Sportswriters get no respect from players Media: According to Men's Journal, players don't want to talk to print reporters.


January 25, 1998|By Michael Prager | Michael Prager,BOSTON GLOBE

Hey you! Bozo!

Yeah, you, reading this article.

Don't you know that nobody reads print journalism anymore, that in these days of television, radio, cable and the Internet, there's nothing left for us to say?

OK, so I'm extrapolating a bit, but that's just about the sorry theme of a wonderfully written story by Bob Drury in the February Men's Journal.

He's talking only about sportswriting, but after going through his wringer, I think I hear footsteps.

The picture is ugly from every angle: Athletes and coaches view reporters, particularly the print press, as "a roving pack of drooling hyenas." When one of them treats reporters with a morsel of respect, a San Francisco writer says off the record, "We lionize the guy."

Sportswriters used to attend practices, stay afterward, get to know the players. Now, Drury says, they're shut out, and "Beat writers are left to chase players through parking lots to get a moronic quote."

Jimmy Johnson, the imperious (well, I think he is; all I know is what I read in the newspapers) coach of the Miami Dolphins, says the problem is that the electronic end gets to everything first: "What's left for the print guys to go after? I'll tell you what: a lot of [expletive] about who missed curfew or who failed a drug test or who got arrested. Who needs that?"

He and she

George magazine nods to Valentine's Day with a series of light (what else?) profiles of mostly Washington power couples, asking his-and-her questions such as "Name a sacrifice you made for your spouse" and "When are you the boss?"

It's amusing enough, although under the main headline, "Power Couples," on the cover are Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Is there something going on here that we should know about?

Pub Date: 1/25/98

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