Two weeks ago I tendered my resignation at The Journal News. Yesterday was my last official day on the job. After almost eight years, I decided to try my hand at something else.
The Journal News was my first and only adult job. I got hired as a part-timer a couple months out of college in 2003, worked my way up to full-time, and have been covering local sports ever since.
I met a lot of interesting people along the way. I’ve written stories on 80-year-old boxers and 10-year-old baseball players, on future professional athletes and people in it for the love of the game. I got to know a few hundred coaches and a few thousand players.
I want to thank everyone out there who embraced the role of the newspaper in their lives. The vast majority of coaches were extraordinarily helpful and friendly, and a pleasure to talk to. And thank you to everyone who ever read my stories, whether you loved it or hated it. And I definitely had my share of haters. But whether you think I got it right or not, just know that I put full effort into every article I ever submitted to this paper.
Blogs have changed the sports culture forever, in ways good and bad. News is instant now. Reaction is instant. Fans can have discussions. I think all of that is great. The drawback is the anonymity that allows a few negative people to attack the athletes, the author, and the fans without revealing themselves. If I were Lord of the Blogs, I would make all commenters sign up for an account that revealed their names. Alas, I am not. So I will leave you with the best piece of advice I ever heard, courtesy of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”: