As of January 2009, all will be right with the world. If you look around today, you can see people are already rejoicing. It feels like a fog has been lifted. Even though it's December, it feels like spring. Even though the financial markets are the worst they have been in many of our lifetimes, it seems like there is a pot of gold sitting on the horizon. No, I'm not talking about Barack Obama taking office -- although that might be a logical conclusion for some people.
I'm talking about Barry Melrose coming back to ESPN.
"I am very, very excited about coming back home to ESPN where I have had so many great years," Melrose said in an ESPN statement. "I look forward to analyzing people being fired rather than being the guy fired."
Yeah, it feels good, doesn't it? At least it feels good in Tampa, where there are a good amount of fans happy to see him gone. It feels good here too, knowing that Melrose has a job again. We were concerned for a while... You know, filling out resumes for him and sending them out to prospective employers. But it's good to see he's back home. Now stay tuned to see what, if anything, happens between newly hired Matt Barnaby and Melrose. The games begin January 1st. I'll see you there.
Oh and, we had a photographer snap a picture exclusively for BMR from inside ESPN headquarters early this morning. Take a look...