A Plea for Informed Analysis: Fans Deserve Better Sports Writers

John Louie RamosSenior Writer IMay 5, 2010

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This may not be the proper forum to address my dismay over what was supposed to be professional sports writing. On the other hand, I cannot resist the temptation of relating to you what I consider as "unbecoming of a sports writer."

Well, I'm not really that good of a writer and that fact alone probably explains why I haven't had many paid writing gigs, but may I ask: "Is it a mortal sin to ask for a little more professionalism, proofreading, or fact-checking maybe?"


Sports writer —not me, a definition please.

(noun) a reporter who writes about a particular sport in which he/she is an expert of.


Expert —100 percent I am not, another definition, if you'll allow.

(noun) a person who is very skillful or highly trained and informed in some special field.


Informed —absolutely, definitely not me, for the sake of being informed, one last definition please.

(noun) having or based on information , knowledge, or education.


In conclusion, a sports writer must know the inner precepts of the sport he/she writes. If he writes basketball, he must breathe basketball. If he writes football, he must digest football.

If he writes cricket, he must eat cricket—well, not really—but at least you got the point.

To cut a long story short, I fortunately or unfortunately (depends on your viewpoint) stumbled upon this article written by a supposedly informed expert whose assumptions are supposed to be based on information .

He questioned The Ring Magazine, which according to him, prides itself as the bible of boxing for elevating Floyd Mayweather Jr. to the No. 1 welterweight spot after the defensive genius' methodical wrecking job against Shane Mosley.

He may be right or wrong. It solely depends on his arguments and opinions, but what caught my attention is the semblance of the outdated reality his arguments and opinions stood upon.

He questioned the sudden movements in The Ring rankings because he was impressed with Manny Pacquiao's last fight—no, not the fight against "Grand Master" Joshua Clottey.

Quoting from his article, the not-so-wise man wrote:

"Pacquiao who, in his last fight in November scored an impressive 12th round TKO over WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, a young and tough champion."

Mr. Writer, you've frequently appeared on sports broadcasts and you're being paid for your commentaries and analysis. We really should expect a lot from you. 

I'm sure you are not living inside a cave—or maybe you are.

For the sake of enlightenment, Pacquiao's last bout happened last March 13 or 14 depending on your time zone. It was inside the famed 80,000-seater Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It was against Joshua Clottey.

Case closed? Not yet.

Our ingenious writer also questioned Andre Berto's rise in the welterweight rankings. He wrote:

"Andre Berto who hasn’t fought and called off a fight with Mosley because of the devastating earthquake in Haiti jumped from No. 6 to No. 3"

If I'm not mistaken—which I am sure I'm not—Berto, the reigning WBC welterweight champion, is fresh from his eighth-round TKO win over Carlos Quintana.

I'm not an English major, and as I've said, my writing sucks, but at least I know my sport. Honestly, boxing fans should get better boxing commentaries from people who are really an informed expert and whose writings are based on information.

Anyway, here's the article, you might want to see for yourself. Enjoy!

Now, back to my hibernation!

PS: I'm calling out Philboxing.com, please edit your articles.

We fans can always understand grammatical errors. Subject-verb agreements are always confusing, but we just cant accept the fact that experts aren't really experts.