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Incredible story about Bobby Orr

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by HorseWhipped, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. HorseWhipped

    HorseWhipped Guest

    I love this site.
    I'm new here, but I'm not that young.
    So pardon me if I don't fetch anyone's beer.

    Forgive me if it's been posted already, but did anyone read S.L. Price's story in Sports Illustrated about Bobby Orr?

    One of the best profiles I've read in years.
    I couldn't put it down, and it left me wanting more and more.

    That's what good sportswriting is all about.
  2. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    Correct. And with no help from Orr, either.
  3. HorseWhipped

    HorseWhipped Guest

    Well, yeah, but Orr isn't a guy who wants to talk about himself.

    Price brought that up and respected it, which said a lot about both of them.
  4. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member


    I assume this is the story. I'm barely a page into the online version, and it is magic.
  5. HorseWhipped

    HorseWhipped Guest

    That's the one. And it is magic.
  6. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Absolutely right.

    Just finished it, and that is a wonderful, wonderful piece.
  7. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    There was just one strip of black tape on Orr's stick and the puck seemed glued to it, that fine detail so compelling that Boston strippers took to sporting the equivalent of today's French bikini wax—a thin strip of pubic homage dubbed "a Bobby Orr."


    Game, Set and Match.
  8. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Sorry, that's gratuitous bullshit that really doesn't belong in the story.
  9. In Exile

    In Exile Member

    There is quite a long tradition of stories of this nature - profiles about subjects who either do not cooperate or are otherwise elusive, perhaps starting with Gay Talese on DiMaggio. This is a very good to very, very good one - but not a great one - I don't think we quite get Orr in all dimensions.

    Incredible? I don't think that is the word to use. On this site, and on threads like this (or, for example, the Five Favorite Sports Books) we throw around quite a few adjectives that spill over into hyperbole.

    The Hall of the Incredible has a very small door.
  10. incredible post
  11. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    OK, then, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and feel it was the sort of back-of-the-book piece absent from SI anymore. Price, to me, is almost a guaranteed good read who doesn't get in the way of what he's writing about, unlike certain big-name sportswriters who inject themselves, their bad humor, their forced devices or their pop-culture junk into their work.

    That could qualify as incredible among current stuff, if less so when ranked against the all-timers.
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