Courtesy titles and sports don't mix, Wall Street Journal
At a time when newspaper sports departments are disappearing as fast as Baltimore Oriole fans, I'm delighted to have
However, while I admit that I'm not qualified to advise
That is, my dear stock market friends, if you're going to write about games, you don't call players Mr. or Ms. In sports sections or sports TV or sports internet, the world over, nobody -- not even fancy-pants team owners -- gets to be a Mr. or Mrs. Or a Senor or a Mademoiselle or a Herr. Why, they don't even use courtesy titles on the jolly olde Wimbledon scoreboard any more.
But because it is the
Thank heavens the legendary
Now, it is true that there was a double standard on the sports pages for many years. Whereas male athletes would be identified by only their last name, it was felt that sportswomen could not be treated so rudely. Thus we had
If anything, though, now we are heading downscale, where more and more athletes -- both genders, all sports -- are referred to in the media simply by their first name or a nickname. Thus we have