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Rob Neyer gets in a jab at sports journalism

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by TheSportsPredictor, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    From his latest column:

    "I screwed up last week. I mean, I really, really screwed up. If there were any accountability in my field, I'd have been fired or (at the very least) been given a good rap on the knuckles. Fortunately for me, sportswriters can get away with murder if we occasionally turn a cute phrase and aren't too blatant about stealing each other's ideas."

    A bit tongue in cheek in regards to himself -- he left Willies Mays + McCovey and a few others out of a previous article about greatest 3/4 hitting combos of all time. I wonder if someone stole one of Rob's ideas recently.
  2. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    what does Google toss in if we mention pornography in a thread?
  3. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    that's a pretty stupid shot. ok, he screwed up. but let's pretend we live in a perfect world for a minute. what type of accountability would be appropriate? a correction at most. it's not like he should be suspended or fired, right? it's in the same vein as readers who bitch that columnists who pick winners should also be fired.
  4. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    NEYER is the God of us all!!!!
  5. whatgives

    whatgives New Member

    And I'd like to see some accountability for people like Neyer who apparently has gone from making sweeping generalizations about baseball to making sweeping generalizations about journalism.
  6. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    if there was any accountability in his field, he probably would have lost his job for slamming that guy's book on Amazon.
  7. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member


    BTW, where the hell could one look up guys who hit 3 and 4 in the lineup from back in the 1950s?
  8. John Taylor

    John Taylor Member

  9. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    retrosheet has box scores from many years, so that would be a good place to check.
  10. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    How long would THAT take.

    Can't spend that sort of time for a standard column.
  11. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    Nice link, John.

    Still... man, that would take forever to vacuum every inch of that rug.
  12. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    It's called research. If you don't want to do it, let somebody else write a column.

    And no, you wouldn't look at every box score of every game from the 1950s. You would look at teams which had two or three good hitters at the same time. And if you have a column, you should know something about the history of the game.

    Columbo, you have to bring more than that to the table.
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