Maryville-based writer Bob Gilbert’s syndicated column was honored recently by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists at its annual convention in New Orleans.
Gilbert’s Aug. 6, 2007, column on the collapse of the I-35W bridge across the Mississippi River at Minneapolis won the third place award for on-line newspaper columns in all circulation categories.
The Wall Street Journal won first place and the Newark Star-Ledger second place.
“Gilbert treats sports as the serious business it is,” said one of the judges, Bonnie Bucquerou of the Detroit News. “A week after the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, his reaction was to question the ‘twisted and misplaced priorities’ that allowed Congress to authorize $250 million to rebuild the bridge, but also spend $400 million to replace the Metrodome baseball stadium “which is 15 years younger than the bridge that just fell.”
The judges said Gilbert “digs for facts to back up his criticisms, such as his argument that high-stakes college football programs lavish more on coaches than on ensuring their scholarship players from low-income families end up with a degree.”