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What We Miss When We Get Our Sports News From the Internet

SI.com soccer scribe Steve Davis is over in London on vacation. He’s checking out some football and enjoying the coverage of the sport in the papers.

He reports back with an interesting observations. Namely, the depth of coverage in the English sports pages. In other words, the little things you miss when you get all your sports news online.

You get the big enchiladas (the major stories) [when you read online] but you miss the hell out of the fixin’s. You miss the 400-word piece and accompanying chart on Mario Balotelli’s touches in a barren afternoon at Upton Park. (22 touches over 61 minutes, most with little menace). You might miss the piece on Joey Barton being probed by the FA over obscene gestures made toward Liverpool’s Fernando Torres. You miss the Kenny Dalglish page (Voice of a Legend!) and all the little trinkets that includes. You miss so much!

Sports journalism, it’s always said, thrives on the Internet. And that’s true. But as Davis points out, sometimes it’s important to check out what your missing in the printed product.

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