Today the sports media profession is playing a man short. Earl McRae was a keeper. Earl McRae could write. Earl McRae, simply put got it.
He wrote for the Toronto Star and Ottawa Sun, to name but a few. A gander on twitter tells you he was well respected and liked by his peers.
I never met him. I remember wanting to send him a case of beer for ripping Ben Johnson when he got busted for steroids at the Olympics in what was a fantastic column. The opening bit, the absolute prize : ” Thanks, Ben, you bastard,”
If that doesn’t say it all.
Google the name, pour a scotch and read some great sports stories.