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The best sports section ever

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Dave Kindred, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. Dave Kindred

    Dave Kindred Member

    As SI.com does here, it's always fun to argue "the best ever." I was at The Washington Post in those days and we looked The Globe in the eye all over the world. The New York Times, the Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Miami Herald -- all could make a case as the best. The only thing certain is that newspapers never spent more money on sports coverage than they did in the '70s and '80s. And it showed.

  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    If you're asking I think The Globe was the gold stand back in those days - Ray Fitzgerald. Will Mcgdonough, Bob Ryan, Leigh Montville and Peter Gammons.
  3. Appgrad05

    Appgrad05 Active Member

    Very, very good story.
  4. henryhenry

    henryhenry Member

    alan richman. lesley visser. john powers. steve marantz. michael madden. jack craig.
  5. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    That story explains why New England kids like me wanted to become sports writers.

    Was it Ray Fitz who began his Saturday column with what someone had for breakfast?
  6. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Don't sleep on your AJC sections in the '80s, Dave. Alas, the local teams didn't give you much title fodder (or even near-misses) to chew on.
  7. Sammi

    Sammi Member

    I grew up reading those gentlemen and I suppose they are in part responsible for my sports journalism career. For better and worse. It was humbling to share the stage -- in a small way -- with Messrs. Montville, Ryan and Doria at the NSSA awards banquet last month.
  8. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    This is not the best sports section ever ... it's just a tribute.
  9. Moondoggy

    Moondoggy Member

    Reading this story, I found myself wishing someone would start up "The National" again -- perhaps as a web site, given current economic realities. I'd apply, just so I can say I was rejected, but I know I'd check it every day because fine sports writing/reporting is still an art.

    The Globe was special, for sure, but as has been noted here there were other fine sections as well. The L.A. Times back in the day was tremendous. The Chicago Trib, with Bob Verdi and Bernie Lincicome, was must-read. I agree with the AJC mention above, particularly after Van McKenzie got hold of that section. There were so many others ...

    We'll never see the like again, and that's a bigger loss than the Sam Zells and Lean Deans of this world can ever fathom.
  10. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Well played.
  11. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    All those Boston scribes "in" the various Halls of Fame?

    Gotta be East Coast bias.
  12. Hackie

    Hackie New Member

    Great, great story. An awesome reminder of why we love newspapers and desired to become top tier sports journalists.
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