The Least Significant Retirement Announcement You Will Ever Read

I love the Denver Nuggets.  I have blogged about them for almost six years.  I took to the internet in the spring of 2007 to complain about Allen Iverson’s shot selection in the 2007 playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs.  Born a Nuggets Fan was, well, born.  When I started blogging I never imagined anyone would ever find my work, let alone take the time to read it.  Regardless, I spent hours watching and re-watching the games every night.  Charting the number of passes the team made before every shot like Norman Dale or recounting a step by step defensive breakdown.  I agonized over mistakes as if by documenting them, I could prevent them from happening again.

Much to my surprise one day I received an email from Matt at Blog a Bull and he offered me an opportunity to be the Nuggets blogger at SB Nation.  I was thrilled beyond words because it was the first evidence that anyone had read anything I wrote.  Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity and Pickaxe and Roll was established.  I knew at the very least people would be able to find my work.  At SB Nation I was able to come into contact with other exceptional bloggers and started making video breakdowns.

Other people were indeed reading my work.  Two of those people were Henry Abbott and Kevin Arnovitz.  After a great year with SB Nation Kevin contacted me and offered me a spot with a brand new network that he and Henry were putting together called the TrueHoop Network.  Although I was completely happy with SBN I leapt at the possibility to be associated with ESPN.

Being a part of the TrueHoop Network is one of the coolest things I have ever experienced.  I have had a chance to do things I never through were possible when I started concocting my drivel six years ago.

I write this now because I have reached a point in my life where I no longer have the time or energy to continue to blog about the Nuggets.  In reality I have been done for a while as anyone who frequents RMC knows.  I rarely post anything anymore so this really does not change much of anything around here.  There may be some who read this wondering who I am and who let me write this.

It pleases me greatly to know that I leave behind me a great team of writers to carry RMC into the future.  Kalen will take over as the administrator/owner of the blog and he, Joel, Charlie, Matt and Tom will continue to provide the day to day content.

In conclusion I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way.  Thank you to Matt at Blog a Bull for my opportunity at SBN.  Thank you to Henry and Kevin for my time with the TrueHoop Network.  Thank you to Howard Beck who offered me a chance to contribute to Off the Dribble.  Thank you to ESPN for the opportunities to have my work on ESPN.com.  Thank you to my fellow bloggers who I have had the pleasure of collaborating with over the years and for those who linked to my work.  Thank you to the Nuggets for the times I have been credentialed and for opening up to bloggers.  Thank you to Kalen, Charlie, Joel, Matt and Tom for providing great Nuggets coverage when I no longer could.  Thank you to my family for putting up with me when I was sleep deprived and grumpy from writing until 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning.

Finally, thanks to the readers.  I appreciate the time you all spend reading our work and without you, there is no need for us.  You have no idea how happy I am that so many of you have found my work worthwhile.

I am excited to see how RMC continues to grow.  I know the best is yet to come.

With that I only have one more thing to say.

Go Nuggets!

  • Tom

    Jeremy,

    Thanks for all you’ve done here, and thanks for the opportunity you’ve given us to carry on in your stead! It will be a great challenge to maintain the standards you’ve set for RMC.

    You’re always welcome to rejoin us, even if it’s just a comment or a quick guest post.

    Go Nuggets!

    -Tom

  • ionic06

    Thanks for all you have done. It’s been great watching the site grow and become part of my daily routine. Thanks gain and best of luck

  • ben

    thanks jeremy! be proud of what you’ve done here. no other team has a blog like this one on truehoop, and we are truly thankful.

  • marcus

    Yo, i started reading this blog when you perty much where the only one who wrote. I enjoyed your writing very much. you are a better writer than these new guys, though they are ok. peace out.

  • http://soundcloud.com/maculate Maculate

    Say it isn’t so Jeremy! I have been reading this blog ever since it’s affiliation with Truehoop and it is my #1 source for the Nuggets. Thanks for everything.

  • Kalen

    Thanks Jeremy. You are the Godfather of Nuggets blogging in my eyes. The opportunity you have presented me is something I never thought I’d see. You will be missed greatly!

  • http://DenverStiffs Nate Timmons

    Jeremy,

    Enjoyed reading your take all these years! I can still remember a few of my Nuggets diehard friends emailing me a link to Pickaxe and Roll back when I was blogging/moderating for a very little known Nuggets board. It was awesome to read someone who had a completely new view on the team and could write about the game in such a unique way.

    It was great getting to meet you at Pepsi Center the night Faried was drafted – finally to put a face with the writer I felt I knew for years! Ha

    Best of luck to you in your future endeavors. You are leaving things in excellent hands with the staff here, but You will be missed!

    Thanks for all your work!
    Nate Timmons

  • https://twitter.com/denbutsu Joel

    Jeremy, you’re the reason I’m here, both in the sense that your Nuggets writing and film room work inspired me to give blogging a try in the first place, and in that you graciously allowed me the opportunity to contribute here. You’ll always have my gratitude for both those things, and you most definitely will be missed very much by all of us. Thanks so much for all you’ve done, I really do appreciate it.

