There was once a legendary football coach, name withheld, who wrote a book with a prominent writer and business executive in the local community. Actually, the business exec did most of the writing. The coach got his name first on the front cover, given the need to sell books.
One day, a few months after publication, the writer’s obituary appeared in the newspaper, complete with picture. One of the coach’s staffers showed him the obit.
The response was immediate: “Did he die?”
There was also the story told of a rookie sportswriter, in search of an angle for a story, maybe even a lead. He pointed in the direction of the setting sun from the press box at the Polo Grounds and posed the following question to the legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice, a native of Murfreesboro, who never seemed to lack for a lead.
“Is that west?”
Rice thought for a moment and said: “If it isn’t, son, you have a heck of a story.”
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2016