Over four and a half years ago, the fine people of SB Nation took a chance on a kid with no writing/blogging experience of any kind - only a passion for the Miami Dolphins. Since that time, that kid has had the opportunity to interview Dolphins players (like Jason Taylor and Brian Hartline), South Florida sports writers (like Dave Hyde and Greg Cote), and national football writers (like Michael Lombardi and Wes Bunting) - all while building the biggest, most knowledgeable, and most passionate Miami Dolphins community on the internet.
Of course the lucky kid I'm referring to is myself. And truthfully, I still can't believe SBN gave me this opportunity back in 2006. I had just graduated college and was starting graduate school. I had no track record of running and growing a website like this. And I certainly never believed it would have grown to what it has become today.
I essentially planned on using this platform as my outlet, my escape, from grad school work. Hell, we all know that this football team drives us friggin' mad most of the time. So I figured writing about the week to week and year to year disappointments of the Dolphins would be very good therapy. Living up in New Jersey, there obviously aren't many Dolphins fans to vent with. So I thought that the platform SBN was providing me would also help me cope with the annual frustration that we all have come to expect out of this team by interacting with a few Dolphins fans.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think that "a few Dolphins fans" would turn into the community that we've all built here. We're now talking about a Miami Dolphins community that has just under 7,000 members now. The way this community came together was something I never expected.
And that's what makes this more difficult than I thought it would be. But I'm sure you've noticed by now that I haven't been around much since my vacation a couple weeks ago. That's because I've had to give up the day-to-day duties of writing for the site and managing the community. In a nut shell, I recently accepted a new job that is a great opportunity for me. And running this site would just be too much to handle with the new job.
I still hope to contribute as much as I can here at The Phinsider once I get my feet under me at the new job. I will certainly still be active on Twitter - especially as a way to pass some time on the train each day. So do follow me on Twitter - if you're into that sort of thing.
I want to sincerely thank all of you for reading, commenting, and posting. This place would not be the amazing community it is today without all of you interacting and making this the kind of place that I'm very proud to say I was a part of.
With that said, I couldn't be more absolutely thrilled that the person who will be taking over the day-to-day duties of running The Phinsider is not just a member of our community but also one of the most respected, knowledgeable, and level-headed contributors to this site. That's right, the new Managing Editor and Lead Blogger is none other than Kevin - more affectionately known as "Mosul_DolFan."
So here's to the end of one era here at The Phinsider - and the beginning of another. I'm so happy that I have the opportunity to hand off total control of the site to somebody whom I trust. I know Mosul is going to take this blog to the next level. And like all of you, I'll be along for the ride each and every week here at The Phinsider.
It's been a privilege and an honor to lead this blog for the past four and a half years. But all good things must come to an end.
With that said, all I got to say is...