History Of MojoLand

BACKGROUND & HISTORY

The MojoLand® website came into existence in 1996, as a response to Buzz Bissinger’s ‘Friday Night Lights’ book. I felt there were several bent truths and sensationalized information in the book. Being a graduate of Permian, I found portions of the book to be exaggerated. Hence the creation of MojoLand®.

The site began as a personal web page. It consisted of a news page, roster, schedule, coaching staff, and playoff history of the football team. In 1998, the Ector County Independent School District was in its Phase Two of becoming internet friendly and having a site originating from its campuses. Along the way, more and more features to the MojoLand® site would evolve.

The ECISD finally got on track and launched their own site, which included the district’s full athletic department. In 2000, MojoLand® would yield to the school district site and re-focus on the football athletes and their achievements during and after dawning the Panthers uniform.

The production of ‘Friday Night Lights – the Movie’ began in March of 2004 and I had an inside track. MojoLand® was the only website on the internet with daily updates and photos, as I was directly involved cast as a Permian assistant coach. The inside scoop afforded MojoLand® to top One Million internet visitors a month for most of 2004-05.

In 2006, the website featured the first internet-based virtual museum in the nation that was dedicated to a high school football program and its history.

MojoLand® enters its 25th season in a wild and wacky 2020.  Through the many highs and lows, I have enjoyed corresponding with several of you over the years. Thank you all for the ride.

Make sure to look for ‘Inside MojoLand’ in Spring of 2021.    

MojoLand Global Recognition

NEWS MEDIA REVIEWS

  • “Widely regarded as one of the best of its kind because of its wealth of information & impressive graphics interface. “Mojoland®” leads a booming trend in high school football sites.”
    – Mike Finger, The Associated Press
      
  • “MojoLand® – Championship site better than some college & pro sites”
    – David King, San Antonio Express-News
       
  • “Killer site… Enhanced graphics and the attention to detail, make MojoLand® one of the most dazzling sites around.”
    – Tommy Cummings, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
     
     
  • “A Masterpiece… The MojoLand® Museum puts every other high school’s team page to shame.”
    – Jake Shaw, Managing Editor of Texas Football
      
  • “The most researched Texas High School football on the internet.”
    – Brett Tulloss, Rockwall Texas Success
      
  • “It took but one visit… to say the least, MojoLand® is loaded.”
    – Gregory Gaussa, FOXSports.com
      
  • “There’s a very impressive amount of useful content. MojoLand® resembles the sites found on our College network.”
    – Jeremy Briggs, Rivals.com
       
  • “MojoLand® – The state’s most-in-depth sports site”
    – David King, MySA.com
      

WEBSITE AWARDS

  • MojoLand® was announced as the 2004 ‘Site of the Year’.  Selected as top site in the 9th Annual Golden Ace Awards, the awards are one of the oldest and most respected web awards on the internet.  Labeled “The most highly touted site of the year”, past ‘Site of the Year’ award winners include:  About.com (2003), The Sporting News (2002), and eBay (2001).  Based on overall artistic creativity and useful content, sites are graded on consistency, continuity, artistic skills, artistic design, originality, creativity, organization, and moral structure. The site exhibits design excellence, content value, and consistency that sets it apart from all others.
      
  • Awarded the Webthrower.com Silver Award.  “You met all of our criteria to win the “Silver Award” with a high score of 80. We wish you much success in your endeavors with MojoLand®.  Thanks for helping make the Web a more interesting and attractive place to visit.  Our compliments on a job well done!”
    -Jeff Thrower (webthrower.com)
      
  • Awarded the Golden Web Award in recognition of its creativity, integrity and excellence by the International Association of Webmasters and Designers.
       
  • Top Ten Finalist in the prestigious Sports Site of the Year Award by the members of the AAGD (Association of American Graphic Designers)! 
      
  • Winner of the PAT Award, honoring web sites reporting the Best Youth Football Information and Coverage.  Five consecutive years from 2005-09.
     
  • “Only 1 in 100 nominations score high enough to receive this award,  placing your site in the top 5% of all sites currently on the Net.  From an artistic standpoint, the Eye Candy Awards remain the most prestigious form of recognition on the Web.”
      
  • Ren Sports‘ Prep Football:  MojoLand® site receives 4-Star Rating
      
  • Creative and full of content!!!   Congratulations on winning the “Sports News International Network Award“.  Your site offers is a great and useful Service to the Internet community.
       
  • After reviewing the MojoLand® site, we are pleased to announce and present you with the Market-Tek Design Award.
    -John Skorczewski,President, Market-Tek

     

School History

Permian came into existence over 50 years ago, as the third high school to Odessa. Located in the northern part of town, it was only a matter of time for the 250,000 square foot school to root into fertile soil. The beginning year saw Permian win three games, and in the second season of existence the Panther football program set the standard for winning with a record of 8-3-0. In just five years later, the Panthers won their first state championship in 1965. In 1966, the school district allowed the annexation of the Permian Field House, and the following year, the swimming pool was added. As the building was growing, the legend was taking root and spreading faster than the construction. It was also during this time, the infamous “MoJo” chant began.


Permian’s first undefeated regular season was in 1970, when they lost in the state finals to Austin Reagan for the second time in three years. The Class of 1971 will be remembered as the first class to successfully go through the full 12-year cycle since Permian’s beginning in the fall of 1959. It was in 1972 that Gil Bartosh was named Football Coach of the Year. He guided the Boys of Mojo to an undefeated district season. The year 1976… ‘MOJO’ had become so widespread that the Permian Seniors were to let it be known MOJO and Odessa Permian High School were one in the same. Their statement speaks loud to this day in the form of the big, bold Three-Foot Letters tacked across the front of the building, spelling the chant word… MOJO.