New ESPN Ombud Finds Breezy Forgetfulness Over Broussard Fracas

Robert Lipsyte's first column as ESPN's ombudsman dissected the squirmworthy Chris Broussard-LZ Granderson showdown when Jason Collins came out. It's just as ombudsy as you like it, 3,300 words of media-ethics spinach. Lipsyte swings his prose like a lead pipe when he sees a deserving target; his reserved tone here… » 6/29/13 9:08pm 6/29/13 9:08pm

The Boy On The Edge Of The Bathtub: Sam Lipsyte On Growing Up A…

Whenever somebody makes the connection between my father, Robert Lipsyte, the legendary sportswriter, and me (usually because Lipsyte is a rare name, unique to our family, a family that may or may not include a Lithuanian paratrooper I once found online who boasted in emails about our fierce mountain-dwelling… » 1/09/13 2:40pm 1/09/13 2:40pm

50 Years Later, Remembering The Mets' Hopeful, Awful Inaugural Spring…

The great Robert Lipsyte has a story in today's New York Times remembering the Mets' first spring training, in 1962. Those Mets, as strange as it is to comprehend, were far more hapless than modern iterations—they went 40-120 and inspired a book called Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?—and as such yielded great… » 2/20/12 11:41am 2/20/12 11:41am

How I Finally Made Peace With Bob Costas, TV Journalism's Most…

I met Bob Costas in 1993, when I interviewed him for a TV sports documentary. I was enormously impressed. He could have filled all six hours and probably should have. It was fun. The insecurity that drove him—he kept asking if he looked all right, if he sounded too sentimental—was endearing. » 12/14/11 9:49am 12/14/11 9:49am

How The Media Keep Getting Joe Frazier Wrong

Lawdy, lawdy Bob Lipsyte is great: "This glorification of Smokin' Joe actually began several years ago with documentaries and books that used him as a vehicle—not always unjustified—for attacking Ali. Once again, Joe was the opponent, not the headliner. Those who reviled Ali as the symbolic hero of liberals, the… » 11/10/11 1:21pm 11/10/11 1:21pm