Rufus on Fire.
That is the very first legitimate website I wrote for. Ben Swanson was complaining about someone skipping out on the recap once and I joked that if I was on staff I would never miss a recap. Four years later and I never missed a recap. Told you Ben!
Four years is a long time. In the span of that four years I’ve seen so much change in not just my life, but at this wonderful site as well and in the team we cover. I joined during the Mike Dunlap season when the team was so pathetic that the Josh McRoberts trade was the franchise’s best deal in years. I watched the franchise return to respectability, re-brand, disappoint, exceed expectations, and disappoint yet again. I watched Charlotte hit their lowest lows and reach the highest highs. I was so happy to be a part of all of it.
As the team changed, so did the site. We grew from a goofy place trying to make the most of a bad franchise to THE destination for Hornets basketball. There is nowhere better to find analysis, debate, or discussion on the Charlotte Hornets than At The Hive. This is what I am most proud of. When Josh promoted to me to an assistant editor two years ago I took the role with excitement. I wanted to help him put our own mark on the site, and I feel like we succeeded.
This is hard. It really is, but I’m here to say that I will be leaving At The Hive. Over the last few years I’ve had a lot of changes in my life. I moved away from home, graduated college, and entered the real world.
With every step of this came a bittersweet feeling that I was saying goodbye to yet another part of my adolescence. I had to go be a big grown up and that’s scary and I don’t like it one bit. While I didn’t join At The Hive until college, it really was the last piece of my adolescence. The last part of my life from a time where I didn’t really have any responsibilities.
Why I’m leaving At The Hive I can’t say right now. It will become more known in the future, but I can say it’s a step in my life that I’m scared to make but also extremely excited for. However, as I take that step I will not forget the site I started at. The site that made me the writer I am.
I want to thank Andrew Lynch, Bo Churney, Matt Moore, Ian Levy, Ben Swanson, Matt Cianfrone, Mike Dyce, Jack Jorgensen, and Joshua Priemski. Some of you were mentors. Others were editors. A few of you are people I can call great friends, but all of you made me a better writer in one way or another. I can’t thank all of you enough.
To Nick, Russell, Doug, Daniel, Tucker, David, future assistant coach of the Hornets Steve, Dylan, Stephen, the other Chris, Jack, Johnny, the other Josh, Nik, Quinn, Reinis, Ross, Trent, Po Po Ashton and anybody that has ever written even one article for Rufus on Fire/ At The Hive. Thank you so much for everything you did. The site would not be what it is today without you.
Thanks to Crystal, Blake, Jack, Eric, Zach, Zac, Cole, and Josh. You guys let me whine and complain during moments I thought all of this was pointless. Squad forever.
To the readers and trolls. You guys rule. Thanks for clicking for all these years.
I have to cut the list short there or this is is going to be 1000 words and nobody everyone knows no one reads past the first 500 words. The analytics prove it’s true. Don’t lie to me and say you have.
I believe in the Hornets. I think they will be back on track and all of you have a lot to be excited for in the future. Just know that while I might not be writing here, I’ll be right there with you watching every Kemba Walker crossover. At The Hive will always have a special place in my heart.
Goodbyes suck. So how about instead of goodbye, see you later. Catch you in the comments section.