, I really don't think you'll see it again.
I'll always look back on the project fondly. I learned a lot, made a lot of fun friends, and had some great opportunities like working endlessly on the REA Jersey Hall for virtually no pay. I still have [almost] all of the content from the website saved, so never say never!