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Pond Scum and Vultures: America's Sportswriters Talk About Their Glamorous Profession Hardcover – October, 1990

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From Publishers Weekly

"The Toy Department" is what most journalists disparagingly call their newspapers' sports divisions. The aim of California ex-sportswriter Wojciechowski is to condemn that condescension and establish that his former brethren are tough-minded, ethical and gifted. Their chief obstacle, he argues, may be the athletes, coaches and managers with whom sports journalists do business, a fractious, self-interested, combative constituency; yet if such hostility is bred in part by the tactics of adversarial journalists, that point is played down here. But all is not suffering and solemnity to Wojciechowski: having interviewed many sportswriters, he opens a cache of funny "hardship" stories to the public eye, and also examines such allied problems as the continuing second-class status of female sports scribes.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Sportswriter Wojciechowski describes the ups and downs of his profession through a series of war stories from the field. Wojciechowski critiques each of the major sports and the relationships between the sports figures and the writers covering them. He chronicles confrontations between big-name athletes and lesser known sportswriters, as well as mishaps on the road, practical jokes, and assorted other anecdotes that are sometimes hilarious, sometimes mundane, and sometimes downright bizarre. A good-natured romp through a side of America's favorite pastime not often seen, this is recommended for larger sports collections.
- John Turner, New York
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; 1st edition (October 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0026308517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0026308519
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,291,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By olingerstories on June 1, 2012
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If you want to know what the past and current ESPN talent did in the 1980s, read Gene Wojciechowski's 1990 POND SCUM AND VULTURES, a examination of the trade of sportswriting. Among those who are quoted are Michael Wilbon, Rick Reilly, Ivan Maisel, Tim Cowlishshaw, Tony Kornheiser, John Feinstein, and Woody Paige. The language has a locker room vulgarity to it that was
a little surprising, and some chapters are better than others, but it is an interesting read of sports media before the advent of the internet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
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Wojciehowski just lays it all out there in this book - story after story involving players and reporters. I first read this book about 6 years ago when I was an aspiring sports journalist. I followed a different career path, but I still read this book all the time for laughs. Truly an awesome book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Undergrad_guy on December 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
After reading one particular chapter of this book I kind of think that Gene Wojciechowski is a pretty disgusting and despicable person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Adams on January 16, 2015
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Love the title and the book!
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