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Columnists had a field day debating the class merits of Dave Christensen's "flyboy" speech. (AP) Columnists had a field day debating the class merits of Dave Christensen's "flyboy" speech. (AP)

College football's offseason encompasses late winter and early spring, a fine time in the turning of the seasons and on the calendar to focus on self-reflection and improvement. For today's meditation, kindly internalize Bryan Curtis' sportswriting-themed tribute to Ambrose Bierce:

class (n.) — one of the sportswriterly virtues. A "classy" athlete is a deferential one, both to us and to his opponents. A "classless" coach is one who skips the postgame handshake.

columnist (n.) — a writer who produces less copy than a blogger.

commit (n.) — short for "commitment." On college sports recruiting sites, it means a high school player who has pledged to play for a particular school. A commit who's wavering about his decision is said to be "soft."

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