The Pullman grindstone
February 20, 2008, 2:09 pm
Filed under: Basketball, Technology

Or perhaps the Daily Grind, considering I’m currently sipping on one of their delicious Americanos.

Sportswriting duties back in Pullman consist of a lot of building sources and evaluating the team. On Monday, I watched all 3 1/2 hours of basketball practice at Beasley Coliseum, watching the Cougars prepare for the incoming Arizona State and Arizona men’s teams. There are many, many things to watch for at practice — how Tony Bennett has his players attack ASU’s zone defense (practice against six defenders instead of five), for one.The object of my wrath

Tuesday started with Tony’s weekly press conferences — the WSU one and the Pac-10 one — for members of the media to attend or call into. They are fun, because you get a chance to hear what the other sportswriters are working on. The Denver Post, for instance, asked Tony about succeeding his father, Dick, as WSU’s head coach. Then you see the final product today. Or you hear some sportswriter from the Arizona Daily Wildcat (student newspaper) and shake your head that no one from The Daily Evergreen was present.

Wednesday is tough to work through, of course, if your voice recorder poops out right before you ask Tony your questions. Apparently the AAA battery only had 15 minutes of life left in it. Just another instance of technology killing journalism.

The object of my current wrath.


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