10,000 Reads: Thanks, Bleacher Report!

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer IMay 26, 2008

Thank you, Bleacher Report, for allowing me to reach this plateau of 10,000 reads.  I feel so fortunate to have this site as an outlet for my sports writing, as it is an utter passion of mine.

I joined the site just over a month ago, after fellow editor intern Peter Fleischer, a good high school friend of mine, recommended it. 

I have been enthralled in sports my entire life, whether it be with Carolina basketball, Colts football, or Cardinals baseball.  Sports have always been a good stress release for me.

In fact, I started writing, believe it or not, during my finals week.  I would study for hours and hours and felt as though I needed something else to do. 

So I would login to Bleacher Report and write a story and then go back to studying.  I have been doing that daily for over a month now, and I would like to express my deep thanks to those who read my stories.

Moreover, those who edit my stories are invaluable.  I don't know what I would do without this site because honestly watching SportsCenter for the fifth time in a day gets a little dry. 

Never boring, of course, because, well, it's sports.

As an athlete, I have seen a lot in my days, but as a fan, I have amassed much more knowledge than I ever would have thought. 

My mom often tells me, "If you would concentrate half the energy on studying that you do on watching sports, you would do leaps and bounds better in school.” 

To that I can only laugh, as it is so true.

I am known fondly by my friends as "The Statistician” because I can reel off so many unnecessary sports statistics.  In just over a month at BR, I have read some stories that rival those in Sports Illustrated and ESPN. 

If anyone needs an example, just read anything by Ryan Alberti or this story.

10,000 reads means a lot to me.  Although some of you may not like my writing, clearly someone has to. 

I hope to continue to provide insight into different situations as different sports seasons are constantly in session.

Thanks to all of you at BR, once again, you have been great!