Monthly Archives: April 2014

Linda McCoy-Murray, former wife of Jim Murray/founder of Jim Murray Memorial Foundation


Linda McCoy-Murray has been described in past feature articles as a “pint-sized dynamo,” and she certainly displays that energy on this week’s episode. McCoy-Murray, who was married to one of the best sports writers of all time, is the founder and CEO of the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation — which does so much to support current-day sports writing and to preserve Murray’s legacy. In our chat, we discuss Jim Murray and why so many of us are still so fascinated by his career, if Murray (who died in 1998) could have predicted the demise of newspapers, and why Murray really thought he wouldn’t be remembered after he died.

We also talk about the JMMF and how McCoy-Murray got it started following Murray’s death, and she details their decades-long courtship.

Interviewed on 4-9-14

In case you don’t know Jim Murray — and if that’s the case, FOR SHAME — here’s a recent story put out by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism, and the Washington Post’s Mike Wise wrote earlier this month about the inspiration that was Murray.

And if you want to receive the Monday With Murray e-mails — which I highly recommend — email

Here’s something similar:

T.J. Simers was a big fan of Murray when they worked together in L.A. In Episode 15, Simers and I talk about Murray and the impact he made on Simers. Which you can listen to right here.

Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle columnist/golf writer


Scott Michaux is a former Augusta Chronicle colleague of mine, and for my money, he’s one of the best golf writers in the country. He knows so much about golf, and since we’re midway through Masters week with the tournament about to begin, it’s entirely appropriate that we welcome Michaux to the #MTTS podcast.

In our chat, we talk about whether coverage of golf — and the interest in it shown by the public — will noticeably shift when Tiger Woods is done with the game, what it’s like to work for the Augusta Chronicle during Masters week and how a newspaper with a circulation of less than 60,000 per day becomes the paper of record for those seven days, and what it’s like for a sports writer to play the Augusta National course.

Plus, he tells a great story about how he got Tiger Woods one-on-one at a tournament in San Diego in 2006, why Michaux is terrified that Bubba Watson will win the Masters again, and if the fact his boss is a member of Augusta National affects the way he has to write about the tournament.

Interviewed on 3-19-14

Here’s something similar:

Michaux and Steve Elling are good buddies and former golf writing colleagues. Elling, of course, was our guest on Episode 19. Which you can find right here.

Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated media reporter


Richard Deitsch is one of the preeminent media reporters in the country, and he’s actually one of my most important follows on Twitter. His Monday column for is a must-read, both for the news he reports and for the standout stories he aggregates from the week before. In our chat, we talk about what it’s like to cover an Olympic Games, how difficult it used to be to get a byline in Sports Illustrated when he was coming up the ranks, and whether he worries about burning bridges as a media reporter/critic.

Plus, we get into the Twitter wars he’s had with such luminaries as ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis, and Jason Whitlock. Basically: other than entertainment — and my god, it is entertaining — what’s the point? Also, Deitsch explains why he hopes never, ever to write a screed.

Interviewed on 3-9-14

Here’s something similar:

Deitsch and I talked about his path from SI fact-checker to SI media star, and in, some ways, it’s a similar journey to that of John Walters. Who happened to be the guest of MTTS episode No. 25. Which you can listen to right here.