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 — mc79hockey.com
Here’s what some people on Twitter said makes a good sportswriter:
@goosesroost Originality and apt understanding of audience, in my opinion.
— Aaron Mansfield (@aaroncmansfield) July 30, 2012
A LOT of bourbon. RT @goosesroost: Serious question: What makes a good sportswriter?
— furrer4heisman (@furrer4heisman) July 30, 2012
@goosesroost large sense of entitlement. healthy disdain for one’s readers. idolizing jay mariotti & sal maiorana.
— Klejdys(@klejdys) July 30, 2012
@goosesroost Little sleep, lots of coffee, great ears, honesty, and a healthy sense of humor.
— Scott Michalak (@ScottyMCSS) July 30, 2012
@goosesroost 1. Be a good writer. 2. Actually enjoy sports. (Many fail at this second part.)
— Phil Dzikiy (@phildzikiy) July 30, 2012
— Alexander (@CriminallyVu1ga) July 30, 2012
Musical selections for this episode:
“Battlestar Scralatchtica” — Incubus
“Shortcut/Detour” — Pretty Lights