My 200th Article: Thank You Bleacher Report!

Andrew KneelandSenior Writer ISeptember 9, 2008

Normally, I do not want to bring unnecessary attention to myself. I also do not enjoy gloating, although Packer fans will probably tell you otherwise. But in this case, I think there is reason to celebrate.

This is my 200th article here on Bleacher Report, and none of it could have been possible without the B/R gang. Dave Nemetz, Dave Finocchio, Bryan Goldberg, and Zander Freund, and to everybody else they have brought on through the years, I am extremely grateful.

Thanks to the people who have been reading from the beginning (hi, mom and dad!), and to those who just discovered how much fun laughing at my pieces can be.

My stay here has had its share of ups and downs. The first article I wrote got my B/R career off to poor start. I received what I then thought was loads of criticism for why I thought the Jacksonville Jaguars would beat the New England Patriots in the 2007-08 NFL Playoffs. Yeah, now I'm an NFL community leader thanks to my great Nostradamus-like abilities. Not.

I then tried my hand at predicting future MLB transactions. This time, I had a little better success. You could say I "called" the Mets acquisition of Johan Santana over 20 days before it happened. Skill? Ha.

After sauntering my way through the sporting world as I threw together mostly incoherent and downright random pieces about the Super Bowl, Marion Jones, and my beloved Minnesota Twins, I discovered the joy of writing about college basketball. In the official B/R challenge, I correctly predicted that Davidson would break into the 2008 Sweet Sixteen. Those 435 words earned me a sweet t-shirt, which I wear with pride.

Venturing back into the NFL scene, I wrote about the significance of the later rounds in the NFL Draft. That article received some attention, and I am pretty proud of it.

The first article that garnered a lot of reads was my ill-advised stab at grilled-mock-draft. Seriously, I don't know what I was thinking.

Of course, I have made many other mistakes while here at Bleacher Report. Following in the footsteps of Sean Crowe, I curiously took a few steps into Raider Nation, but backed out quickly. Not before I left them with some advice, though.

I also tried my hand at creating an all-purpose fantasy baseball statistic. Um, yeah. Let's not talk about that one...

I have written about the NBA Playoffs, Tarvaris Jackson, the 10 Best Sporting Venues in the United States, Randy Johnson, my hometown, Ubaldo Jimenez, NBA Rumors, college footballs' Top 10 Mascots, and my first "journalistic experience."

The bottom line is that I have had tons of fun while here at Bleacher Report while writing articles and meeting people. From this platform I launched my blog, TwinsFix, which is receiving some good attention and positive feedback.

I cannot go through and thank everyone who has impacted me while I have been here, as it would turn this into at least as long as Sean Crowe's NFL predictions columns, but you guys know who you are.

Thank you, Bleacher Report!