by Tom Swift

But if there’s one regret I’ve had as a sportswriter, it’s that the major sports are so predominantly male that you don’t get to write about many women. The reasons why that’s unfortunate for a male writer are 1) men aren’t as inclined to open up to men as women are, and 2) except where sex is involved, men and women talk more honestly to one another. There’s an instinctive flirtation built in. Interviewing is really only what you learned to do on a high school date. It’s “What kind of music do you like?” taken to a somewhat higher level.

-Frank Deford, “Confessions of a Sportswriter,” Sports Illustrated, 6-5-2017