(By Kevin Fitzpatrick)
Well, internet friends, the time has come once again to turn over the keys to WRNL.
After two fun years as your supreme overlord, I felt the time was right to let someone else take over and make the site their own. A lot has changed for me since KnowDan and CanAzn selected me as the next WRNL managing editor back in the summer of 2015… I’ve taken on more responsibility at my real job, I’ve realized that I might have to do this thing called “exercise” in my free time since I sit at a desk all day, and most importantly I got married less than a month ago. This has all led me to sit back and think about what I want to prioritize in my life, and that means stepping down from being “the guy.”
That doesn’t mean this is the last you’ll see of me, though, so if you’re a Fitzy hater then I have some bad news for you. I’m still going to be on staff here at WRNL in more of an advisory role, and you’re definitely going to see me in the comments quite a bit. I also plan on writing occasionally, perhaps even freelancing for other sites as well. It wouldn’t be right to pour glue all over my keyboard and halt sharing my thoughts with everyone just yet (though I am expecting my future kids to do the glue-pouring part for me at some point…)
Being the leader of this community has been a blast. I’ll never forget the time we came out in support of ANAL at Iowa, the time Colin Cowherd called Iowa State the “best program in college football,” the time we broke the news that CJ Beathard got suspended for refusing to stand for “In Heaven There Is No Beer,” and the time we sent an open invitation to the University of Kansas to storm the court with us. These are just a few of the countless articles we’ve written over the past two years that have stuck with me - there’s plenty more where that came from if you want to spend a day going down the rabbit hole.
I’m getting a bit winded, so I should probably start wrapping this up. We’ve got a lot of talented people on staff, and those of you who frequent the comments are equally as entertaining. I truly appreciate everyone who’s written for WRNL during my time as managing editor… You’ve helped make the site one of the funniest blogs across the SB Nation network, and I expect that reputation to continue under new leadership.
Speaking of… It’s time we introduce the new guy. Levi Stevenson joined us this spring and I had the pleasure of meeting him when we sampled Ames’ taco locales a couple months ago. He’s got a great sense of humor, is well-traveled, and is ‘Clone to the bone. WRNL is in good hands and I’m looking forward to seeing how Levi can make things even better around here.
Without further to do, I give you the new WRNL dictator.
(By Levi Stevenson)
Hey everybody! First, I’d like to thank Fitzy for entrusting me with the duty of WRNL Supreme Commander. I’ve been following the site for a long time, and am ecstatic to be able to continue the tradition, while hopefully applying some of my own ideas to make the site even better.
We at WRNL are always looking for new ways to connect with you, the readers. We’re very proud of how involved and passionate you all are in our comment sections, as well as on Twitter and Facebook, so we’re hoping to bring you some new content starting this fall. Don’t worry though, you’ll still get every bit of expert* analysis and humor you expect from the best Iowa State sports blog on internet.
So, if you like what we’re doing, let us know! If you don’t, feel free to send us an email. My “Recycle Bin” is a bit lonely right now anyways.
On a personal note, I graduated from Iowa State in 2014 with a B.S. in Construction Engineering, but I’ve been a Cyclone fan my entire life. If you want, you can read more about my Cyclone fandom here. This coming season will be my first as a regular season ticket holder, so you’ll probably find me in the paved lots drinking, grilling, and playing bags on Saturdays.
Anyways, I’m grateful for the opportunity to carry the WRNL torch and work with all of the outstanding writers on staff!