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I must be old, because this column was great (Phil Taylor: The Day Cool Died)

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by kleeda, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. kleeda

    kleeda Active Member

    Wish I'd written it.

  2. pallister

    pallister Guest

  3. broadway joe

    broadway joe Guest

    Might be the best back page column SI has had since Reilly left, at least of the ones I've seen. Had some intelligence, some wit, and best of all, a clear point.
  4. It's well-written but I don't necessarily agree with it. I like seeing the athletes jump up and down like little kids. I can only take so much Pete Sampras and Bill Billichek.
  5. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    I liked it, and I agreed with most of it.
  6. pallister

    pallister Guest

    It's fine when players show emotion -- when warranted. This column reminded me of a game in the early '90s between the Cardinals and Redskins. Late in the game, Larry Centers catches a short pass over the middle, jumps up, signals first down, does the whole look-at-me BS. Player on the 'Skins walks up, gets Centers' attention and points to the scoreboard. At the time, the Cardinals were trailing by aout 5 TDs. Centers' "emotion" was self-absorbed idiocy, as much of it these days.
  7. I'm not defending that. There's too much of that. I just don't blame people for doing it when warranted, ie. Garnett jumping up and down after winning the championship.
  8. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Garnett is closer to Sampras on the celebration spectrum.
  9. That was the dude's lead.
  10. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Ya, I know, I read it. But Garnett is generally a dull player, so his celebration, to me, came off as forced. Certainly not Cool.
  11. I didn't like the column. I thought it was cliche.
    I've read - and written - a hundred eulogy (here lies) columns and I thought this was pretty typical of the formula, only INSERT NAME HERE.
    Not a great effort.
    Of course, I also don't like those the "good old days were better" columns.
  12. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Yeah. Thought I'd read that construction recently, searched Esquire:


    Esquire also had an obit lead in 2001. Probably they didn't invent it then, either.
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