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Why write sports?

In Read on August 17, 2010 at 7:11 am

Last month a group of sportswriters sat down for a round table discussion with Matt Robison for the Morning News.  Topics included why they started writing about sports, and what it is about sport that makes for such a great literary source:

What’s one specific moment in sports that made you want to write about it?

Will Leitch: It was actually in 1989, when Nick Anderson hit a last-second shot from three-quarters to give my beloved Illini a win over hated Indiana and its monstrous Patton-esque coach Bobby Knight. It was good over evil, and a 13-year-old Will Leitch danced and laughed and accidentally hugged his father. (Gross!) It was such a powerful moment, the idea that sports can make you feel euphoric like nothing else can, and I knew I wanted to capture that moment.

Nic Brown is also one of the authors, and it turns out they did this roundtable the day after his tennis match with Tripp Philips.

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  1. Accidentally hugged his father? What is this world coming to??

    It proves my point that sports are the Superglue of male bonding.

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