The Occasional Brilliance of Sports Journalism


The Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel is up for the Sports’ Journalists Association Writer of the Year Award. The nomination is well deserved, and since Phil Ball isn’t in the running, I’d vote for Samuel if I could.

Samuel is unique in that his knowledge is deep, yet it is not overly flaunted. He’s principled, yet not predictable. And of course, he’s a great writer. I call attention to Samuel because (obnoxious liberal alert) in the age of Around the Horn, PTI, and the Sports Reporters, journalists writing on athletics are often branded as unserious, unintelligent, sexist…you get the picture. Still, a part of me does wonder if talent is wasted on writing about sports. Yet should that question be asked of art on some level?

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