The Nosebleeds says goodbye

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Four years after creating this blog while I was bored taking a poop, it has come time for me to step away from running The Nosebleeds. I don’t know how long I’ll be gone or if I’ll ever be back, but it’s a bittersweet decision nonetheless.

When I started the site I had no real expectations from it. I was a bored college kid with far too much free time over summer break and thought I knew everything about sports, so I figured what the hell.

I didn’t know if anyone would care enough to read any of the bullshit I published here, and at first nobody really did. Except my mom, she’s read everything on here…and I’m pretty sure she has a lesser opinion of me because of it. Thanks, mom!

But, as it turns out, a good amount of you guys really like watching people get hit in the nuts, punched in the face, and other things along those lines. It took me a while, but I eventually figured out the true meaning of the Internet.

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I debated on whether or not to write a goodbye post, partially because I didn’t know if anyone would really miss the site, but also partly because I don’t know when or if I’ll be back.

But I decided that if there was a chance this is all she wrote (and there’s a good chance that may be the case) that I at least owed it to you guys to say thanks for the ride.  Through nearly 6,500 posts, I’ve made a lot of friends here over the last four years – even if I’ve never even met some of you.

If you’ve stuck around long enough, you’ll also know I’ve also made quite a few enemies – especially in the comments section. For instance, this guy:

1381897_10200718439463643_2043344844_nBut to anyone who has visited the site – whether it was the millions of you who somehow got sent here for Ashton Kutcher’s Teen Choice Awards speech (our most popular post ever)  or those who came to watch me attempt (and miserably fail)  the “Gallon Challenge” –  thanks for making me feel like I wasn’t wasting my time.

I also need to thank everyone who has helped contribute to the site over the years. I’ve gotten so much help that I’m afraid if I try to mention all of you individually that I might forget someone and feel really bad about it.

But I especially want to thank the original three people who were willing to lend their name when TNB was in its infant stages – Jim Lyons, Tom Shea and, yes, even Mike Silva…who may or may not still be alive doing sketchy things in Saugus, MA. Without those guys the site would have never gotten off the ground and getting there never would have been as much fun.

As for what’s next, I will be moving over to Next Impulse Sports full-time. I’ve been lending a hand over there recently and it’s time to go all-in and make big things happen with an amazing team of Internet destroyers. If you’ve enjoyed the content you’ve seen here, you’ll be able to continue finding it (and a lot more of it) over there moving forward. The game the same, it just got more fierce.

So, while I haven’t exactly figured out what will become of The Nosebleeds from this point on, it’s sad to be moving on from something that I’ve spent so much time on and worked so hard to build over the past handful of years. It’s a tough decision but I think it’s the right one at the right time.

As the site’s unexpected success continued to grow, I hoped that it would lead to bigger opportunities. That’s exactly what it has done, and I’m very thankful and grateful for that. I hope you’ll  join me – along with Sully and Stafki, who will be coming with me to Next Impulse – as we move on to another, exciting venture.

I once promised in my first post that this site would not suck; I hope I kept my promise.

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Pete Blackburn
Founder & lead editor of The Nosebleeds. Journalism graduate of Endicott College, Class of 2013. Boston born & raised.