SI Writers: 2011 Sportsman Nominees

Robert Lipsyte
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Robert Lipsyte

By Alexander Wolff

"During a year in which reality made countless nasty incursions into the world of sports, my Sportsman of the Year is the guy who saw it coming. Robert Lipsyte always sees it coming. If you're not of a certain generation, his name may not be familiar -- Lipsyte began at the New York Times the year I was born, and I've pushed a notebook for more than 30 years -- but he took with him into the profession, and has never abandoned, a sensibility that serves both my business and sports very well. It's the sensibility of the outsider. And that point of view is what these times call for."

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