This week I read the "inside story" of how the NFL's plan for its first openly gay player fell apart. The story came with a short disclaimer about the reporting. It said:
The columns were written two decades apart, for two different media outlets: Sports Illustrated and, more recently, ESPN. The subject matter was the same: sports nicknames and racial slurs. The stories were written by the same person, I think, but the messages are different.
Is Rick Reilly a hypocrite or has he had a change of heart?
His name is Olbermann, Keith Olbermann. If you’re a sports fan you already know that sports media fact. You also know Olbermann’s public and professional persona has led to some ugly name-calling. Over the years, columnists, fans and colleagues have added some colorful adjectives to describe the Olbermann brand.
There are two types of lies: one, the unknowing lie, sometimes described as willful ignorance. It occurs when a person speaks unknowingly about a subject or event. There's no malice or intent, it's just a simple mistake. Two, the intentional lie; when someone knowingly and intentionally misleads another.
In the late 1970s there was an advertising campaign for the brokerage firm E.F. Hutton that featured the tag line, "When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen ..." That's what happens to me when I see filmmaker Ken Burns. Make no mistake, I am no Ken Burns; nor am I a filmmaker. What we do have in common is a passion for storytelling -- and baseball.