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Monday, October 1, 2007

PD Reporter: Our Sports Dept. is a ‘Bastion of Ineptitude’ Too!

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2007 at 2:51 PM

I read with interest the September 25 C-Notes item on the PD (“PD Reporters: Don’t Accuse Us of Having Balls”). It sounds like the PD Metro department isn’t much better off than us toiling on the second floor in the Sports Department – another glowing bastion of ineptitude. Getting Terry Pluto as a columnist? Great move. Wonderful, generous and extremely nice guy. Plus, in the few weeks he’s been here, we’ve already seen him in the newsroom more often than prima donna/big ego/my crap-don’t-stink columnists Livingston and Shaw combined. (Oh, and don’t think Livy and Shaw are loving all the attention Terry’s getting, either. Tough nuts, guys – Terry deserves it.) But other than that, the Sports Department’s morale sucks – too bad, because Goldberg is pushing Sports hard to be this paper’s big-ticket item. We have an aloof sports editor (Roy Hewitt) who’s hardly around and only seems concerned with making sure the paper keeps financing his Olympics junket trips (Beijing 2008, here he comes!). The editors under “Busy Whiskers” – our pet nickname for Roy – are either amiable yes-men or young, overly ambitious types who love calling meetings and “brainstorming sessions” to show off their power (such as it is). Every two days, someone from another department – who apparently always had the dream to be a sportswriter – is shuffled over to work in our department. (Great morale boost for the sports copy editors who also want shots to write, huh?) Page 2 has been a hodgepodge mess. We got general-assignment writers who actively backstab and undermine at least one of our team beat writers at every turn (with the tacit approval of editors). And I can’t recall the last time I read a real, compelling investigative piece (free of fluff and tippy-toeing) on our page. So to my Metro colleagues, I say: “Courage.” We all have our struggles inside 1801 Superior, and ain’t none greater than being in the Sports Department these days. --A PD Sports drone (Sorry, tough-guy butt smoocher Mike McIntyre, I won’t sign my name)

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