Major Achievements: Former tennis community leader at Bleacher Report, currently the No. 1 tennis writer at BR, graduate student in energy economics.
Why He Won't Be Here: Currently on a well-deserved sabbatical
Why We'll Miss Him: A little more than a year ago I found a site called Bleacher Report that allowed me to write about tennis and share it with other sports fans. There were only a handful of people writing about tennis at the time, and most of them are no longer involved with it.
But I remember receiving regular, if not constant feedback from Long John Silver, the community leader. There were a lot of would-be writers dropping in back then, so it was understandable that he wouldn't lavish attention on any one of us; he was never that easy to please.
His exceptionally forward personality may not have been the type I'd want involved in the negotiations for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, but having worked in the newspaper business, I could appreciate his honesty and integrity.
Praise comes infrequently from those who outrank you in nearly any media field, but when it does come you know you've accomplished something. Likewise, when after a few months of writing Long John brought me into his inner circle and called me his "mate," I knew BR would be a home for me.
Now we're heading into our final major tournament of 2009, and we're doing it without the man who shepherded our domain from its infancy. I have a good crew to work with as the current CL, and I owe much of that to the man who preceded me.
Thank you for fostering quality sportswriting in the past year, Long John, and we wish you the rest you need before we see you again around here. By the way, if energy economics doesn't work out for you, you'd make a great managing editor at a newspaper (if you can handle the pay cut!).