It's not just the writing, a lot of sports reporters are lazy in their press conferences and interviews. For whatever reason it's like nails on a chalkboard to me when a reporter tells some coach/player/whoever "Talk about X." It's like "Hey, I don't have time to figure out how to put this in the form of a question just give me my damn sound bite."
Listen for it in the next presser you watch and make a drinking game out of it. You'll be obliterated by the end of it.