Blogging the bEast is going to the shed

This will be the last post you will ever read on Blogging the bEast. Probably. I’m packing my old friend away in the shed. It’s been a little over two years since I launched the site, and over that time I accumulated just over 2.7 million page views. That’s nothing in comparison to a lot of football sites out there, but it’s a whole lot more than I would have imagined when I launched in May of 2011. Without that audience, I probably never would have gone this long running my site.

It would not have been possible without my incredibly supportive family, my friends Tommy Lawlor from IgglesBlitz, Jason Brewer from Bleeding Green Nation, and my other friends at the NFC East SB Nation sites (Hogs Haven, Blogging the Boys, and Big Blue View). I’d also like to thank Rafael Vela at Cowboys Nation, John Fennelly at SNY, my “Eagles think tank” friends at the +, and both the Allentown Morning Call and Philly.com for giving me a shot at more traditional media platforms. There are so many others, but I don’t want to turn this into a boring award show speech.

I’m not going away. The “next thing” will be announced at the appropriate time. Until then, you can follow me on Twitter at @JimmyKempski. I moved my account over from @Jimmy_Beast, because, you know, my site was Blogging the “bEast.” I wonder how many people thought I chose that handle because I thought I was a “beast.” That’s kind of embarrassing if it’s a lot of people. OK, you’re saying goodbye, Jimmy. Focus.

Anyway… One last farewell:

146 Comments

  1. Erik says:

    Jimmy, I just found this site a year ago. I don’t tweet so I guess I am out of luck. I really liked your feed back on the NFC nation. I am a Redskins fan and thought you were fair to all 4 teams in the conference. Hopefully you will return and I will get to read more articles from you.

  2. ah snap Jimmy….I took a week vacation and just as I try to scratch my football itch mid-summer and get a few insights from division foes….I come here and find this! Seriously though, you have some of the paler shades of Eagle-green glasses of any Philly fan I have ever met. I am sure that was tough for you ;)

    Best of luck!

    1. Thanks bud. Initially, writing glowing things for the other teams had to be a little forced, but over time it got pretty easy. It was more about just telling the truth.

  3. Joe D says:

    you know i was a long time fan…happy trails JK

  4. Jay Walker (GreenInBaltimore) says:

    JimmyK. I can only assume your next venture will land you in the midst of a Philly QB Battle….literally. Good luck winning that #1 spot! I’ve seen you toss it a few times.
    Or wait…did the Soul finally call from our tryout 2 years ago??
    Good luck man. I’ll shoot you an email sometime soon.

    1. Still waiting on that call from the Soul. I don’t think they were very impressed by my 5.71 40.

  5. NYG_Slater says:

    I keep checking…..hoping for a victor cruz post. Dammit jimmy :(

    1. Ha, here’s a chart of the top-paid WRs in the league (minus Cruz). That should be something you haven’t seen:

      http://bloggingthebeast.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Hakeem-Nicks.png

  6. Mike G in CT says:

    Thanks for all of the awesome writing, Jimmy. Hopefully your next step will allow a bigger audience to read your work – it’s time for Philly and the NFC East to share their best kept secret for football knowledge and humor I’m pretty sure the only comments I ever left here resulted from a lot too much to drink (my apologies), but I have read your articles every day since this blog started and I’m sad to see it go. Good luck with your next endeavor and with the little one at home. Looking forward to more articles from your next step!

    1. Thanks Mike, and the little one thanks you as well.

  7. iskar36 says:

    I never became a regular poster on your site, but ever since stumbling upon it maybe a little over a year ago, I have read every one of your posts. You have done an incredible job at not only finding unique perspectives on interesting topics around the NFC East, but also provide great humor with your incredible artistic talent as well as more recently, your budding career as an actor/director. I look forward to whatever comes next and thanks for all the time you have spent writing on this site.

    1. Thanks a lot. I’m glad you found the site. The acting/directing stuff will probably be ramped up a bit, just FYI.

  8. wilddre22 says:

    see this is what happens when you take things for granted…i thought i’d have my favorite bias free(slash pro-eagles) NFC East blog around forever. i would’ve posted more if i knew this was a limited time engagement. anyhew, take care JimmyDawk, i’m sure you’ll pop your head in SBNay from time to time. see ya later…

    1. Thanks Dre. I’ll definitely pop in on SBNay from time to time.

  9. jjeaglerooter says:

    Just be sure to let us folks at BGN know where your at when you get there……..not that we care dammit.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      I promise I’ll do that.

