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Sports and the Eight Commandments

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 7, 2010 | 2:47 pm

Had some fun with a GetReligion post today. Here’s an excerpt:

It never mattered to me whether the term was religion writer or religion reporter, though RNA has taken a position. And despite the fact that sportswriters often participate in hagiography (and not of the Tim Tebow persuasion) and the fact that they ask some of the most mundane/absurd questions (Shanahan excited to be in D.C. — really?) sportswriters are journalists, just like the rest of us.

I mention this because it provides context for the gimmicks sportswriters often try — and too often fail at. I was reminded of this as I listened to Frank Deford on NPR’s “Morning Edition” yesterday.

The piece was “Thou Shalt Not Covet They Neighbor’s Sports Star.” The extended metaphor, as you can imagine, was the Ten Commandments. The delivery could not have demonstrated a greater ignorance about probably one of the most universally known details of the Bible

Read the rest of my commentary on Deford’s commentary here.

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