Reviewing Sports Illustrated Like SI Reviews The NFL
After all that has been said and written regarding Don Banks at Sports Illustrated, his writing this NFL season, as predictable and unsatisfying as the dollar menu at Taco Bell is to Charles Barkley, underlined one inescapable conclusion: the SI NFL writer pool, as it’s currently constructed, only has one guy who can consistently write a quality column. That man is sporting ‘utility writer’ Joe Posnanski.
In the have-a-take world of internet sports, you need a writer who… has a take and can come up with something interesting (or at least amusing), ideally in a hurry. Just think of the difference that Jim Rome means to Rome Is Burning, what Dan Patrick means to the Dan Patrick Show, and what Jason “Nit” Whitlock means to Fox Sports (once every seven or eight columns). Simply stated, Banks’ writing skills are to the Sports Illustrated NFL audience what bicycles are to fish. More than anything, that’s the part of the SI Banks experiment that still doesn’t lend itself to being a successful long-term proposition.
It remains to be seen if Banks’ performance warrants the trust the SI editorial staff has provided him and it’s clear he is far from earning a big ‘get-paid-by-the-word’ payday like fellow NLF writer Peter King.