  10. spoon says:

    Jimmy, thanks for all the laughs. The site will be missed, however i think deep down we all knew that your career as a budding graphic artist would not hold off forever.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      I can’t be modest here. You’re right. My art was incredible.

  11. Plaxico Burress says:

    Only posted once or twice, but I read almost every day. Sad to see the site go, Jimmy. Now all I have is shitty Matt Miller and whatever trash is pouring out of his keyboard :( Hey, at least BBV is going strong. Going to miss this site, man. Good luck with whatever you have up your sleeve!

    1. Wow, thanks for reading, Plaxico Burress.

  12. skinnyskins says:

    I was really bummed to see this post as I enjoyed your analysis and commentary more than any other football site (even more than sites dedicated to my beloved Skins). Good luck in your next endeavor and hope to be reading more of your material in the near future.

    1. Thanks a lot skinny. That;s great to hear. I’ll still find ways to write about the Skins.

  13. Marc says:

    NOooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Worst way to start a week ever. I take the holiday weekend off, and this is what I come back to??

    Kidding.. sounds like you probably have something good lined up soon. Excited for you to pop back up :)

    1. Thanks. Won’t be long.

  14. brisulph says:

    The Dream Team never would have been the same without you here to watch go through the stages of grief. Also, Eli in a Spaghetti O’s bath was a thing of beauty.

    1. Ha, I’m not sure if 2012 or 2011 was worse for Eagles fans. Perhaps my blog contributed to their downfall. Maybe their fortunes will turn around this year.

  15. rage114 says:

    This sucks. But good luck to you. Over the last couple of years, I have grown to love this site. Thanks for all the great articles and the entertaining way you presented the information.

    1. Thanks bud. Not to worry though. I’m not going very far.

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  17. Benzino999 says:

    I just started following your site and will be sad to see it gone. Going to miss your Jerry Jones bashing, hope your next gig allows you the same freedom to improvise.
    Keep us informed about our beloved Eagles wherever you land.
    Cheers !!!

    1. Thanks. Jerry Jones will still be bashed.

  18. skulman7 says:

    Don’t comment on here a lot, but big fan/daily reader of your work on here and from the BGN days. Good luck on your next project and I hope where ever you are going allows you to utilize MS paint drawings lol

    1. MS Paint drawing aren’t going anywhere. Thanks!

  19. I may or may not be sitting here alone, crying

  20. Neill Stark says:

    I am really going to miss this site so much more than I ever thought I would when I first stumbled upon it. The work that you put into this site was always an enjoyment for me, especially when it came to laughing at Jerry Jones. I hope this means more podcasts with Tommy in your future, because the Helmet 2 Helmet podcast is awesome but always leaves me wanting more. Thank you, Jimmy.

    1. Thanks. There will absolutely be more podcasts, but that will be more a function of the season beginning, not because either of us has more time.

  21. greenage says:

    Hey Jimmy,
    Would you mind throwing an article up over at Bleeding Green Nation every once in a while.
    It’s gonna be kind of hard quitting Jimmy Kempski cold turkey.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Sure, I’ll throw up the occasional BGN post.

      1. Tom says:

        Hahaha, well played.

  22. DerfDiggy says:

    Got damnit JimmyK…I enjoyed harassing you, and I’m sure I’ll continue to do so via twitter. One of the best most non-biased biased sites out. Hope you continue to cover football in some realm.

    Teach your little one to be a Cowboys fan as well! #AmericasTeam….F*CK YEA!

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Hey, there he is. “Non-biased biased.” Ha, I’ll take it. Thanks Derfy.

      1. DerfDiggy says:

        You conveniently ignored the “teaching your little one to be a Cowboys fan”.

        I’ll pretend that you didn’t…and instead said…”She already has a Sean Lee jersey, because he’s a badass!”

  23. jjeaglerooter says:

    Well , you certainly will be missed. Wish you the best of luck on your next endevour,however you spell that.your site was second on my rundown {bgn,btb,iggleblitz 700level,rotoworld.} You always shared respect to all the nfc east teams with a slight favoritism to my beloved Eagles and just a pinch of mockery to the rest……KUDOS!!!

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Yes! Take THAT, Lawlor.

  24. Corry says:

    Well this sucks, but I’m assuming your stuff will be appearing somewhere else online and you’ll actually get paid, so good for you!

    Now sadly, I’ll only have three sites to read first thing in the morning until you get started up on your next gig. Hopefully your “new adventure” will allow you to continue with the sarcasm and excellent insight I’ve come to expect.

