Mann on writing style, polls and All-America teams

“As a matter of policy, we have concluded that wire-service polls in basketball and football are just as invalid nonsense as All-America teams. If you must use them to help establish the stature of a team, say: ‘California, rated fifth in the AP poll and fourth by UPI…’ Never say ‘fifth-ranked California.’ The two polls seldom agree. Similarly, it is not ‘third-ranked Sonny Liston.’ It is ‘Liston, ranked third by both the National Boxing Association and Ring magazine…'” – Jack Mann, editor, Newsday; April 25, 1960

Hat tip to Alex Belth and The Stacks.


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