I’ve made up my mind. If Jason Quick had been giving us articles of this quality (fart jokes and all), insight and humor all season long, he’d be up for a Sportswriter of the Year nomination. I kid you not. This is what beat writers should be doing and Quick is trying his best (with the limits of a floundering print industry) to advance the profession. It’s nice to see him getting some print swag from guys like Bill Simmons, but he’s due more credit than that, from all of us. Trust me, he makes a blogger’s “job” both easier and more enjoyable.
UPDATE: I should’ve mentioned this before. Quick did win the NSSA (National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association) award for Best Oregon Sportswriter in 2002. The winner of the last two years…John Canzano.
UPDATE #2: Also should’ve clarified that I was saying Quick could be up for a National nomination (or at least some votes) even though he doesn’t have the name value in a big enough market to win the award. I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t win the Oregon honor from the NSSA.