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The Interview: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Columnist Bryan Burwell

Posted in Adam "Pacman" Jones, Blogroll, Roger Goodell on June 19, 2007 by mizzo

burwell.jpgBryan Burwell is another one of the many journalism legends that have been gracious enough to give TSF a few words about the state of sports as well as encouragement for what we are trying to accomplish here. He is grounded in his criticism of Barry Bonds and Michael Vick while enjoying the time he spends covering the amazing athletic exploits of one Albert Pujols. I may not agree with everything he says, but I most definitely respect his opinion because he does have the experience I’m trying to attain with every fiber of my soul. Crazy that Bryan and I aren’t that far off in age and I have to be honest that the brotha sounds exactly like my Pop. I had to look over my shoulder because of lasting images of orange Hot Wheel tracks and The Belt. Seriously though, Bryan is an inspiration to anyone looking to get into the field because of his thirty plus years experience. He’s seen it all and has vivid memories of Ralph Wiley that I know I would cherish. In an age of alcohol abuse in MLB club houses, I admire his stance on the social hypocrisy regarding alcohol…It’s something he difinitely should get more props for because most writers could give a damn. In that regard, he’s sui generis.

Happy Belated Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. I hope you had a good one. I know I did.


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Interview with Dan Le Batard

Posted in Adam "Pacman" Jones, Al Sharpton, Blogroll, Miami Heat, NFL, Pop Warner on May 29, 2007 by mizzo

lebatard12.jpgHere’s another head banger in our series of journalism interviews. Dan has been there, seen it all and talked to the best. He full well knows his place in the field and for the most part, I for one agree with him. There are two points of contention–the Luther Campbell and Tim Hardaway stories. I wanted to give him a chance to explain himself at length. He does just that and keeps his cool even when I try to back him into a corner regarding said incidents. Simply put, he’s one of the best who tries to keep a balanced head when he writes. Judge for yourself. I’m sure you’ll find this quite interesting.

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Deadspin Editor Will Leitch

Posted in Adam "Pacman" Jones, Al Sharpton, Blogroll, NFL, Roger Goodell on May 16, 2007 by mizzo

will-leitch.jpgWill Leitch, editor of Deadspin, heads the most popular sports blog on the web. There are other blogs, but there is only one Deadspin. He’s published two books, Catch and Life of a Loser (a memoir) and is currently working on two more to be published next year. He writes occasionally for the New York Times when he’s not busy being–in his words–the stupid guy typing all day. He’s unapologetic and straight up honest when describing the cynicism of Deadspin and has been a force on the web since 1998. Like he says many times in the interview, we all have a different place on the web to make our objectives known the best we can. We have drastically different views on subjects but also share a commonality regarding others. I let Will speak without espousing my personal views for the most part with the objectives of TSF in mind. Any interview we conduct on The Starting Five will hopefully spur a candid but healthy debate. This conversation is no different. People, you know how we do here, so I hope you enjoy.

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The Dave Zirin Interview

Posted in Adam "Pacman" Jones, NFL on May 10, 2007 by dwil

zirin.jpgDave Zirin is a lightning rod for trouble. He is a white man who boldly stepped into the arena of sports and race and politics – and took the side of the underdog. He has been attacked by writers like me (dwil) who questioned his conviction, his purpose, and his motives; questioned why a white man would chance the comfort of his skin color’s privilege to champion female athletes and athletes of color. He is still attacked by the other side who question his politics, mistaking his beyond progressive politics for the overly simplistic label of liberal-leftist.

By withstanding these attacks through plainly facing his critics, Zirin stands even taller than most allegedly insightful sports writing peers. What separates him from them is the depth of his understanding of the intersection of race and sports and politics, and society.

Now, he is feared by shallow members of the sports media, respected by thinkers who too see beyond the games into the dark morass of the corporate fray; into the fear-based sickness on which rests the pillars of institutional racism and sexism.

Dave Zirin is one sports writer who is unafraid to place his beliefs before the glare of the sun’s harsh light and unafraid to search moonless nights for hidden truths. In the following interview we explore these beliefs and these truths with him.


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Interview with ESPN Columnist, Jemele Hill Part 2: #42; Pacman; Pokey, and; the Real NBA MVP

Posted in Adam "Pacman" Jones, LA Lakers, NFL on April 13, 2007 by mizzo

In Part 2 of this conversation, Jemele and I converse candidly about some issues that need to be addressed in sports. I really appreciate her honesty. It’s unusual to hear someone voice their true thoughts in such an arena. She deserves mad props for understanding the true meaning of what The Starting Five is all about. My wish is that all writers would be this forthcoming because only then will sports fans truly learn through a writer’s extensive experience as well as the sports they cover. We see sports differently than fans. The levels and layers of understanding are vastly different because its our specialty. These interviews have that in mind, so begin to see a little more objectively and open up your perspective of sports in general.

MT: Are you comfortable with the way MLB is celebrating the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking into the major leagues? What’s your opinion or earliest memory of Jackie Robinson?

JH: I think Jackie Robinson is probably one of the most underrated athletes of our time. His place in history is also underrated. Reading what he went through is just like a Hank Aaron story, it literally brings a tear to your eye. It makes you respect him that much more when you see what he had to endure. I have read his story many times. I have interviewed people in his family and I am stunned every single time at how he did it. It makes me almost embarrassed when I hear certain athletes talk about how they face racism. They use this word lightly. They don’t really understand what racism is until they take a peek at what Jackie Robinson had to go through. I believe that MLB plans to have everyone wear the number #42 on April 15th to celebrate his anniversary, which I feel is a fine tribute. I think his place in history has been solidified. He was just an amazing man. Someone wrote a book about his impact on integration—which I think is something for a far deeper conversation. What is interesting is how integration affected the inner cities and not always in a good way. Obviously a great door was opened but at the same time it is interesting to me that a great door was also closed when you look at what happened with the inner cities regarding culture and sports.

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