Where do I begin? Who do I thank for the countless words of encouragement? What’s next on this journey called life?
“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
All those years ago (OK it was like three or four but work with me), you accepted me for what I was. A soul who dearly loved Oregon football as a side hobby (that turned into more) that wanted to contribute in some meaningful (some say meaningless) way to Ducks sports coverage. I don’t get to go where I’m headed nor the doors in the future will likely open for me without this site putting my name out there.
There are so many people to thank and yet so little time to do so.
First, I’d like to thank Matt Brown at SBN HQ for letting me hang around for all these years.
Secondly, I’d like to thank former Managing Editor Sean Larson for taking a chance on my unique talents and perspective from an outsiders view of Oregon sports. Without him, none of this is possible. He gave a shot at writing for this site virtually sight unseen. Wherever you are, Sean, thank you.
Third but first in my heart of hearts, I want to thank dear friend and current Managing Editor Adam Chimeo for retaining me as a contributor despite my zany antics this past year and for counseling me to grow and chase my dreams to the limits. Without him, my passion and determination to pursue whatever angle I wanted to isn’t there.
Last but certainly not least, I’d like to thank you the readers, listeners, and commentariat for reading, listening, and commenting on my many pieces of work here on the site. I certainly wasn’t the best author the world has ever produced but the drive to succeed still burns. Without y’all, none of this possible. I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with each and everyone of you, yes even you, RB Stewart (LOL). I’m particularly taken by this Mahatma Gandhi quote when reflecting on my time as a contributor here, “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.”
Perhaps I was a bit too harsh and scathingly honest during my tenure here. Maybe there was a regional disconnect in which the divide could never be fully filled. All I wanted was for Oregon and Pac-12 fans in general to adopt the SEC win at all costs mentality (if you can’t beat them, join them). I apologize for my boorish and brutish way of writing if it offended anyone (which it certainly did).
Well, if you have read this far (does anyone click the links or read articles?), it’s time to reveal the news that I will be leaving my contributor position on Addicted to Quack to pursue a life changing opportunity with Blitzalytics full time. It was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up given the potential rewards of said chance. I wanted to contribute to both sites with all of my intense work ethic but it was not meant to be. This was a mutual decision reached by Adam and I for me to leave as gracefully as possible without just up and leaving (looking at you, Cleveland Browns turned the Baltimore Ravens). I’m grateful that he gave me an opportunity to do so. I wish ATQ nothing but the best in my departure. I really tried to do my best to make it a viable competition with the other big Ducks sites out there. Adam knows how much heart and soul I put into it.
With all that said, it’s time for me to take my leave as a contributor. I’ll still be around to some degree and pop in every now and then. You can follow me on Twitter for more draft hot taeks and craziness here @ItsDuckinTooYun and my IG is duckinnoles247.
Until next time, ATQ. ✌