The end of the 2013 draft means my official duties at the Boston Globe have ended. I start as a senior writer at Sports Illustrated next week.
Just wanted to say a few words, and then Iíll be off.
Thank you to everyone at the Globe, from partners Shalise Manza Young, Mike Whitmer and Monique Jones, to the unheralded editors on the desk, the top-notch Boston.com crew and my supervisors, Joe Sullivan and Scott Thurston. I couldnít have done the job the way I wanted to unless my colleagues -- especially Shalise -- did theirs well. So thank you. And my editors were terrific. They believed in my vision for the job, and let me execute it. For a guy from Athol who graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury, it was a dream come true to come home and write for the Globe in Will McDonoughís space. And it was everything I hoped it would be.
Thanks to my compradres on the Patriots beat. A lot of good and talented people. Read everybody. And to the top-notch Patriotsí PR staff, and the coaches, personnel staff and players -- they all gave me a me a fair shake to earn their trust.
And thank you to the readers. I received so many great messages on Twitter and email that it left me, truly, speechless. As a journalist, you hope to be accurate, fair and provide some insight. It seems like I was able to accomplish my goals, which is very satisfying. Thank you for reading me with an open mind. I know some of my opinions werenít popular and were against the tide at times, but I always put forth my honest opinion because I thought you deserved nothing less. You guys are tough, no doubt, but you made me better.
I never really thought about leaving the Globe, but the opportunity presented to me by Peter King and Sports Illustrated was really too good to pass up, both professionally and personally for me and my family. A lot of the details are still being formulated for the site within SI.com, but my role should expand some of the analysis that has been the meat of my Globe duties, and allow me to do more in-depth stories. The new site will launch July 22nd, and you likely wonít see much of my work until then. I will still be based in the Boston area, so Iím sure Iíll be keeping a close eye on the Patriots.
All the best. Donít be a stranger.
And now his watch has ended....
One more for the road (for both of us): DEMPS SIREN.