Andrew Shaw’s slur sheds light on homophobia in sports – Chicago Tribune

Almost every sportswriter I know loves to romanticize about the old days — when being a beat writer allowed you to get to know the people you covered on a meaningful level. You developed a good working relationship, a give and take. Maybe the player would get angry with you for something you wrote, but you would talk it out and move on.

I’m 29 and I have no idea what that era of sportswriting was like. The access we have to athletes is limited.

Teams control everything. They shut down interviews that go long, micromanage the image of their franchise and coach players on what to say.

Rarely do you get to have a real conversation. Andrew Shaw and I had one Wednesday.