Bill Meltzer appreciation thread -- Buzz Worth Reading
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06-13-2013, 02:26 PM
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I always get the sense that Meltzer is a fan. It may be the way the newspaper business works but a lot of the stuff you read all comes out looking like what it is, some guy who got stuck covering a sport/team they just don't really know or care about. that's not the case with Meltzer. he watches the prospects and the foreign guys so hes got his own background and opinions before they come out and the beat guys read about them in the media guide. Hes done the homework. but when he talks about those guys it doesn't feel like homework. its feels like a fan. hes got the gig for the stars and it keeps him aware of whats happening out west and brings a lot of balance. as ive been reading for a few years now he doesn't get impatient and lets his opinions form from what guys do on the ice without imposing his own ideas on the results the players are giving. hes a must read in the way that only ray didnger is among the other sports writers in town. you can stop in read one guy and leave feeling informed about whats going on with the team. I don't know that theres better things to be said about a writer. Keep up the hard work Bill.
Bill is definitely a Flyers fan first. Great guy. Managed to get a couple beers in with him in Philly a long time ago, before wives and children, and still email occasionally. Too long since I've seen him, really. Hi Bill! Next season, Ok?
He started as a fan writing game reviews on the old alt.hockey.nhl.philadelphia-flyers.net usegroup and then Mike Barr's original Orangeandblack.net fan site. Most of us living far away could not watch more than a couple Flyers games a year on TV, so we relied on the summaries Bill, Mike and Dave Kilgore used to write to let us know what was happening.
I can very proudly say that I was there at the start of his career in journalism. He'd written one of his very first articles on the Flyers and asked me to read it for him before he sent it in to an editor to see if he could get published. I gave him a good review and so did the editor who printed it. The rest is a good part of our collective history - he's been the best Flyers writer by far ever since... Cheers!
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