Hey gang, great to see ya'll again!
Oh yea, about that little month-and-a-half-or-so stint where I didn't publish a single thing on the blog... I should probably comment on that. I'll warn you up front, it's nothing exciting. I wasn't a sleeper agent for the CIA and I didn't get abducted by KFAN or the Star-Trib to get the scoop on the whole He Who Shall Not Be Named fiasco.
Simply put, I got in trouble at work.
I mentioned in my introductory post that I work for a not-so-small television network headquartered in Bristol. I'm not anything special, and I don't even work for the news or production departments, but needless to say, they get a little touchy when one of their employees decides that he wants to be a "blogger." (Some would say that the network is completely terrified of anything related to the internet at all, but that's a conversation for another day.) I told a co-worker I that I took over a Vikings blog, and he made the innocent mistake of telling the wrong person, and before I knew it, I was in front of my department supervisor.
It's a strange sensation when you realize that something you intended on doing as a hobby for nothing could cost you your cushy, well-paying job. A feeling I hope not to run into any time soon. Or ever again.
Technically, what I'm doing here is a violation of rules, but after a few tense conversations, and a few weeks of "checking with the proper authorities" my boss realized that I'm not in this to scoop ESPN in any way, and I'm sure as hell not doing it for the money. In fact, I'm doing it for no money. For some reason, I love this god-forsaken football team and I love the hell they put me through every fall. And I feel like sharing that with people.
So, the good news is: I get to keep writing.
That's also the bad news. For all of you. (If anyone is still reading this.)
So, I'm back. And I make my triumphant return right in the middle of the long, dark, tea-time of the NFL season.
But we're all caught up. Just one more month to camp. Sit tight everyone, this year may not be too terrible.
Or maybe it will be. Who the hell knows.
Check back on Sunday for my training camp preview.
I love you all.