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Friday, January 13, 2006 

Sports Journalism in Black and White

My editor at the Chicago Sports Review pointed out these two articles below, both focusing on the new movie "Glory Road." The movie is the story of the 1966 Texas Western basketball team, an all-black team that beat the mighty (and all-white) Kentucky Wildcats. Significant? Sure. Groundbreaking? That's where opinions differ. Here, we've got Ron Rapaport of the Chicago Sun-Times and Scoop Jackson of ESPN.com taking two very different views of the same game. And while I like Scoop very much--I interviewed him once, and he was one of the best interviews I've ever had--I think his reach exceeds his grasp on this one. Scoop gets a lot of grief for filtering everything he sees through a racial lens, and while that's an unfair assessment, columns like this one unfortunately only bolster his critics' arguments. Anyway, decide for yourself:

Ron Rapaport: http://www.suntimes.com/output/rapoport/cst-spt-rap12.html

Scoop Jackson: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jackson/gloryroad/060112


Jay Busbee runs Yahoo! Sports' NASCAR Blog From The Marbles, Atlanta Magazine's Atlanta sports blog Right Down Peachtree, and the Southern sports/humor blog Sports Gone South. He also writes for damn near anybody who'll throw him a buck and a byline, and he's at work on the books The Quiet Dynasty: The History Of The Atlanta Braves' Championship Run (2009, Sports Publishing LLC) and God Is A Bulldog: Georgia, Florida, And The Greatest Play In College Football History (2010, Sports Publishing LLC). Click below for more info on his novels, articles, and comics.
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