I am loving it, and I bet John Buccigross too. With the
adventthepresence of video content, reporting can evolve and is evolving. In a recent column on ESPN.com, one of my favorite NHL writers, John Buccigross, gave a detailed account of how Phil Kessel scored a goal, and how he (Bucci) thought that was an outstanding moment of that game.
With the Bruins on the power play in the second period, winger/menace Milan Lucic
won a race for the puck along the boards and made a nice little
backhand pass to a trailing Kessel, who suddenly was like a solitary
man on a frozen Wisconsin lake. Kessel is a human monorail. When he is
low to the ice with his back bent and his skates far apart, it’s as if
he is straddling and avoiding a sidewalk filled with thumbtacks.
took the pass with his momentum surging forward. After he took the
pass, his head immediately came up to search for some twine behind
Miller. Kessel never took his eyes off the net as he braced all of his
195 pounds on his right skate and his blade glided over the paint of
the faceoff circle. Kessel gave a little pump with his airborne left
leg and wired in what had to be an 80 miles per hour wrist shot. (J. Buccigross, October 11, 2008)
The thing that stood out in contrast to reporting from two years ago though, was a link to a video, enabling the reader to watch the moment and then read on. Sounds like not a big deal, but it is. As much trouble as “old media” outlets have adapting to the current era of information flow, one should sit back, relax and enjoy, when they mix the new with the old, empowering well-written texts with loads of resources and experience – and in this case video.