Michael McKnight of Sports Illustrated, longform journalist and author of Intercepted: The Rise and Fall of an NFL Cornerback Darryl Henley
This week it's Episode 37 of The Wormcast and my guest is Sports Illustrated writer and author Michael McKnight. Michael pursues overlooked stories about crime, ethics, justice and people fighting long odds. His gripping book "Intercepted" about former NFL cornerback Darry Henley who made many disastrous life decisions is a real page turner.
Topics discussed: 2:00 Michael's unique journey in journalism 5:15 Intercepted-Darryl Henley, how he connected with Darryl and earned his trust 14:55 How he was hired by Sports Illustrated, the Brian Cole story 16:30 SI pieces "The Soccer War: El Salvador v Honduras"; Eddy Hammel; Johan Hultin 25:20: Is the process of research and interviewing subject just as pleasing as the final result? 31:30 Michael-the 21st Century George Plimpton; playing semi-pro football at 37, attempting to dunk a basketball and hit a home run out of a Major League Baseball park. 39:00 The changing landscape of longform sports journalism 45:50 The Athletic 47:40 Thought on Naomi Osaka's situation at the French Open, do athletes own the media anything? 1:09:30 College Football coaches, Sunday shows from the 70's/80's 1:12:00 The proposals for an expanded College Football Playoff 1:16:00 Nick Saban
Links mentioned in this episode: SI.com
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