Reports of layoffs at Time, Inc. finally came to fruition as multiple SPORTS ILLUSTRATED writers found themselves marginalized or dismissed Friday, including bloggers and famed football writers alike. Forty positions must be eliminated in all by the end of the year. Hopefully, they’ll be able to keep their crack team of tame swimsuit photo takers together to sustain the high standards of the magazine.
(At least some hard-hitting reporting will remain)
Since news misery loves company on a Friday afternoon, NEWSDAY and the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE also announced impending layoffs that will affects sports coverage from two of the best sports sections in the business.
Mark Herrmann of NEWSDAY has knelt in front of his Derek Jeter shrine, completed the Sign of the Yankee (drawing a cursive ‘N’ and ‘Y’ over his heart), and then chanted 10 “Derek Jeter MVP”s before settling in front of his computer to lay this big wet one on the Blessed Derek of Kalamazoo: the Yankees should build a statue to Jeter in front of the new Yankees ballpark. No, not someday. Right now.
Does Mr. Herrmann not realize that the Yankees already have a statue of Jeter at the old Stadium? They roll it into place between second base and third base at the start of each defensive inning for the home team, shove a glove onto its marbled hand, and then attach a sign to its chest, simply stating: “Blame A-Rod if I miss one.”