For the first time in podcast history, we touch on the subject of hockey. And we welcome Chris Snow, a former young stud in the sports writing industry who transitioned into working in the front office of a pro sports team. In our chat, we talk about why Snow would leave a top-notch beat (the Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Globe) and join the Minnesota Wild organization, how long it will take for data-driven information to permeate into the NHL like it does in MLB and the NFL, and what the status is of media coverage of hockey in Canada.
We also discuss whether Snow would like, at some point in his career, to take over an organization’s general manager role.
If we’re talking about the best sports writers in the business today, Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel is probably among the top-3. But did you know that he’s also a movie script-writer and that one of those movies actually got made and that the movie stars an Academy Award winner and, more importantly, Pedro Cerrano? No? Well, then, listen to this week’s podcast. During our chat, we talk about the movie he co-wrote, Life of a King; his coverage of the Jerry Sandusky and the Steubenville, Ohio rape cases; and why he thought making the move to the Internet in the early 2000s was such a good idea.
Plus, Wetzel details his time at Greektown Casino College and chats about why it’s so important for a national columnist to travel so frequently.
We’re trying something a little different on the podcast this week. Instead of one guest for an hour, I talked to four guests and asked them the same five questions. 1) Who is your favorite person/manager/coach to have covered? 2) Who is your least favorite? 3) What’s your favorite story/moment from the road/from the beat? 4) Who’s your favorite current writer, sports or otherwise? 5) Who’s your all-time favorite writer, sports or otherwise?
I gathered some buddies — the Augusta Chronicle’s Scott Michaux, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans, ESPN.com’s Travis Haney and the Washington Times’ Marc Lancaster — and basically, we just told stories.
Michaux (originally interviewed for Episode No. 33) tells the story about how Alice Cooper once stole his golf ball. Rosecrans (originally interviewed for Episode No. 1), who was sitting through a rain delay at the time of our second interview, talks about how helpful and sympathetic Ken Griffey Jr. was when Rosecrans’ mom was diagnosed with cancer. Haney reminisces about a long-ago steak dinner with Bobby Cox and why that was so important to him. And Lancaster remembers a particularly brutal road trip to Philadelphia.