Hello, I must be going


It has been a while since I have posted here. And, sadly, this is going to be my final Overtime with Dave Ruden entry ever.

To those who haven’t heard the news, as of this past Friday I am no longer employed by The Advocate. I have left to start my own website. It will be called The Ruden Report and will launch in early September.

There will be some old features, like the FCIAC Player and Team of the Week awards, and some new ones, including a weekly FCIAC football show; the details should be finalized soon.

You can follow my Facebook fan page here for updates.

As far as a farewell, I am not going anywhere and will still be covering the same events. That means I am spared the tearful thank-yous and goodbyes that made my first departure from The Advocate much more painful.

For more about my sentiments, you can read my final column that appears in today’s paper.

I wanted to post briefly here for those who read my blog but not the paper. Writing for Overtime the last three-plus years, as well as the paper, has been a labor of love. It was the chance to do new things. It was gratifying to see people take to the Overtime Team/Player awards. I was lucky that great sponsors allowed us to give out T-shirts to winners.

If not for the response here to the blog, I am certain I would not be taking the leap to try something new on a digital platform.

I owe a great deal of gratitude to all the terrific people I worked with during two stints covering nearly 20 years at The Advocate, particularly in the sports department and, over the past few years, all the members of the great Hearst Connecticut sports team. I’m going to miss the daily camaraderie, but fortunately I will still see everybody out in the field.

Most of all, I would really like to thank all the Overtime readers for, well, reading. The support always made filling this space not an added chore, but something to look forward to.

Thank you so much for reading over the years, and I hope you will all make The Ruden Report, when it goes live, one more place you go to for FCIAC and local sports coverage.