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RIP Dave Goldberg

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Steak Snabler, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

  2. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Fuck. Worked with him briefly in the AP office in New York when I was very young in the business. Really good guy.

    Complications from hip surgery? Double fuck.
  3. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    Must have blown a clot.
    My biggest fear with any seemingly routine procedure.
  4. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    Yep, never met him that I recall, but I sure knew that byline.

  5. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Dave was a colleague for many years, a guy who helped teach me the ropes when I was young and someone I would return to time and again for advice or a different perspective. Terry Taylor noted Dave's legendary schmoozing skills. I always saw it as Dave' natural curiosity and genuine interest in other peoples' opinions. Those attributes helped make him a great reporter and an even greater man.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2015
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  6. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Dave was indeed a really good guy. Horrible news.
  7. Dog8Cats

    Dog8Cats Member

    That schmoozing line sure sounded like a backhanded (at best) compliment. There are people who initiate conversations because they're convinced you need to hear their thoughts, and there are people who initiate conversations because they have a genuine interest in others' thoughts.

    I didn't know Dave Goldberg. I knew that byline very, very well.

    As someone with little knowledge of what a leader of a major sport's coverage for The Associated Press does, I would be interested to know the demands of his job.
  8. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Great story within a story:

    Goldberg spent countless hours with coaches over the years and had little patience for coach-speak or breathless talk of the critical importance of an upcoming game. Goldberg would be quick to remind everyone what one of his favorite NFL figures, Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy, once told him: "A must win? World War II was a must win."

    RIP, Dave Goldberg.

  9. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Don't draw that inference. Schmoozing doesn't have a negative connotation and certainly didn't in the way it was used in NY Sports back in those days. It was a high compliment to be called a schmoozer by the likes of Marv Schneider or Dick Joyce or Hal Bock after you got off the phone from an extended conversation with a source. It meant that you worked it.
  10. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

  11. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    Damn, that was good.
  12. Yeah, that was great.
    Encapsulated Goldberg and the anonymity of an AP writer.
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