On Sports Journalism

Passing the Torch: Don’t Let Great Sportswriting [sic] Flame Out

“More than news writing, more than editorial writing, more than feature, business, or food writing, the best contemporary sports writing draws its strength from a tradition of literary excellence that goes back 100 years.”

Roy Peter Clark

Five Examples Of Great Sports Writing

“Sports seems to bring out the best in our greatest writers. I’m not exactly sure why that is, but I suspect it has something to do with the inherent drama in sports (which can have a time-transporting effect—I felt like a 10-year-old boy again while watching the end of this year’s Iron Bowl) and the friction caused by the fact that these sports “heroes” who are treated like gods are in fact mere mortals like the rest of us…I devour great prose about sports, and will read the same piece sometimes dozens of times, in an attempt to learn more about the craft and, frankly, to be entertained. Great writing is one of the world’s last great turn-ons.”

Monte Burke

The 13 greatest pieces of sportswriting [sic] in 2013

“Of the thousands of pieces of great sportswriting [sic] — from real-time snippets to “longish” reads, these* stood out.** (A worthwhile caveat: The “13″ thing is a handy formatting framework; the “Also Receiving Votes” group is just as worthy of your attention. As always, presented in alphabetical order by author name, with no further commentary.)”

Dan Shanoff