Friday morning, the Frederick News Post released its winners for Best Of The Best 2017.
And you guys, we finally won something.
It’s time again for us to get reacquainted. This is one of our open threads where we all get to know each other again. We find that the community works better when we know each other just a little bit. So why don’t you hop on down to the comments and say hello?
Hi friends. This is RMNB. Since 2009 we’ve been trying to make hockey as fun to read about as it is to watch. We’ve been through a lot of changes recently, so I wanted to take this opportunity to keep you abreast of the goings-on and use the word abreast in a sentence.
This is not a hockey story, but stick with us anyway. Ian and I started RMNB in late 2009. For years after that we operated the site without any revenue beyond some t-shirt sales. We were fine with that because, for us, RMNB was a labor of love.
But we’ve grown, and that model doesn’t make sense anymore. RMNB now has a wonderful team of contributors — a smart and diverse group that we’re proud to count among our friends. We pay the team, but not nearly what they deserve. We think we’ve figured out a way to do it that’s ethical for us and advantageous for you. We need your help, and in exchange you’ll get some cool rewards.
I vividly remember, one night when I was 14, I was so worried about my future that I couldn’t sleep. Would I ever be worthy enough for someone to marry me? Will I ever be lucky enough to be a father?
Eighteen years later, I can say from the bottom of my heart that all my dreams have come true. Today at 3:53 PM, my wife Ashley gave birth to a 7-pound, 4-ounce boy. His name is Ethan Wesley Oland.
We named him after Washington Capitals PA Announcer Wes Johnson.
Graphic by Nathan Burchfiel, existentialism by Albert Camus
Last night, the Penguins beat the Capitals in sudden death overtime… again. The loss is arguably one of the most painful in franchise history considering the context of the Caps’ historic season and the expectations the fanbase has heaped upon the organization.
Unlike in previous decades where I childishly ripped up trading cards of Sergei Fedorov (and clogged our toilet trying to flush them), I am handling this like any mature, rational adult would: just kind of staring into the abyss wondering why I do this to myself.
Miller Lite, Crispy M&Ms, the AARP.. and now Russian Machine Never Breaks. With tonight’s Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, we entered the rarefied air of NASCAR sponsors. After a rain delay of nearly seven hours, our boy Ryan Ellis took to the track in his #33 ScienceLogic/RMNB Chevy SS for his debut race in NASCAR’s top series.
As we noted in our profile of him, Ryan is a huge Caps fan, former GMU hockey player, and RMNB reader from Ashburn. Ellis said his goal for the race was to learn and avoid accidents in the penultimate race of the year. He did just that, bringing his car home undamaged in 40th in a hectic race filled with uncertainties and the heat of NASCAR’s playoffs. The race was called due to rain after drivers completed 219 of the scheduled 312 laps. Going forward, Ryan hopes to build on this opportunity to get a full-time ride next year and continue to make Sprint Cup Series starts. Congrats to Ryan on a safe first race! This was one of the coolest things we’ve done as a blog. It was a thrill to share it with him. Let this be a lesson: RMNB readers are awesome!
We need your help on something very important to us. Peter and I met at Frederick High School 15 years ago and to this day we both still live in Frederick, Maryland. We love it here.
We formed RMNB about six years ago. Since then we’ve done some cool things: generate big traffic, break news about a Russian meteor, sponsor a NASCAR racer, and even moonlight on the Capitals’ TV show — while never forgetting our roots.
Accolades aren’t really our thing, but this one matters to us. We want to be the Best Blog of Frederick and dethrone The Housewives Of Frederick County, who have won this award like a million years in a row.
We need your help. We’ll make it easy on you. It’ll only take a minute of your time.
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