But make no mistake: These are all lists, in one form or another, and lists save you from the time-consuming task of writing artful transitions between paragraphs.
Indeed, another trick of transition writing is to use the word "indeed." It means nothing, and makes you sound literate.
Also: One-sentence paragraphs are dramatic.
A line of white space also provides the illusion of drama. And like the one-sentence paragraph, it has the attendant benefit of eating up a line, an important consideration because freelance sportswriters are paid in one of three ways: 1) by the inch, 2) by the word, 3) by Julius Erving.
Which reminds me: Save joke templates in your computer. With the touch of an F7 key, you can summon a timeless construction such as this one: "[Team/athlete] has more [nouns] than [tired pop cultural reference]." Then, simply plug in the relevant details: "[ Albert Belle] has more [hate mail] than [Jar Jar Binks]." What's that smell? I know: a Pulitzer Prize!
But first, you'll have to write a close. The most expedient way to close any sports article is with a "callback," in which the end of your story makes a sly reference to the beginning. Thus, if your lede was, " Cal Ripken is an Iron Man," your close must be, "The Orioles don't have an Iron deficiency." Congratulations and welcome to the "profession"!
And remember: You didn't get these secrets from me. In fact, eat this column. You're a sportswriter now. It's the last fiber you'll ever get.