It’s been a fun three years chronicling the Jets.
I can remember when I first took over the beat roughly 36 months ago, right around the time the Jets drafted Mark Sanchez. Many avid readers of Newsday’s Jets coverage were up in arms because I was replacing fan favorite and good friend Erik Boland.
See, Boland had created this huge cult-like following in part because of his relentless blogging (the man wrote novels) and unique perspective of someone who could relate to Jets fans in a way since his beloved Browns give him plenty of sorrow. Some regular commenters like JohnZ59 and Jimmy Schnoogen kept me on my toes constantly, reminding me of the approach Boland would take and how he broke down intricate details -- like a punter’s average during a training camp competition.
It took me a few months -- specifically until training camp when the whole “battle” between Mark Sanchez and Kellen Clemens was going on for the starting QB position -- but I finally won them over with the way I operated and it’s been a glorious, rollercoaster ride with Rex Ryan and the Jets ever since.
That’s why it’s tough for me to say this: Yesterday was my last day on the beat.
Why, you may ask? There are several reasons, some of which are a bit complicated to easily explain, and I’m very appreciative my bosses were understanding throughout this entire process. They’ve been great.
Don’t worry, though. You guys will be in good hands with my successor Kimberley Martin. The Newsday Jets beat torch is officially being passed to her on Monday when the Jets begin their offseason conditioning progra, and I’m sure she’ll slide in without a hitch since she’s been around the team frequently for the past two years.
As for me, I’m not going anywhere. Don’t think it’s over. I'm like Diddy. I'm not about to stop. This is only the next chapter of my 15-year career in this industry, and next assignment for the paper I read growing up here on Long Island.
I’ll begin my new role (similar to the position I had before I took over the Jets beat) next week and will be assisting with our NBA and baseball coverage. So you might see me at an arena or ballpark near you really soon.
To all the loyal Boone Docks readers and many Twitter followers, thanks for making these last three years so much fun. It’s certainly been a humbling experience and I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity.
I’m sure we’ll be making some other memories pretty soon.