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Pond scum and vultures : America's sportswriters talk about their glamorous profession
Wojciechowski, Gene.
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Publication Information:
New York : Macmillan ; Toronto : Collier Macmillan ; New York : Maxwell Macmillian International, [1990]

Physical Description:
xii, 244 pages ; 22 cm
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Includes index.
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GV742.4 .W65 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Having a front-row seat at major sporting events and being able to talk to million-dollar sports stars may sound like a dream job, but that's not the way America's sportswriters describe their glamorous work. This Los Angeles Times sportswriter has interviewed more than 200 of the best known sports scribes to get this revealing inside story.

Author Notes

Gene Wojciechowski worked as a sports reporter for several publications including the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. He joined ESPN in 1998. His work has been honored by the Football Writers Association of America and the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has authored or coauthored several books including The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Another compilation of funny, heartwarming, and/or just-plain-weird sports anecdotes. The unique spin here is that all the stories involve sportswriters. The author, a veteran journalist, has compiled dozens of tales from the untold files of the profession's most beleaguered practitioners. Among the revelations are that many of sports' nice guys are pro basketballers, while baseball and football players have a shocking propensity for bullying, physical intimidation, or actual violence. This is a good-natured, amusing look at the struggles of the men and women who write about our sporting heroes. Be prepared for heavy demand from the fans. ~--Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

``The Toy Department'' is what most journalists disparagingly call their newspapers' sports divisions. The aim of California ex-sportswriter Wojciechowski is to condemn that condescension and establish that his former brethren are tough-minded, ethical and gifted. Their chief obstacle, he argues, may be the athletes, coaches and managers with whom sports journalists do business, a fractious, self-interested, combative constituency; yet if such hostility is bred in part by the tactics of adversarial journalists, that point is played down here. But all is not suffering and solemnity to Wojciechowski: having interviewed many sportswriters, he opens a cache of funny ``hardship'' stories to the public eye, and also examines such allied problems as the continuing second-class status of female sports scribes. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Sportswriter Wojciechowski describes the ups and downs of his profession through a series of war stories from the field. Wojciechowski critiques each of the major sports and the relationships between the sports figures and the writers covering them. He chronicles confrontations between big-name athletes and lesser known sportswriters, as well as mishaps on the road, practical jokes, and assorted other anecdotes that are sometimes hilarious, sometimes mundane, and sometimes downright bizarre. A good-natured romp through a side of America's favorite pastime not often seen, this is recommended for larger sports collections.-- John Turner, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.