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A Fond Farewell to B/R:

Five years ago, when I was a senior in journalism at Middle Tennessee State University, I stumbled upon a Craigslist ad for fan-based sports bloggers at a little startup called Bleacher Report. Being a Michigan native with Michigan sports alliances, I jumped on it, since the alternative was a dead-end position at a newspaper writing about Tennessee sports. My first piece was one in which I defended former Lions QB Dan Orlovsky in the midst of the infamous 0-16 season.

I like to think I got better.

I can never thank B/R enough for giving me my true start in sports journalism. I grew with them, honed my craft with them, even obtained a Master's Degree from Michigan State University while working with them. But all good things must come to an end, and B/R and I simply grew in different directions.

As a result, I have written my last with Bleacher Report, but I wish them well, and know they will continue to have great success. Special thanks to Ty Schalter, Mike Schottey, Collin McCollough, Sam Tighe, Aron Glatzer, Mike Sudds, and anyone who ever happened across an article of mine here on B/R. You guys, as well as a bunch of others I should also be mentioning, have made the last five years here an incredible experience.

And for concerned readers, fear not! I will continue to cover the Detroit Lions, just as you're accustomed to, with Zac Snyder and the SideLion Report (www.sidelionreport.com). Head over there to check out my latest, and make sure to follow me on Twitter (@Dean_Holden), where I pledge to spend a lot more time than I have in the past. And yes, I will talk to you during Lions games, and even play Fantasy pick-'em games with you, just go to http://sidelionreport.com/2013/08/14/detroit-lions-fans-play-fantasy-games-with-sidelion-report/.

Thanks for the memories, B/R. It's been real.

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  • herman moore2 posted 424 days ago

    herman  moore2

    Damn... we're going to miss your insight and knowledge here. I will be checking out your new home and following your writing there. Good luck!

  • Sam Tighe posted 429 days ago

    Sam Tighe

    Farewell =(

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  • Daniel Fisher posted 504 days ago

    Daniel Fisher

    With the acquisition of this new lineman what do you think the lions starting o-line will look like at the begging of the year? Do you think that they will still add another vet?

  • Sam Tighe posted 527 days ago

    Sam Tighe

    Can you produce 1 article per day please? I don't get enough of my Lions fix and you are the best Lions writer around.

  • Adam Mateman posted 580 days ago

    Adam Mateman

    Hey Dean where did you grow up? Did you ever go to Farwell Schools?

  • Jas g posted 661 days ago

    Jas g

    1) do we have a compensatory pick for some reason this year or am I right in thinking that we will NOT have a 4th or 5th round pick? 2) I'm hoping to trade back in the first round for chance warmack and to receive an extra pick. When will your Mock drafts get under way?

  • Sam Tighe posted 673 days ago

    Sam Tighe

    OK. It surprises me to see Avril on 9.5 sacks. He's really underperformed for me.

    Who do you foresee leaving in the FA? How do we fix the linebacker situation?

  • Sam Tighe posted 673 days ago

    Sam Tighe

    so where the hell do we go from here?

  • Isaiah Crum posted 676 days ago

    Isaiah Crum

    Dean, if I recall correctly at the beginning of the season you said that if Stafford throws for 5000 yards again that the Lions will regress. Good call, he's on the verge of another 5000 yard season and the Lions are out of contention...

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