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A tidbit tribute (unpaid) to Malamud, Murray and Twombly

A tidbit tribute (unpaid) to Malamud, Murray and Twombly

Time for one last notes-column tribute to the late, great Allan Malamud, sport's journalism's titan of the tidbit:

Feeling a bit silly after reading Nathan Fenno's recent story in The Times about "paid patriotism"?

The lumps in our throats were surely real, as game after game we watched giant American flags unveiled on playing fields in tribute to our troops. The public address announcers always intoned our feelings. This is to honor our protectors. Because of them, we can sit in comfortable seats on warm nights and eat hot dogs.

Now we find out these moments weren't born totally out of the goodness of our pro teams' hearts. They are getting paid, by the...