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Spencer Hall tackles Dan Wetzel and Sports Is Serious logic

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Versatile, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Basically, Dabo Swinney said nice things about Marcus Lattimore. Steve Spurrier said mean things about Swinney and Clemson (without naming either), then thanked Swinney for the thoughts. Obviously, this was another poke at the South Carolina-Clemson rivalry.

    Dan Wetzel wrote this, calling the act classless: http://yhoo.it/Y1365G

    Then Spencer Hall wrote this, calling invoking class the lowest form of sports writing: http://sbn.to/Y13gdt

    These two people are perhaps the best at college football writing in the country. I'll wait to post my thoughts, though.

    What sayeth you, message board members?
  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    If Spencer Hall is one of the two best college football writers in the country, he's going to need a better clip than that. That column was a disjointed, whiny mess aimed solely at trolling a media feud.
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    You're right; this wasn't his best work by any means. But I think he has a point, and he's not the type to troll. He's not even the type to start media criticism.
  4. Norrin Radd

    Norrin Radd New Member

    "Stay Classy" also happen to be the worst two words in message board banter.
  5. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Easy stance for Hall to take, considering he rarely writes anything "serious" about college football.

    Wetzel, meanwhile, is a completely different type of journalist.

    That's not to say one's better than the other. They're just....different. With vastly different audiences. Hall's audience is looking for constant dick jokes, ALL CAPS RANTS, and funny GIFs. Wetzel's audience is looking for more "serious" analysis and opinion.
  6. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Spurrier took a day set out for Lattimore and made it about Spurrier. If Hall doesn't like the word "class," he can take the vernacular with the hippity-hop and the whatnot that kids do today and say "dick move, bro." But it sounds like Hall doesn't have any problem with Spurrier's act here. Which probably makes me kind of happy that I don't read a lot of Hall.
  7. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Poor Spencer Hall. Get him some Kleenex.
  8. typefitter

    typefitter Well-Known Member

    It's impossible to write a judgmental column about why people shouldn't write judgmental columns.
  9. greggdoyel

    greggdoyel Member

    I'm inclined to like Spencer Hall. He's a funny guy, creative, a talented example of the new breed of web-sportswriting. But that column by Hall, from its inception to its execution, was dung. One day he'll do what I do from time to time when I look back at stuff I've written -- and he'll be mortified at himself.
  10. Zeke12

    Zeke12 Guest

    Everyone seems to have a lot of inches to fill, and little to fill it with. And I like them both.
  11. typefitter

    typefitter Well-Known Member

    Yep, we all whiff. But if you're going to take a swing at someone like Dan Wetzel, you'd better be on solid footing. You just open yourself up for all sorts of counters.
  12. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Stop these friggin' feuds, writers! Makes y'all look like a clown show.
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