Rupert Murdoch's New York Post is often derided, but the tabloid does a good job of covering New York City.
Following the Yankees-Astros American League Championship Series, I've discovered the Post's Mike Vaccarro, one of the best newspaper sports columnists I've read in a while.
The Yankees-oriented Vaccarro's vivid language recalls the old-time sportswriting masters. He conveys baseball's excitement, drama and disappointment. Vaccaro is also the author of several books on baseball history.
Along with Vaccarro, I've had a good run recently of finding outstanding sportswriters on the Internet.
Deadspin, beset by corporate turmoil, recently began running columns by West-coast based Ray Ratto. Years ago, I heard about Ratto's coverage of California sports, but in those pre-Internet days, I never read his work. Now, I look forward to reading his witty and provocative columns that express an original viewpoint.
New York magazine and MLB's Will Leitch is another sportswriter who gives a fresh outlook. Co-founder of Deadspin, Leitch is now based in Athens, Ga., from where he turns out an impressive body of work. I mainly read his insightful New York magazine articles. He also produces a weekly Saturday newsletter, in which he reflects on sports and his life in Athens among the UGA Bulldogs.
The Internet has endangered print journalism. It's also given access to sportswriters keeping alive an American tradition.