Plaschke: Be the Miracle

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Bill Plaschke has been named National Sports Columnist of the Year, has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and writes some of the best damned stories in spors journalism.

The Los Angeles Times' Bill Plaschke has been named National Sports Columnist of the Year, has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and writes some of the best damned stories in sports journalism.

There are few (if any) sports columnists more adept at telling stories than the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke, a journalist who reports and digs for stories that nobody else really sees. I recently came across a truly inspiring speech he offered to those attending the JEA/NSPA convention last June. After reading his speech, you’ll want to race for your notepad to report (and to rip out a few pages to wipe away the tears). Plaschke covered sports at a university (SIU-Edwardsville) that had very few sports teams and no superstars, so he focused more on stories about people than about sports. Today, he still may eschew the big events (NBA championships, Super Bowls) to write about a woman who must write columns with her mouth and about a magical water boy who is an inspiration for Southern Cal’s football team. (Good luck holding back the tears when reading these stories.) If, after reading his speech, you do not get inspired (or chills), perhaps another profession would do you good.

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