As Chris Berman would say, let me be the last to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. After a week off to eat far too much, The Bridge returned with vengeance. Or at least it feels good to say something like that, true or not. We actually talked about hockey AND introduced a special holiday segment. What more could you ask for?
Before we get into that and the rest of Episode 47, as a reminder, The Bridge is now broadcast as a one hour radio show every Wednesday night on Sports Radio America, starting at 7 ET. Once the dust settles from that live broadcast, the show is released as a podcast on iTunes and this website on Friday night. You can listen to the live show every Wednesday on Sports Radio America here or through the TuneIn app.
- Sports News Read Like Real News focused on the Florida Panthers firing their head coach after a game out of the blue, then making him find his own ride home (2:46).
- A new special holiday segment, “Thanksgiving Leftovers,” listed some of the top Thanksgiving foods and drinks and what ‘leftover’ athletes/coaches are most comparable to them.The catch is, the players and coaches are also “leftovers,” meaning they may be past their prime, have been forgotten about or have underperformed. Let’s have some fun (6:17).
- This week’s guest is Steve Wiseman, the sports editor and Duke beat writer for The Durham Herald-Sun newspaper. Steve spent many years as a beat writer for NFL and college teams and is now in his seventh year covering all of Duke athletics for the Herald-Sun. He’s got a great pulse on the Duke men’s basketball team, which was the main focus of our interview.
- You can follow him on Twitter @stevewisemanNC. The interview starts at the 21:27 mark.
- In the interview, we discuss:
- What made him decide to get into journalism (22:19), the difference between being a beat writer for NFL and college teams (23:40), one of the favorite stories he was able to tell (24:51), the biggest challenges in having to be the beat writer for an entire university (26:52), if there’s any rivalries while covering Duke in Durham (28:51), what is was like getting to cover the 2015 National Championship team (30:49), if head coach Mike Krzyzewski has embraced the one-and-done philosophy with his recruiting and coaching (33:39), what makes Coach K such a great coach (35:24), if Duke was worthy of a preseason No. 1 ranking (37:27), what the statuses of injured freshmen Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden are and what they’ll mean to the team when they return (38:33), if Frank Jackson can become the team’s true point guard (40:41), how important the presence of Duke alumni at practices and games is to the younger players (42:01), what Grayson Allen’s injury status is and how important his role will be for a successful season (44:25), how a fully healthy team will effect the team’s depth and rotations (46:31), if there’s any Plumlee brothers left hiding in the locker room to come out and play (49:05), if North Carolina will pose the biggest threat to Duke in the ACC this season (49:31), what other teams around college basketball we might see playing late in the NCAA Tournament (50:23) and his prediction for the NCAA champion (52:10).
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