For professors, tenure means you can teach as badly as you want and they’ll still keep on paying you. All you need to do is show up on time.
For journalists, the equivalent is that you can write anything you want for the Atlantic, the New Republic, the Washington Monthly, and Reuters, and they’ll publish it without editing. All you need to do is send in your thousand words on time.
The standard for football writing are much higher.
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