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.
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
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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 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 SI.com 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.