    Best of luck to ya. I’m sure we’ll all be reading up on your articles very soon.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      What are the other 3 sites?

      1. Corry says:

        Birds 24/7, BGN, and IgglesBlitz. Though Tommy doesn’t always do a post daily, my OCD demands that I check anyways. Definitely going to miss the sarcasm. The other guys don’t do it as well.

        1. Those other 3 sites are all terrible. How dare you mix me in with them.

          1. Ha, just kidding. Thanks for the kind words.

  25. ATG says:

    Hopefully in your next gig you will remember to include benchmarking data. If I was forced to read one more freely supplied article on QB passing statistics that didn’t include a history of the forward pass I might have considered checking this site less than daily.

    Best of luck in your future endeavors. When the executives in charge of the NFL come asking about how to improve the league, don’t forget about Tommy, and giving an extra first rounder to every team featured on the national seal.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Are there stars on the national seal? Because if so, I feel like the Cowboys will also be able to stake a claim to extra picks.

      1. ATG says:

        Dammit, you’re right. See, it’s good they will be coming to you and not me.

  26. FrenchEagles says:

    Hey Jimmy,

    Congrats for the work you did here. I think I read 100% of your articles, they were n°1 (or sometimes n°2 with IgglesBlitz) in my RSS reading list. So you had at least one French reader (ok, I know you had more than that). I hope we will find the same tone and the same quality in your next gig, you clearly let a big hole.

    Will you continue your podcast with Tommy?

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      I definitely have more than 1 French reader. probably only 2 though. Tone will absolutely be the same.

  27. RogerPodacter says:

    i was kind of hoping your video would have the music from the end of the hulk tv show and just show you walking away. haha

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      With my dog and cat?

  28. KD says:

    Jimmy is the man! I owe this dude a lot for some good advice after I joined SBN; always been willing to answer any questions. I know that you will thrive at whatever comes next, Jimmy.

    This has been a great site.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Thanks KD. I’ll miss our debates.

  29. BigTTech says:

    Good luck man – I’ve never commented much on here but I’ve visited multiple times a day since you started. Definitely my favorite way to get news about the rest of the division.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      I recognize your name, so your few comments must have been awesome. Thanks!

  30. HipDaDip says:

    Thanks for all the good reads! Please keep up the Helmet 2 Helmet show!

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Thanks. H2H will live on.

  31. Sb2bowl says:

    Well, this sucks. I hope you get humped by Jerry Jones’ ghost.

    See you around

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Ha. I don’t know what to do with that comment.

      1. sb2bowl says:

        Good, there’s not much a person can do with that comment.

        I’ve enjoyed your unique writing style, story telling and different observations. Good luck to you wherever the next endeavor may be; maybe we’ll be able to have a beer together and tailgate down at an Eagles game sometime. Good luck and take care.

  32. JB in Ptown says:

    Don’t I get any say in this? DON’T GO JIMMY!!! In a world of lame sports writers you were one of the only bloggers I liked reading. I feel like Dez, Cruz and Nicks did when the grey poupon/charmin brigade was sent packing. Best of luck to you Jimmy. Tell me the H2H show is going to continue…at least let me still have that!

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Thanks. And yes, the podcast isn’t going away.

  33. PHILLYRICK says:

    Jimmy, I am very upset by this news because I loved your site and have checked in daily since the start of the ’11 season. But I am happy for your success.

    I do hope certain features will make a reappearance on whatever it is you are doing next – specifically, I really enjoyed the obituaries and also the “notes around the NFC east.” But I realize this probably will not happen.

    Anyways, wow…just did not see this coming.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Thanks! And don’t be so sure those features can’t continue.

  34. greenage says:

    byejimmybye

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Byegreenage

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  36. DaCrock says:

    Wish you well in whatever your future endeavors may be. I enjoyed Blogging the bEast and will miss checking in on your daily coverage of topics surrounding the NFC East. I’ll be on the lookout for items bearing your name as time goes on. You have been a great contributor to fans of all NFC East teams with your writing–both in style and content. And I would be remiss if I did not mention how your humor struck a nerve and brought a chuckle on many an occasion. Keep on keepin’ on.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Thanks bud. You’ve been here from around the beginning, iirc. Much, much appreciated.

  37. [...] Interesting announcement from Jimmy Bama. [...]

