I find it antithetical to the role of a journalist who should be neither seen nor heard. I've always attempted to stay out of the story at all costs and provide balance and perspective. I've failed at that at times, but that's the business.
In that sense, this is a bit of a change for me. I am leaving the Journal Inquirer, where I've spent the last 13 years doing everything on the sports desk, and with it this blog for SNY.
I have other opportunities out of the field that I am pursuing and incredibly excited about. I am loathe to write this, but I do think I owe it to the readers here to say thank you for your support. JSilver's UConn Blog, started a decade ago on blogger, and then following it with me to SNY, would not have been possible without the fans. I hope you enjoyed, loved, hated and were irritated by my words. I hope, in the end, it was enjoyable and fun to read as much as it was to write.
I've seen some great things at UConn. I was there when U-Conn!, Hus-kies! echoed through Notre Dame Stadium, I saw South Carolina fans leave Legion Field in Birmingham dumbfounded and actually saw UConn take the field in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma. It wasn't that long ago.
There was crushing 66-21 at West Virginia -- would UConn ever get there? -- and the death of Jasper Howard, who was buried on the day my son was born. I talked to him 4 hours earlier.
I've spent New Years in Toronto, Birmingham and Phoenix and countless days in Pittsburgh and Tampa. The job of the journalist is to put you there, and that's what I have always tried to do.
I do want to thank the folks at SNY for all their support over the years. They've given myself and my colleague Carl Adamec carte blanche to write. Also, a thank you to my friends in the business and competitors/friends on the beat.
Most of all, thank you for your reading and allowing me to bounce crazy ideas off this blog. Maybe I'll see you on the message boards, at the tailgates and certainly beyond.
That's it for now.