Hello again, Wolfpack Nation. And Goodbye.
Because of changes in corporate strategy, Sports Illustrated is discontinuing most of its team-specific websites, including ours. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that All Wolfpack was just beginning to gain a foothold and hit its stride with the addition of talented former State football player Kenton Gibbs to our staff.
The past three months have been the best of our short existence. But this is the nature of the business these days.
For the past 14 months, I have tried to provide you with fair, objective and entertaining coverage of your favorite teams. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve especially enjoyed getting to know you, the fans better. Wolfpack Nation is a passionate group and often a misunderstood one by those who want to perpetuate tired old stereotypes or those that want to portray the desire for excellence as a negative.
I have a much better appreciation for you. I hope you have a better appreciation for me.
When I was a kid, one of the highlights of my week was going to the mailbox and finding my issue of Sports Illustrated had arrived. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to represent SI. But now it’s time to move on.
I won’t be going away. I’ll continue to write for the North State Journal (nsjonline.com/sports), where I will cover other area schools in addition to the Wolfpack. Just remember, reporting something positive about another team does not make it a negative toward State.
So stay passionate. Stay involved. And stay safe during these crazy times.
For one final time, I’m Brett Friedlander, publisher of SI All Wolfpack.