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I’ve decided to step away from VMB for the foreseeable future. This was a difficult decision for me but I have some personal and professional goals that will require time and energy to achieve and I know with the season about to begin, posting about football would be a particularly big distraction from those efforts.

I joined VMB 14 years ago shortly after it was created and when you spend 14 years doing anything it becomes a genuine part of your life. Following the Vikings and discussing them here over that time has been a pretty wild ride and I will miss it. I’ve tried very hard to be earnest and to promote intelligent, interesting discussion. I hope that’s been clear over the years and that I’ve shared some insights worth reading. I’ve certainly read some insightful comments from others here and they’ve helped me learn a lot more about football than I knew when I arrived. I’ve made some great friends on VMB and have enjoyed the analysis, the spirited debates and especially the sense of community. Overall, being here has been a very rewarding experience and I’m grateful to everyone who has taken the time to discuss the Vikings and football with me. Thank you.

I’m making this sound like a permanent “goodbye” but I’ll be around for the next day or two and when time permits, I still intend to pop in once in a while to say “hello” and comment on a game or significant Vikings news. I just feel I owe all of you an explanation before I pull a “vanishing act”. After all, as I said, this board is a community.

Please try to be kind and respectful to each other and enjoy the upcoming season. Hopefully, it will be a good one for the Vikings.

Take care, one and all!

Jim


Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:24 pm
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I’ve decided to step away from VMB for the foreseeable future. This was a difficult decision for me but I have some personal and professional goals that will require time and energy to achieve and I know with the season about to begin, posting about football would be a particularly big distraction from those efforts.

I joined VMB 14 years ago shortly after it was created and when you spend 14 years doing anything it becomes a genuine part of your life. Following the Vikings and discussing them here over that time has been a pretty wild ride and I will miss it. I’ve tried very hard to be earnest and to promote intelligent, interesting discussion. I hope that’s been clear over the years and that I’ve shared some insights worth reading. I’ve certainly read some insightful comments from others here and they’ve helped me learn a lot more about football than I knew when I arrived. I’ve made some great friends on VMB and have enjoyed the analysis, the spirited debates and especially the sense of community. Overall, being here has been a very rewarding experience and I’m grateful to everyone who has taken the time to discuss the Vikings and football with me. Thank you.

I’m making this sound like a permanent “goodbye” but I’ll be around for the next day or two and when time permits, I still intend to pop in once in a while to say “hello” and comment on a game or significant Vikings news. I just feel I owe all of you an explanation before I pull a “vanishing act”. After all, as I said, this board is a community.

Please try to be kind and respectful to each other and enjoy the upcoming season. Hopefully, it will be a good one for the Vikings.

Take care, one and all!

Jim



Even though you had already given me the heads up on this news, it still bums me out. This board will feel your absence big time. I am sincerely bummed that you are stepping away, though I totally understand your decision. I wish you the best on your projects, Jim.


Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:41 pm
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Texas Vike wrote:
Even though you had already given me the heads up on this news, it still bums me out. This board will feel your absence big time. I am sincerely bummed that you are stepping away, though I totally understand your decision. I wish you the best on your projects, Jim.


Thank you very much. That means a lot to me.


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Unacceptable. We do not accept your resignation.

Wait, is this a negotiating tactic? Holding out for more $? Shrewd move so close to the season opener. Have your agent reach out.

But in all sincerity, this sucks. I've always enjoyed your takes, analysis, commentary and Moderation. You've always promoted a fair board for people to voice their views while enforcing board rules.

Your absence will be felt here. I'll miss our exchanges and discussing the painful/close losses and few sweet victories.

Best of luck devoting your time to less interesting, more sane and mundane things of lesser importance. After you achieve your goals (4.55 40?) please come back. Sure, Demi will reign as the Pessimistic Night King with Jordy as his minion as the board falls into a dystopian Mad Max wasteland but I'm sure there will be enough gasoline and hot takes to go around.

To sum up, you suck. Tell Christian Ponder we say hi and do your best to mimic your favorite player and un-retire a couple of times before you sail off to the undying lands. Skol.

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You will be missed. As will your insight to the game. Take care.


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Take care, Jim. You're one of the good guys.


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Unacceptable. We do not accept your resignation.

Wait, is this a negotiating tactic? Holding out for more $? Shrewd move so close to the season opener. Have your agent reach out.

But in all sincerity, this sucks. I've always enjoyed your takes, analysis, commentary and Moderation. You've always promoted a fair board for people to voice their views while enforcing board rules.

Your absence will be felt here. I'll miss our exchanges and discussing the painful/close losses and few sweet victories.

Best of luck devoting your time to less interesting, more sane and mundane things of lesser importance. After you achieve your goals (4.55 40?) please come back. Sure, Demi will reign as the Pessimistic Night King with Jordy as his minion as the board falls into a dystopian Mad Max wasteland but I'm sure there will be enough gasoline and hot takes to go around.

To sum up, you suck. Tell Christian Ponder we say hi and do your best to mimic your favorite player and un-retire a couple of times before you sail off to the undying lands. Skol.

:smilevike:


:lol: :rofl:

Best post I've read in ages. That was so well crafted and worthy of the occasion. Thanks for making me laugh about something that genuinely has me bummed out.

PS Anyone think that by "devoting energy to personal and professional endeavors" Jim actually means sailing on Lake Minnetonka? Or inventing a better Whizinator?


