In sports, everyone is a winner—some people just win better than others. Like Dave Kindred, who the other day threw some heat at Mitch Albom's bean and gave us moderate hope that the sportswriting establishment isn't completely out to lunch.
Not long ago, you might remember, the Associated Press Sports Editors gave Albom its Red Smith Award. That the folks in the APSE — along with Indiana University's National Sports Journalism Center — would give an award to the guy on whom they once compiled this lengthy dossier is bad enough. That they'd then let the preening homunculus climb on stage and harangue the profession about accuracy and egos and the perils of encroaching cynicism is even worse. A braver industry would've thrown Albom out onto the street years ago. This one gives him a plaque.