Well, the time has finally come. After just about two wonderful years, my “full” time role at More Than A Fan is coming to a close. As I begin a chapter anew as the Assistant Sports Director at BuckeyeTV- Ohio State’s television network- I will still be posting intermittently and will still be hosting Time and Change for the duration of Ohio State’s basketball season, but my thrice-or-twice weekly musings will be coming to an end.
For nearly two years, I’ve opined and whined on these hallowed pages and in doing so have been incredibly blessed with an opportunity that few could dream of.
I’d first like to start the seemingly endless but completely necessary thank you’s with More Than A Fan’s fearless leader, Josh Flagner.
Josh, you’ve allowed me to do just about anything I’ve desired in the realm of journalism over the past two years and it was truly an opportunity I’ll never get again. Most wouldn’t have put that trust in me, or anyone else for that matter, but you did. I know that decision changed my life and I hope that decision changed More Than a Fan for the better. I certainly think it did.
I owe just about everything I become- which may be something, but may also be nothing- to you. Thank you really isn’t enough. As I watch this website grow into a multi-faceted empire, it’s a testament to the man that you are. I’m truly in awe of this fortress you’ve built and I’m truly blessed to be a part of it.
While it was almost just you at the start, there was certainly another guy who came a long and played just as big a role in the maturation of More Than a Fan as anyone. I owe that man so much as well.
Damien, thank you for taking me under your wing. Upon the moment we met, you were always there for me, continued to teach me and included me in just about every way possible. You’ve helped me as much as anyone and have been there every step of the way, should I have needed anything. Again, thank you doesn’t really say enough.
You’ve certainly taken this website to the next level along with Josh and again, it is truly a testament to your work ethic and diligence. I have no doubt that as long as you are on the staff, More Than a Fan will continue to grow in leaps and bounds. Who knows, at this rate, maybe I’ll be along for the ride in the future as More Than A Fan becomes a national powerhouse… I hope you’d still have me around then.
Dan and Jeff, it’s a shame we didn’t get to work more closely than we did, but I’m so lucky to say I’ve worked with both of you guys in any capacity. Part of the reason I’ve loved working for Josh and Damien is that they understand who to bring in to make More Than A Fan a better place. When both of you were on board, I knew things would take a significant hike in the right direction. Congrats on all of your successes and I’m supremely confident, now that you’re on board, that More Than A Fan might have the best group of editors on the planet.
To my fellow writers, while Josh and Damien and Jeff and Dan are absolutely great, it is you guys who make the site what it is today. While it would be an incredibly fun activity to take part in, the daily lives of the fearsome foursome above don’t constitute what gets this site going. Instead, More Than a Fan runs on your hard work, your creativity and your analysis. It’s you guys and your incredible capacity to put out entertaining and intellectual work week-after-week that keep this site afloat and keep it’s popularity very, very high. I know that putting in all of this time and effort is incredibly hard to do without compensation, yet you guys do it with a burning passion that we’d never see from those who are paid. It has been an absolute pleasure writing, editing and talking with you on this journey.
Finally, to you, the readers of More Than a Fan, thank you, thank you, thank you. Gosh almighty I can’t say it enough, thank you enough for all of your unending support. At times you’ve been critical of my ideas, but in each and every instance you’ve been there, helping me each step of the way. From my first ever post on the site to this, my last of my regularly scheduled posts on the site, you guys have been here reading away and supporting young, naive up-and-comers like myself. When I said that the writers at More Than a Fan are the life bread that keeps everything afloat… I lied. Without a readership, More Than a Fan would be nothing. Without you, More Than a Fan doesn’t exist and More Than a Fan certainly doesn’t reach the tremendous heights that it has today. Thank you, thank you, thank you… a million times thank you… for reading, listening to and watching my work over the past couple of years. Your input has only helped me to become a better writer and has certainly helped me to cope with the challenges that come with putting myself out in the public realm. You all are really, truly amazing.
As this chapter takes a different turn, because it’s not quite over yet, I can’t wait to see what new things await in the near future for More Than a Fan. This website is truly something that I was/am incredibly proud and honored to be a part of and I hope that will only increasingly become the case as time goes on.
Josh, Damien, Jeff, Dan, fellow writers and readers of More Than a Fan, when I’m back in Cleveland (or if you’re ever in Columbus) for an extended period of time, we all have to grab some beers (I’ll be 21!). While you guys may not enjoy a young whippersnapper like me, I have certainly always enjoyed being around you.
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this very special MTAF family. It’s been a journey for which I’ll be forever grateful.