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Pittsburgh's Cutting-Edge Sports Site Is A Meat Grinder Of A Workplace Pittsburgh's Cutting-Edge Sports Site Is A Meat Grinder Of A Workplace

On the night of Sunday, Jan. 21, as the entirety of the sports world was consumed with football and the results of the NFL’s conference championships, Dejan Kovacevic made an announcement. It was almost understated, given the importance of the changes to his site, DK Pittsburgh Sports. Kovacevic wrote that his…

The Fallout From Sportswriting's Filthiest Fuck-Up The Fallout From Sportswriting's Filthiest Fuck-Up

The article hangs on a wall in my office. I am actually staring at it as I write this—it is taped, slightly crooked, to the white paint above my desk, positioned between a Chicago Blitz bumper sticker, a picture of my mother’s late Uncle John, and a photograph from the 1987 Mahopac High School freshman class trip to…

Iconic Sports Writer Frank Deford Dead At 78 Iconic Sports Writer Frank Deford Dead At 78

Frank Deford, the legendary sports writer who worked for Sports Illustrated and NPR for decades, died yesterday in his home in Key West. Deford wrote some of Sports Illustrated’s most celebrated profiles, and he began to work as a correspondent for NPR’s Morning Edition in 1980. He retired from the program earlier…

The Writer Who Was Too Strong To Live The Writer Who Was Too Strong To Live

Jennifer Frey drank herself to death.

This year’s edition of The Best American Sports Writing honors—like it has every previous year—almost exclusively white men. It’s an industry-wide problem.

AP Stylebook Declares Which College Teams Get To Go By Their Initials AP Stylebook Declares Which College Teams Get To Go By Their Initials

I said this the last time I blogged about the Associated Press sports styles, and I’ll say it again: I find this stuff fascinating, and it’s my blog, so if you don’t like it you can just go right back to the toilet you came from.

AP Stylebook Says No More "Dingers" [Updates] AP Stylebook Says No More "Dingers" [Updates]

At the American Copy Editors Society's annual meeting in Pittsburgh today, updates to and new entries in the 2015 Associated Press Stylebook are being revealed. This news will not affect you at all. But I think it's interesting, so go to hell.

​The Worst American Sportswriting Of 2014 ​The Worst American Sportswriting Of 2014

Sportswriting as an enterprise is doing just fine, and there are any number of fine year-end wrap-ups celebrating the best work by the best people in our profession. But where's the fun in that? Here, in no particular order, are the worst sports things we read this year, every one of them special in its own particular…

Reggie Jackson's Third-Person Apology For Harassing A Female Beat Writer Reggie Jackson's Third-Person Apology For Harassing A Female Beat Writer

Vice Sports has a very good profile of Lisa Saxon, who in the 1980s became one of the first female sportswriters on an MLB beat. The harassment—verbal, mental, and physical—that she dealt with was hellish, but at least she was able to achieve to a sort of peace with one of her chief tormentors, Reggie Jackson.

Bob Ryan: Scribe Bob Ryan: Scribe

Over at Grantland, Bryan Curtis has an entertaining feature on Bob Ryan:

Whatever Happened To Sports On Earth? Whatever Happened To Sports On Earth?

Originally published at The Classical.

Why Pete Rose, Lance Armstrong And Mike Tyson Won't Fade Away Why Pete Rose, Lance Armstrong And Mike Tyson Won't Fade Away

Nice story over at Grantland by Bryan Curtis on the never-ending sagas of Armstrong, Tyson and Rose:

Lede Time: Jim Murray Lede Time: Jim Murray

Dig a few of Jim Murray's ledes:

Maverick: The George Kimball Interview Maverick: The George Kimball Interview

The George Kimball Interview...from Hunter S. Thompson and Terry Southern to Bill James, Gayle Sayers, Norman Mailer, Bob Arum, George Foreman, and oh, so many more:

It Was A Great Year For Sportswriting; Here's Some Of The Best Of It It Was A Great Year For Sportswriting; Here's Some Of The Best Of It

Every so often, some crank will write something suggesting that sportswriting is in decline. The argument goes that due to ease of publishing, a general lowering of standards, the reading public's divided attentions, and millennial narcissism and careerism, an entire art has been lost, subordinated to witless jostling…

A Christmas Tradition A Christmas Tradition

Terry Lyons gives us a little Shelby Strother:

Trying To Be The Best Trying To Be The Best

"Bill Heinz is a walking contradiction of the stereotype of the phlegmatic Teuton. He is emotional and demonstrative. He can sink into depressions so deep they would give a sandhog the bends. His highs are several stories high. As cityside reporter, war correspondent, sports columnist, freelance journalist, and…

All Together Now All Together Now

Is sports writing dead? Sure, just like rock n roll and rap and every other thing worth caring about. Check out this collection of sports writing is dead articles through the years.

Dr. Z Dr. Z

There's a really nice video on Paul Zimmerman by NFL Films. Worth your time.

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