The Edwin Pope Collection
By: Edwin Pope

The Edwin Pope Collection

It seems to me that every sports columnist has a unique way of relating to his or her readers. On the flip side, it also seems that every reader has a unique way of absorbing a columnist's writing. After reading The Edwin Pope Collection, I found Edwin Pope's collection of columns to be inspirational, fair and filled with pleasant analogies.

Pope's writing style is likely to expose an unlikely element. He thanks a marginal nose-tackle for giving back to the fans. He portrays a humble, seemingly washed up Arnold Palmer as a hero. And he constructs one of the most inspirational columns to ever catch my eyes when he wrote about a boy with cerebral palsy and "a 50,000 watt glow in his heart" who finished a six-mile mini-marathon more than an hour after the rest of the field.

According to Douglas Looney of Sports Illustrated, Pope has the ability to appreciate a great moment in sport and get good and mad, too, as he did when coach Lou Saban picked up his suitcase and left Miami for the umpteenth for West point. "You want a deserter Army?" Pope asked. "You've got one. Saban is a quitter."

Pope's writing includes a vast array of events, and according to Journalism Quarterly, he has the ability to write effectively about a number of sports including football, baseball, golf, horse racing and boxing. He even wrote a column about a fishing trip with his eight-year-old son.

It would be foolish on my part to talk about Pope's collection without an honest assessment of his writing. He is a writer who has made a name for himself with his descriptive analogies and exceptional word selection. Pope was surprised when snow was predicted in Miami, and he entertained his readers appropriately in his Jan. 20, 1977, column entitled Snowflakes in Miami.

Snowflakes! Go ahead, be my guest, bring out the affidavits that Jim Langer can't block a lick, that Muhammad Ali is the worst fighter ever to draw on a glove, that Bobby Hull doesn't know a hockey puck from a dropkick, that Vince Lombardi and Don Shula and Tom Landry will be remembered as losers. But snow in Miami?

This type of descriptive humor attracts the reader by asking him or her ridiculously funny questions, which is a fantastic example of his writing technique. Much of the time Pope's columns took a surprisingly different angle compared to other writers in his field. I truly believe his writing explodes with a thunder that is not only well-written but is pleasantly unpredictable as well.

Edwin Pope had a passion for writing at an extremely young age. At age six he wanted to learn how to type, and while he was in high school he was covering athletic events at the University of Georgia for a local paper in Athens, Ga. He is currently the sports editor for the Miami Herald, a position he has held since 1967, and he plans on continuing as sports editor for years to come.

Edwin Pope on Tiger Woods

It isn't so much how far Tiger hits the ball; others propel it just as far. It isn't so much that he is always the best putter; others often putt as artfully. What makes him a champion of champions is how he collates every aspect of his game at the most crucial times.(Pope, 4/15/01)

Butch Davis wasn't exactly Edwin Pope's favorite coach

One of these days I may exhaust my anger over coaches leaving Hurricane athletic programs that have been good to them. Not that the coaches haven't been good to the programs. But the anger isn't exhausted yet, because you get sick and tired and stay that way when coaches flat-out lie through their teeth.(Pope, 4/15/01)

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