Two weeks ago, I posted a note here that I would soon have a major announcement about my next media stop.
In turn, all you loyal readers have patiently waited for me to spill the beans. I've even received several dozen e-mails from folks wanting some early hints, while others even offered educated guesses.
I can now finally and proudly make that announcement:
Effective immediately, I have joined the all-new ESPNChicago.com as a Columnist.
The first foray by ESPN.com to build local sports Web sites -- plans are in the works to do the same in coming months in Dallas, LA, New York and Pittsburgh, for starters -- ESPNChicago.com provides me an opportunity I have long sought: to return to my roots in sports such as baseball, football, basketball and hockey.
To say the least, I am both overjoyed and excited. I have long sought to return to the ESPN family, having served as lead NASCAR Columnist and writer for ESPN.com from 2001 to 2004.
My reaction to returning to the Worldwide Leader? All I can say is Wahoo! (because I don't Yahoo anymore).
The official launch for ESPNChicago.com is April 13, just in time for the Cubs' home opener at Wrigley Field.
However, don't think I'll forget my NASCAR roots. I still intend on continuing my presence here at JerryBonkowski.com -- and will soon expand some of the offerings to my loyal readership (including getting back on a regular schedule with our popular weekly mailbag).
By joining ESPNChicago.com, I may not be going to as many races as I have in the past, but I still fully intend on keeping my finger on the pulse of NASCAR.
Here's a link to one of the stories announcing my new affiliation: http://sportsmedianews.com/04/opening-day-espnchicagocom-launches-monday-april-13/
So, bookmark it now and visit it often, even if you're not from the Windy City. Remember: ESPNChicago.com!
PS: Hey, DW (yes, THAT DW), remember our convo a couple weeks ago? I told you I'd be back soon! Now, can I get a "Boogity, boogity, boogity!" from you? (haha)