...or in a riptide...or something! That’s how we feel when commenting on some of the local newspaper articles about sports these days.
If ever there was a demonstration of the saying that one should not argue with a man who buys his ink by the barrel, we have it here. One might assume that, unlike the cost of bread, milk and gasoline, the price of ink and newsprint is in free fall.
Reference is to the Sunday morning article about a basketball coach changing jobs, a momentous event which actually occurred 116 days ago on July 3rd. Presumably the onset of a new season provided the occasion for using a total of more than two full pages, including about three quarters of the front page of the sports section, to rehash the story in great detail.
The article carries only one reporter’s byline. We can only assume that he spent many days (weeks?) putting the story together. There are numerous quotes from people involved - many from out of state.
There is one full column of the "timeline" of happenings that day. Here’s how that goes.
8 a.m. - Meeting with the Celtics... 8:30 a.m. - A decision is made... 10:00 a.m. - Back to Hinkle... Noon - Breaking the news... 1 p.m. - Search for new coach begins... 3:30 p.m. - Prepare to go public... 5:30 p.m. - Players are told... 6 p.m. - Goodbyes... 8 p.m. - Disappointment... 9:30 p.m. - Moving forward...
The article was well written, and would have been wonderful coverage of the event at the time. Now it seems only to stress the need of the paper’s management to convince local citizens that sports generally really are the be all and end all of vital community interest and municipal reputation.
We have the greatest respect for the coach involved. If he is the man information available about him indicates, we suspect he is surprised, and possibly embarrassed, by this outpouring of sentiment offered as news at this late date.