So I’ll come right to the point — I’m writing what will be the last posts (for at least now) on the Thundering Blurb and Big East Gridiron.
I love both sites, don’t get me wrong, but as time has gone on I’ve gotten more and more freelance work which has taken up more and more of my time, of which there just isn’t enough of to begin with. Also, I’ve been lucky to connect with several people who I’ve really enjoyed working with and have helped me get my writing out to more eyeballs and that has created more opportunities and of course more work.
I started the Blurb because I wanted to give people a place to find me - as time has gone on, that’s just become unnecessary and the amount of work I put there has dwindled. The Blurb served a purpose whose time has come and gone.
Big East Gridiron is a little harder to leave behind, but the more I worked on it last season, the more I realized the direction I’d chosen for it wasn’t as well thought out as I had believed. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it and get to work with and meet some fantastic people in the College Football world. I did— it’s something I value tremendously and hope to keep in connection with those folks from here on out, regardless of where I’m working
But if I do something long term, I want to do it right and with my work at Footballguys, the work I am putting into draft analysis, some new ventures (we’ll hit that in a minute) and a full time job and family — I’m just not doing it or the Big East justice.
I’ll return to it one day I think, but for now, I have to put it aside. (And hell, Mark Ennis and Patrick Johnston do a much better job at Big East Coast Bias on SBNation than I ever did. If I’m nice, maybe they’ll ask me to do a guest column during college football season. :) )
So what the hell am I doing now? Well, as always there is Footballguys for all my fantasy football writing. Of course, I’m still on twitter way too much. But there’s something new on the horizon…
You guys probably noticed that a lot of my draft stuff ended up over at CheeseheadTV this past year. The why of it will have to wait until the tell-all book ‘The Bilking of a Cheesehead; How I Got Incriminating Photos of Nagler’ but I’ve enjoyed my time over there tremendously.
A while back Nagler pitched the idea to me of bringing my considerably long winded NFL takes (case in point, this post) to CHTV in the capacity of NFL Analyst. Further he thought re-launching my sleeping podcast ‘The Thundering Burb Football Show’ on the site would also be a great move.
They wanted more NFL content, I wanted somewhere to run a show without having to either pay scads of green or at 11pm in the evening. It’s a perfect fit. They tolerate me at CHTV and I pretend Charles Woodson can carry Darrelle Revis’ jock. Win-win.
So as we say goodbye to things old, we also say hey to a new era - and starting this week, Aaron and I will be launching our new podcast ‘The Hard Count’, which will live at CHTV along with posts on my thoughts on everything NFL. It’ll be taped at first, but at some point it will probably go live.
We won’t be doing a ton of news stuff - I mean we’ll talk and write about topics all the time, sure, but we’re not looking to become ProfootballTalk - Florio, Rosenthal and company have that wired.
But I will give you my honest, no holds barred opinion on whatever is going on, be it the larger CBA picture or general thoughts on particular events around the league.
Of course, I’ll still be contributing elsewhere, be it doing the odd 49er piece at Bleacher Report or letting my Jets flag fly at The Jets Blog (thanks to more incriminating photos), I’ll be continuing to get my stuff out there. And there are more things on the horizon - just need to get a little closer to them.
So that’s it. Shortly these sites will stop existing on the interwebs. I want to thank everyone who read, commented, complained, listening, laughed or encouraged me the last few years. I hope you’ll stick with me for the next leg in the journey. And like Rex Ryan I’ll give you my unvarnished, uncensored, though less foul mouthed opinion.
Now let’s go get a goddamned snack.