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SI's Gary Smith on Dick and Rick Hoyt

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by mediaguy, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. mediaguy

    mediaguy Well-Known Member

    Sorry if this has been posted, but thought Gary Smith did an outstanding job in last week's SI on story of Dick and Rick Hoyt -- father has pushed disabled son through 1,000-plus races and triathlons since 1977. If you have 10 minutes, it's worth your time:


    If you have the issue, there's a series of photos throughout the story that show their races through the years. Really added a lot to the story. ...

    Rick Reilly wrote column on it back in 2005, and obviously Smith has a lot more room to work with it, but I like Smith's much more.

  2. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    That story writes itself. Dick and Rick Hoyt are amazing. Absolutely amazing.

    I have this story bookmarked to read later, but the subject matter alone is worth the time.
  3. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    Read it this morning. Both Dick and Rick are truly amazing people.
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Read it last night. Great stuff.
  5. ringer

    ringer Active Member

    Does anyone know how the Hoys did in Boston on Monday? Did they finish?
  6. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    Hate to be negative, because it truly was great material, but it dragged on toward about the 3/4 mark. We didn't need every race detail of the two as they grew together. But Smith did a great job closing the story.
  7. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    I agree that it was a little drawn out on details about specific races, but I loved the balanced approach. It was almost like an adoring criticism. Like Smith respected but resented at the same time.

    This guy has a huge heart, he's just also f*ing crazy.

    Also, 10 minutes? It took you 10 minutes to read that? Am I doing something wrong?
  8. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Heckuva story. Really caught me by surprise when Judy divorced him, then died. Smith touched on how she was forever a buried story in the Dick and Rick saga, and inevitably she was somewhat hidden in this story too. I wonder if anyone ever wrote anything substantial about her.
  9. WhiskeyRiver

    WhiskeyRiver New Member

    If I did the search right, the Hoyts finished 23,875th out of 23,879. Took them a little more than 7 hours.
  10. Sammi

    Sammi Member

    Hard not to be a fan -- of either the subjects of the story, or the writer.
  11. OceanLottery

    OceanLottery Member

    Great human interest story. I left it for my wife to read, and she's not an avid SI reader by any stretch.

    One critique is that the story about Dick collapsing after one of the early races and his family discovering that he was peeing blood. It's almost a throwaway line b/c Smith never explains why that happened. Maybe I'm not educated enough about the subject of distance running, but is it common for people to urinate blood after their first few events? Seems like it could have been a semi-serious health issue (must not have been, though, b/c it's never revisited). Why include it at all, then?
  12. MartinonMTV2

    MartinonMTV2 New Member

    Sounds like a good article about good subjects. But, damn, the over-the-top fawning here is a turnoff.
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