Hello beloved reader, my name is Tyler Hunt and I wanted to let you (yeah, you!) know that I am happy to be taking over as Site Manager here at B5Q. Our beloved Drew Hamm left at sunset to do his own thing at Badger Ball Knower (subscribe), which opened the door for yours truly to take over as site manager. As Semisonic once said, every new beginning comes from another ending, and here we are.
In all transparency, it wasn’t something I had planned to do when Drew left. You might not believe it, but none of us are capable of being a full-time blogger. Sad, I know right? I travel a lot for the old 9-5, and life is usually busy for all of us, so I wasn’t sure I could handle it. However, I really like being part of this site and want to see it succeed, so we worked out a few issues and I decided to embark on this new adventure.
I joined the B5Q writing team in 2016 (I think) after writing for Fanside for a few years. At that time, I really wanted to join a well-respected blog that covered Badgers. As a long time B5Q reader, I thought joining B5Q was the coolest thing. Jake was running the ship at the time and welcomed me with open arms.
Soon after, Jake moved on and Drew grabbed the site and really ran with it. I think Drew has done an amazing job as a site manager here and has really set us apart from the usual content you see from other outlets. It’s not a hit on another site, they all do a great job and we’re lucky as fans to have such respected journalists, but I think B5Q is meant to be a bit different, a bit offbeat, a little unbuttoned. We are not a beat reporter site, we are a reaction site. We are not journalists, we are bloggers. Yes, there is a major difference. I think Drew has done a phenomenal job of using his creativity to portray that difference.
I now have big shoes to fill, and I will do my best to do so. My hope, honestly, is not to change much, if at all. Like I said, Drew has steered a great ship and I hope that ship continues in the right direction.
That said, I ask for your patience as we get going and try to recreate some of that magic. Drew has written A LOT of content while tweeting, editing, managing social media, etc. In terms of site manager responsibility, he went above and beyond and was one of the best in the business. Additionally, Matt Belz, a phenomenal writer and my longtime co-host on Bucky’s 5th Podcast has also moved on to a new venture. You can’t just replace these two, or the work they did.
To put it in college football terms, we don’t have as many returning starters as we did last year and we have a lot of production to replace. However, we have young talent looking to step up, as well as veterans, and the portal is always open for new talent. If you are interested in writing for B5Q, know that the door is open.
How things will work out, I don’t quite know yet, it’s only my third day here. However, we have a foundation and we will build it from there. As head coach Paul Chryst says, I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to the season. Thank you all, sincerely, for reading our content and for supporting the site. It means more than you will ever know. On Wisconsin.