Best and Worst Sports writing in print and on the net.

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  1. DAR Jedi Master

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    Well discuss those writers you wait with baited breath for a new column or those you think have no idea what they're talking about.

    Best:
    Bill Simmons
    Gene Wojechowski(sp)
    Arguably the best two writers ESPN.com has.
    Rick Reilly-Sports Illustrated, always insightful
    Steve Czaban-http://www.czabe.com/

    Worst:
    Jay Mariotti Chicago Sun Times-To be fair I don't know if he has improved but I just find him a chore to read. Plus I can't stand him on ESPN's "I can shout louder than you" or whatever it's called.
  2. DarthIntegral Manager Emeritus and July Tiemaster

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    Best:

    I agree with Bill Simmons. I love the Sports Guy.
    Gregg Easterbrook. I love TMQ.

    Worst: Dan Shanoff. He's a joke, who got fired by ESPN, and now has a blog where he thinks its cool to be a homer and swear.
  3. DAR Jedi Master

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    Did Shanahoff do the Daily Quickie?
  4. DarthIntegral Manager Emeritus and July Tiemaster

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  5. New_York_Jedi Jedi Master

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    I love Simmons and Easterbrook. I usually like John Hollinger's columns also. Buster Olney's blog is incredible. Gammons usually writes good things.

    I hate hate hate Skip Bayless. I'm so glad he hardly ever writes for ESPN.com. I don't really like KC Joyner's stuff either- I know he's kind of a football Hollinger, but he's not nearly as good.

    Jeff Jacob's columns for the Hartford Courant are kind of hit or miss- some are good, some not so much.
  6. NorCalBirdz Jedi Padawan

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    Rick Reilly's back page columns in Sports Illustrated are always a treat. They are informative, reverent and usually introspective even.

    Peter King's NFL week in review is required reading on Monday mornings.


  7. heels1785 JCC/PT/New Films Manager

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    Best:

    Bob Ryan, Boston Globe
    Jay Mariotti, Chicago Sun-Times
    Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas Morning News
    Bill Simmons, ESPN


    Worst:

    Scoop Jackson, who doesn't reside in reality.
  8. Armenian_Jedi Jedi Master

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    Simmons and Easterbrook are two of my favorites as well. easily the two funniest sports columns on the internet.


    espn.com's page 2 has a couple crappy ones though. I never remember their names however. :p
  9. Yodave27 Jedi Master

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    BEST:
    Bill Simmons
    Gregg Easterbrook

    WORST:
    Wallace Matthews
  10. New_York_Jedi Jedi Master

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    Scoop Jackson is kind of hit or miss also. He occasionaly writes good things.
  11. Baron-Soontir-Fel Jedi Knight

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    Heh, I remember his departure from the Post. Lupica has lost a lot of his edge, and I find the Post's staff as a whole more compelling than the News', especially Phil Mushnick and Peter Vecsey (Remember when he used to do spots in games on NBA on NBC?)
  12. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Simmons is pretty good from time to time, one of the better ones out there...

    I'm not sure who I'd pick as the best, but heres some of the worst:
    Skip Bayless
    Scoop Jackson
    Jay Mariotti, though I haven't read anything he's written in a while - read a few a while back and it was a total waste of time
  13. NorCalBirdz Jedi Padawan

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    Has anybody read any of the columns by the new Page 2 race-baiting hack, Jemele Hill?
  14. DurronFan Jedi Master

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    This is for ice hockey writing:

    Good - John Buccicross of ESPN is a fun read and looks at hockey from various perspectives.

    Bad - Barry Melrose of ESPN is always carrying the bandwagon. Whenever one team is playing really well he starts talking about them as if they're his favorite team and the same applies for players. Barry Melrose has 30 favorite teams, he just talks about the one that's doing the best.

    - Phil Coffey on nhl.com is too biased at times. Whenever people send him replies in which they criticize the NHL, he always tells them that "that's your opinion but you're wrong". He is such a kiss-ass towards Gary Bettman. Nothing Gary Bettman does is wrong in his eyes.
  15. Baron-Soontir-Fel Jedi Knight

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    You should read Larry Brooks' 'Slap Shots' column in the Sunday New York Post (I believe its available online). He tells it like it is.
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