Passages from Frank Deford's just-published Red Smith Lecture in Journalism Whenever I happen to write something that may find some favor with someone, invariably he'll say, "Frank, that was good. In fact, it was so good, it wasnt sportswriting." Ergo, if it's bad, it's sportswriting. If it's any good, it must be something else. ------ When he was a player with the Phillies, John Kruk once allowed, "It's easy to be a sportswriter.