As of right now, Jean-Jacques Taylor’s Twitter stream IDs him as a sports columnist for the Dallas Morning News, but that’s not true. He now works for ESPN Dallas. He shouldn’t be hard to replace. Though JJT’s favorite word, “poppycock,” will now show up far less frequently in the paper.
Sam Gwynne is also leaving the paper. He shouldn’t be hard to replace either, but for a different reason. It was a big deal last summer when the News hired him as a senior writer. This dude can type. But from what I can tell, he wasn’t doing much of it for the paper. Shortly after signing on with the paper, he wrote two fairly long pieces (by newspaper standards), one 1,700 words long and the other clocking in at 3,000. But since December, his byline has only appeared alongside others’. In his tenure with the paper, his byline has appeared a total of 15 times. Eight times, it appeared on a double-bylined story. Five times it appeared on a triple-bylined story. Not exactly the most optimal way to showcase a great writer’s talents. Kinda like throwing your pÃ¢tÃ© in with a bunch of peanut butter.