As the Cardinals played their final game of the 2013 season on Wednesday night, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of the fans that have allowed me to take part in your world over the last few years.
In the New York area they're making a big deal of the new NBA rivalry, New York vs. Brooklyn. There are no such things as instant rivalries in sports. Let them battle it out in the playoffs a couple of times before we anoint this intra-borough squabble a rivalry.
My sports related conversations now revolve more around who I hate and why rather than who I cheer for. I believe this is a wonderful thing, sports has become one of our only bastions for letting our hate out in healthy ways.
Is it a choice I would recommend? It's a tough, personal and likely uncomfortable decision to make -- especially for those who drive around town with the mascot of their former school plastered across their car's license plate (just saying). It's not for everyone.