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Life Sentence in a Word

Posted by Michael Dolan on July 14, 2012 in Uncategorized |

When old sports writers paste a label on young athletes, it tends to stick for the rest of their public lives, says Frank Deford in his latest memoir, Over Time.

“In any event, fair or not, seldom do we change our opinions about sports stars.  They are categorized throughout their lives as lovable or dopey or disagreeable or ‘controversial,’ which is the worst tag to be stuck with, even though I’ve never been quite sure what exactly it means.  All I do know is that ‘controversial’ is the cheapest catchall negative in celebritydom, and God help you if you are ever pinned with it, for it be lint on your jacket forever.”

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