After two-and-a-half years, SB Nation Dallas is undergoing drastic changes, and long-time associate editor JP Starkey says goodbye.
Goodbye, SB Nation Dallas.
After two-and-a-half years, SB Nation's regional program are undergoing drastic changes. From Monday forward, you'll find the best-of the Dallas regional blog content found here -- which means this is good bye for for the staff here at SBN Dallas.
A lot changed in the last two-and-a-half years in the Dallas sports world, and over the past two-and-a-half years, we've covered all of those changes here at SB Nation Dallas.
We covered the only two Texas Rangers teams to reach the World Series -- though, I suspect the Rangers will be back in the World Series sooner rather than later. No, the result of each Fall Classic wasn't what Texas fans had in mind, but those two years are still the best in franchise history -- and the Rangers will forever be linked to one of the all-time great World Series'.
We covered the Dallas Mavericks' first-ever NBA title. For Mavs fans, I can't imagine that there could have been anything sweeter than avenging their 2006 NBA Finals loss by defeating the Super Friends version of the Miami Heat in 2011.
We covered Robert Griffin III's ascent from a toolsy quarterback, to Heisman Trophy winner, to No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft. In the same time, Baylor's football program became legitimate, and Baylor's basketball program reached the Elite 8 in 2012. Not too shabby for one of Texas' smaller schools.
Conversely, we covered the Texas Longhorns' fall from dominance.
We covered Super Bowl XLV, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (thank goodness). My Super Bowl XLV and XLVI halftime show reviews were quite popular -- and popular enough to receive plenty of hate mail. But come on, we can all agree that the Black Eyed Peas and Madonna were awful, right?
For better or for worse, we covered Wade Phillips' firing, and Jason Garrett's first two full years in Dallas as head coach -- both of which ending with losses in win-and-in games for the NFC East crown in Week 17. Unlike the Rangers, it might be awhile before the Cowboys are relevant again.
We covered the NHL lockout, and hopefully, a resolution will come soon. The Stars have built an exciting, young roster, and Stars fans deserve to be able to watch them grow.
Helping run SB Nation Dallas has been enjoyable. I never expected that it would end up being as fun as it was, but it truly was a great time. I never expected that I'd interview an NFL Hall of Famer (Hello, Randy White), but I did. It's unfortunate that changes are coming, but change is inevitable; and this is business, after all.
Needless to say, thanks to Brett Perryman for asking me to help out two and a half years ago, and thanks to Jonathan Tjarks for keeping me around after Brett left. Thanks to Robbie Griffin, Christopher Fittz, Maurice London, Liam Ponting, and Charley Code for their contributions, and of course, for the always humorous weekly NFL picks in 2010 and 2011. Thanks to KD Drummond, Tom Ryle, Luther Xue, John Stathas, Andrew Tobolowsky and Willie Funk for their contributions throughout this past year.
And of course, thank you for reading at any point in the past two-and-a-half years.