Last month a group of sportswriters sat down for a round table discussion with Matt Robison for the Morning News. Topics included why they started writing about sports, and what it is about sport that makes for such a great literary source:
What’s one specific moment in sports that made you want to write about it?
Will Leitch: It was actually in 1989, when Nick Anderson hit a last-second shot from three-quarters to give my beloved Illini a win over hated Indiana and its monstrous Patton-esque coach Bobby Knight. It was good over evil, and a 13-year-old Will Leitch danced and laughed and accidentally hugged his father. (Gross!) It was such a powerful moment, the idea that sports can make you feel euphoric like nothing else can, and I knew I wanted to capture that moment.
Nic Brown is also one of the authors, and it turns out they did this roundtable the day after his tennis match with Tripp Philips.