christmas party snowmanAlthough I started writing Bleacher Nation in my mind years before I put finger to keyboard, the nominal birthday of the site is six years ago, tomorrow. What a little scamp she’s become. Ready for kindergarten.

Christmas means different things to different folks, and, for me, the primary focus is my family. That connection was a significant chunk of why I started BN in the first place, and I try to honor it by stepping back from this place briefly to enjoy the holiday.


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So, in that spirit, I’ll be taking tomorrow off – there is no Masahiro Tanaka news to derail my plan this year – and you won’t see anything new up at the site. (Fun fact: because I couldn’t take Christmas off last year thanks to Tanaka, there have been 730 consecutive days here at BN with at least one new post. I think that’s two parts “brag,” one part “shame.”)

Whatever holidays you do or don’t celebrate, be they this week or next or some months past, I wish you the best. Merry Christmas from me and my family to you and yours.

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Thank you for reading, commenting, discussing, befriending, Tweeting, Facebooking, and supporting the site. None of this works without you. Don’t think that is lost on me, and I don’t require a holiday to reflect on how fortunate I am to be here, doing this. It still strikes me every day.

Thank you to Luke for his contributions, which are always interesting and insightful. I am also consistently struck by how similarly we see things … and yet he comes at them from just enough of a different angle that it forces me to think. I like to think.

Thank you to The Wife for her support six years ago when I was bouncing writing ideas off of her. For her support when I put those ideas into this place mornings, nights, and weekends while lawyering. For her support when I wanted to turn this place into a full-time job. And for her support and partnership in raising those two kids you may have heard me mention from time to time.


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Speaking of that wife and those kids, I think I’ll go join them now.

See you on the 26th.


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