Mar 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
In case you haven’t heard, Easter Sunday is the final day of Off the Bench: this blog will cease operations as of 11:59 p.m. on that date. So the day after March 31, there will be no new posts on this blog. The timing is fine: I see no reason people would wake the next day and suspect it’s a prank.
I won’t get all goopy here because, despite 3 1/2 years on this site, it’s not a funeral. Like Helicopter Cat here, death will not stop my momentum. The tomfoolery will continue virtually uninterrupted over at SportsGrid, my new home, where I begin on April 8. Hope to see you there.
Many thanks to Brian White and Danny DeFreitas and the entire team at NBCSports.com, who made this blog possible. Thanks to Mike Condon for his College Bowl Game Pool, the greatest of all office pools. Thanks to a bevy of talented writers who chipped in with valuable assists: Ben Chew, Jason Rowan, Jelisa Castrodale, Rob Sylvester, Josiah Schlatter. Thanks to all my readers. And thanks to Tanpopo Japanese Grill at the Crossroads Mall in Bellevue, WA, where they call you by your usual order — I am Chicken Teri.
The Redmond, WA campus will be missed: I actually started there in 1996, when NBC and Microsoft began a joint venture called MSNBC, and a bunch of us started a sports site. We worked out of building 25 and existed on free pizza, caffeine and audacity. It’s grown to what you see now: although I left Washington several years ago to work at Deadspin, and then from home on this blog. NBCports.com is now based in Connecticut. It’s the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one, for all of us.
Off the Bench — actually it was called Out of Bounds then — began in November of 2009, and as you may recall a certain golfer encountered a certain tree with a certain SUV that month. Tiger Woods/Elin Nordegren-related posts gave us our initial push, and indeed continued to be among the most-read items on this site for three straight years.
Most comments on a single post? That would be 763, for the Dec. 7, ’09 post after news broke that Elin had packed up the kids and left Tiger’s mansion.
Most page views? A post from July 2011, on Elin finding a new boyfriend, Jamie Dingman (more than 650,000 views).
Best photo? It would have to be this one.
Most abused commenter? A poor dope who went by the handle of PX9, who was reminded about 200 times that when it’s winter in the Northern hemisphere, it’s summer in Australia.
But my favorite post may have been this one: the story of a man who decided to memorialize his late, beloved cat by stuffing it and making it into an operational flying device, thus proving that if you love something enough, you never truly leave it behind. It just takes a different form.
So like Helicopter Cat, I will now fly off toward a new adventure: a little wiser, a little happier, a little more able to hover over the neighbor’s yard and annoy his dogs. This is Chicken Teri signing off, for now. But watch the skies. I’ll be back.
- So long folks, it’s time for me to take off 18
- Man wins full marathon while pushing his daughter in a baby stroller (video) 14
- Lock and load, it’s youth baseball fundraising time: league raffling off AR-15 rifle (video) 8
- Sim Bhullar is a large basketball player, and I mean it. Anybody want a peanut? 0
- What’s with kids and all these death-defying stunts? 674
- Nothing to see here…just a 70-yard field goal by a high-schooler (video) 3
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