RoostCast 68: Filtration and Framing

In this episode, Ryan is joined by Paul of Hockey Rhetoric. They talk about what makes a good sportswriter, the problems modern writers face and why personality matters more than ever. They talk about Joe Posnanski’s Paterno problem, the impact readers have on writing and sip delicious unfiltered beer for about 52 minutes.

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Some links you may find helpful as you listen along:

The Power and Glory of Sportswriting — The New York Times

Mark Cuban Calls Out Skip Bayless — YouTube

In ‘Paterno,’ Bad Timing for a Book
— The New York Times

The Survivor
— Chris Jones, Grantland

The Truth Factory —

Here’s what some people on Twitter said makes a good sportswriter:

Musical selections for this episode:

Battlestar Scralatchtica” — Incubus

Shortcut/Detour” — Pretty Lights


  1. cdr

    Hey Ryan, you only touched on this briefly, but I would love to hear you go into a little more detail about why you think advanced stats in hockey doesn’t really tell us much at this point.

    • I can do that for sure. I just don’t think they are being used correctly most of the time, and hockey is a tougher game than, say baseball, to properly exclude variables and get something definitive out of it. I’ve been meaning to write about this at length for a while now, actually…

  2. cdr

    I totally agree that hockey’s tougher than some other sports to break down statistically, but I still think it’s interesting to see how players are used, how they affect play, etc. I guess we’ll wait for your post. But what was the delicious beer you guys were drinking at the end of the podcast? Talk about ending on a cliffhanger.

  3. Mike

    I think Paul hit it right on the head insofar as the way in which sports is addressed is getting to be more like politics in media. I don’t think that sports reporters who overinflate their own sense of self-importance is the only reason why this is so. I think there are an equal number of consumers, of fans out there who take sports in a deadly serious fashion. In the old days, it was more of a diversion from the humdrum. Today a lot of people are consumed with sports on an everyday basis. What does this say about our society that we’ve elevated Sports into a such an important role? I think it says that we’re missing something. We’re missing something that we need to feel passionately about and I feel like we’re missing that in other aspects of our life.