The Journal Will Not Apologize for Staying Classy

The Wall Street Journal‘s sports page is stuffier than the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, according to National Public Radio sports commentator Frank Deford. And, let’s be honest, getting called stuffy by NPR hurts.

Mr. Deford was on NPR’s Morning Edition on Wednesday, poking fun at The Journal‘s use of honorifics (e.g. Mr. Rodriguez, for Alex) in its writeups.

Why, they don’t even use courtesy titles on the jolly old Wimbledon scoreboard anymore.

But because it is The Journal‘s style to refer to hedge funders in their bespoke suits and Turnbull & Asser shirts and ties by their courtesy title, it has foolishly decided to maintain this same policy in sports.

The Journal‘s Jason Gay responded in writing this morning about the “good manners” practice of referring to athletes as Mr. and Ms., writing, “Fans seem desperate for civility to return to the games that they love.”

“Scandal feels sadly common, graciousness rare,” Mr. Gay wrote. “Just ask our New York Giants beat reporter, who knows far more about the Holiday Inn Suffern than she ever wanted to.”

Somehow this is all Lawrence Taylor’s fault. The Journal Will Not Apologize for Staying Classy