Friday, April 24, 2009. 4:19 PM.
That’s when I got the e-mail from Tom Ziller inviting me to join the front page staff of Sactown Royalty. I warned him that I might not have as much time to write stupid song lyrics — like my hits Hey Ricky and Douby Tuesday — in the coming months, as I was expecting my first child in December. I made my debut the following Monday, and have been at it ever since.
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37 Fan Posts.
I wrote for Sactown Royalty as my life evolved. I’m now married with three kids. I have a mortgage. I’ve written for the SB Nation news desk. I helped provide coverage for Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals. I’ve been credentialed. I’ve had those credentials taken away. I’ve developed relationships with people in the media, in the Kings organization, and in the fan base. I’ve made some people very mad along the way. I’m blocked on twitter by Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins. I’ve covered the Kings relocation saga, Kings games shut down by protests, and now a season shut down by global pandemic. I’ve interviewed Kings owners and players. And yet I’ve somehow never covered a Kings playoff game.
I have a lot of people to thank:
Tom Ziller, for giving me a shot, for believing in me, and for supporting me for 11 years and counting. I’ve never met Tom, and I remain convinced he’s a robot, a cat, or both.
Akis, for taking up the mantle when Ziller departed, and for letting me run wild with my dumb ideas. You’ve often been the calmer of the two of us, and you kept me from setting things on fire.
To the entire staff. We have such an amazing collection of writers and creators here. It’ a true joy to read the words these folks have created, and to interact with them behind the scenes. The staff here are my friends, even though I’ve only met a handful of them in person. We share our highs and our lows, and we all want each other to become our best. Except Brad. We all truly hate Brad.
Seth Pollack of SBN. Seth is one of many great people at SBN. I’ve struggled over the last few months since we found out we would be let go from this site. I mean, “let go from the site” doesn’t do it justice. This place is a family in every sense of the word. We argue, we insult each other, we have inside jokes that have lasted for years, we have racist uncles and pervert uncles and...damn we got a lot of weird uncles in here. But we all want the same thing, even though we lose sight of it from time to time. But back to why I’m thanking Seth. Seth has managed the SB Nation NBA communities for years now. When we got the news in December, he gave us full support to end our run on our own terms. I’m endlessly appreciate of the freedom he’s allowed us in this difficult time, and the support and guidance he’s provided us for years.
To the readers, because you’re really the life blood of this all. I started as nothing more than a person in the comments section. Then I wrote fanposts. And that led to all of this, but only because I learned from arguing with everyone. The comments section still makes me laugh constantly. I still learn from reading your comments. Without you, none of this would have happened. And I mean that in a good way.
We hope you’ll join us on our next steps. If you got to KingsHerald.com you can sign up to be notified when the site officially launches. We’re on track to launch in April. I can’t wait for you to see what we have for you. It’ll be a little different without actual basketball to cover, but half the time we weren’t really writing about basketball anyway. We write fan fiction, satire, community pieces...hell, I wrote my dad’s obituary on this site. We’re going to be doing more of the same at our new digs.
It breaks my heart to lose this site. It’s a gut punch. Knowing that after today I won’t be logging in each morning, checking the comments for flags, checking the dashboard for posts to publish, it’s going to be a weird adjustment. This place has been my internet home for the last decade. I’ve seen it grow and evolve and flourish. I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done here, even if we made mistakes along the way. I really wish we could have covered a playoff series here. Alas.
Take care of yourselves. We’ll see you in the comments on the new site. Wash your hands.