Remme: This Isn't Goodbye, More Like See You Later
This isn’t really goodbye, so I don’t want to make it feel like one. I’ve always been a Minnesotan, and I always will be. I’ve followed the Wolves since I was in elementary school, I grew up with Kevin Garnett, so I was in a small way part of the Wolves family before I began working here and will continue to be in the future.
All of that will never change.
I am, however, about to embark on a new challenge professionally. Last week I accepted a new position with the Minneapolis Downtown Council, where I will start the next chapter of my career as their new Communications Manager. It’s a great new opportunity for me to grow in a content, social media and public relations role, and I’ll be able to help promote Downtown Minneapolis—which, like the Wolves, has a special place in my heart.
I won’t be far away—I’m not leaving the city or anything—and I’ll be around Target Center in the future. I have no doubt about that.
So the purpose of this last Full Timeout column isn’t to goodbye. It’s to say “Thank You.” Thank you to everyone who helped make this such an enjoyable three years of my life. I grew up in Southwest Minnesota reading the Star Tribune every Sunday; we always picked one up after church. And I remember sitting there thinking how great it would be to one day get a chance to cover a professional sports team here in the Twin Cities. That was my goal, and the Timberwolves gave me the chance to live that childhood dream. I’m so grateful for that.
Here at Target Center, I got to work side-by-side with the Wolves’ players and coaches on a regular basis. I got to know other NBA media personalities here in the Twin Cities and around the world, and I had the chance to see some of the best athletes in the world play—and interact behind the scenes—on a regular basis. I got to cover three All-Star Games, three Drafts, two Summer Leagues and a pair of WNBA Finals.
All the little stories, behind the scenes access, off-the-court events and Sid Hartman sightings (real and statue…right Munn?) are so memorable. Sitting down with Dr. Jack Ramsay and David Stern and Dominique Wilkins. Talking with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Elgin Baylor and Karl Malone, among others. It’s been such a great experience for me both personally and professionally, and on top of that all the relationships I've made along the way are life-long.
I owe a lot to the group that gave me that chance. Thank you to Scott Spiridigliozzi and Ted Johnson for believing in me and giving me a shot. Thank you to Mike Cristaldi, Aaron Seehusen, Dan Bell, Brad Ruiter, Alex King and Ashely Carlson for all the help and teamwork each day on the PR side. Thank you to Bob Stanke for helping me grow professionally and allowing me the personal freedom and creativity to try and do this job the best I could.
Thank you to Sam Flood and Kelly Pedersen for making Timberwolves.com and LynxBasketball.com look fantastic each day and for taking all my graphics requests. Thank you to Jeff Munneke for making every day so much fun—you never know what conversation, story or Mythical MMA vote might take place.
Thank you to our entire broadcast team for helping put together such great video and audio content on the site. In particular, a huge thanks to John Focke for always working so hard to put out great content on the web even with all his responsibilities on the radio. Thank you to the Community Relations squad for putting the kids and those in need in our community first, and for helping us tell those equally important stories. Holiday Shopping for Kids is still my favorite off-the-court event, and I'll miss covering that each December.
And most importantly, I wanted to say thank you to all of you Wolves fans here in Minnesota and around the world. You guys embraced me in this role and welcomed me into your newsfeeds (I know I tweeted a lot). You were engaging online, and you were so much fun to get to know either here at Target Center, All-Star, Summer League or wherever we might have crossed paths along the road. You made this job so much fun each day, and I thank you for accepting me in this role over the past three years. I won’t forget that.
So I’m signing off here at Timberwolves.com today, but I want to reiterate that this isn’t goodbye. It’s just the start of a new chapter. I’m still a proud Minnesotan—always will be. Now, I’ll just have more opportunities to come to Target Center as a fan.
I’ll see you there next season.