Sure, our audience includes some pretty smart folks, but who thought it would come to this? We received this message from a bona-fide .edu address:
I teach freshman composition in college, and I've used your rewrite of Ashley Fox's ESPN article for years to show my students some basic examples of things to look for in their own papers. I am happy to say that this has proved very effective, as they tend to take what you've done and go to the next level of editing. I've been asked to create an online module about Peer Review, and I will be hyperlinking one of the pages to this article, as I feel it demonstrates worthy techniques and you explain what you are doing in a way that freshman can understand.
I appreciate that you did this rewrite. It is hard to find examples of this type of editing in popular culture, and sports journalism is something that my students can easily relate to. Thank you for taking good writing seriously.