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Sit down with host Todd Jones and other sportswriters who knew the greatest athletes and coaches, and experienced first-hand some of the biggest sports moments in the past 50 years. They’ll share stories behind the stories -- some they’ve only told to each other.

Sit down with host Todd Jones and other sportswriters who knew the greatest athletes and coaches, and experienced first-hand some of the biggest sports moments in the past 50 years. They’ll share stories behind the stories -- some they’ve only told to each other.

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United States

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Sit down with host Todd Jones and other sportswriters who knew the greatest athletes and coaches, and experienced first-hand some of the biggest sports moments in the past 50 years. They’ll share stories behind the stories -- some they’ve only told to each other.

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English


Episodes

Bob Kravitz: Not Afraid to Go There

10/13/2021
Bob Kravitz has been fearless in his 36 years of writing about sports. His strong opinions as a columnist have sometimes produced heated reactions from readers and sports figures since the early 1980s. Hear about some of those moments, including his introduction to Bob Knight that you won’t soon forget. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:58:38

Bud Withers: One Moment in Time

9/29/2021
History seems fragile when Bud Withers ponders his five decades of writing about sports. A free throw here. A turnover there. Tyus Edney going coast to coast. Small moments could have changed reputations and much more if they had gone another way. Withers recalls some of those March Madness memories from his Hall of Fame career at three major newspapers in the Pacific Northwest. We discuss the old-school coaching styles of legends Ralph Miller and Dick Harter, the rise of Gonzaga basketball,...

Duration:00:57:01

Joan Ryan: “They Are Not Going to Chase Me Away”

9/15/2021
Joan Ryan recalls in this episode the harassment that she suffered from pro football players early in her career as one of the first female sportswriters. She tells how that 1985 locker room incident made her determined to prove herself in a male-dominated industry. Ryan did so, and much more, while fearlessly helping to pave the way for other women in sports media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:00:06

Mike Lopresti: Road Warrior

9/1/2021
Pack your bags and travel back with Mike Lopresti, who globe-trotted for more than three decades as a sports columnist for USA Today and Gannett News Service. He tells us what it was like to slay deadline dragons, to be on a media bus that caught fire, and to hear roars at Augusta as Nicklaus makes an historic charge. He puts us with security guard Richard Jewell – a suspect later cleared – after the ’96 Olympic bombing. Mike puts us with the “Agony of Defeat” ski-jumper, with a wrestler so...

Duration:00:52:15

Terence Moore: "I'm Six Feet Away From the Ring"

8/18/2021
There was blood on Terence Moore’s shirt. That’s how close he sat to the ferocious Hagler-Hearns brawl. Terence has been near so much action in a career spanning more than 40 years. He puts us inside Billy Martin’s trashed office, and he takes us on a walk with a weeping Mark Aguirre after a legendary NCAA tournament upset. Hear about Woody Hayes calling from the hospital, and about “The Tooz” shooting a stop sign with a 44 Magnum. Terence tells us about the challenge of breaking down racial...

Duration:00:49:53

Jerry Crasnick: “I’m actually getting paid to do this.”

8/4/2021
He started out covering an American Legion baseball game in Maine for a newspaper audition. He ended up covering some of the greatest moments and players in baseball history for three decades. Jerry Crasnick tells us what it was like to talk hitting with Tony Gwynn and talk pitching with Greg Maddux. Hear about meeting Pete Rose for the first time, how the Hit King joyfully filled notebooks with mangled syntax, and what it was like covering him daily during the infamous gambling scandal. Get...

Duration:00:49:33

Randy Harvey: The View from Mt. Olympus

7/21/2021
While growing up in a two-stoplight town in Texas, Randy Harvey yearned to see the world. Sportswriting brought his dream to life during a half-century at newspapers, including 30 years at the Los Angeles Times. He covered 15 Summer and Winter Olympic Games, as well as four World Cups. Randy tells us about being there for the perfect gymnastic routines of Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton. He recounts the speed of Carl Lewis, the drug downfall of Ben Johnson, and the consistent greatness of...

Duration:00:38:52

George Diaz: “Larry Holmes is Flying Through the Air”

7/7/2021
Try writing on deadline when Larry Holmes leaps off a car to brawl with Trevor Berbick in a parking lot. George Diaz tells us what that was like to be there for the Orlando Sentinel. He also takes us into Don King’s home to hang out with Mike Tyson and onto the streets of Panama with the “Hands of Stone,” Roberto Duran. Hear what it was like at Daytona International Speedway on the day Dale Earnhardt died. George also recalls returning to his homeland of Cuba for the 1991 Pan American Games,...

Duration:00:47:52

Sam Farmer: Climb in, Hang on

6/23/2021
An NFL player tried to run him over with his car. He survived a crash in another car driven by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. He rode in John Madden’s bus, and even piloted the Goodyear Blimp into a U-turn. Oh, the humanity. Yes, covering the NFL has been an interesting ride for Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. Sam takes us along on those journeys, and he puts us in some other unique places that have dotted the path of his decorated career from covering America’s favorite sport. Find...

Duration:00:47:15

Mark Purdy: “The Building is Going Nuts.”

6/9/2021
Come join Mark Purdy inside the tiny hockey arena as the “Miracle on Ice” erupts at the 1980 Winter Olympics. He’ll also put you on site of the earthquake that struck the Bay Area’s World Series. Mark recalls other rocking moments from his four decades as a sportswriter, including 33 years as a columnist for the San Jose Mercury News. He explains how Paul Brown’s decision about Bill Walsh fueled a 49ers dynasty, and how that NFL empire had an ultra-competitive relationship – between a couple...

