So, this is it. I was always dreading this moment. Due to financial issues, you’ll get the idea with the link at the end of this, I have had to step aside from the duties of site manager and even contributor (for a while I hope to be back as a once a week contributor in the Fall).
I am going to miss this more than most of you will know. This experience for the last five years has been a thrill that I am putting right at the top of my “Hokie Bucket List”.
I have thousands of pictures, and amazing memories.
There was the 2016/2017 FedEx Kickoff and Belk Bowl that my son Joshua and I covered. The Noah’s Ark game against Duke where it rained so hard that taking pictures was completely useless by the end of the 3rd quarter.
My highest point on the field was covering the 2018 UVA game. The overtime win, getting a snap shot of the fumble recovery, and photographing the players and coaches for the celebration on Worsham Field was special. I don’t even think that I remember how much pain I was in after that game.
I remember the low points, too. ‘That’ Duke game. The Georgia Tech losses... from 2016 and 2018.
There was the ‘Dear Frank’ letter that launched this whole thing, and then this season’s disappointing result that just heartbreaking because of the vitriol coming from Hokie fans who were just mad, and not listening to reality.
I had hoped to finish this job on a high note, after the end of a fun and successful 2021 season - and maybe I’ll get a chance to sling the camera again.. If things work out.
I leave you in the capable hands of Bryan Manning. He’s been one of the best things that I have run into in this job. He’s been the Assistant Editor, and more than that a new friend that I could always count on. He can count on me. Hopefully we’ll chip in with each other as he carries the Talking Turkey podcast into the future.
So, without shedding too many tears, I’ll leave you with a fond ‘See you again, sometime.’ It’s not good bye.. I’ll be commenting, and maybe doing some reporting for Bryan when the time is right, and that time is not up to me, it’s up to:
So, good luck to Nathan and Bryan. I’ll be back in the Fall if at all possible. I sure will be commenting and watching our Hokies.