For April 1, we'll read and talk about The Curious Case of Sidd Finch by George Plimpton. Please look very closely at the subhed.
The incredible Sidd Finch is pictured at right.
The book excerpt from Odd Man Out -- about a young pitcher's year in the minors
330 Strong by Steve Wulf, about the Virginia Tech marching band
subhed: ON A CAMPUS RECOVERING FROM UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY, THE MARCHING VIRGINIANS FACE A DAUNTING TASK: TO HEAL THEMSELVES—AND GET EVERYONE DANCING AGAIN
One of three sections from King of the World by David Remnick
- Prologue: In Michigan -- Muhammad Ali, then and now
- pages 147 to 157 -- about Cassius Clay and the changing world of columnists in 1964
- pages 157 to 159 -- about Clay, the Beatles, and coumnist Robert Lipsyte
Frank Deford's profile of Max Schmeling, who fought Joe Louis in the 30s
subhed FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP MAX SCHMELING WAS MERELY HUMAN IN AN ERA OF GREAT INHUMANITY—A GERMAN WHO WAS A LOYAL FRIEND OF JEWS BUT ALSO A WILLING PAWN OF HITLER
Gary Smith's intense psychological profile of Jamila Wideman, Stanford point guard (from 1997)Subhed -- LIKE HER FATHER, THE DISTINGUISHED WRITER JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN, STANFORD POINT GUARD JAMILA WIDEMAN HAS HAD TD CONFRONT A DARK FAMILY LEGACY WHILE ATTRACTING THE LIMELIGHT WITH HER SURPASSING GIFT
Clich here for Chris Cilizza's words about the SI story "The Audacity of Hoops" by Alexander Wolff (1/19/09). Click here for the story itself.
Click here for a New Yorker piece by Malcolm Gladwell that is a great example of sportswriting for a non-sports-page audience that also informs and intrigues the sports page audience at the same time. It's called "Most Likely to Succeed: How do we hire when we can’t tell who’s right for the job?"
Here's a funny column by Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times about SEC football. It's true what he says -- you always need a Bear Bryant story.
Click here for the first of two interesting pieces in the Knoxville News Sentinel about Maryville College football. Click here for the second piece.
Click here for a list of Professional Values and Competencies that we will talk about in class.
Clich here for the UT Athletic Departments' 2007-2008 Annual Report (released Dec. 12). It's the kind of document that you can look at and come up with story ideas. It's a rare piece in that it talks about all the sports and both men's and women's sports in the same place.