Wow, I just read the OP and I'm speechless. I never met the man and never linked up with anyone on FB (although I meant to) but this is so sad to hear. My prayers go out to his family and especially his children. Just wow
One of my favourite posters, period. great logic in his arguements, unrelenting passion for what he believed in, and a very sharp wit. It truely is hard to believe that i can shed tears for a man thousands of miles away, across of a pond. may you rest in piece,my heart and thoughts go out to your family. RIP
I never met or talked with the guy, but I did read and enjoy many of his posts. He was a 1 man crusade to try and bring logic to steeler fans which is no small task. :) His avatar is by far one of my favorites on the site.
It's fun to see how many of you became friends with him, and I'm sure the loss hits hard for you. Like I said, I never truly interacted with the guy, but I certainly am going to miss not seeing his posts on this board. Something like that is just not able to be replaced or duplicated, and that is quite a shame.
Our Father, Lord that are't in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day, Our dailey bread, and forgive us of our tresspasses, as we forgive those who tresspass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Thine is the KiKingdom, The power and the glory, Forever and forever Amen.
The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green patures, He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his names sake. Yea though I walk through the valie of death, I will fear no evil. For thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
He prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. He annointeth my head with oil. My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the lord forever. Amen.Amen.
Like GoS, when reading the headline I thought he got kicked off of CBS or something like that, then I started to read all of your posts I knew it was something far more serious than that.
I never really knew DGNR8, but I could tell how passionate he was in support for the Browns, or when ever he debated on another matter like Big Ben. I guy that passionate about something like sports had to be as passionate in his approach to life. When you hear of someone as young as he was passing away, you often tell yourself that life is just too short and that you should live your life to the fullest and never take it for granted.
My condolences go out to his family and friends.
When I heard he left behind 2 sons, I got very emotional, I don't know what it is but whenever I hear, or read of something like this happening, my thoughts often wander into their shoes, being a father of a 21 month year old little girl, it makes me ask myself......I hope I'm being the best father, friend and role-model that I can be for her.
"Tis not just a Scratch" Scratches heal and go away. DGNR8 is more like a scar. Scars are memories that are never forgotten.
I do a lot more reading than posting on here, but I have always been entertained by DGNR8's posts. When I first read his posts (what seems like a Loooong time ago) I thought he was just a, well... a dgnr8 Browns fan. But he quickly showed that he was a great poster, knowledgeable and witty. And I respected him and enjoyed reading his banter. I won't pretend to have known him in any way outside of these boards, but I still sense the loss. It is odd sometimes that some of our favorite posters can be fans of rival teams.
It was a shock to read the Thread title, and there is still an air of the unreal to it. The loss seems particularly tragic because it comes so soon in life.
This is a cold world and it cares nothing for the people who live in it. That is why it is so important that we care for each other while we are here together.
Beach -- Ryan would have also loved the fact that you wrote "would of" again. Yeah he loved busting my balls about that. I type it like it sounds damit!!
Would you buy that I'm going to continue doing it in his honor?
I'm going to miss that little dog dancing on the Steelers dance floor. I wonder if R.W. Chan would consider letting Lym keep the account active? I'll take any piece of Ryan I can get. Can't believe he's gone.
I hope I'm being the best father, friend and role-model that I can be for her. Wanting it is 7/8s of the battle Steel. You'll be fine.
Ryan gave 100% of himself to his kids. Nothing mattered more to him than Jaiden and Jarrod. I lost my father at 11 yrs old and it was tragic but knowing he loved me unconditionally got me and my sister through it.
I can assure everyone on this board that at the very least those kids know Ryan loved them unconditionally. He fought for them when custody was at stake. I hope the families they have left remind them of that every day.
One more story about Ryan - or Jaiden really. Ryan told me one of the toughest decisions he had to make was when Jaiden got injured in a football game last fall. At 14, Jaiden is already a tough little SOB and he hurt his arm making a tackle.
He wanted to keep playing and Ryan yanked him out of the game. He said he was so proud Jaiden wanted to keep playing but he didn't let himself get caught up in the emotion. He sat Jaiden down and told him his health was more important. There was more football in his future.
They went to the doctor after the game and Jaiden had a broken arm. Anyone that is friends with Ryan on FB has probably seen the picture of Jaiden with the cast on his arm. Yep, he wanted to keep playing with that broken arm.
I think Jaiden is going to be okay through this. Ryan's Mom petitioned for custody today and I'm hoping the courts will take Jaiden's request into consideration because I'm pretty sure he liked to be with his grandmother. At 14, he will have some great memories of his fathter and time will heal his wounds.