How television killed the newspaper sports column.

The stadium scene.
Jan. 25 2005 5:14 PM

Unpardonable Interruptions

How television killed the newspaper sports column.

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Correction, Jan. 26, 2005: This piece originally stated that Stephen A. Smith once said that "substance without style doesn't mean a damn thing." He actually said the reverse, that "style without substance doesn't mean a damn thing." Return to the corrected sentence.

Stephen Rodrick is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and Men’s Journal. This essay is adapted from The Magical Stranger: A Son’s Journey Into His Father’s Life published by Harpers. For more information: themagicalstranger.com