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RIP Marty Blake

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by DanOregon, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Holy shit, he was accessible. I talked to him all the time about the draft prospects of college guys I was covering, and he was super candid and was amazing to deal with.

    RIP... What a great guy.
  3. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Wow. I interviewed him on radio as a halftime guest doing college basketball pbp years ago. Very friendly and amazingly knowledgeable about mid-major college players.
  4. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    There was a mid-major guy who attended our local JC years ago and Marty knew all about him and spent time on the phone with this small-town schmoe.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Marty Blake, Mel Kiper and Dick Vitale might be the triumverate of big-name experts in their fields who are/were accessible and helpful to scribes of all types.
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    You could ask Vitale about the team's 12th man and he'd make him sound like a superstar.

    I called Blake about a player who most were projecting as a late first-round pick. He told me, "I think he's a great player, but I don't think he's going to be drafted at all. I think he's going to have to prove himself in the D-League or in Europe before anyone gives him a shot.

    The coach calls me the next day, just irate that Blake would say that. He told me, "There's no way he slips to the second round."

    The player was not drafted. He played in Europe for a couple years and now has had a very nice NBA career.

    Blake knew his stuff.
  7. Uncle.Ruckus

    Uncle.Ruckus Guest

    Jesus Christ, Mizzou. How many sports did you cover?

    Let's be clear, I'm not accusing you of Dripism, I'm just marveling at all the shit you covered. Were you a GA?
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I know you're not... My first job they basically used me for everything and I was young and dumb and eager that I was willing to do it all. I had a GA/Colleges title, but did everything from Olympics to Super Bowls to MLB to NBA. Then I started doing colleges exclusively for a few years and then I closed out my career with five years on the NFL.

    The columnist at my first job called me sidebar boy, because in addition to whatever my beat was at the time, they always would send me to NFL games and big events for sidebar duty.
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