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College football preview mags

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Meat Loaf, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Meat Loaf

    Meat Loaf Guest

    I got a few magazines today, some are new for me and one of Phil Steele. What magazine do you put the most stock in?
  2. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    Phil Steele has the most information. Lindy's and Athlon suck.
  3. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    I like the Sporting News one. That one and Street & Smith's are the only ones I ever see here.
  4. BigSleeper

    BigSleeper Active Member

    The Sporting News is the best of the lot. The rest are very amateurish.
  5. Rufino

    Rufino Active Member

    Sporting News is the best if you want readable content. For pure info in the most condensed form possible, Phil Steele's is the way to go. All others are largely a waste of time.

    Good as it is, Sporting News needs to pay more attention to consistency in their content. For example, their FSU preview says in the first paragraph "it would be a surprise" if they won more than nine - meanwhile right above it, they're picking them to finish 10-2 and ranking them 11th. Huh?
  6. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    The previews are generally written by a beat reporter of the team.

    The predictions are generally made by the mag's editors. Hence the difference.

    Check the bylines on the stories, or the list of contributors in the front of the mags if they have no bylines. Most are beat writers and have a fairly solid reputation. I'm willing to bet many of them are in the SportsJournalists.com family and reading this very thread!

    What often hurts is the previews must be done by early April, even before some programs have started spring practice. A lot happens between then and June/July as far as injuries, ineligibilities, etc., to change a team and that can't be reflected in the story.

    There's a ton of info in Steele's, if you're a gambler that's the one to buy. It's also very hard to read and graphically a disaster.

    TSN, S & S, Lindy's and Athlon are all quite readable. Lindy's and Athlon's publications that are conference-specific are way better than the watered-down national version. Their generally far more accurate than Sports Illustrated.

    And the extra $450-$500 every July is nice too.
  7. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    The Sporting News will no longer produce yearbooks in St. Louis. There still will be Sporting News yearbooks, I am told by an editor in St. Louis, but he said the Sporting News titles will replace the Street & Smith's titles and be produced in Charlotte by the folks who currently do Street & Smith's.

    Sounds like some of us might be out of at least one free-lance gig.
  8. nafselon

    nafselon Active Member

    The AP College Mag Preview Poll

    1) Phil Steele
    12) Sporting News

    Also Receiving Votes: etc. etc.
  9. TyWebb

    TyWebb Well-Known Member

    Agree with most. Phil Steele makes the most sense to me and has been the most accurate and consistent.
  10. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Phil Steele's reads like it was written by a first-time stringer. It has information, but it's so damn poorly presented.
  11. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    Mostly, Phil Steele puts 10,000 words on one page, and about 75 of them concern the 2007 season. The rest is recent history.

    I do read it but Lindy's, Athlons and TSN is more readable.
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