Duration:00:46:24

Marla Ridenour: Savoring the Sights and Sounds

5/26/2021
Marla Ridenour has eagerly taken fans to the front lines of sports since the 1970s. Her enthusiasm for the task has never wavered, even when battling barriers against women sportswriters. Marla has maintained a keen appreciation for the moment, and it comes through as she recounts walking alongside Jack Nicklaus on the Old Course, serving as the eyes of Jim Murray at the Kentucky Derby, and witnessing the class of Earnest Byner after The Fumble. You’ll hear what it looked and sounded like...

Duration:00:46:13

Dennis Dodd: In the Eye of the Storm

5/12/2021
College football is a cyclone of emotion, passion, and downright insanity. Dennis Dodd has been chasing the game’s outbursts since its growth from a regional sport into a national obsession. He’ll take you along with the Big Eight Skywriters, into the Boz’s dorm room, and to breakfast with Bobby Bowden. He’ll put you at the Flea Kicker, the Kick Six, the Colorado-Miami brawl. Hear about Pete Carroll, Tom Osborne, and Barry “Hang-Half-a-Hundred-on-em” Switzer. Oh, and Todd has a story about...

Duration:00:47:50

Bob Ryan: “Larry goes up to Magic and says . . . ”

4/28/2021
What was it like inside the old Boston Garden? To smell Red Auerbach’s victory cigar? To see firsthand Bird’s Celtics and Magic’s Lakers battle for basketball supremacy? Bob Ryan knows as well as anyone, and he puts you there when the NBA was a fledgling pro sport in the late ‘60s, and takes you all the way through its growth into a world game. He shares behind-the-scenes details from his illustrious career of more than four decades at the Boston Globe. He’s known as “the quintessential...

Duration:00:48:00

Christine Brennan: Beyond the Barriers

4/14/2021
Being among the trailblazers for women sportswriters came with certain stakes. “I knew there would be people watching and probably hoping that I’d fail,” Christine Brennan says. Hear what it was like being on the front lines of the NFL’s locker room issue in the 1980s. Christine discusses her daily dealings with Joe Gibbs, and takes us into the wider world of the Olympics. The USA Today columnist has covered 18 summer and winter Games, where drama ranges from the great Greg Louganis hitting...

Duration:00:43:59

Dick Jerardi: Searching in the Shadows

3/31/2021
His editor told him to stay away from the office because there were no stories to be told in there. Dick Jerardi took that command and lived it. He scoured gymnasiums, arenas, and horse tracks. There, he discovered great characters and told their stories for 33 years at the Philadelphia Daily News. Join him as he recounts to Todd in his funny, Philly style detailed tales about John Chaney, Hank Gathers, and Smarty Jones among many others. Come on back April 14th when we are talking to...

Duration:00:44:19

Kevin Blackistone: Depends on Your Perspective

3/17/2021
Some things you can’t unsee, especially when viewed up close. Kevin Blackistone was ringside when Mike Tyson chomped off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear. The horror. The horror. Kevin recounts that infamous boxing moment and discusses an up-close look at the rollicking Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s. He also shares how his perspective as an African American and a former news reporter informed his coverage of sports at home and abroad. In his keen view, all journalism is advocacy in one form...

Duration:00:47:54

Tom Archdeacon: When the Going Gets Weird

3/3/2021
He went to the circus with Muhammad Ali. Pulled pranks on Don Shula. Got thrown out of a hotel by Mr. T. Yes, few sportswriters can match the colorful career of Tom Archdeacon, known and beloved by peers as “Arch.” Take a joy ride with a storyteller who somehow always finds his way to the heart of a matter. The legend is true, as recounted to Todd. Stick with Arch, and you can’t go wrong. Just hang on. Come on back on March 3rd for our second episode! Todd is talking to Tom Archdeacon, and...

Duration:00:42:14

Bob Hunter: They’re Only Human

2/17/2021
Bob Hunter once found himself in a cinder-block office listening to Woody Hayes and Bobby Knight talk about World War II. Hunter will take you inside that room and to other offbeat places that he ventured such as Pete Rose’s home in the early ’70s. Bob and Todd discuss anecdotes about the greatest coaches and athletes producing historic, goose-bump sports moments while still being flawed like all of us. Come on back on March 3rd for our second episode! Todd is talking to Tom Archdeacon, and...

Duration:00:39:42

Coming Soon!

2/10/2021
Coming February 17th with a new episode every other Wednesday, hear some of the greatest sports stories ever told from the writers who had front row access! Here is a sneak peek at some of our guests this season! Episode 1 Bob Hunter, Feb. 17 Episode 2 Tom Archdeacon, March 3 Episode 3 Kevin Blackistone, March 17 Episode 4 Dick Jerardi, March 31 Episode 5 Christine Brennan, April 14 Episode 6 Bob Ryan, April 28 and many more............... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:01:19

Introducing: Press Box Access

1/13/2021
Sit down with host Todd Jones and other sportswriters who knew the greatest athletes and coaches, and experienced first-hand some of the biggest sports moments in the past 50 years. They’ll share stories behind the stories -- some they’ve only told to each other. Premiering Feb. 17 with a new episode every other Wednesday, here is a sneak peek at the season to come! Episode 1 Bob Hunter, Feb. 17 Episode 2 Tom Archdeacon, March 3 Episode 3 Kevin Blackistone, March 17 Episode 4 Dick Jerardi,...

Duration:00:00:59