Sportscasting: The Grandiose Inquisitor

"Face it," says ABC Sportscaster Howard Cosell. "Sport is the toy de partment of life." Tf so, Cosell is its jumping jack, punch-me clown and big bad wolf.

A former trial lawyer, Cosell is more inquisitor than interviewer. He needles.

He wheedles. He stares ferretlike down his long nose, droning in a voice that sounds like a cross between a buzz saw and Bronx sneer. "Did you take a dive in the Clay fight?" he demands of Son ny Listen. Or as Muhammad Ali launches into his pitch for Muslimism, Cosell cuts...

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