tombarrassorules wrote:in the era of the blog, what does a newspaper columnist bring to the table? sure they sit in the press box and can interview players if they want, but they rarely do, essentially just giving opinions in utterly dull and antiquated ways.
Back in my younger days I used to have great respect for the press. And then I worked for a local daily newspaper, and saw firsthand that the sportswriters were just fans who a) knew how to put a few sentences together, and b) were fortunate enough to land jobs at the newspaper.
My view of sportswriters has decreased even more in recent years as I see that many times they seem to get their story lines from websites like lgp.com. Can't they even come up with their own ideas?