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Daughter and Father and Sports

Russia’s Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Minsk, January 24, 2019 (Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters)

Sally Jenkins is a sports columnist for the Washington Post. She has won Columnist of the Year about a zillion times. She is the daughter of Dan Jenkins, who died earlier this month. For her column on him, go here. It is one of the best columns I have ever read, on any subject. Dan Jenkins was a sportswriter himself, and one of the most beloved writers, of any kind, in America. I wrote a little remembrance of him here.

Now I have done a podcast, a Q&A, with Sally. Go here.

We spend the first half talking about her dad — as a father, as a writer, and as a dude. Everyone is unique, we are told, and it is surely true. But maybe we can admit that some are uniquer than others? In the second half of our podcast, Sally and I talk about sports in general. What does she like to cover? Should college hoopsters be paid? What about Kaep and kneeling? What about MLB — should we be concerned for its future? Does she have any time for soccer? What’s it been like to be a female sportswriter? What are your favorite sports, when it comes right down to it?

Dan loved figure skating (though he was most famous for golf and football) (the coverage of them, I mean). So does Sally. So do I. Dan did not love hockey. Neither do I, for some reason, but I know the fault lies in me and not in that great game.

If you don’t know Sally Jenkins, you will very much enjoy the experience. Again, here.

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