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Discussion in 'Our Errors are Mistakes: The Media Forum' started by Moonlight Graham, Nov 1, 2018.
My favorite writer as a kid...
I always looked forward to the Dr. Z SI issue that kicked off the NFL season. The Pats almost always sucked back then but I still had a joyful optimism about them at the start of each season.
I thought you were talking about Dieter Zetsche from Mercedes.
I got to meet him a number of years ago; I was selling at a toy soldier show in Hackensack and a customer was interested in a number of things, he looked very familiar. He asked if he could pay by check, I said sure, when he handed it to me, I saw the name and said "Thanks Doctor Z"...………...he laughed and we started talking football, just a great guy.
He became a regular customer of mine at the shows and via mail order from that point on, he said he liked me in spite of me being a Patriots fan...……….
Found out he suffered a stroke several years ago, ESPN did a story on him at his house, in the background were loads of toy soldiers he had bought from me. His wife called me and asked if I'd be willing to help her sell his collection, which I did, the money went towards his care.
Last I had heard, she was moving him to a facility I believe in Ohio, was going to set her back 20,000.00.
Now I see this; what a nutpunch.
R.I.P. Doctor Z, it was an honor and a pleasure to get to meet and know you.
I remember reading his SI pieces all the way back to my childhood. Your recollection is most moving. Sad news; RIP Doc.
Not that he could've known, but I'll always remember this.
Forgivable miss at the end aside, that snippet alone brings back memories of his work. Quality analysis mixed in with great wit, with a needed dose of irreverence.
I was going to post this. I still have it also.
Reading his continuing coverage of the Pats that season culminating in his Super Bowl article was sublime. He wrote that Belichick was not a rah rah "motivational" coach but that he possessed the greatest motivator quality - his players truly believed in his competence and that he'd always put them in the best situations to succeed.
This is really sad news, though I’d imagine after his strokes it may ultimately bring his loved ones some peace.
He was one of the few sportswriters I felt like I learned something from every time I read him. I still miss reading him.
I remember a discussion somewhere (maybe here?) that was trying to figure out the last time the Browns were ahead of the Patriots in a Power Ranking from a legitimate site. Before this year, was it this? Or 02?
The MMQB twitter account just gave an SOSH shoutout because of that screenshot
Terrible news, condolences to the family. He really was a pioneer, particularly as I understand it charting every play. I used to read him all of the time. RIP.
I am reading his memoir right now and there is a whole chapter on the various items he collected. The first collection he mentions are his toy soldiers.