Saturday, January 4, 2014

Oh NOES! He’s BACK!

As some of you know, last October I lost my “day job” and decided to semi-retire and start my own business. Little did I know that when the boss is always in your head, you have no choice but to work your arse off.

That’s what I’ve been doing since November of 2012. Any semblance of “retirement” is gonna have to wait for a while.

There was a brief time in late spring/early summer where I also had to care for an aging parent who’d been injured in an unfortunate accident. That was followed by a somewhat difficult, if not productive second quarter of 2013.

The third and fourth quarters of 2013 were much more successful and, while I’m in no position to coast yet, I should have more time to communicate with the dedicated readers of I Bleed Crimson Red.

I’ll likely be blogging more, and with the 2014 mid-term elections looming in November, you’ll likely see more political content here than you have in the last couple of years.

If you find yourself somewhere left of center on political matters, you may not be pleased. I’ll be blogging content from and linking to sites such as HotAir.com, AoSHQ, and other assorted right-leaning blogs.

But I also hope to be talking about the upcoming playoff system in college football for the 2014 season and beyond. It’s been my reserved belief that a four-team system is the best one and that expansion beyond that is both wasteful and harmful to the importance of the regular season.

There’s also the issue of the nine-game SEC football schedule, to which I am bitterly opposed. You’ll hear from me that traditional rivalries like the Third Saturday in October and the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry are much more important to the culture and texture of college football than the media’s desire to “move on.” I expect to make that argument forcefully and repeatedly in the near future.

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the dedicated readership. Millions of page views, hundreds of comments and thousands of external links are I wasn’t doing it wrong. I love hearing from you on Twitter and Facebook, and I hope to improve my presence at Tidefans.com, which has always been my “home forum” for all things Crimson.

Believe me when I say, “I listen to you.”

May you all have a blessed, safe, healthy and prosperous 2014, and please stay tuned.

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