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King of The Sports Page
Rick Reilly
May 16, 1994
This SI Classic from April 1986 examines the life of Jim Murray, America's top sports columnist, who, despite a series of tragedies, always keeps 'em laughing
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May 16, 1994

King Of The Sports Page

This SI Classic from April 1986 examines the life of Jim Murray, America's top sports columnist, who, despite a series of tragedies, always keeps 'em laughing

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Said Murray, "Hogan wouldn't be in a situation like that."

In 1969 Texas and Arkansas met in Fayetteville in a classic battle for No. 1, a football game attended by President Nixon. After the game Murray was slammed into a chain-link fence by a Secret Service man who apparently thought Murray looked suspicious. Murray found himself a foot off the ground, suspended only by his collar. Just then, Nixon walked by.

"How ya doin', Jim?" Nixon said.

"I'd be better," Murray said, "if you could get this monkey to put me down."

ON CITIES

LONG BEACH: "The seaport of Iowa...a city which, rumor has it, was settled by a slow leak in Des Moines."

CINCINNATI: "They still haven't finished the freeway outside the ballpark...it's Kentucky's turn to use the cement mixer."

SAN FRANCISCO: "...it's not a town, it's a no-host cocktail party. If it were human, it'd be W.C. Fields. It has a nice, even climate. It's always winter."

ST. LOUIS: "...had a bond issue recently and the local papers campaigned for it on a slogan PROGRESS OR DECAY, and decay won in a landslide."

OAKLAND: "...is this kind of town: You have to pay 50 cents to go from Oakland to San Francisco. Coming to Oakland from San Francisco is free."

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