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I always kind of laughed at Brian Griese. This week I am feeling a bit like him.

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Brian Griese

If you have lived in Denver for any length of time, you remember his name.  He was the guy that replaced legendary John Elway as quarterback of the Denver Broncos.  Now, I am not a Broncos fan (I grew up along the West Coast) but I always kept an eye on the Broncos as the NFL team I like plays in their division.  So when Elway retired, a two time Super Bowl winner no less, I knew the guy who replaced him would have a hell of a time living up to that.  And if you are a Bronco fan, you know that Griese did not.  He was trying to replace a legend.  It never goes well.

If you follow this blog with any regularity you know that Chris White stepped down this week as Managing Editor of Burgundy Wave.  This is a position that he has held for over four years and brought this blog up from nothing to where it is now: the site to go to for Colorado Rapids news and information.

This is no small feat.  Soccer in Denver will always be behind football, hockey, baseball and basketball.  The competition for sporting dollars and entertainment is extremely challenging and getting the Rapids information out there is tough.  It has gotten much better over the last several years, but it is still difficult.  But Chris busted his butt to get the blog going and improve news and information about our Beloved Burgundy boys.  It is not an exaggeration to say that Burgundy Wave is Chris White.

When I got the call this week to serve as Managing Editor of the Wave I was nervous at first.  Following a legend is never easy.  I sent out this tweet detailing my fear:

Following Chris is going to be difficult in some respects, but he has made it easy for me.  I have been writing for the blog for two years and this summer was appointed Assistant Manager of Burgundy Wave.  As I look at it, writing about the Rapids is not a job, but a pleasure.  The ability to talk about the club I love with like minded supporters and fans is something that you can't put a price on.  It truly is fun.  And the best part about all of this is that Chris will still be contributing his wit and writing to the blog as evidenced by this quality piece about an incoming player.  So although Chris will not be the Managing Editor, he will still be with the Wave.  And for that, I am eternally grateful.

So what will be changing?  Not much to be honest.  We are going to try and provide the most relevant information about the Colorado Rapids.  We are going to have articles and information on our USL Pro Affiliate, the Charlotte Independence.  We want to continue to build the blog to the point that it is your only stop for soccer information along the Front Range and beyond.   Basically, if you love the Rapids and soccer in Colorado and beyond, we are work on getting you the information that you want.

Thank you again for your support for Burgundy Wave over the years and if you see Chris at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, get the Lad a Strongbow.  He has earned it.