"Writing is a skill, not a talent, and thus one's ability as a writer can be improved by thoughtful effort. The problem with some people is that they graduate college as good writers, experience early success on account of that, and thus never devote themselves diligently to the relentless quest for improvement that could make them great writers."
Jimmie Bise was just Twittering a soccer game. As I explained to Jimmie, it's hard for a kid raised on Crimson Tide football ever to get too excited about soccer. I'll take soccer seriously just as soon as Brazil beats Penn State in the Sugar Bowl.