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Who is the smartest sports writer?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Pulitzer Wannabe, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Geoff Calkins maybe? Harvard Law degree, I think.

    Gary Smith?

    Sally Jenkins?

    Some unknown pulling $25K a year somewhere?

    When I get on these boards, I'm constantly impressed by the depth of knowledge that the people in this profession have. It is almost jarring how far in opposition it stands to the newsroom stigma of us as a bunch of cavemen who know batting averages but not public policy, Phil Fulmer but not Philip Roth.

    Who impresses you? Not talking about strictly "best writer" here or anything that specific. More like, who have you run across or read that makes you say, "That guy/gal could have done anything he/she wanted."
  2. IGotQuestions

    IGotQuestions Member

  3. I'd say Ace, but that fucker can't even get on in Cleveland!
  4. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Not me. I think I'm pretty smart, but there are some people on here who could smart circles around me or smart me under the table. :D
  5. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    Then wouldn't your handle be IGotAnswers?
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Not a sports writer anymore but Kornheiser is incredibly intelligent. Frank Deford has to be on this list as well. John Feinstein...
  7. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    This gets interesting, because as in many fields, "intelligence" in this field means more than one thing.

    In this corner, Booklearnin' . . . and in this corner, Streetsmarts.

    Tony K. and Deford are both more Book than Street.

    Much prefer a balance of both, and have worked to achieve a
    legitimate balance, within.
  8. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    My brother-in-law is a Mensa member, and there are things I see him do that just shock me as being very "no common sense."

    This is just an impossible question to answer.
  9. accguy

    accguy Member

    The smartest sportswriter is one who got out of the business before all of this nonsense began.
  10. BrianGriffin

    BrianGriffin Active Member

    Your short list starts with those smart enough to have left the business a couple of years ago, before they were asked to leave...
    That's the cynical answer.
  11. ink-stained wretch

    ink-stained wretch Active Member

    Halberstam. Even dead, he's smarter and tougher than all of us.
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