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Grizzly Bear Blues will be changing hands to new management

Gather around, folks

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"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

-Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass

Indeed, the time has come, y'all. You might have noticed I haven't been around much the past few months. As much as it coincides with a bit of a Grizzlies dumpster fire – it is not related to my absence. I've had an opportunity to move into the fascinating industry of optics and forge a new career that looks to be very promising for me and my family. I so very much wanted this new facet of my life to mesh with my very beloved and cherished world of Grizzlies blogging, but I've had some honest talks with myself and I know that I cannot dutifully carry out the full time role as GBB manager right now. At least not the way I think it deserves to be managed. And so I must bid you farewell as your Managing Editor.

This by no means comes without lamentations. You all have been my world for the past three years. You, the readers, and you, my staff (who better be reading this!). When I took over this site it was in desperate need of activity and identity. Just as I was as a lost 30-year-old Memphian. The opportunity to run this blog came during a very low point in my life. A lot of people sail through their late 20's and coast normally into a mid-life breakdown at the appropriate ages of 40-50. I was not one of those. I was psychologically reeling during my late 20's and early 30's, and getting to share myself with you all really went an incredible way towards me being able to find my footing in this crazy world once again. I know I've learned a lot about myself from the effort to grow and develop Grizzly Bear Blues, and it's been a real honor and privilege to share my thoughts and emotions with you all along the way.

I've met and interacted with some incredibly special people along the way who deserve just as much credit as I do for turning GBB into a Memphis Grizzlies staple. It was just as much fun, if not more fun, to watch my staff and my friends blossom into blogging rock stars as it ever was to toot my own horn and showcase my own talents. We're all here together for one reason, the Memphis Grizzlies, but this experience was honestly way more about creating a community. We might not be the biggest blog out there in the NBA world, but the number of genuine, beautiful souls that I've had the pleasure of bringing into my life has been far more valuable than any broadcast of my ego.

Not that I won't stick a feather in my hat over what we've built here. This website will always be something that's very important to me and something of which I am truly proud. However, it's someone else's turn now. I'll be stepping back into a role as Manager Emeritus while the SB Nation team decides how to best transition to new management. Until everything is hashed out I have the pleasure of turning things over to Joe Mullinax and Matt Bishop as interim co-managers. These are two of the finest gentlemen I've been able to call friends and teammates, and I know they'll take great care of things here until things get settled. SB Nation will be be conducting an open recruitment for the position. You can apply here.

But you won't be getting rid of me that easily. I'll still be in regular communication with all of GBB and my SB Nation brethren. And hell, maybe taking an official step back will inspire me to dig out more time for blogging as my corporeal life moves forward. But again I really want to thank all of you for reading my work and supporting our blog for the past three years. It will always hold an incredibly special place in my heart.

I'm really excited for the future of Grizzlies Bear Blues (even if it does become covering a lottery team for the next 1, no wait 2, many do we still owe to other teams?) and I know it will be in the best of hands as the Grizzlies themselves try to move into a brave new world.

Stay gold, y'all.


-Chris Faulkner