Permit us this brief programming note, if you would:
There are BIG THINGS being undertaken at The Mothership right now, guys and gals, and while we're not at liberty to discuss all the particulars of what's going on, trust us when we say that what they're working on at HQ is going to make your brains turn to pudding. That said, we've been given the go-ahead to show you a tiny -- but radical -- piece of the puzzle today.
OK, enough from me. Here's a word from SBN's founder and Fearless Leader, Tyler Bleszinski:
It's with great pleasure that I unveil the first step in the next evolution of Anonymous Eagle. In the next month SB Nation will be undergoing a dramatic upgrade to our platform and our editorial process. There will be much more detail to come but for now, the new logo below is just a first taste of what's in store for Anonymous Eagle.
This is a small, but important sample of what is coming when our network undergoes its most exciting and radical transformation in the eight-year history of the company. A new visual identity here and across the network is only one step we are taking to unite our network of sites. United through individuality is the underlying theme of this project. You'll notice that our team colors and the unique spirit of our individual community is maintained while making it clear to sports fans that each site is a part of the larger SB Nation network. We want everyone to know that they can find the same type of great writing, video and conversation that we offer here on all of our 300-plus sites. You can browse through all the new logos on a special page we put together at sbnation.com/united.
Our commitment to passionately follow our sports will never end. It's what makes SB Nation a special place and that will only be enhanced by these new changes. In the meantime we're setting up additions to our store so you can be sporting the latest and greatest before it even launches. Welcome to our future.
The switch to Black Bar the Eagle is great, of course, but it also means we need to say goodbye to an old friend. If you'd be so good as to join us for a fond farewell, hit the jump.
The introduction of Teh New Hotness logo marks the end of the road for our devoted mascot, the face-pixelated "I swear to God that wasn't me on To Catch a Predator last night" Anonymous Eagle that's blurrily welcomed visitors to the site since we first launched two-and-a-half years ago.
We had some good times, Pixie, like when we dressed you up in that fun hat after we started our crack and thoroughly untrained band of Internet investigators ...
... but, as Fox McCloud once said to that beagle that was the head of the intergalactic peace-keeping mission at the end of Star Fox 64: "It's time for us to go now."
Good night, Sweet Prince.
Ladies and gentlemen: Mr. Elton John.