You call this sports writing,!

The story: Derrick Rose’s injury punch to gut of Chicago, opens doors elsewhere ( 4-28-12)

The mistakes:Derrick Rose’s injury sucks. He is out for the playoffs with a torn ACL and there is no other word but sucks to do it justice. (Well, other words I can run here, anyway.)… First and foremost, this just sucks for fans of basketball…”

The Copy Vigilante says: Are you kidding me?! The lede is “Derrick Rose’s injury sucks”?! Who wrote this, a 12-year old? And how old was the editor, 13?! And why such biased sympathy? They then try to justify it with “no other word but sucks to do it justice” and following line about what terms they can and can’t run. Then we get hit with it again after “First and foremost, this just sucks…”

This is some of the worst sports writing I’ve ever read. It’s awful. Just terrible. Dare I say it? Yup, it sucks!

2 thoughts on “You call this sports writing,!

  1. Actually, extreme stress to a ligament or joint can cause the surrounding bodily tissues to actively strive to absorb any available moisture in an attempt to begin the healing process, so to characterize Rose’s injury as one that “sucks” is not altogether incorrect; but to say said injury “sucks for fans of basketball” implies that a biological function is taking place in some deliberate way on behalf of a quantifiable constituency, and that’s where the true editorial gaffe lies. So sayeth the Copy Vigilante Overlord!

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