It's a dark day in the sports blogosphere as one of its most hilarious, intelligent and entertaining participants is logging off for good. Fire Joe Morgan, which brilliantly skewered sports media in its own unique way, posted an announcement late last night that their work is done here. There are plenty of fitting tributes online today and we'll have an interview with the crew Monday as soon as their done reorienting themselves to a world without Movable Type. Here's their final entry.:

Hello, everyone. After 21 years, and almost 40 million posts (we'll have to check those numbers, but it's something like that), we have decided to bring FJM to an end. Although we have not lost our borderline-sociopathic joy for meticulously criticizing bad sports journalism, the realities of our professional and personal lives make FJM a time/work luxury we can no longer afford. We started this site with two purposes: to make each other laugh, and to aid and abet the Presidential campaign of Bob Barr. Although we failed in the latter goal, we gleefully succeeded in the first, and thanks to a grassroots internetty word-of-mouth kind of a deal, we appear to have positively affected the lives of actual citizens as well, which astonishes and delights us to this day. We really never thought FJM would be for anyone but us. We are thrilled and kind of humbled to have been proven wrong. We thank all of you for the kind emails, and the tips, and the support. To each and every person who ever contacted us: hat tip to you. Perhaps the future holds another project for us on which to waste massive amounts of time. For now, we will leave the site and the archives up as a testament to the fact that if you work hard enough, and blow off enough social occasions, and stare at the internet enough, and get nerdy enough, and repeatedly ignore entreaties from your friends and loved ones to please God stop blogging about Bill Plaschke and get out of the house it's a beautiful day!, then you, too, can...have a blog. Again, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. And as Joe Morgan himself might say: "I really haven't seen them play...slidepiece...Dave Concepcion." Love, dak, Junior, and Ken

So, please, I know many of you are fans of the site so please feel free to pass along your favorite FJM posts and we'll do a more fitting memorial service on Monday when there will be many more eyes on the page. Post #1377: The Relatively Short Goodbye [Fire Joe Morgan]