Pond Scum and Vultures: America's Sportswriters Talk About Their Glamorous Profession

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"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.
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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
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