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Monday, May 3, 2021

The Sports Writer

Newspaper people speak of journalists who cover the news as police reporters, City Hall men, and Washington correspondents. Print journalists on the sports beat are usually referred to as sports writers. The sports writer is not expected merely to tell us what happened. Upon small, coiled springs of fact, he builds up a great padded mattress of words. His readers escape into a dream where most of the characters are titanic heroes, devouring monsters, or gargantuan buffoons. [If I were a sports writer most of my stories would be about the gargantuan buffoons.]

A. J. Liebling quoted in Wayward Reporter by Raymond A. Sokolov, 1980

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