Journalists love lists. Want to know why? They’re not as hard to write as, well, real articles—you know, the kind where you have to choose words and write complete sentences and build paragraphs into carefully structured, flowing features that, if you work really hard, tell a compelling story full of action and intrigue and entertaining facts and stuff. Journalists love lists because, frankly, they’re easy.
And to a journalist with the kind red-tide eyes that come with a frenetic writing pace—that kind that came with last weekend’s Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla.—this list is too appealing to pass up, and not just because I am dead tired, brain-fried and facing a morning deadline. OK, so yes, those are compelling reasons, but I am also still buzzing from covering the Key West Worlds like I never have been before. They were—I’m not sure how to say this so I’ll just spit it out—really good. Strike that. They were great.
So here comes my list, but first a quick disclaimer: This list may offend you. You may feel it has omissions. You may believe it is completely unfair. You will be entitled to those opinions.
And I won’t care. Off to it now.
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