A quick reminder: I talked to three guests and asked them the same five questions.
1) Who is your favorite player/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 Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Dehner, Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel and the Indianapolis Star’s Candace Buckner — and basically, we just told stories.
You’ve got to hear Dehner’s tales about covering Wally Backman as a minor league manager in Albany, Georgia; Wetzel’s reasons why Dan Jenkins is one of all his-time favorite writers; and Buckner’s sadness that Sports Illustrated’s Gary Smith has retired.
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.