Farewell, Bulls Confidential

Farewell, Bulls Confidential

Dear Bulls Confidential Readers,

It's with regret that I inform you all that I will be stepping away from the blog in all capacities, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Wow, that was an overly dramatic and direct opener. Apologies for that. However, if you've read my work over the past 18 months, you know I only have one approach.

I won't bore you all with the details of my departure and what has driven my decision, nor will I give you sob story about how hard this decision was for me. All I will say is that it's been a damn pleasure contributing and editing this blog. I'm proud that the site and its brand remains strong long after the great Doug Thonus stepped away from the Bulls blogging community, and to have been a part of the its history is extremely humbling.

As an international fan residing in the Southern Hemisphere, religiously following a team in a different time zone can be taxing on your personal and professional life. It can also be an incredible experience that allows you to connect with like-minded individuals from all over the globe.

To those of you who've read my work, shared it on social media, filling my mentions with 140 characters of basketball talk, be it readers from Chicago directly or from other parts of the world, I appreciate you taking time out of your day to share a moment with me.

I also want to say thanks to all who've helped me along the way. To Morten Jensen for giving me the opportunity to post here, Will Gottlieb for being a great partner during his time at Bulls Confidential, as well as the writing team I've recently assembled and had the pleasure of working with for the last several months, I appreciate you all.

It's unclear what the future holds for me post my departure. I'm not sure if I'll continue to write about basketball and the Bulls elsewhere, or if time has been called on my blogging career. It's all up in the air at the moment, with little certainty available at present -- though I'm sure my stubborn, inflated ego will have me back spewing nonsense in some capacity down the line.

What I do know is that I will continue to support and love this franchise from afar (Australia, specifically).

But enough about me now. Though my time is up on Bulls Confidential, the blog will remain alive and well. Drew Edstrom, currently a contributor to this blog, as well as being a veteran ChicagoNow blogger, he will step into my place, taking the reigns and continuing to provide you all with quality Bulls content. As you've done for me during my time here, I'm sure you will all read and support the work produced by Drew and his growing team. I know I will be.

OK, back to me now. Should you wish to keep in contact with my dry and unabashedly real Bulls takes -- or perhaps overly negative and nauseating opinions, depending on your position -- follow me on Twitter, where I'm sure to be reveling in poor Rondo defensive sequences and lamenting missed drafting opportunities.

Until next time, thanks for everything and all the best.

 

Mark

 

P.S. Never allow yourselves to forget that Kirk Hinrich was the catalyst to the Bulls emerging from the Krause rebuilding era and bringing respectability back to this franchise. He is our savior, and as the franchise leader in 3-pointers made, he should be respected by all.

That is all.

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  • Sorry to see you go. Often I think of your generosity to freely offer such time and energy to create this space for us with terrific articles. And I think, wow... thankful. Wishing you all the best with where u place your talents next.

  • In reply to NorCalChibaby:

    I really appreciate that comment. Makes things like this worth it. Thank you very much.

  • Wow, sorry to see you are leaving, and I thank you for your time, consideration, and effort. May God bless you and keep you!

  • In reply to penwit1:

    Thank you, penwit.

  • Mark, I am shocked and saddened by your sudden decision to bid farewell to Chicago Now / Chicago Bulls Confidential.

    Your detailed, thoughtful, and always insightful analysis, whether in column form or in your Dennis Podman podcasts RE: our beloved 'Bullies', will be sorely missed, as will your 'Down Under' wit and charm.

    I wish you much continued success in your future endeavors and know that the Chicago Bulls community has been made that much better for your contributions to it.

    I like to think that Rajon Rondo's 'triple double' delivered against LeBron and the Cavs last night was delivered as much in your honor, as it was for the national TV audience that he seems to crave. :). To bad every Bulls game can't be on 'natty TV'...we would both have less to complain about. :)

    Thanks also for the tribute to Captain Kirk. Like you, he gave so much to the Chicago Bulls and Bulls fans everywhere.

    Keep in touch and Good Luck Mark...remember always 'Good Things Happen To Good People', and you are certainly one of those... :)

  • In reply to Bullski:

    Really appreciate the kind words, Bullski. Thank you very much, and hopefully you'll still be able to hear my Austalian voice on future episodes of Dennis Podman.

  • Mark sad to see you go and wish you the very best in your future endeavors! I have enjoyed reading your articles and now who am I to turn to that will have blog arguments with themselves over my favorite BBall team? No one! I will miss you and Kram.

  • In reply to Chad:

    Thanks Chad! Both of my personalities will miss this place, too!

  • Mark, thanks for everything. You've done a great job keeping this blog going following Doug's departure and capably filled his big shoes. You're the Kirk Hinrich of bloggers!

  • In reply to Roman F:

    Thank you, Roman.

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