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Writers Beware: Stop, You're Late

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 14:  A detail of the backboard and shot clock as a basketball goes thru the hoop as the Michigan State Spartans play against the Ohio State Buckeyes during their semifinal game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 14, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
YvetteAnalyst IMay 7, 2009

For those of you writing about Manny Ramirez and the “oh my God” steroid phenomenon, stop.

For those of you writing about Derek Fisher’s “oh my God” flagrant two foul last night, stop.

For those of you writing about Brett Favre’s “oh my God” re-return, stop.

In the world of sports, you have to be fast. If you’re writing an article two hours after the game ended, the news broke, or any other “oh my God” moment, you’re three hours late.

I've read over fifteen articles today about those three topics in the last hour, and none of them presented me with news I didn't already know.

Ramirez is still suspended 50 games, Fisher is still suspended for Friday's game, and Favre has yet to sign with the Vikings. And in all honesty, all those topics cover my favorite tags: Dodgers, Lakers/Fisher, and Packers/Favre.

These are not words of discouragement, but rather words of encouragement. It’s tough to get your article picked in a crowd of one bazillion, let alone two bazillion articles about the same topic.

So writers pick up your pencil, pad, laptop, and Snickers bar and gear up for the next big thing.

Ah. There you go again. You’re already too late!

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