"Jim Johnson died of melanoma. You're pretty fair-skinned. You take precautions against skin cancer?''Wait. WHAT?! We've worked as a sportswriter. We went to school to learn how to be a reporter. We learned all about open- and close-ended questions. We learned about nut grafs. We learned about how to report in crisis situations.
Nowhere, not once, did it mention asking some one who's perfectly healthy a completely off-the-wall question about somebody who recently died.
Drew at KSK responds nicely: “Hey Peyton, Derrick Thomas died in a car accident. Do you buckle your seat belt, or will you too end up a giant red pile of sinew on the side of the highway?”
All right, future sportswriters of America: to get a job at SI, ask somebody the strangest fucking question you can think of. And talk about your travel itinerary.