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Two Atheltes Two Soldiers by Jack McCallum

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Boom_70, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Anyone read the story in SI this week? Beautifully written by SI senior writer Jack McCallum. Room got dusty real fast.
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    For those wishing to read it:

  3. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    'Twas excellent.
  4. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Haven't read it yet. I'm sure its quality stuff. But I was wondering about stories of organ-transplants, people dying tragically, basic human interest stuff creeping into sports pages. You'd think only people connected to sports donate organs or get cancer. I'm not trying to be snarky, but I see a lot of this stuff on tv and in print and I sometimes wonder if there isn't a postal carrier or supermarket clerk going through the same stuff.
  5. pallister

    pallister Guest

    I'm all for humanizing sports pages more. After all, the best stories are about the people, not the games they play. I understand your point that non-athletes have great stories, too, but getting those into the paper is the job of editors on the news side. Sports shouldn't dial it back on human interest; news should pick up the pace, IMO.
  6. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    This story isn't about organ transplants.
  7. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I agree, but sometimes I get the impression that tragedies that befall people in sports are treated as being more tragic by the media.

    And I was just speaking generally of stories in sports about off-field stuff that may not directly translate to what is happening on the field. Good stories that would still be good stories even if no mention of a sports connection was made.
  8. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Well, there are a lot of meetings to cover.
  9. Jeremy Goodwin

    Jeremy Goodwin Active Member

    There are some great details in this story.
    This was one of my favorite graphs:

    Excellent example of how to tell two stories then combine them to show a common theme.
  10. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Well said. Pretty much sums up premise of story - 2 young athletes, 2 wars , both tragically killed at 18. Very sobering story that absolutely has a place in SI
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