When I left The Post-Star of Glens Falls in September after nearly six years to return home to Philadelphia, I thought my days of writing about the Phantoms were over. Honestly, I wanted it that way.
I’d been covering the Phantoms as a full-time beat for three years, and had been writing about the saga of the AHL’s return to Glens Falls for even longer. The stories seemed to be stuck on repeat: the team was never any good, the city always on the cusp of losing hockey for good, Allentown a perpetually teasing dot bobbing on the horizon.
Even the carrot of the lockout’s solo stage — I have a real knack for timing — couldn’t move me to stay.
I’d had enough. Or so I thought. When Marcello approached me about the idea of contributing to this site, I realized that there were still people and places I was too invested in to let go. And if I’m following them, I might as well be writing about them.
I have no interest in returning to the day-to-day grind of the beat. For the best on-the-ground coverage, you can’t beat reading The Post-Star’s blog and following their new beat writer, Diana C. Nearhos, on Twitter. That’s where you’ll get all your breaking news, injury reports and game recaps.
But I believe I can use my experience to add some context and offer an opinion here and there. The plan is to write every Friday, at least until I feel I’ve gotten too far away from the team to have anything fresh to say, or until I’ve found a full-time gig. There’s no substitute for being there every day and talking to the guys, and as a reporter at heart, I’m not going to fake insight I don’t have.
Fair warning, though. I’m as much interested in whether Glens Falls can sustain an AHL team as I am whether Jason Akeson is going to develop a two-way game. I’m more interested in debating whether the Flyers have an obligation to field a competitive AHL team — something they haven’t in a long time — than cooing over some 19-year-old kid’s “silky mitts.” (Really guys, can we retire that one?) And even though the name of this site is “Flyers Faithful,” I’m not a fan, and I’m probably still going to get under the skin of your favorite franchise once in a while.
I hope you all stick around anyway. The thing I’ve missed most about blogging is the community we had. I’m looking forward to hearing from my old friends from The Post-Star days and meeting some new ones here. It’s no fun if you aren’t commenting. So please email me at email@example.com with any suggestions or just to talk.
Thanks for having me. I’ll see you Friday.