The Super Bowl is a ridiculous event, yet few writers have ever captured the sheer weirdness of the game and the way it is covered by allegedly grown men and women in a truly funny way. Hunter S. Thompson did, for Rolling Stone, in 1973, in a piece called “Fear and Loathing at the Super Bowl: No Rest for the Wretched.” In the piece Thompson ruminates on the state of modern sports writing. A brief excerpt:
“Which is a nice way to make a living, because it keeps a man busy and requires no thought at all. The two keys to success as a sportswriter are: 1) A blind willingness to believe anything you’re told by the coaches, flacks, hustlers and other ‘official spokesmen’ for the team-owners who provide the free booze … and: 2) A Roget’s Thesaurus, in order to avoid using the same verbs and adjectives twice in the same paragraph.
“Even a sports editor, for instance, might notice something wrong with a lead that said: ‘The precision-jack-hammer attack of the Miami Dolphins stomped the balls off the Washington Redskins today by stomping and hammering with one precise jack-thrust after another up the middle, mixed with pinpoint-precision passes into the flat and numerous hammer-jack stomps around both ends….'”
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