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Finally, some leg room

June 18, 2008

Since when is it acceptable to have a 112 day break between posts?  Surely this was not in the EOB constitution when the bylaws were drafted, right?

Stuff happens, sometimes you get caught and have to spend 16 weeks in the slammer.  Or something like that.

Since Christmas Day, I’ve posted six times.  Four within the week of the trade deadline (you remember, the day the Jackets died, right?).  Truth Serum?  23 posts.  He’s been keeping things coming in so we can keep the power on.

There’s been a lot going on for me internally related to this website.  Some of it I talked about in February, and I think what I hit on that is most true is that I just wanted to be a fan for a while.  Not somebody who felt an obligation to the site, to readers, to the dozens of emails I get per week asking for a link exchange, or anybody else but myself.  I wanted to sit on my couch and yell at Ron Hainsey to keep the puck in the zone, to smile to myself when Rick Nash made a great play but just missed scoring a goal, and to rebuild my optimism in my team.

The thought of coming here daily to “give you what you expect from me” was daunting, paralyzing, and eventually made it impossible to even log on here.  Twelve months ago, I was reading over 20 hockey blogs daily.  Now, I haven’t read one in over a month.  In all honesty, it’s been kind of nice.

But the reality of the situation for me is that I don’t want this site to die.  I do, however, intend for my tone and audience to change a bit.  Mostly, I’m going to get back to my EOB roots, and I’m going to write for me.  Some of my best (read: personal favorite) posts here have been those that were not directed towards a specific game/event in hockey, but were commentary on things in hockey or sports in general that I wanted to talk about.  As EOB grew, I increasingly felt like an unpaid reporter.  News is necessary, but if I’m writing for that type of audience, I’d prefer to get paid.  Commentary comes naturally and it’s fun for me, and it’s where I’ll start directing myself.  It’s the only way this site will survive.

If anybody still stops by here, thanks.  I hope you find things to your liking (and regularly updated) as we go forward.

Thanks for stopping by the End of the Bench.  Come back soon.

– Drew

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2 comments

  1. […] Frictionless Insight wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt Since when is it acceptable to have a 112 day break between posts?  Surely this was not in the EOB constitution when the bylaws were drafted, right? Stuff happens, sometimes you get caught and have to spend 16 weeks in the slammer.  Or something like that. Since Christmas Day, I’ve posted six times.  Four within the week of the trade deadline (you remember, the day the Jackets died, right?).  Truth Serum?  23 posts.  He’s been keeping things coming in so we can keep the power on. There’s be […]


  2. Glad to see that the medication is working and you can post again. Your voice is needed to combat the delusional fan-boys and pucktards who populate the local hockey blogs around here. For instance, did you know that the Mats Sundin is NOT coming here in spite of what the locals are demanding? Did you know that Scott Howson is not going to piss away $15 mil a year on Brian Campbell?

    Welcome back and get to work!



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