What makes a great sportswriter?

December 11, 2007

That’s a question we’re going to be dealing with throughout the semester because that’s what many of you want to be — dream of being — a sportswriter.I know what good sports writing is when I read it; don’t you? I have a collection of anthologies (“The Best American Sports Writing“) dating back to the […]

Update: Michael Vick

December 11, 2007

Our friend and favorite Washington Post columnist, Michael Wilbon, isn’t surprised again (he wasn’t surprised, either, when he first learned that Sean Taylor had been shot), this time about the length of Michael Vick’s sentence (see item below).Wilbon writes that Vick repeatedly lied throughout the criminal investigation and that it was highly unlikely that he […]

Why is this man yelling?

December 10, 2007

You can make your own suggestion, or I’ll fill you in Tuesday … OK, it’s Tuesday, so I’ll tell you that Phoenix coach and all-time all-timer Wayne Gretzky is yelling because “I was an emotional player, and now as a coach I’m an emotional coach.” You can read all about it in this New York […]

All about: BJ Koubaroulis

December 10, 2007

Here’s the scoop on … BJ Koubaroulis is a sports writer with the Washington Post and the play-by-play voice of high school and college sports for Verizon FiOS1 Sports. Koubaroulis is a featured blogger with Sports Illustrated [and, hopefully, on this blog!]. He is also a play-by-play voice with the Fairfax Sports Network and the […]

Did Michael Vick get what he deserved?

December 10, 2007

Michael Vick got 23 months for his participation in a dogfighting operation at his southeastern Virginia home.Was it a fair sentence (for the uninitiated on this blog, that’s an invitation to comment here; you can also read the comments to the Washington Post story)?Juliet Macur of the New York Times has a story online. I […]

Tickling Gunston

December 6, 2007


Why Gunston?Because Gunston is the mascot George Mason University would like to kill but can’t.It’s kinda like blogging: the habit many of us would like to kill and can’t.And why would we want to?Blogging is writing, and the more you write, the better you’ll write — especially if you edit your writing.And anyone who knows […]