Sorry guys, but I'm going to have to be honest with myself and just accept that I don't have the 2-4 hours every Sunday night to sit write Monday Morning Microscope. I was on the fence when I committed to this at the beginning of the season because of lack of time and now it's just caught up with me. Taking time to add comments to the site is much different than putting together a thoughtful, meaningful column each week - which has become homework instead of a hobby. That minimizes all the enjoyment of writing and if the full effort can't be given, I'm not one for writing something half-ass, so I will retire the column.
Having said that, I was tossing around the idea of one of you "witty, ambitious writers" working with Sean to take over this column. You could even use my format if you wish. My only request is that if you are going to take over what I was doing directly, I'd like to have a say in who would take over to be sure the writer is a good fit. I have a few of you in mind already. I don't want to take too many liberties with Sean's site, so I hope this is okay to do... but if you are interested in tackling this piece in my place, please leave a note in the comment section. If I find a good fit AND Sean okays this "transfer of ownership", he can move your column to the front page each Monday morning or just make you an author.
Sean - Let me know if you have a problem with this and if you do, we'll nix this idea and just drop the column altogether.
I've really enjoyed writing this column and I think it would be a shame to let it go completely. I'll still try to add to the site when I can, but I just can't work on deadlines for hobbies anymore.