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- Like McNabb, your humble narrator is heading up the tunnel for now. (Photo: Associated Press)
Come children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.
--William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
Seven years ago next month, I walked into a press box as a professional for the first time to broadcast a high school baseball game live from Gill Stadium in my hometown of Manchester, New Hampshire. In the intervening time, my work (and I use the term very, very loosely indeed) has taken me many wonderful places. I've been courtside for NYU basketball at the Coles Sports Center in lower Manhattan, and I've been in the press box at Fenway Park in Boston. I've stood on the sidelines at Parker-Gray Stadium in Alexandria with T.C. Williams' 1971 state champions, and I've sat in Heinz Field in Pittsburgh for the 2011 NHL Winter Classic. To top it all off, most recently, I was given a front-row seat to one of the most dramatic games in the chronicles of March Madness.
But that run will have to end for the time being, as today is my last official day at TBD. To be honest, my future is very much unwritten at the moment. I hope to stay in D.C. and it is my resolution to continue writing about sports in the near future whether I get paid for it or not, though what form that resolution might take is very much to be determined (no pun intended).
As the risk of boring you to tears and/or insanity, there are many, many people I have to thank for various courtesies shown to me over the past few months. Naturally the list begins with thanks to Erik Wemple and Paul Volpe -- who initially interviewed me and brought me on board here -- and Jim Brady, TBD's original auteur.
Foremost among current and former colleagues who gave me advice, assistance, guidance, nicknames, and/or a good laugh, I must thank Mike Jones, Dan Rowinski, Dan Daly, David Aldridge, Alex Parker, Britt McHenry, Daniel Victor, Julie Westfall, Steve Buttry, Nathasha Lim, Jeff Sonderman, Sommer Mathis, Mandy Jenkins, Lisa Rowan, Andrew Beaujon, Maura Judkis, Elahe Izadi, Sarah Godfrey, Jenny Rodgers, Sara Kenigsberg, Steve Chaggaris, Amanda Hess, Sarah Larimer, Rebecca Cooper, Heather Farrell, Jay Westcott, Ally Schweitzer, Mitchell Schuler, Dave Jamieson, Ryan Kearney, Kevin Robillard, Justin Karp, Elliot Kort, and Nicole Young.
Special thanks also to Bruce DePuyt, Morris Jones, Glenn Harris and Tim Brant, as well as their various producers, who were perfectly willing to overlook my radio-friendly face and print-friendly voice to have me on TV every so often.