Originally Posted by 2000grad
It seems to me that most sports writers are giving nothing but their opinion anyway, no matter who they work for. Many have never played the game or played at such a low competitive level, that most athletes would not respect their opinion on issues.
Sports writers are trained in journalism, reporting, and communications. Former players have the experience that you've already given credence to. Bleacher report and fan blogs are written by fans who have neither journalism nor playing experience. Anyone can sing, not everyone can sing well. Anyone can write or have an opinion, yes, but not everyone can express it well, or research and incorporate facts into a valid argument or discussion.
"...Should have sent a poet..."