Just as many Rangers opted to shave off their playoff beards upon elimination yesterday, I returned home today to finally mow my lawn, marking my own official end of Season No. 2 for the blog.
I think we can all agree that the Rangers had hoped for more out of 2007-08, a season that began with Stanley Cup aspirations but ended in the second round for the second straight year.
But I can’t express any disappointment with this blog. When I started it in September 2006, I did so only reluctantly — telling my editor I didn’t think Rangers fans would have much interest in anything I would have to say.
More than 1,200 posts, 72,000 comments and millions of hits later, I’m beginning to think I was wrong.
Many of you have been far too kind to me these past two seasons, whether it’s been in comments, in e-mails, or in person at games. If I said that didn’t matter to me, I’d be lying.
Some of you have taken me to task, criticism that would be easy to dismiss if it wasn’t occasionally dead-on.
As for what happens to the blog now that the season is over, the short answer is it’s going nowhere. If anything, there are more questions surrounding the Rangers now than there were during the regular season, and I’m as curious as anyone to find out the answers.But as many of you already know, my life gets more complicated once the hockey season is over since I also have responsibilities covering golf. So as much as I’d like to think I can be as active here as I was during the regular season, there may be times when I’ll be pulled in a different direction, and forced to play catch-up.
But if we got through last summer, we can get through this one, and I look forward to continuing the discussion straight through until the start of training camp.
For now, though, it’s time to again say thanks to all of you who have supported this blog and made it one of the most rewarding ventures of my sports writing career.
I’m tempted to tell you this blog is actually a lot of hard work. For one thing, I don’t think writing about sports ever equates to real work. And that’s especially true when you’re simply doing something you love.