--The Packers Literary Corner—
A ‘Cheese Blog’ For Everyone Who Enjoys Great Football Teams and Great Writing
As we search for the best and worst football writing out there, let’s begin our literary adventure with something called:
Krupka's and Byrne's early NFL Preview
These fellows came up with the bizarre and twisted conclusion that the Packers are ranked 31st in the league. And, remember, that’s out of a total of only 32 teams.
Here’s what they had to say:
by Connor Byrne and Eric Krupka of RealFootball365.com
So, Packer Literary Nation, what’s the matter with this paragraph?
Lack of focus. Starting a statement with the word “arguably” means you are not certain of what you want to say. So why bother saying it?
Lack of clarity. They say: “27, 28, 29. How many interceptions is that, Brett?” It is not at all clear what exactly they are asking our hero. To estimate how many interceptions the less skilled quarterbacks around the league are likely to fling?
Use of confusing slang terms when more elegant words are available. How exactly can the Packers’ front office be a ‘joke’? As far as I am aware, Ted Thompson has never been particularly known for his sense of humor.
Lack of scholarship. You go to “Lambeau Field”. To “go to Lambeau” at this point would require the intercession of the lovely Ghost Whisperer on CBS.
Now, let’s re-write this paragraph for them, using these time-tested football literary principles:
--When sitting down to write, the first thing to do is establish at least a tangential connection between the word processor and your brain.
--THE PACKERS RULE!
The “Over Time” NFL Preview and Power Ranking
And of course, the beer and brats will be great as always.
Now, that sounds much better, doesn’t it...
Notice how there is a cheerful, positive, non-confrontational style. And there are several words that Oakland Raiders fans will have to look up in the dictionary, so we are helping others build their vocabularies. Yes, our friends in Silver and Black, there’s no need to confine your speech to words with just four letters.
Next time, I will provide a suggested reading list for the gentlemen I quoted above, in an effort to help them rid their future literary efforts of that needlessly negative tone.