Horrible to hear. A teams beat writer is almost part of the team, especially if he's been "that guy" for an extended period of time. They get the juicy nuggets us hardcore fans crave and tune in to read. Dunno what I'd do if ed bouchette wasn't the Pittsburgh beat guy anymore. I always read his stuff first and base my opinion of other writers off what he said because I know he's got the goods. A tough loss for lions fans, and the NFL in general. Lots of times these guys get inside info no one else could possibly get because of their close relationship with the team and players, they are truly trusted.
"If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler." Jack Lambert, 1990 HoF Introduction.