Sports 2 - Elements of Interest in Sports Stories
Is a championship at stake?
Effect of the result on the all-time records of the contestants
Effect of the result on the season’s records of the contestants
Are the contestants old rivals?
Will the outcome suggest either contestant’s probable strength against future opponents?
2. Probably outcome
Relative weight and experience of the contestants in sports like football, wrestling, etc.
Ability as demonstrated against other opponents, especially common ones
Improvements during the season
Improvements since last season
New plays, tactics, etc.
New players, return of injured players, strength of substitutes, etc.
Former contests between the two contestants
Weather conditions favorable to either team
Lack of practice, injuries and other handicaps
Tradition of not being able to win away from home
Recent record, slumps, etc.
3. How the victory was won
The winning play, if the score was close
The style of play of both winner and loser
Costly errors and mistakes of judgment
Spurts that overcame the opponent’s lead
4. Important plays
How each score was made
Spectacular catches, etc.
The result of “hunches”
Penalties, fouls, etc.
Disputed decisions of umpire or referee
5. Individual records, stars, etc.
Players who delivered in pinches
Players not up to usual form
7. The occasion or crowd
Size of crowd; record attendance?
An annual event?
Enthusiasm, riots, demonstrations, etc.
8. The weather
Condition of track or playing field
Effect of heat or cold
Effect of sun on fielders, etc.
Which side was more handicapped? Why?
Delays because of rain, etc.
9. Box score, summary and statistics