Michael Wilbon, the longtime co-host of Pardon the Interruption and former Washington Post sportswriter, joined my podcast this week. He will be appearing at the Shirley Povich Symposium at the University of Maryland next Tuesday, November 10th. Joining him on the panel, entitled Sportswriting Then and Now, will be Tony Kornheiser, Sally Jenkins, Christine Brennan, Jeremy Schaap, and Chelsea Janes. The program will be introduced by former Post publisher Don Graham, and moderated by Shirley’s son, Maury Povich.
We started our conversation by discussing the program’s namesake, Shirley Povich, who wrote for the Washington Post for over 70 years, and the range of events that covered, as well as the writer’s early racial progressivism and profound mentorship. From there, we talked about some of the myriad differences between sportswriting in the mid-80’s and today, many of which do not just pertain to how we follow sports.
Bill Simmons has mentioned on multiple radio spots — here and here — that he felt his experiences on NBA countdown were the beginning of his struggles with ESPN management, culminating in his ouster. I asked Wilbon if he also observed that. We also talked about analytics in sports, Dusty Baker, advice for young journalists, and how he uses Twitter. At the end of the discussion, I asked if, with the amount of time he spends and has spent in Chicago, he agreed that it feels like the Blackhawks have passed the Bulls in relevance in the city.
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- Brett Taylor, the Cubs Blogger Who Left a Big Law Firm
- Gary Sheffield Talks MLB Playoffs, Harper-Papelbon, and Hall of Fame
- Scott Van Pelt Talks Midnight SportsCenter, Madison As Best College Sports Town in America
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- Jim Ross Talks About His Live Show, Roddy Piper, and Steroids in Hollywood
- Clay Travis Talks SEC Media Days, New Deal With Fox Sports, and the Confederate Flag
- A Long Conversation With Frank Deford
- Mike Florio Part 2: Talks About PFT History, His Deal With NBC, and if He Regrets the Dez Bryant Story
- Mike Florio Part 1: Goodell Underling(s) were out to get the Patriots
- Does ESPN’s Sarah Spain worry that her politics will make her polarizing?
- ESPN’s David Purdum talks about Tony Romo, fantasy football, and the NFL’s gambling hypocrisies
- Cleveland sports talk host and Anthony Lima on LeBron, Delly, and Johnny Manziel
- ESPN’s Dan Le Batard talks about his career, Papi, and Bill Simmons
- TNT’s Kenny Smith before the NBA conference finals