Great Sportswriting thread
Posted 05 January 2011 - 05:23 PM
from today: Joe Posnanski on Red Klotz and the time the Generals beat the Globetrotters, 40 years ago today
Posted 11 May 2011 - 02:31 PM
I'm going to continue the Kansas City theme a bit. This is a nice piece of baseball writing, on young players and expectations, by Rustin Dodd. He's a young guy, my editor at the KU paper 3 years ago, in fact, but very good.
Posted 15 June 2011 - 10:07 PM
Here's two classics from the late, great Jim Murray.
On John Wooden:
Then you meet John Wooden and he is answering his own phone, he clips his nails with a drugstore clipper, his haircut has a faint bunkhouse bowl look to it, his clothes are less Savile Row than bought-with-a-coupon, and the whole thing cries out for a Grant Wood brush, not a shrill sports column.
John Wooden is American Gothic to the collar button. You meet him and you're tempted to say, "All right, what did you do with the pitchfork, John?" You can smell the hay if you close your eyes. Players might call other coaches "The Baron" or "The Bear" but they call John "The Reverend."
On a 19-year-old Kobe Bryant:
It gets to the point where, when you meet him the first time, you want to ask him what he did with the halo. Did he fly in -- or just walk across Santa Monica Bay? You don't know whether to get his autograph or his blessing. Or just touch the hem of his warmup suit. You feel inadequate interviewing someone so perfect. It's a job for Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, not a mere sportswriter.