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Weather. The Great Equalizer

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Pete Incaviglia, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    Is the weather even a story regarding a pending football game with big implications?

    I know editors who swear weather always makes a good story (i.e. WOW! It's hot! WOW! It's cold! How do you stay cool? How do you stay warm?)

    But is it sports-worthy?

    Example: Passing team versus running team. Does rain and a wet field matter?
  2. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    It might take some digging, but find out the last time a toad-strangling rainstorm hit and find the key players in that game to see what impact it made.

    Rain fucks up everything and makes it more difficult.

    As far as "It's going to be cold Friday for the Bumfizzle-Podizzle game" ... no, that's not newsworthy. Blizzard? Yes. Sleet or freezing rain? Yes. Just turning cold? Meh. Man up and play ball.
  3. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    I think rain almost always negatively affects a passing team.
  4. joe

    joe Active Member

    Weather, holidays and war. Avoid them as a peg for your story.
  5. FuturaBold

    FuturaBold Member

    I remember an old sports writer friend telling me about a team he covered that "accidentally" let their sprinklers run all night long before a big game against an opponent that just happened to have a speedy running back. Amazingly, the swampy field conditions slowed him down and the home team pulled the upset... now that's a fun story...
  6. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    If you're writing about the cold, it better be the Ice Bowl pt. II
  7. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Football's supposed to be played in the cold anyway.
  8. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Did someone mention my name?

  9. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    Cold. I agree. Not noteworthy in the least.

    Rain. That's where I question it. I'm talking about a team that only passes versus a team that only runs (for the most part in both cases) potentially playing in a predicted downpour for four hours.
  10. the opposite is actually true

    it's harder to run in the rain

    smart coaches with a good passing game will throw all day in the rain
  11. dsg155

    dsg155 Member

    If it impacts the game greatly, yeah talk about it. If not, leave it out.
  12. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    dammit, was about to post the same thing but wasted my time on why god hates me on another thread.
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