A Sense of Where We Are

Examining the changes in sports media over time.

Connor Groel
Sep 20, 2020 · 7 min read
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“When you have played basketball for a while, you don’t need to look at the basket when you are in close like this,” he said, throwing it over his shoulder again and right through the hoop. “You develop a sense of where you are.”

Those are the words of Bill Bradley, the subject of “A Sense of Where You Are”, a 1965 New Yorker profile written by John McPhee and later expanded into a book of the same name.

“The players themselves are a little slow getting started each year, because if they try to do some practicing on their own during the autumn they find the gymnasium full of graduate students who know their rights and won’t move over.”

What this boils down to is a world where information is so readily available that the traditional game recaps that people looked forward to in newspapers for decades are just about obsolete, and most everything else is either talking heads or focused, in-depth, technical content that’s great for people who care deeply about sports but is unlikely to move the needle for the majority.

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Connor Groel

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Sportswriter. Medill graduate student. Host of the Slept On Sports podcast. Relentlessly curious. My book: amzn.to/398nYk6.

Top Level Sports

Variety sports publication featuring opinions, analysis, and more

Connor Groel

Written by

Sportswriter. Medill graduate student. Host of the Slept On Sports podcast. Relentlessly curious. My book: amzn.to/398nYk6.

Top Level Sports

Variety sports publication featuring opinions, analysis, and more

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