Posted Thu Feb 26th by E. Halsey Miles
Friday, Feb 27 will mark the last edition of the Rocky Mountain News to be published. And while it’s been a decade since I personally read the print edition of this fine paper, I have been an avid reader of the online edition for a number of years, and I have come to feel I know some of the sportswriters through their words over the years.
The Rocky has always done a very fine job, back to the days when Woody Paige was their football guy all the way up until now when Jeff Legwold has been the primary football writer. When I compare the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News, I’ve always felt that the knowledge and the writing from the Rocky was just a little deeper, just a little more intimate. It certainly helps that Legwold has been our Hall of Fame voter ever since Paige left, and that by default gives him more contacts inside the NFL than anyone else. But I’ve always felt that Legwold just understands it better.
At the Post, Mike Klis does an okay job, but it’s clear that when he moved over from baseball, his football knowledge was a little light. He’s been growing into the role, but sometimes I feel like he’s grasping a little to get all of the information. I don’t think he has the ear of team officials, and certainly doesn’t have as much around-the-league knowledge. Like I said, he does okay, and every season he gets a little better.
A few years ago I was so impressed by the level of depth that Legwold went to when answering his weekly column that I wrote him a personal thank you note. In a way, this is another of those, and I want to make it public. In the same way that I miss Andrew Mason over at denverbroncos.com, I am going to miss Jeff Legwold. I hope that he isn’t out of work for too long. Heck, I hope that the Post hires him, but things aren’t exactly roses over there so I don’t imagine they will be able to take on too much, if any, of the Rocky’s about to be unemployed staff.
Jeff, thank you. And to the rest of the Rocky Mountain News, you were always my favorite paper. I salute you and everything you’ve done. May your people find their feet quickly, and may you be long remembered.