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N.Y. Times reporter was huge Packers fan

Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:47 am
Edited on: February 17, 2012 11:08 am
 
By Josh Katzowitz

In a heartbreak story for journalism and the world in general, news emerged Thursday night that star New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid, the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, died in Syria after suffering an asthma attack.

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It’s a loss for international reporting, and if you read this New York Times obituary, you’ll get a sense of how much his work meant to him.

He also was an unabashed Packers fan, and he told his story in the Jan. 30, 2011 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

From the story:
For a fan, though, loyalty is never about wins and losses. It's about being there, and from thousands of miles away I managed to be, by way of a breathtakingly expensive satellite phone that brought me the radio broadcast.

"You're not going to believe the phone bill," my bureau chief, as alarmed as he was unknowing, declared to me right around the time the Packers had a 4-4 record.

I looked at him, shaking my head in insincere sympathy.

"Can they tell which computer ran up the bill?" I asked.

They couldn't.

Good thing for Shadid, who probably wouldn’t have stopped using the satellite phone, anyway.

But this is a good reminder to never underestimate the power of sports. As Shadid wrote, he brought the Packers around the world with him, and they gave him so much joy even as he encountered the dangers of his job.

With Shadid's death, the world has lost a splendid journalist. And the Packers have lost one of their biggest fans.

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Comments

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 5:26 pm
 

Was it Cute or Clever?

...or theft?

I think the author just told us that he misapproriated company funds so he could listen to his team.  And he said it in a way that was supposed to be flattering rather than criminal.  I guess he was a fellow journalist, so it's ok...



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 6:57 am
 

N.Y. Times reporter was huge Packers fan


Even on a sad day sometimes sports can be a split second to break a smile. Was nice to see this guy's passion for a team and was his outlet for daily stress.



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:19 pm
 

N.Y. Times reporter was huge Packers fan

You are a petty person. Sorry for you.



Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:31 pm
 

N.Y. Times reporter was huge Packers fan

Is it really necessary to post the snarky comments?

If the story doesn't interest you, move on.

It is amazing the depth of the idiocy and depravity of some of the posts. Just when you think the bar can't be set lower, someone proves you wrong.




Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:13 pm
 

N.Y. Times reporter was huge Packers fan

And if you're a fan of the sad pathetic Eagles you'll complain about it because you realize you're not the center of the sports universe.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:10 pm
 

N.Y. Times reporter was huge Packers fan

This just in, Whiney Houston was a big fan of the NY Giants! Details at 11!



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:05 pm
 

N.Y. Times reporter was huge Packers fan

They wrote about it because he was a journalist you idiot.
The fact that he was a Packer fan was just a side note to the story of his death.



Since: Sep 2, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:35 pm
 

N.Y. Times reporter was huge Packers fan

only if your a PACKER fan!



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:08 pm
 

N.Y. Times reporter was huge Packers fan

So if you are a big fan of a team and die CBS will write about it.


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