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Really? Ryan's reporting record is renowned in Ruckerworld when it comes to recruiting.
All right, let's do this ...
Yes, it's pretty much always been journalism. I've been doing this since I was in high school. I honestly don't remember what I wanted to be before then. Probably a sports broadcaster before I realized my voice sounds almost as bad as Wes' on the radio.
I've always mostly covered football — that's obviously the sport of choice almost everywhere in Tennessee — and that's definitely one of my favorite sports. Baseball and hockey are my other favorites.
On the U.S. president question, I'm assuming this means dead or alive? If so, I'd probably go with Abraham Lincoln and ask him what he thinks of himself being the star of a seemingly stupid movie — and book, apparently — in which he's featured as a vampire hunter/killer.
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You always ask this, ADunc. And, unfortunately for you, I'm fully clothed right now.
No, not necessarily. And that's one of the 1,278 great things about this job.
Any way I can get them. I don't want to give away any of my secrets — there are plenty of potential copycats out there watching — but let's just say it's not always easy to get them. Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn't.
Fairly often. It depends on the type of prospect. If it's a big-time recruit with a ton of offers who gets multiple phone calls from reporters almost every day, that's the impression I get from a lot of kids — when they actually answer the phone. If it's someone who doesn't have a ton of offers or doesn't do interviews all the time, they're usually happy to talk. And sometimes there's the rare kid who's a big-time prospect but still doesn't mind doing it.
I have a face made for radio, so I'm always open to it. Actually, those of you who have listened to Wes' show since the beginning may recall that I originally co-hosted the show with him — I was clearly just the co-pilot, though — before Swain jumped on board. That was when NOBODY knew who I was.
Uhh ... Kevin, you still reading? Best boss ever.
In all seriousness, though, I really do enjoy working with both Kevin and Wes. They're both really good at what they do, and they're good guys.
Interesting question. I can't think of anything off the top of my head — nothing that qualifies as "really crazy" in my book, anyway — but again, I'm not Wes.
Wes would win by repeatedly cutting my hand on his beard.
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Almost accidentally skipped this one. My favorite thing about what I do is talking to and meeting all kinds of different people — in this case, mostly recruits and their coaches. To me, that's the coolest thing about being a reporter. Covering sports for a living obviously is awesome, too, although people who don't do this for a living don't understand the natural drawbacks sometimes. But it mostly is a really fun job that seldom feels like a job.
No, but a person I accidentally reached by dialing the wrong number has. As I mentioned earlier, it's not always easy to get recruits' phone numbers.
The 4th of NEVER. I can't be tamed.
The first yes or no question I'm genuinely torn about. I'm going to say yes, but only because the odds suggest it's bound to happen at some point, and they are a large-market team. The only MLB teams I would say may be in danger of never winning a World Series are the ones that are in tough divisions and don't spend much money.
They won the World Series last year, too, but I actually don't rub that in Wes' face too often. He's often in-your-face about the Cubs, but that's not my style.
Do you know if this person could be the parent of Daniel Hood from the UT football team???
Good question. I've always thought it would be fun to cover baseball, but that's a grueling job that doesn't lend itself to a healthy lifestyle in terms of seeing family and friends and, you know, having time to enjoy yourself. I'd probably say working on another major college beat or an NFL beat would be my preference if I couldn't do this.
More than likely, yes, if his defense doesn't somehow derail his career. It could happen this year. Every team has to be represented on the all-star teams, and I don't know who else from the Cubs deserves to make it. Maybe Ryan Dempster or Bryan LaHair?
By the way, I almost laughed out loud at you asking if recruits call us.
That's not a stupid question or anything, but that's unfortunately so far from how it works. I wish it worked like that. Sometimes recruits call us back, but that's only the kids that are easy to work with.
There's still so many places I haven't been, so there are dozens of acceptable answers to this question for me — even in the U.S. — but I've always wanted to visit Ireland. Just seems like a lovely place.
I do, but I definitely think the Cardinals made a wise business decision in letting him walk at that price. The Angels will regret that contract in a few years, although they could afford to take the risk. The Cardinals couldn't, and they have a much better chance of competing over the next 10 years because they let him walk.
That said, it's also sad that he now won't be remembered as just a Cardinal, and it no longer will be a shoo-in that he'll get a statue outside Busch Stadium and his number retired by the Cardinals. I think he's still likely to get his number retired by the Cardinals, but he's now going to reach most of his career milestones with the Angels. As a fan of all sports, I much prefer when players stay with a franchise for their entire careers. It's rare these days, unfortunately.
Thanks for being a good sport Rhyno! BTW Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter was actually a pretty cool book...just sayin...
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