  • #yoloswag

    Jeremy I’ve enjoyed your writing for a few years now you’ll be missed!

    Good luck with your future!

  • Matt

    Jeremy,

    A huge thank you for everything you have done for the site. I never could have imagined that I would have ended up on the Truehoop Network in any way shape or form. I am forever grateful for the opportunity that you presented me and will do everything that I can to help continue the great foundation that you left here at RMC. Thanks again and good luck with the future.

    Matt

  • Tom2

    Jeremy,
    I remember back in the day when it was just you writing. Your writing style and analysis has always been very good, and is the reason I kept coming back. I can’t recall ever disagreeing with anything you wrote, which is pretty amazing to me; it’s like your thoughts on the Nuggets and basketball in general mirrored mine. You have better takes than most professional sports commentators. Thanks for all of your hard work!
    Tom

  • KW

    Thanks Jeremy,

    We are at the top of the NBA in two categories, best mascot and best true hoop blog.

  • magster

    Your video breakdowns were the best. Hopefully you’re finding time to still follow the team as this will be the year!

    Best wishes.

  • Graham

    Thank you Jeremy for all of your time and for your love of the game. It shows a true love to do something to your best and not even know if anybody is caring about it. Respect to you and Go Nuggets!

  • Dave

    I see what you are doing here…always a true nuggets fan, pulling a ray lewis so the nuggets will win one for the gipper…thanks for your work jeremy

  • Gaston

    Thanks and good luck man! This is the blog I check most frequently – you guys have done an awesome job and you should be proud. Fingers crossed for some Nuggets playoff magic!

  • OriginalJakeSauce

    Thank you for the years of grind. I hope to hear a solid piece out of you when the nuggets are in the 2nd round this year.

  • DH

    Jeremy, it’s just like you to downplay your contributions (in your article title). As someone who lives and breathes Nuggets basketball, but who has to do so from out of state, you and your blog have been a lifesaver. Your writing will be sorely missed. Good luck to you, though, in all your endeavors!

  • k

    Jeremy, been reading you since the beginning. I used to ask you lots of stuff on the live chats during games. I liked how u let stats and basketball drive your writing. Not emotion. Especially with the melo drama, yo pay the max, or to tank to get better. I guess you were right. Anyways, thanks for your hard work. Good luck in the future. Rmc will never be as golf

  • k

    Jeremy, been reading you since the beginning. I used to ask you lots of stuff on the live chats during games. I liked how u let stats and basketball drive your writing. Not emotion. Especially with the melo drama, yo pay the max, or to tank to get better. I guess you were right. Anyways, thanks for your hard work. Good luck in the future. Rmc will never be as good.

  • doktarr

    When I started reading the first paragraph, I thought Allen Iverson had announced his retirement. :D

    Happy trails, Jeremy.

  • bill

    Hey Jeremy,

    Started reading during pickaxe & roll and have always loved your updates. Thanks for all that you’ve done.

  • Nick

    Jeremy,

    As a nuggets fan living in NYC, RMC has been my first stop for Nuggets news. Thank you so much for all those years of hard work.

  • Damon Ables

    As an out of state nuggets fan it pains me at how frequently I get shafted on coverage of my team, despite the consistent success the nuggets display. I found roundball the year the nuggets lost to the jazz in the first round and instantly called my best friend. “Dude there’s this blog online you’ve got to check out.” “Blog like tumblr blog? Like hipster kids posting pictures of the sunset?” “No man they only write about the nuggets!” “What’s the URL?” And just like that for the last three to four years when I wanted to keep tabs on my nugs I turned to roundball. I’ve learned so much about the team and the sport, I owe a big piece of my fandom to RMC. You have my sincerest gratitude.

    GO NUGGETS!!!

  • Native Nugget

    Jeremy,

    Good luck in what ever you choose to do with your time. I’ve been a Nuggs fan my whole life and when I found this blog late in 2012 I was stoked! It instantly became my go to favorite. Thank you for your contribution no just in terms of the posts you made – but in terms of giving you heart to this blog and shaping it to be a true resource for inspired fans to learn, engage and share the passion.

  • Josh

    Let me guess: A New York affiliated company bought you out? It was a pleasure reading your work but if you dont have time for the Nuggs, kick rocks, buddy, cause we will still rock on.

    Go Nuggets!

  • steve

    I agree with one of the posters above. I live in PA and it used to be so hard to find a good read on the Nuggets until i found this site about 2 years ago. Jeremy, you were one of the reasons i kept reading several times a week since then. I love the commentary and insight you brought to RMC. You will be truly missed. Good Luck in all you do. GO NUGS!

  • dynamo.joe

    Thx for you time Jeremy. I always enjoyed your work.

    As K says, RMC will never be as golf.