Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times won the sports column writing category for the third time in four years, highlighting final judging results announced Tuesday in the 2007 Associated Press Sports Editors contest. Plaschke has won the top columnist category back to back years and has placed in the top 10 eight of the past nine years.
I'm sure Mr. Plaschke is a nice fellow, but if this award stands for anything, it stands for just how far the standards of print journalism have fallen. Plaschke does one thing well, and that's the occasional tear-jerker column about, I dunno, swimmers with rickets or something. The majority of his opinion work consists of columns with those single-sentence paragraphs refreshingly clear of coherence or insight. And often fact. As our friend Voros puts it in this BTF thread:
This is the guy that claimed one year that competitive balance was so bad,
only five or six teams had a realistic shot at the playoffs at the start of the
season. This was long after the number of teams who make the playoffs were up to
So, sure, congratulations are in order. The same kind of congratulations newly-crowned Roman emperors received in the mid-to-late fifth century.