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No Questions Allowed
Here's the text of an ESPN commercial hyping the so-called College Football Playoff: No computers. No excuses. No more debate. This is what you asked for: a college football playoff on ESPN. Seriously? There's no questioning the qualifications of the four t...
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Obliquely Speaking
The AP, my employer the last 32 years of my journalism career, also served as the springboard to one of the most enjoyable sidelights of my experience as a journalist _ a chance to play professor at a distinguished university. I doubt Syracuse University wo...
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Pink Cheeks and Gray Around Their Eyes
There is one truly poignant chapter in the first half of "The Leather Man" _ Chapter 12, in which Ben Steinbrecher is forced to confront the fact that he will never get to play in the National Football League despite having been born with physical gifts bes...
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Foreshadowing is a particularly important tool in a novel, because it creates tension, a singularly good way to hold a reader's attention. Literature is usually excluded from the sequential arts, a term applied to comic books, Such arts employ sequential im...
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Sports Information
My intention when I began to write Chapter 27 of "The Leather Man" was to broaden the average reader's grasp of sports information directors and what they do. That is to say, what I imagine they do; I never worked in the field of sports coverage as anything...
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I Lost Contain in the Sun
The first full weekend of college football offered ample opportunity to reflect on the demise of English as a beautiful language, potentially full of mystery, elegance and a rich vocabulary. Within minutes of turning on the set, I caught the first misuse of...
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Undertones
Misdirection, a mainstay of offensive game planning, works in matrimonial mischief as well. Gloria Steinbrecher seems to have learned something from watching the Canyon State staff prepare for the season opener: Suggest that the play is headed one way when ...
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Pain
I can't remember why I decided to include a chapter on pain in my first novel, but I know when. What is now Chapter 24 of "The Leather Man" was one of the first chapters I typed during the winter of 1973-74, my first as The AP's new sports editor in Helena,...
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