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Death of the interview

As interviews become more formalized, the distance between fans and athletes grows

Updated: December 5, 2011, 3:52 PM ET
By Tim Keown

BEHOLD THE DECOMPOSED REMAINS of the sports interview. Stand before it as one of 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL, one of the most over-covered entities in the most over-covered sport. It is a midseason Thursday, the day you give your weekly local press conference on the practice field. Witness the assembled members of the press jockeying for position, violating every known law of personal space to get their microphones and cameras in prime position, with little or no regard for body ...

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