  38. Buck Henderson, Union Buster says:

    So long, bloggingthebeast, It was good stuff I’ll tell ya what.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      I’ll see ya soon, seeeeee…

  39. giantsfan says:

    Hey Jimmy,

    I’ve really enjoyed your blog and am sad to see it go. You are an insightful reporter and are very creative in the angles that you take on stories. I’ll miss that the most and will be sure to follow your work wherever you go.

    I do hope someone else can take over the blog though. It’s nice to get all of the NFCE information in one spot.

    :)

    Hasta pronto, Jimmy!

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      I was leaning toward keeping the blog live and passing it along to someone good, but the new guys preferred it to not be active.

  40. Invictus XI says:

    Never ever stop journalizin’, Jimmy. I’ll be following along wherever you’ll be.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Thanks bud. Need to grab a beer sometime.

      1. Invictus XI says:

        Most definitely.

        1. mick says:

          Whoa, I want in on that session!

  41. horatius says:

    AWWWWWWWWWWWW DAMMIT!!!!

    Fuck you Jimmy. First you get me hooked on this site, and just when I start following it daily, you retire.

    And just for that I curse you. May you find a job that pays you a filthy amount of money to bloviate on ESPN or some such soul-crushing network where you will salve your empty soul with money. LOTS and LOTS of money.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Ha, definitely not lots and lots of money, but certainly more than what the google ads were paying me.

  42. ct17 says:

    Did you convince Jerry Jones to make you GM? A division-focused site was a great concept, Jimmy, and there were always a lot of good articles and discussions here. Good luck in the future.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Your latest Comp Pick projection post is one of the top 10 trafficked articles in the history of BtB. You helped this site be better.

      1. RogerPodacter says:

        i think it would be cool if you did a retrospective “here are the top 10 viewed posts at BtB” thing. i’m curious to know what the others are!

      2. NYG_Slater says:

        Indeed, CT deserves a HUGE kudos for that post (and his previous projections). If you google “NFL compensatory pick projections” that post is the first listed. Furthermore, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th, and 9th listed sites are all team specific pages that link and cite CT’s post on BtB as their primary and sole source.

        Fantastic job CT. You were the internets authority on NFL comp projections.

  43. Ken says:

    I checked into this site daily. I can’t believe you are going away! Thanks for all the great posts and thoughtful analysis. Hope the future gig is replacing the ESPN guy because he is an idiot!

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Thanks Ken. Not replacing Dan, ha. Dan does a good job, and there’s no way ESPN would ever trust someone like me.

  44. What no Cowboys dig?
    You were always one of the smartest commenters on Blogging the Boys which is why I’ve been following this site from the beginning.

    Good luck, you will be missed.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Thanks!

      Jerry Jones is stupid.

  45. BillyP says:

    Never posted before but you are easily one of the top three bloggers on the Birds. You have good insights but what really makes your posts must-reading is your “voice.” Very funny, biting sarcasm, all without going over the edge into complaining about or criticizing everything. Your weekly post of the NFC hierarchy is one of the best columns out there and one I couldn’t wait to read each week. I hope you already know where you are going because you deserve a much wider audience.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Wow, thanks. Very kind of you to say Billy.

    2. mick says:

      Damnit, I forgot about the heirarchy posts. I am pissed they won’t be here now.

  46. AAron says:

    Thanks for the laughs, good luck with the new gig; Im looking forward to the training camp write-ups.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Thanks AA! TC reports will be at Philly.com.

  47. TylerD says:

    Damm, gonna miss this blog,had some fun debates over here and some excellent break downs. Good luck and I’m sure we will find out soon your next journalistic endevor.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Thanks Tyler, like a number of others here, always respected your opinions.

  48. JasonE says:

    Great. Now being the first to like Blogging the Beast on Facebook means nothing.

    Good luck Jimmy. I’ll miss the site, but look forward to reading whatever you do next.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Ha, my Facebook presence was an embarrassment. Definitely did an awful job building that up. Thanks for being one of the few to comment/like stuff on FB.

  49. Trey says:

    I’ve been a lurker since the beginning and just want to say it has been a privilege to read your site everyday. Thankyou and goodluck in the future

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Thanks Trey!

  50. SteveH says:

    Jimmy… can’t we get just one more poorly drawn MS paint satire piece before you go? Just one?

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Poorly drawn? How dare you!

  51. NYG_Slater says:

    Really enjoyed your site Jimmy. Thanks for all the effort you put in. I couldn’t help but think of the theme song from the Jeffersons when you started dancing in that video.

