Clark Judge’s new project is fascinating to me, mostly because he, along with the Boston Herald’s Ron Borges and the Dallas Morning News’ Rick Gosselin, have started a radio show that deals strictly with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the history of the game. Which I love. In our discussion, Judge and I talk about the niche the Talk of Fame Sports Network will fill, why baseball’s history is so idyllic while football’s history is less discussed, whether the Baseball HOF is better than the Pro Football HOF, and how difficult a landscape it is out there for writers who are looking for work.
Plus, we talk about the role and impact of the local sports columnist (as first discussed in Episode 43 with the Memphis Commercial Appeal’s Geoff Calkins). And whenever I get together with Judge, we can’t help but talk about prog rock and prog metal and why that genre of music gets a bad rap. This chat was no different.
The national NFL reporters have one of the toughest jobs in all of sports writing. It’s a grind that never seems to end with the pressures to ABB(N) (Always Be Breaking (News)). But CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora — one of the most successful NFL beat writers out there — says that it’s actually a tremendous way to earn a living.
In our chat, we talk about the 24/7/365 nature of the beat he covers and how he handles the balance between work and family when he’s not really working (but kind of is), how he structures his schedule (and prays like hell) so that he can break news on the Sunday morning NFL shows even if he learns of the news earlier in the week, and how he defends breaking news on Twitter while the NFL draft is ongoing.
Also, we talk about heavy metal, because that’s kind of what we do whenever we see each other. I detail my meeting with Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess, and La Canfora talks about his conversation with Slayer’s Kerry King and how much the thrash metal guitar god loves his Oakland Raiders.