01 January 2013

From the Boss Man: A look back at 2012

Well, that was some year, eh?

I don't even want to talk much about the Rangers. My right-hand-man Andy McKellar did a fantastic job covering it as always last week. We are stronger than ever and despite the efforts of our many enemies still alive. We will not forget, especially here at the CRO. We'll deal with you all in 2013 and for years to come, don't worry.

My personal life has been in a constant state of flux since the very first week of 2012. I've found a lot a peace and enjoyment in our football club this year, through good times and bad. We entered this year trailing our old enemies by two points in a league that we'll never see again in its present form; we leave it a more unified and boisterous set of supporters than ever, and with a Club that has listened to our calls to lead from the front.

In the meantime, I've moved back across the country, left my adopted home of East Tennessee for what I thought were more the familiar surroundings of Northern Illinois. As it turns out, they have been anything but, with family members lost and my own little family left in pieces. It's been a challenging year from day one, and I am certainly glad to let 2012 pass into memory.

However, in the past 12 months I've made more friends among the Rangers support than I could have ever imagined. We've bickered and bitched, we've laughed and we've cried, we've shared some incredible moments and some massive low lights. Most importantly, we've left the ring on our feet, ready for the next fight.

For you all -- and I'd list you all by name if I wasn't a good distance deep into the bevvy for the evening -- I thank you from the bottom of my heart and wish for you a 2013 that's everything you ever hoped.

Lord knows we've earned it.

All the best, with love and a good wishes of a better year for us all,

-Shane