I came up with new leads for game stories by being observant and clever, by using the many gifts of the English language to intrigue and hook a reader.
I was also in love with the English language.
I think my mistakes were kind of common - leaning on cliches and adjectives in the place of clear, vivid writing. But at least I knew how to spell, which seems to be a rarity these days.
I wanted to be a sportswriter because I loved sports and I could not hit the curve ball, the jump shot, or the opposing ball carrier.
In fifty years of covering the sport, of course Muhammad Ali is by far the dominant figure.
Also, I am driven by a wonderful muse called alimony.