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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by beeranyone, Dec 9, 2008.

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  1. beeranyone

    beeranyone New Member

    Longtime listener, first time caller. I just finished Jones' The Things We Forget in ESPN Magazine. Did anyone know he was working on this? It's herculean. The best piece of sportswriting I've read in a long time. It has reporting. It has original thought. It has, like, 15,000 words. SI used to be able to do this. How come nobody's mentioned this yet? Or did I miss it? Damn.
  2. STLIrish

    STLIrish Active Member

    What issue? The current one?
  3. beeranyone

    beeranyone New Member

    It's the one with Michael Phelps on the front and Matt Ryan on the back.
  4. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    That word - herculean - came to my mind as well. I enjoyed it.
  5. beeranyone

    beeranyone New Member

    Makes me feel like a hack.
  6. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

  7. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Haven't read it yet, but I'm very much looking forward to it.

    His piece last month on cutmen was fan-fucking-tastic.
  8. joe

    joe Active Member

    My sweet baby Jones is the only person who could make me -- maybe -- get an ESPN The Mag subscription. Maybe.
  9. TheMethod

    TheMethod Member

    Hmm. I'm disappointed that I chucked mine as soon as I pulled it from the mailbox.
  10. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    ESPNMag's and SI's latest are both excellent. That can't be said every time.
  11. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    People who don't provide links should feel like hacks.


    And while I won't presume to speak for my good friend The Jones, I'd wager a guess that he'd rather you felt inspired instead of discouraged. The anacdote of him asking the cop about Wade Boggs' horse is a great example going the extra little bit for a great detail.

    Do that. Even in times of journalism despair. For the sake of your own soul.
  12. beeranyone

    beeranyone New Member

    I've actually warmed up to it over the last year. Between Jones, Keown,
    Thompson and their NFL stories, it's pretty solid. Much less of that hip-hop crap and fluff, though there's still traces.
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