Best American Sports Writing 2007 out

DMZ · October 10, 2007 at 11:28 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Featuring the Bugs Bunny piece (which runs second!) and a nice plug for USSM in the editor’s intro.

Check it out.


16 Responses to “Best American Sports Writing 2007 out”

  1. Mike Snow on October 10th, 2007 11:38 am

    You know, I would have figured that based on the performance in question, Bugs ought to be batting cleanup for sure.

  2. msb on October 10th, 2007 11:54 am


    watch Derek paste that pathetic palooka with a powerful, pachydermous, percussion pitch!!!!

  3. idahowriter on October 10th, 2007 12:18 pm

    Nice, Derek! Congrats!

  4. vj on October 10th, 2007 12:21 pm

    This post deserves a buy-a-beer link.

  5. Rusty on October 10th, 2007 12:33 pm

    There’s a lot of internal bitching that goes on amongst the writers and readers of sports writing. But on balance, I find it of a much higher quality than you find in political writing, across the spectrum.

    A great example of what I’m talking about was a reporting piece on that I read a couple of nights ago. In it, Boras was pontificating how the signing of ARod by any organization would lead to an easy increase of a half billion dollars in revenues. The writer/reporter of that story didn’t simply take Boras’ comment uncritically, as the political media often takes a comment from a supposed expert. Instead, they followed Boras’ quote with the question of whether an increase in revenue of that magnitude could really be contributed entirely to the signing of ARod, or whether other factors would play into the increase.

    Furthermore, unlike political writing, the author of the article refused to personally attack Boras. He let Boras make his comment, and then added analysis to it without getting into an ad hominen attack as is common on the political side.

    Is our sports media perfect? Not by a long shot but that’s not really the goal. My point is that it could be a whole lot worse.

  6. heph on October 10th, 2007 12:45 pm

    Congrats! Suds on me.

  7. DMZ on October 10th, 2007 1:18 pm

    I don’t think you’re reading a wide enough sample of sports writing.

  8. Tuomas on October 10th, 2007 1:39 pm

    So, if I only have enough cash to buy Derek’s book or a beer for the authors, which do I do?

  9. DMZ on October 10th, 2007 2:06 pm

    I would recommend you buy “The Cheater’s Guide to Baseball” through link up there on your right. Then you get a book to enjoy, we… well, we make a little off the affiliate link, but book sales support me writing, which supports USSM writing, which is good.

  10. Anthony on October 10th, 2007 3:16 pm

    Not sure if there are copyright laws over this, but is the visual evidence captured in the book?

  11. bermanator on October 10th, 2007 5:38 pm

    The ironic thing is that Bugs Bunny projected strictly as a speed guy and/or a crafty junkballer when he was drafted.

  12. Mo Vaughn Is My Hero on October 10th, 2007 5:58 pm

    Can we have Bugs for pitcher?

  13. IchirosTalkingDog on October 10th, 2007 7:01 pm

    Bugs would be a solid #2 starter. But our front office can’t evaluate pitching.

  14. mln on October 11th, 2007 4:23 am

    I have always thought that the sports writing that you see on blogs is more insightful (and entertaining) than the mainstream media.

    Even the various comments by random posters are funnier than say the schtick of ESPN. Sites like Baseball Think Factory and the various team-specific blogs are always good for their high snark quotient.

  15. idahowriter on October 11th, 2007 8:39 am

    Lincolon on the rumor of signing Bugs Bunny:

    “We will not do a Cartoon Network-style rebuilding.”

  16. ajdaddy on October 11th, 2007 10:09 am

    A super honor, and well-deserved. Classic, hilarious piece. A little Monty Pythonish in that a premise not to be taken seriously is taken ‘seriously’, and then argued out to a ‘logical’ conclusion. Excellently written, and you deserve the plaudits!


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