    Hopefully your next gig will still let you cover a bit of the giants. The media/blogging coverage for us NYG faithful is still surprisingly poor. I remember way back when you just started this site, you blogged about the most overpaid players in the NFC east. It was honest, spot-on, and didn’t make apologies. Since then, this site was a regular visit–it didn’t disappoint.

    Thanks and best wishes for the future.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Oh yeah, I remember that one. I think that was the first article here that got linked to fairly widely.

      Always appreciated your take on things as well.

  52. willgfass says:

    Bye Dawk :( er I mean ByeBTB:(

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      It gets confusing.

  53. A Fine Messi says:

    What horrible timing… on America’s birthday, no less. Sad to see you go, you Pinko Commie. You’re leaving to be Josh LeRibeus’s modelling agent, aren’t you?

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Josh doesn’t really need an agent. He’s so beautiful that fashion companies just dump money at his front door.

  54. Dez Bryant's Probation Officer says:

    Shit, now I have to learn how to unbookmark your URL on my iPhone.

    I’m assuming you are taking my advice and kicking off “Blogging the bReast” this month?

    Whatever it is, I’ll be there to read your immature but highly informed form of genius.

    Best of Luck!

    1. Ha, awesome. Immature indeed.

  55. archarya says:

    Hey man, I’ve been reading this since you left bgn. You were part of my regular news routine because you were honest, informative, sarcastic and a good read. Good luck to whatever’s next.

    1. Thanks. Appreciate it.

  56. WeGotLinemen says:

    I am going to miss this site, you’ve done a great job covering the NFC East. I’ve not always agreed with your opinions but you always bring a strong argument and level of research and attention to detail that is sorely missing from the work of a lot of high profile reporters.

    I hope you are moving on to bigger and better things and that they still involve covering the whole of the NFC East.

    Best of luck.

    1. Thanks WGL. Likewise on the “research/detail.” Our disagreements always felt like good debates, as opposed to arguments.

  57. Gary says:

    Damn, been here since the beginning and I’ll miss this site a lot Jimmy. But I’m very much looking forward to what’s next for you.

    Admit it, you’re pursuing your dream of starting your own personalized car wash service based on the success of that video, aren’t you?

    1. Ha, I got a commercial for Turtle Wax.

  58. Dan in Philly says:

    Good luck!

  59. Jalarsen says:

    Best of luck man!!! I’ve read every article you’ve put out since that first BGN bowl. Excited to see where you pop up next

    1. I think you were on the winning team, right?

  60. Chastle says:

    Gonna miss your blog Jimmy I have read every post in it since the day it started and was directed over to it from Hogs Haven. This has been one of the most incite full and honest football blogs I have ever read. Thank you for all the work you put in to it because it was awesome and will be missed. best of luck with what the next stage is Jimmy!

    1. How dare you, sir. My aim was bias!

      Seriously though, thanks so much for the kind words, and for being one of the originals.

  61. Alex says:

    I hope the “next thing” allows you to continue trolling Cowboys fans. Best of luck!

  62. Mandmeisterx says:

    So long click bait. So long bench marking. Au revoir Paint drawings.

  63. Kevin Powell says:

    This is sad but as long as I still get to hear you on Helmet 2 Helmet it will all be fine!

    1. Not to worry. H2H isn’t going away.

  64. corn on the Kolb says:

    But… But where will I get my kicker info from?

    I’m assuming it’s something bigger and better, and maybe specifically eagle related. Or maybe not, either way, thanks for the fish Bye Dawk :(

    1. I’m starting my own punter website.

  65. Imp says:

    Congrats on the success with Blogging the bEast and good luck with your future plans.

  66. Randy Jobst says:

    Congrats on all the success Jimmy. Excited to see what’s next. I imagine it’s Heading of Training Camp Reporting at PE.com or something awesome like that. No one gives a better TC report than The Beast.

    1. Thanks. I’ll be covering TC for Philly.com, but that’s temporary.

  67. Pat says:

    Jimmy I’ve only commented here a couple of times, but I’ve checked in on this site every day, usually multiple times, without fail since you started it. You’re an excellent writer that makes reading about football fun. Best of wishes to whatever you do next.

    1. Thanks Pat. I appreciate that.

  68. Gonna miss your blog Jimmy. Stay in touch and good luck in future. Peace

    1. Will do, Mike. Thanks!

      1. Well best of luck on whatever comes next. I’m hoping you got a promotion in the works and you’re just waiting to announce it!

        1. Jimmy Kempski says:

          Yep

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