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I originally thought that yesterday’s “column” by Jeffrey Dransfeldt was an anomaly. Surely the Emerald hadn’t gotten so bad that their sports columnists will now regularly publish excerpts from their diaries rather than simply gush over local sports celebrities like Brady Leaf.

But in today’s paper, a piece by sports columnist Stefani Loh is less about sports than it is about Loh herself. What’s next? Luke Andrews on how he feels like cutting himself whenever Joey Harrington misses a read? Actually, that might be kind of entertaining.

To be fair to Loh, she actually realizes that she’s writing a column, that it will appear in print, and that a few people might read it. Dransfeldt’s piece reads like he wrote in his LiveJournal while on Valium:

I traveled to Santa Barbara and met Dallas Woodburn, a promising young writer who is the author of “3 a.m.,” a collection of short stories. Pooper Scoopers explained how it makes a quality living picking up customers’ dog poop.

Sports have a way of disguising reality. Big crowds and rivalry games overshadow everyday happenings. Arts and Living gave me perspective.

Cancer survivors described yoga’s relaxing and healing qualities. I listened to a woman whose dad committed suicide years ago on Father’s Day. She honored his memory by participating in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in San Francisco last July, sponsored by the American Suicide Foundation.

I returned to Eugene two weeks ago, excited to return to sports writing, but at the same time, a better journalist with a new outlook on writing.

The only question left is how the ODE‘s designers are going to include Current Mood indicators in the layout.

  1. Psh says:

    Remember the article she wrote over the summer? The one about how Eugene was “now” the third, not second, largest city in the state? That was TWO YEARS OLD, and every paper in Oregon published the story…THEN! Desperate times call for horrible stories during the summer months. Thank God it’s football season again.

  2. ApathyPersonified says:

    Stefanie Loh is not a sportswriter. No matter what she says.

  3. niedermeyer says:

    “I returned to Eugene two weeks ago, excited to return to sports writing, but at the same time, a better journalist with a new outlook on writing.”

    Yeesh… this was written after becoming a better journalist?

  4. Ian says:

    Spellcheck is a tool of the patriarchy and/or worldwide zionist conspiracy and/or freemason bowling society.

  5. Timothy says:

    I can’t even tell what the hell any of that is supposed to mean. Also, “anomaly”.

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