The Public Editor: Covering Sports. Including Smelt Fishing. And Bighorn-Sheep Hunting.

Here’s reader Mark Brzozowski of Yorktown, Va., commenting on a personal feature on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers: “I’ve notice a trend toward very soft personality pieces on the front page of the section as opposed to game analysis, sports politics, and the business of sports,” he said. “I look to the NYT for adult discussion of sports.” Numerous comments left on the article echoed this sentiment.

Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots, left, made an improbable catch in the fourth quarter of the 2017 Super Bowl against Atlanta.

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Stallman says the more unusual features constitute a small fraction of his staff’s enterprise efforts. The rest, he says, are about mainstream sports. That said, routine game coverage is not a priority — profiles, trend pieces and deep investigations into subjects like concussions and doping are.

“We’re aimed at fans that don’t live in the X’s and O’s of locker rooms,” said Stallman. “We don’t want to turn our backs on those straight-up sports stories, but…

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