View Full Version : Richard Justice
12-08-2009, 02:03 PM
I honestly don't understand how this guy can keep his job. Maybe it's due to the fact the Houston Chronicle has no competition since the loss of the Houston Post, but his writings just seem so horrific.
I've never seen a bigger homer in the world of sports writing. One day Richard is praising the Astros for going on a hot streak and staying competitive. 10 days later he is putting them down saying how certain people should be fired. The same people he was praising just days earlier.
He doesn't do any ground breaking reporting ever.
He can't stay consistent with his writing or thoughts.
He loves to hop on bandwagons and say "I told ya so".
I'd like to see what other sports fans opinion is on this writer. I'm sure to the casual sports fan he seems "great", but to someone who actually who pays attention to sports he is a joke of a writer.
12-08-2009, 02:05 PM
But...but...sometimes he's on Around the Horn!
12-08-2009, 02:06 PM
Considering that you apparently keep reading his columns and he generates enough "buzz" with you that you feel compelled to post about it, I'd say he was doing his job. It's when folks don't read columnists that they start losing jobs.
His job is to stir up a lot of crap on his blog, creating buzz. It's heavily read, you can tell by all the comments he gets.
12-08-2009, 02:08 PM
Justice doesn't flip flop at all.
Yes he does
No he doesn't
I like his Astros coverage, but that's about it
12-08-2009, 02:15 PM
I read his posts simply because I plan on majoring in Broadcast Journalism once I graduate this year. No matter how terrible I think his posts are I still feel obligated to read them to possibly better my own writing.
12-08-2009, 03:18 PM
People don't read Justice because its interesting or powerful. There is no buzz created by what he does. None. People read because they are told to do so and that's it.
12-08-2009, 03:38 PM
I'm a writer and I talked to Jenny Dial about this on Sat. He does this because he knows how to rile people up. It gets readers and lots of comments.
12-08-2009, 03:44 PM
Justice flip-flops, but he knows it and is pretty funny in his sarcastic manner claiming clairvoyance. If you don't take him seriously, he's actually pretty entertaining. He's not stupid like Jerome Solomon, either.
12-08-2009, 04:38 PM
The weirdest thing about Justice is, he's actually a very good writer. There's no one better in the Houston market at capturing the emotion of a big game, a soul crushing defeat, or a triumphant victory. He's really quite the story teller, and his work shines when dramatic things happen in the Houston sports world. He has an uncanny knack for summing up a season or a career in sports poetically.
The trick is, I don't think Justice has any opinions on sports. He just picks a side and has fun with it. Maybe it's whatever angle is easier to write about, I don't know. He is not a sports expert, and sometimes I'm not even sure he's a fan. He's a writer who happens to write about sports. For hardcore fans who analyze the team's every game, quarter, minute, Justice comes off like a complete idiot. All he looks for is an angle, not a revelation or an insight. He willfully flip flops when the wind changes. A week of Justice blogs is almost schizophrenic. He's wrong a lot and he doesn't care. He does not care about being right. To Justice, write>right.
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