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Best of luck in those personal and professional endeavors. VMB will be here waiting so hopefully you can pop in from time to time. We may not have always seen eye to eye on everything but I appreciate your contributions to the board and taking the time to moderate. When we had moderator positions to fill, your name was the first I gave to Cliff (along with DP but he bribed me) because despite our different viewpoints, I knew you would be fair and objective. Plus you're really old and I was taught to respect my elders.

Take care my friend, if you're ever in the 50th state, please reach out so we can at least grab a beer (or ensure). :v):


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Bummer news Jim. I know I'm an infrequent poster, but I've been a voracious reader in all my years here. Your thoughtful posts will be sincerely missed.

Hope to catch you around from time to time. Good luck on your future endeavors!

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This is really bumming me out. I read it yesterday and I haven't forgotten it. Good luck, Jim. Even if you posted something short every once jn a while, it would be nice to hear from you. SKOL Jim!

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Best of luck in those personal and professional endeavors. VMB will be here waiting so hopefully you can pop in from time to time. We may not have always seen eye to eye on everything but I appreciate your contributions to the board and taking the time to moderate. When we had moderator positions to fill, your name was the first I gave to Cliff (along with DP but he bribed me) because despite our different viewpoints, I knew you would be fair and objective. Plus you're really old and I was taught to respect my elders.

Take care my friend, if you're ever in the 50th state, please reach out so we can at least grab a beer (or ensure). :v):
Jim is old, that's for sure [emoji38]

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I know we've talked about this privately but I wanted to post a bit here too. After discussing things with you here so regularly for so long it's difficult for me to imagine this place without you. Like you said, after 14 years it becomes a genuine part of your life and you have along with it. Your perspective, attitude, knowledge about game, and just you in general, will be missed here.

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This is a big loss for this community :(

Like most here, i look forward to your visits, and hopefully there is an eventual return.

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Jim who?








As always, a good poster that will be missed. I hope your endeavors turn out the way you wish. So when the Vikings are getting ready to play in the Super Bowl next February, can we expect to see you and get your 2 cents' worth?*

* If this happens we will have to seriously consider banning him during the next full season just to see if he is a jinx. :)

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Good luck with your endeavors......your thought provoking posts and humor will most definitely be missed. Hope to see you pop in from time to time.....kinda like wack-a-mole.


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Take care Jim. Hope you're able to achieve all your goals :v):

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I've been an occasional poster over the years but have always appreciated your takes Jim. They've been well thought out, nuanced, and helped make an interesting board for a predominantly civil and insightful community (which seems rare for the internet in general). I feel like you've been a great contributor to that environment along with many others here.

Your thoughts will definitely be missed, however, even when I am posting (infrequently as it may be) I recognize how much time and energy it takes for those who are regular contributors. It really shows dedication but I also understand the need to step away to focus on other things. Best of luck to you in everything and definitely hope to see you on here from time to time!


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I am more of a reader than a poster, but i have enjoyed your posts and respect your opinions.


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Jim,
It's going go be very different without your sound wisdom, eloquence, and acumen on this board.
I've enjoyed and respected your posts the most.
Thank you for your dedication to this board and the Vikings. :rock:

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Finally turned to the darkside, and joined the Bears. Shame on you!

Good luck in your endeavers, see you around, albeit less frequently. Think you could mow my lawn, before you get entreanched in this important stuff? Getting long, and I'm busy. Haha. Take care viking bro.

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Oh, Jim.

Although I do not post frequently, my participation essentially goes back to the Usenet days (with a pause for a time until I merged into the web world). Your name is one that rings back to those day - smart about football (I have learned so much from you) and yet not arrogant, always giving this group a steady center of calm and humor.

Please don't abandon us completely. At least show up now and again to party with us when our team has it successes.

Be well.

Shalom!

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Thank you very much for the kind words. I sincerely appreciate them.

I'll miss this place, especially on Sundays, but I will check in from time to time to say hi and talk a little football.


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Hopefully you come back and post now and again, you were always the level headed calming influence on VMB. Have fun with whatever you are doing and SKOL! :v): :smilevike:


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Long time reader, rare poster. You will be missed. Your insights are among the best in the business. :smilevike:


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Jim,

Thanks for being an active member and for being thoughtful to me all those years ago when I joined the board.

I don't post here much anymore, but I wanted to post a proper good-bye.

I appreciate your insights, generosity, and willingness to engage with members.

You'll be missed.

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Jim - Sorry to hear the news. I've been much more of a "lurker" as of late, but I will miss your thoughtful posts and insights. Best wishes in your professional endeavors (you deserve it) and I'll enjoy the occasions you drop in to say "Hi"

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The place won't be the same without you Jim. I don't post too often but been a member since '06. Always enjoyed your posts. Good luck in your endeavors.

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I don't post much but I love to read the forum, I will miss your comments and insights.

Good luck for the future :D


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Good luck Jim. I've learned a lot from you and not just about football.

I hope you have some other outlet to express your Vikings issues whether it be friends or relatives. For me, VMB is therapeutic.

This forum will always be one click away so please chime in from time to time.

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Good luck Jim. I've learned a lot from you and not just about football.

I hope you have some other outlet to express your Vikings issues whether it be friends or relatives. For me, VMB is therapeutic.

This forum will always be one click away so please chime in from time to time.


An outlet for our "Vikings Issues." :lol: Well said.


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