So, Mike Schur and I just finished recording what will be the last PosCast we do for The Athletic. I realize looking at that sentence that it sounds much more ominous than I intend for it to sound … we’ve had a blast at The Athletic. I’ve had a blast at The Athletic. They’re good people. But I’ll be leaving The Athletic a bit later this summer and, as such, we’re taking the PosCast and I’m taking my writing to new lands.
I hesitated to tell you this for a couple of reasons. One, the natural and reasonable question to ask is: "Why are you leaving The Athletic?” And it’s a particularly reasonable question to ask when a person has bounced around the way I have the last few years. Am I just Larry Brown?
Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer that wouldn’t bore you to tears. What I can say is that we are living through a particularly baffling and volatile time in media. Stuff is constantly changing, opportunities open and close at venus fly trap speeds, and we’re all just doing the best we can. I’ve been one of the lucky ones. The Athletic made me a kind offer to stay, but it isn’t the right offer for me at this moment in my life.
The second question is: Now what? And that one’s tougher because there are things in the works that I can’t talk about yet. I can tell you that I’m super excited about what’s coming, and I promise to let you know as soon as things become official. I hope you’ll be at least a little bit excited about it too. I’m hoping it will be really great.
I can honestly tell you that every day I take a moment to be thankful about my extraordinarily fortunate life. I have no earthly idea how the underachieving son of immigrants ended up traveling the world and writing about the greatest athletes of our time and being connected to so many remarkable people. “Bubba,” the great columnist Ken Burger used to say to me, “we are living the life, aren’t we?”
Yes we are. Thank you again for reading. More to come.