Yes, you have read the title correctly: I will not longer be a Staff Writer for Gang Green Nation.
Why? Well, I am taking my talents to the Bleacher Report, where they have offered me spot as a contributing NFL writer for the site, and offered a quality sum of dollars for me to do it. Being the broke college student I am, there is no way I am going to turn down an offer like that.
I wish I could stay at GGN at the same time, but as you probably know, SB Nation and Bleacher Report are like the Coke and Pepsi of sports blogging websites. You can't exactly work for both. There are other reasons, but that's all you need to know.
I thank John for giving me the opportunity to represent this site and giving me the tools I needed to be successful here. GGN has a great reputation, and John is the biggest reason for that. I appreciate the fact that he trusted me enough to put my name on his blog.
I also thank Matt for giving me more knowledge about writing and the way this industry works than I would ever know on my own. A lot of you probably have no idea how much Matt does behind the scenes and how good he is at it. This site would be a fraction of what it is without him.
Thanks to dvdvill for his connections and helping me promote my stuff, as well as all of the other writers and moderators on the site we've had when I was here - David Wyatt, Bro Namath, GangGreenMag, Judgegavel.
Of course, if it weren't for the readers of this site, well, I would get really really bored with this whole writing thing. I really love debating stuff with you guys, because there are not that many communities out there with as many knowledgeable people that want to have real discussions about stuff. Especially you, Crackback - you're probably the most football-savvy guy in the internet that is not a coach or front office man (at least as far as I know).
Oh, and thanks for everyone who sent me angry emails - they always gave me a chuckle.
If you like reading my stuff, you can read my new stuff at Bleacher Report, and I am still writing at thehometownfan.com. We are renovating THF pretty soon, so be sure to check it out.
If you want to get in touch with me or want to talk Jets, you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @ryanalf17. I'll poke my head in from time to time as well.
And with that, I leave you with a pre-season version of one of my epic videos to get you jacked up or the season. Watch it before the NFL kicks it off youtube.
And with that, I leave you with my favorite Ryan quote: "The message to the rest of the league is, hey, the Jets are coming, and we're going to give you everything we got. And I think that's going to be more than you can handle"
Jets 2011 Season Preview (via njdevil3049)