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When it comes to all of sports writing, there’s one man who leads by a mile: Tom Humphries

September 8, 2010

How it felt? The question is a cardinal journalistic sin which should be barred from sports reporting. How it felt? A lazy invitation to spoofing and evasion. Still, this is Cody. Being the man he is, he had only just walked into the whooping and hollering Tipperary dressingroom and told them to treasure what they had because they deserved what they had. His words had been listened to in a pure silence freighted with respect and awe. And now he was among us. From the sublime to the fourth estate.

Tom Humphries by Tommy Clancy

That is just one example in a career of era-defining sports journalism by Tom Humphries – the best sports writer there is in the world. The rest of the cited piece is here.

That paragraph above should have every lick spittle, half wit, pseudo star Premiership reporter heading back to NCTJ college looking to cover the parish pump. There’s not one writer on the British nationals working on soccer can lace the man’s drinks.

He may be GAA primarily, and adverts for him may be all over the (Dublin train system) DART and the TV and the radio, but that’s for one, simple reason – he’s the best, most engaging sports writer on the planet. That he writes about the world’s greatest sports, GAA, is even better.

If you know of a better sports writer, start the conversation below.

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