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Are 'nerds' qualified to cover sports?

Lou Williams took to Twitter to criticize “nerds” who cover and analyze sports, but not having “one athletic bone.” The backlash from the sports writing community was swift, pointing out people who haven’t played sports at a high level can contribute with data, and observation. However, without an intimate knowledge of playing sports, a lot of subtleties are lost on analysts. What do you think? 🤓

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Should people who’ve never played sports at a high level be able to cover them? I guess we should tell both Van Gundy brothers their coaching careers meant nothing because they never played Division I sports or beyond. 

Critical analysis does not solely require physical expertise. It takes critical thinking and observation. It’s how people can tell a movie stinks without having been a professional actor or director. If you know what to look for, you can make an accurate assessment of players, teams, and plays. These "nerds" use data, observation, and knowledge; that's all anyone needs to make a compelling point.

Is it frustrating to have people who have never played a sport at your level criticize everything you do? Absolutely, but it doesn’t mean they’re wrong or don’t have enough knowledge to make a judgment. A lot of sports journalists love sports more than the professional athletes they cover but didn’t win the genetic lottery to play at a high level. 

These “nerds” have every right to cover sports.

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Zach Lowe never played a lick of high-level basketball, and still provides some of the most detailed analysis of NBA basketball in the game.

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Lou Williams may have been a little crass in his wording, but he’s not wrong. A lot of these journalists love to go after athletes’ performances without really understanding the intricacies of the sport. Sometimes, the people covering the sports don’t know why a player counts to two before rolling on a screen, or the positioning of a safety on a particular play. All they know is numbers, and when those numbers aren’t good, journalists criticize the athlete.

There are a lot of subtleties of sports that elude most people, and you wouldn’t understand why unless you really played the game. These nerd journalists will never understand the little folds where they can cover the game accurately. 

Save the analysis for people who actually played.

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Even veteran reporters need to be put in their place, especially when they don't know what they're talking about.

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