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.


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  • BrewTownBoozer

    One day long in the future when I leave PD in a huff, I will cite people that inspired me to willingly give up my free time to write about the Brewers. BSM is at the top of that list because he always made me feel like writing was easier than it actually is. I was always a big fan of your approach. I am positive you won’t find a classier guy roaming your Twitter feed. Best of luck!

  • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan

    Thank you for the kind words. I guarantee you’ll still be hearing from me from time to time; probably on PD Prognosticators (assuming there’s still a football season) and I’ll likely weigh in on the Badgers, too. Keep up the good work.

  • steve99schu

    Nicely written. Hopefully you will come to realize that you are not tapped-out. As someone rather new to PD, I would love to go back and read your #4 posts. Are they still avail?


  • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan




    Yes, the Favre articles are all still on here and a site search of ‘Brett Favre’ will bring them up but it’s a lot to sort through and many are under the ‘Sampler’ and ‘Musings’ headings. The two articles I have linked above are perhaps the most definitive and comprehensive among the ones that I have posted. Hope that helps.

  • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan
  • foundinidaho

    Okay, “Big Bro”, I’ll grudgingly accept this, but if you quit Twitter I will haunt you. That is all.

    Hope you regain inspiration and reappear. I know the Chief will keep your spot open.


  • Chris

    You say you’re not much of a writer but then you post something of this quality? Hmmm. Someone is underestimating their keyboard chops…

    But I get the sentiment, the sense of being tapped out. It’s one I came to myself some time ago. However, as you note, it has been fun to see this site grow under Wally’s leadership. So, like you, I have stepped back, which is the right place for me at the moment. However, unlike your reset of Bill Dwyre, I feel more like Bill Berry, R.E.M.’s drummer, who left the band after a health incident; he now considers himself R.E.M’s “biggest fan,” actively following them from afar. While mine was more of an “emotional aneurysm” rather than one to the brain, it led me nonetheless to a reduced role in these parts. I can’t help but note the site has flourished nonetheless.

    You’ve done terrific work and added a lot to the site, Mike. I get why you are standing down, but I hope you won’t be a complete stranger around here. There are too many good takes in your head for that.

    • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan

      But, as Dave Barry would say, Emotional Aneurysm would be a great name for a rock band.

  • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan

    When the only thing I can think of to write about is that I don’t have anything to write about, I think it’s time to step away for awhile. May not be forever but, as you note, PD seems to be in good (newer) hands.

  • http://www.cheeseheadtv.com Brian Carriveau

    I’ve enjoyed your weekly columns. Sad to see them go. Best of luck.

  • steve99schu

    All three are very nice, BSM. I lean a little more towards Wally’s comments, aggravated even more so by an ‘apologetic’ neighbor who will find all of the reasons to love him forever. I wish I could have watch the two losses with better ‘fans’. They really hurt at the time.

    But look at us now! As I like to say, ‘Karma is all-time undefeated’.

    • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan

      Well, I tried to be ‘fair & balanced’; you know…like Fox News.

  • http://pocketdoppler.com/ Wally

    There, I fixed your photo so everyone can see you in your passed out…er…I mean napping glory. That being said, if it wasn’t for you and Chris this site never would have continued & most likely gone the way of so many others and for that I will always be grateful. As you said, this vehicle has allowed all of us to meet some incredibly great people, but if it wasn’t for incredibly great people like you to keep it going at the start none of that ever would have happened. Alright, that was enough being nice…I feel dirty now, gonna go take a quick shower to wash that off.

  • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan

    Yeah…we Pingels have never done ‘nice’ very well, have we? But, one way or another, you’re still stuck with me. ;)

    ….and that’s not passed out. As your grandfather used to say, I was just ‘resting my eyes’ and catching some rays.

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