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Babbler # 12955

posted 11 August 2006 04:49 PM      Profile for Farmpunk     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The subscription was a present. It reads like a farce most of the time. The writing is usually just plain or boring. And pro sports is a materialistic media circus.

But they have this guy, Richard Hoffer, doing stories. And I usually can't tell if he's crucifying his subjects or praising them. He did a profile of a football player a couple issues ago. It's very subtle but I think he's very artfully stomping on this football player, and the story turns at the mid point when the player and Hoffer go to visit a charity that the player was involved with. For a football \fan team related reason there were dog biscuits on these kids trays; these kids couldn't move around much at all, not much use of their arms... And then Hoffer starts digging into the player with a vengence, and brings up the dog buscuits again later before sewing it all up and leaving me, at least, with a very ambigous feelings.

So, if anyone has an slight interest in sports writing, and it can be good, should check out Hoffer. I bascially skim through the mags looking for his stuff now. Sports writers aren't allowed that much freedom usually, but I think it's just because the SI editors didn't Get It.
Does anyone else on this board read SI (Sarcastic\cute\ironic replies appreciated, thank you)?
Sports culture has always fascinated me.

From: SW Ontario | Registered: Jul 2006  |  IP: Logged
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posted 11 August 2006 08:21 PM      Profile for Bobolink   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My father was one of the original subscribers to Sports Illustrated so I read it almost from the beginning. Generally, it is not a good source of sports information. However, there is one regular feature that I always seek out when I am in a doctor's office and that is "Faces in the Crowd".

BTW, for good sports writing, try the Los Angeles Times.

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posted 11 August 2006 09:42 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I honestly think that SI produces some of the best journalistic writing today. Like the Beach Boys, they have generated both the best and worst of their genre.
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posted 14 August 2006 01:29 PM      Profile for Farmpunk     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey, SI readers present on rabble.
Catchfire, I'm curious: what articles and what writers are you referring to? Professional sports, placed in even a mild "real world" context, are completely insane. My fave SI articles are about sports on levels apart from the professional ranks. The latest story that I thought was decent (other than Hoffer's stuff) was two weeks ago, a profile of Laird Hamilton, the pro surfer, and how he bought his home right next to this deadly area of massive waves.

This growing trend towards sports journalism catering to Fantasy Leagues is really annoying. This is especially bad for the major pro sports: football, basketball, baseball.

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