Wright Thompson, you continue to be my hero.
I wanted to post this last week, but, you know. Life. Young – and perhaps more importantly, established – sports writers, heed this advice from Thompson, an ESPN.com Senior Writer and one of the best feature writers in the world:
Young sportswriters: watch Wetzel, Politi, J Brady, Forde, etc from London. Write what it looks/feels like, never, ever what it means.
— Wright Thompson (@wrightthompson) August 8, 2012
The only thing I would add is to do the opposite for game stories. When it comes to game stories, write what they mean. No game is an island. It’s part of something bigger: a person, a team, a season. Find the meaning.
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