Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Alabama Tornado Story for SI by Lars Anderson

Really compelling and well written cover story in the May 23 issue of Sports Illustrated.

Written by Lars Anderson, Terror, Tragedy And Hope In Tuscaloosa is about the devastating tornado of April 27 and delves into the storm's impact on the University of Alabama and it's community... with 6 UA students among the 41 dead in town.

The writing comes across as very personal and contributing to that is Anderson's mention of living in neighboring Birmingham. While this inclusion violates the widely held writing rule of not injecting oneself into a story, it seems appropriate here.

It's profound stuff and does an excellent job of looking at the role of sports (particularly Alabama football) in a community. There's solid linkage of what sports means to people, but not to the point of overreaching in describing it's importance.