Those who post on the Cardinals forum have already come across this sad news, but for those who post only here, it may have been overlooked. I came across the news myself only by accident, but it seems worth sharing. Jim Skane, who founded the precursors to this site many years ago and has overseen its inspired growth, passed away a couple of days ago after a long battle with lung problems. His screen name was Skkorpion. I never met him and he was "mainly" a Cardinals fan, but the community he built has brought me much joy and entertainment over the years. It was nearly eight years ago now, but the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 provided a striking example of how important this site had become, even back then. People linked only by their interest in Arizona sports teams flocked to the message boards to share their feelings and seek consolation. Dozens of people who had never met each other developed bonds that were much stronger than the sterile format of pixels on a computer screen would predict. The community was already strong, but I will never forget how vivid the sensation was on that day. I am, of course, one of the less popular posters on this site, and I have at times been vocal in my criticism of it. But I have never felt anything but respect to Jim for creating it, and I have always held the site in great admiration. Anyone who posts here regularly and finds fulfillment in reading the posts of others, no matter what the topic, owes Jim a great debt of gratitude. For a clearer illustration of how galvanizing a force Jim Skane was, I encourage you to read this thread, a moving open discussion about his condition during his final days: http://www.arizonasportsfans.com/vb/f4/skkorpion-in-deep-kimche-136238.html There are also some tribute and funeral information stickies in the Cardinals forum. Thanks for everything, Jim. I wish I could have expressed my gratitude one final time.