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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bob and Debbi returning

In case you missed it on - Bob got a two-year deal this time so we won't have to go through the "will he/won't he return" thing next winter.

So the broadcast teams are intact. The big media question that remains is who gets to cover the team for the Post? And will be Times be around - at least its sports section - to cover the team at all?

Four youngsters I hold in high regard have told me they are interested in the job and have sent materials to the Post. I suspect they are four of many. If any of those four get it, we readers/fans will be OK.

The Times hasn't made anything official yet regarding its sports section, but I don't know anyone who thinks it will still be around when the paper reorganizes or regroups or reinvents itself or whatever it calls whatever it is trying to do.


An Briosca Mor said...

Per the Washington Times Georgetown basketball writer “As of Feb. 2 at the absolute latest, the Times won’t be covering ANY local sports, not Redskins, Caps, Terps, Hoyas — NADA,” he wrote in an e-mail. “They are blowing up the sports department and I understand nearly half of all editorial staff and content. I’m already looking at how much more education I need to teach English Lit and coach hoops in public HS.”

One would think that unless they already have some other cushy gig lined up, both Goessling and Zuckerman would have their resumes over at the Post and would be making at least daily phone calls to whoever now has Garcia-Ruiz's job in order to tout their qualifications for the job Chico Harlan is stupidly abandoning. And one would hope that Goessling and/or Zuckerman would be the front runner(s) for that job. Hell, can Sheinin too and hire the both of them. Sheinin hardly ever writes, considering he's a full time employee there. Go with the young and hungry guys, Post, not the future food writers and current over-eaters of America.

MikeHarris said...

Couple of things ABM:
*I'm told by many at the Times that Barker jumped the gun there. Not official yet - but likely will be soon.

*I'm also told the Post has this thing about hiring Times writers, though I don't know if that's true. Can't think of one off the top of my head. Hire both and have them do what they did at the Times for the Post.

*Chico is headed to Japan in June, so says his Facebook update. Not sure what he has going on over there. He came back from Sydney to take the Nats beat. The man loves an adventure.

jenjensn said...

Apparently Chico is becoming the Asia correspondent. That sounds like a pretty amazing adventure to me.

An Briosca Mor said...

Well, the Post did not hesitate to hire the cream of the Washington Star writing staff when that paper folded in 1981. Mary McGrory was one of the best known of them, who went on to have a distinguished career at the Post. And the Times is housed in the Star's old plant on NY Ave NE, so maybe that will work its magic again. OTOH, though, times have changed. That was then, this is now.

As for Chico becoming an Asia correspondent, I thought the Post was closing its foreign bureaus? I guess we can look forward to some sushi reviews now, huh?

MikeHarris said...

I agree