A new beginning

I have no idea how to write this post.  I wanted to do something clever, or sentimental, but everything I put on paper is coming off as lame and cheesy (not that I'm above being cheesy).  So, I've decided that I'm just going to come right out with it: I've taken a job covering the Fire with MLSsoccer.com, the new, revamped official website of the league.  As such, I won't be able to continue the Fire Confidential blog.  

Now that I've got that off my chest, I would like to sincerely thank all of you who have read and commented on this blog over the past 10+ months.  I had a ton of fun writing this blog each and every day and that is thanks to you guys.  The community that exists here is due to the efforts of you all, and I want to say that I do appreciate everyone consistently coming back.  It means a lot.  And I would be remiss if I didn't thank my boss, Jimmy Greenfield, and my parents, Allan and Pattie.  Thanks for all that you've done - I greatly appreciate it.

This is not the end for me though.  As I mentioned above, I'll still be covering the Fire - the only thing that will be changing is the web address.  I'm very excited to get started at MLSsoccer.com and I hope all of you will come check it out.  It should be a very cool site.  

The fate of Fire Confidential is, as of this moment, still up in the air.  Chicago Now is currently looking for someone to fill my position.  Jimmy (the boss) has told me that he would love to hire someone from the comments section of the blog to fill the spot.  So, if you're at all interested in covering the Fire for Chicago Now (which, I can assure you, is an absolute blast) email him at jgreenfield@tribune.com.  He'll listen to any and all comers regardless of age, experience, or level of training, so if you want this job, then I strongly encourage you to go for it.  Who knows?  You just might get it.    

NOTE --  This won't be my last post on Fire Confidential.  I'll be leaving for real when someone new is hired or on April 1st - whichever comes first.  So I'll be around for a little while longer.  Sorry for getting all of your hopes up...

Also, I'll be back with more coverage of the Jon Busch situation later on in the day.  Stay tuned.

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  • Congratulations, but a bummer from my standpoint.

  • Congrats to you Sam.

    Are you writing articles or doing another blog with MLSsoccer.com?

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    A little of both. It's kind of a hybrid type position.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    good for you,,,i'll see ya around tho...

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Congrats ... sounds like another good opportunity. I've enjoyed reading your posts the past 10 months or so. Good luck!

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Best of luck. Is this a full-time gig? I'm being selfish, but why not do both at the same time?

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Essentially yes. I thought about trying to do both, but I'm stretched enough with school and everything as is, so I thought it would be best for everybody if I chose one and stuck to it.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Good for you, Sam. As long as you're not being muzzled by MLS (which I kind of expect you will be since most league writers are typically limited in what they can criticize) it's good for the fans.

    In your new position, will you be able to break stories ahead of the official press announcements? If so, then, we'll essentially get one more member of the media to cover the fire. If you're muzzled, then we'll hope to get another blogger here as good as you are.

    Thanks for your work. You've definitely improved since starting. And congratulations on landing a job!

  • In reply to Byron:

    I'll definitely be allowed to criticize the team (I made sure of that before I took the offer). However, there will obviously be certain areas in which I'll have to keep quiet. As far as breaking news ahead of the press release, it looks like that will operate on a case-by-case basis. I wish I could give you a better answer, but it's all a bit complicated.

    Thanks a lot for the well wishes though.

  • In reply to Byron:

    While it is sad to see you leave ChicagoNow, it might make my go to fire internet surfing much less convoluted

  • In reply to Byron:

    Concur with others.. its been a pleasure to get some coverage of the team lacking in the local papers. And have appreciated the combination of news and opinion.

    Hey, maybe Luis would want to come back from his nightlife reporting.... nah, probably not.

    Good Luck Sam and will be looking for you on mlsnet.com

  • In reply to Byron:

    Man, this week keeps on getting worse. First Busch, now this. Whatever, sounds lie you'll be doing relatively the same thing. Just curious, how much do you get paid for this? Just trying to encourage new authors. Best of luck.

  • In reply to Byron:

    Congrats on the new the gig Sam!

  • In reply to Byron:

    Congratz man! Best of luck to you and I can't wait to see you up on the new website!

  • In reply to Byron:

    Congrats. I will definitely read you over there too. Any word on when that new site will happen?

  • In reply to cweimers:

    It should be up very soon

  • In reply to cweimers:

    Thanks to everybody for your well wishes. They mean a lot to me. I've said it before and I'll say it again, this site would have been nothing without all of you so thanks a lot for making it what it is.

  • In reply to cweimers:

    Damn, and I just got a ChicagoNow password so I could start posting comments.

    Good luck and congrats!

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Good luck! I was getting pretty used to checking in on the blog every morning - you will be missed!

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Best of luck to you, Sam.
    Thanks for covering the Fire the past few months!!

  • DJ,

    Thanks for that. I'd love to do it just to read comments about grammar, lack of posts, and general dissatisfaction with the blog writer actually having a life. I'd also love to write complete articles about nonsense like protein shakes and Lunesta.

  • Good luck, I sent Charlie Corr an email saying that I was grateful for his and your blog due to the lack of coverage in the mainstream media. You post more frequently than he does and I've become more reliant on your blog than any other, thanks for all of the great coverage during this crazy offseason, had you not been posting daily updates and a lot of the time multiple times a day, I may have had a nervous breakdown.

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