Alexei Ca$hin wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:25 am
I'm not familiar with Defector. Is there much hockey stuff on it?
Related question - I haven't really checked out the Athletic podcasts at all yet. Is there anything recommended there?
There is not. They have two writers who occasionally post about hockey and there's usually some combination of "We're posting this hockey blog to piss off the rest of the staff, since they don't care about hockey" and goofy "Look at us posting about hockey!" energy. That said, I enjoy reading those posts because their enthusiasm is a nice change of pace from the mostly "Let's stick to business" approach (excluding Down Goes Brown and a few of the other writers on rarer occasions) of The Athletic's hockey coverage. But yeah, subscribing for hockey alone would be a mistake. There are more / better posts from one writer about how he wants to be obliterated by some ultra-powerful laser (I'm not kidding -- Chris Thompson writes stuff like "Two Fusion Researchers Explain The Tokamak Reactor That I Want To Be Hurled Into" in which he interviews MIT post-docs and it's fantastic).
The Athletic podcasts that I listen to are:
The Full 60 with Craig Custance: I don't listen to every episode but he's a likeable interviewer (not someone who'll push all that hard, genial) and that works well for some guests, like Bobby Ryan. I like when Pronman and/or Wheeler stop in, Pronman in particular has a good rapport with CC.
Wings for Breakfast: Being a Wings fan is an obviously prerequisite for tuning in but it's generally pretty good. Max Bultman is the beat writer for the Wings on The Athletic and he's halfway in between an analytically oriented guy and a traditional hockey guy, which is a good spot. He's enthusiastic but not beholden to the team like, say, Helene St. James is. Prashanth Iyer is 100% an analytics guy, and I'd be lying if I said that his commitment to statistics-oriented objectivity doesn't get old at times (at some point I wrote in saying that getting somewhat
better would be hugely beneficial to player development, since he's very much in "get as much draft/prospect capital from bringing in bad players on bad contracts" mode and didn't get
a response, but the reaction to the Wings' offseason seemed to course-correct a bit). But he's good at analytics and I think that approach -- pairing the insider knowledge of a beat writer with the analytics perspective -- would be a good template for other team podcasts.