A Fond Ado (Sort of)
A disturbed few of you may have noticed my absence from these pages recently. It seems that lately I haven’t found much in the sports world to motivate me to take the time to share my thoughts in depth with others. I have always tried to limit myself to topics or opinions that I haven’t seen addressed elsewhere particularly in regards to events that I found personally irksome. I figure that, if I can’t add something fresh to the dialogue, the effort is pointless. With the many fine new contributors that have been added to the Pocket Doppler family in the last year, that has become increasingly difficult for me to do; especially in the saturated Packers-related blogosphere.
In a quest for inspiration that largely resulted in an exercise in narcissim, I went back and reviewed much of what I’ve written for this blog over the course of the last couple of years and I came to three conclusions.
First, I was amazingly prescient in everything I’ve ever written about Brett Favre. Looking back at most of the articles about Favre that I’ve posted here, I found nothing in them that I regret writing or that has clearly proven to be wrong over the course of time.
Second, I’m pretty much tapped out. I had hoped that looking back on my history would provide me with a muse for future posts but quite the opposite happened. Unlike many (most….all?) of the bloggers posting online, I’ve never aspired to be nor have I ever considered myself a ‘writer’; something that anyone who has read my stuff will no doubt confirm. In fact, I failed the only writing class that I ever took. (In my defense, though, that was due mostly to laziness in the days before word processors when it was a pain in the ass to manually re-write numerous drafts.) To this day, I’m suprised to have been involved in anything like this and I’m still not quite sure how that happened. On a positive note, my involvement here has allowed me to become familiar with some wonderful people, some of whom I’ve even met in person.
Third, and perhaps most important, I’m proud of what PocketDoppler.com has become and pleased to have been a small part of it. Wally began this blog with only a cool domain name as a way for a small amalgamation of family and friends to share sports takes among themselves. At that time, the only contributor of a literary bent was my best friend Chris. From there, it has evolved to an online destination for many sports fans in Wisconsin and, indeed, around the country. It has become a forum for intelligent, yet entertaining discourse about Wisconsin sports and other things without the vulgar excess that has been the hallmark of some of its more prominent predecessors. And that, to me, is the thing that is most impressive.
Normally, I wouldn’t be so arrogant as to assume that anyone would miss my contributions, but as one of the ‘founding fathers’ of PD, I felt a formal farewell was in order. So, let this post signal the end to regular contributions from me and a thank you to those who have taken the time to read my columns over the last 3 years. My plan going forward is to assume ‘emeritus status’ a la Bill Dwyre of the L.A. Times, albeit in a much less accomplished sense (though I can guarantee I’ll never write about horse racing). I may still post from time to time when properly motivated. In the meantime, this blog is now very well represented in covering the Packers, Brewers, Badgers and Bucks by people who are much more qualified and capable than I. Rest assured that I look forward to reading their fine work and will add my comments (at times at length) when I feel they’re merited.
As always, enjoy the rest of your weekend. “See” you around the internet.