For Such A Not-Great-Sports Town, We Have Good Sports Writers

Mad props to local boys Dave McKenna (Washington City Paper) and Thomas Boswell, both of whom were among The Fix’s favorite sports columnists, “columnists who consistently rise above the rest with unique reporting, analysis and style — and some old-fashioned great writing. These are the men and women the Fix counts on for rescue on those dreariest of fall days, when only the finest prose can enliven a midseason NHL report.”

    7. Dave McKenna, Washington City Paper: Mr. McKenna writes for a weekly paper, which lowers his frequency but grants him more space to write and to think things out. He uses those advantages so well that just about every one of his columns is Fixworthy, even though many of them are intensely local in a city that hasn’t had many sports successes in the last five years. In 2003, Mr. McKenna told the story of local hoops prodigy Kendall Marshall, who weighed 82 pounds, was 11 years old, and was already being hyped as the next LeBron James (back when Mr. James was a high-school player, not one of the NBA’s best players). Mr. Marshall, incidentally, is now six feet and hit six consecutive three-points at a recent youth tournament. And last year, Mr. McKenna profiled a local businessman who inserted himself, Zelig-like, into a Washington Nationals press conference to ask a pointed question about steroids.

    And:

      2. Thomas Boswell, Washington Post: After 22 years at the Post, Mr. Boswell remains our favorite baseball writer at any newspaper. Writing on deadline, he turned in a valedictory column about the 2004 Red Sox with allusions that reach to the heavens. Last year, for the first time in his column-writing career, Mr. Boswell got a hometown team to chronicle, and his joy upon the arrival of the Washington Nationals has been infectious.