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My good-bye

Thanks, everyone, for the well wishes and questions about the blog. By now you've probably heard the rumors, and they're true. I'm leaving The Oakland Press. I'll still be in local sports and you'll still be able to read my reporting on this wonderful internet thing, but for now I'm off the Lions beat and turning this site back over to the paper.

I appreciate everyone reading and all the interaction we've had. I know you're all passionate about the Lions. Hopefully you're loyalty will be rewarded.

You can always follow me on Twitter @davebirkett and for the time being you can reach me by e-mail at


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously ... I think I'm gonna cry ... Thanks for all the great info Dave, and thanks for being the only beat writer to actually answer questions posted on his blog. Your the best and good luck with everything you do!

10:54 AM 
Anonymous VinnyB said...

Thanks for all your work buddy....good luck in your future ventures. Btw will you still be focusing solely on the lions on twitter?

11:07 AM 
Blogger Mike said...

Sad news...I thought you were the most talented of the young Lions beatwriters. All the best.

11:11 AM 
Anonymous Michael Schottey said...


Your work is among the best. While I'll be disappointed in the Lions coverage, I can't wait to read your Wolverines coverage.


11:17 AM 
Blogger Jason said...

Thanks for all your hard work Dave, best of luck in the future!

11:30 AM 
Anonymous ugh said...

Great work Dave. Maybe one of the many sites that followed your blogs will pick you up. Rotoworld, PFT were all up on your shiz, even Kowalski had to cite you.
Well Done

12:27 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job Dave!.....I check on this blog at least once or twice a day and have looked forward to your writings and thoughts on our Lions.....I wish you well in you new position and will look for your writing in AA.....God Bless

Michael the Bull

12:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


i can only hope that one day you'll come to your senses and return to being the best lions beat writer ever. seriously though, i want to thank you for everything you've done for us lions fans and i wish you the very best in your new venture and future endeavors. you've more than earned it and just know that you'll always have a place in my black and blue heart. love ya man, take care.

1:06 PM 
Anonymous John said...

Thanks for the best sports blog I've read.

1:26 PM 
Anonymous Jordan said...

Well ... all good things must come to an end ... Hope the best for you, it was nice to read about my Lions through you and comparing to other sites that seemed for some reason a little slow in reporting the same. Guess that will have to do for now while i am in the pacific, thanks again

1:33 PM 
Blogger NetRat's Lions Blog said...

I was hoping it wasn't true actually.

Good luck on your new future... and good luck to the rest of us getting decent information on the Lions... we're going to need it.

1:57 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good idea Dave.

The OP's pro and college coverage has gone down the crapper the past couple months not in quality necessarily but in quanity seems how nothing is covered on the road these days. It's hardly worth reading in print when it can be found anywhere else on web.

It's a shame the AP covers half of what you all used to do.

3:01 PM 
Blogger spacecataz said...


That sucks; this blog was quickly beginning to rival the likes of Killer and the MLive gang. So long, Birk! I'll try to follow your other work the best I can.

3:40 PM 
Blogger Ty Schalter said...

Dave, you did some awesome work in this space. Best of luck in your new gig! I'll be reading.


4:27 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Long Dave, really sorry to hear its true. Hope to follow you with AA but will truely miss your spin on the Lions, you were the best around!

6:42 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the rest of the beat writers are gonna have to seriously step their games up to even be half as good as you were/are, dave. man this sucks.

6:55 PM 
Blogger DetFan1979 said...

Going to miss you Dave! And definitely echoing NetRat!!

Maybe they'll let you do some Lions stuff mixed in with your Wolverine coverage...

Lots of former UM guys on the Lions, right??

Good Luck Dave!

7:05 PM 
Anonymous Sank said...

Thank you Dave. badly is the newspaper industry struggling? Newspapers can't even afford to pay a decent salary to retain great columnists. Where am I going to get my news from now? PFT? No thank you. I can do without mindless copying and pasting of news with the same jabs over and over again. Killer is the only beat writer we have left now.

9:05 PM 
Blogger Unknown said...

Sorry to hear that you're not covering the Lions for the OP anymore, Dave. Your reporting has been some of the best. Thanks for everything

9:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Blog, Will Miss Great writing, not that stale bs others write.
Best of luck!

9:44 PM 
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11:53 PM 
Blogger oneweirddude said...

Dave, Ive come to enjoy and respect your work more so than any other Lions beat writer. It sucks youre getting off the Lions beat just as the news starts to heat up with OTAs and mini-camp. Hopefully, you have something lined up and will be back covering the Lions as soon as possible. Thanks for all your hard work.

12:59 PM 
Anonymous Steve said...

Dave, thanks much for everything. Also, you couldn't leave us with a final thought, a prediction on this coming season??? When will they win? Best of luck to one of the best.

1:09 PM 
Blogger Unknown said...

Dave, this really sucks! I've enjoyed checking on your site a couple times a day. It's hard to get Lions info in Florida, now I have even fewer sources. And your writing was among the best, in or out of Michigan!

1:50 PM 
Anonymous Mike said...


Wish you were still covering the Lions. I'm not very into college sports so I'll miss your writing and top notch reporting.

8:05 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the work covering the Lions and good luck with the new job. Keep an eye open for another Lions beat job, you were really good at it.

12:18 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A big loss for Lions fans. Dave, you did an excellent job keeping us updated with your insights. You are a class guy. I wish you nothing but the very best. Someone is going to get a very skilled columnist.

12:56 PM 
Blogger abundance gift shop said...

Wow- thanks for all your reporting !

Looks like you'll be missed by many.


3:15 PM 

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