It was in a restaurant with several TVs showing sports. There was no sound, but we knew instantly when we saw Chicago Bears uniforms and a shot of actor James Caan that this was a piece about Pic, and the old film “Brian’s Song.” It is a story that comes around every football season, and loses little of its poignancy with the years. The film, made for TV, has proved one of the most enduring works in that category.
Alast month edition of the Sunday New York Times had a special section telling you everything you didn’t want to hear about the decline of American newspapers.
We made a New Year’s resolution to not waste this valuable space with anything as banal as critiquing sports uniforms. But that was last year’s resolution, which we proudly kept, and this is a brand new year and some of the 2018 violations of the uniforms code of duds have been so egregious that we must go on record.
Once upon a journalistic time— the 1970s—South Florida newspapers were among the most successful in the country. The Miami Herald, owned by the Knight Ridder company, had a statewide presence, with several bureaus, and influential readers in most major Florida cities. In Broward County alone it had a staff of 70 based in an office on Sunrise Boulevard.