Here's the "Idle Hands Are the Devil's Workshop section of David Moffit's 1979 guide on how to cover football for UPI.
IDLE HANDS ARE THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP . . .
One might think tht keep accurate statistics during a football game was about as much as one might expect. One would be wrong.
you need to provide quarter scores to your filing point. You need to start composing your lead as soon as a pattern begins to develop. You (or you assistant) need to keep a running tab on any player who appears to be accumulating better-than-average statistics.
Just as you did your homework prior to the game, now you must be preparing all the information you will need to put together your game story.
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