February 12, 2014

Buzzntheburgh interviews legendary Bob Ryan

The Boston Globe and ESPN personality talks journalism, Pittsburgh, and his music favorites

Interview By: Josh King@JoshK65


Pardon the interruption- Ryan makes it clear he is a sports fan first

Boston should be thankful to have a guy like Bob Ryan as a member of their local press. We at Buzzntheburgh.com deal with the press regularly and let’s just say Ryan is a breath of fresh air. To see someone who has achieved success for decades still act like a decent human just gives a sense of refreshment.

Bob Ryan has been covering sports (NBA is what most fans worship him for) via the Boston Globe since the 70’s. It’s not a secret that he’s considered among the very best at his craft. He describes how it was like in the 70’s, (to me it sounded like a very fun wild wild west were the good old boys like Ryan did what they wanted as members of the press) recalls one of the best baseball games he’s ever witnessed, and what it’s like to be in the media nowadays.

What separates me from many and most people in the business is that I’m a much bigger sports fan. You get so many guys that will say  objectivity this and I don’t care who wins and loses. I don’t understand the thinking. – Bob Ryan

I have a simple theory I’ve used and kept it simple and it’s this. I always assume you didn’t see the game and tell it almost like a movie critic would.  If you did see the game hopefully I can provide enlightenment by a pointing out a certain situation. It’s almost like I wanted you ask you how do u feel about the game,  I tried bringing something extra to the game,” – Bob Ryan tells Buzzntheburgh.com

“In addition to the fact, NBA were accessible and the atmosphere was all friendly. It was almost like a fraternity with the media, players, and teams. By the time things changed, I was established for one thing. I had the luxury to be able to play the game my way. Technology is a two edge sword. One hand it’s easier to produce situations that you couldn’t before because you would be chained to the office. You couldn’t write in any other format physically. You had a type writer then you would have had to hand a copy to someone or use western union. That’s the way it was before technology changed how it’s done forever.” – Bob Ryan on technology and the difference of the earlier generations.

@joshk65 : What kind of music does Bob Ryan listen to?


Bob Ryan listens to  Sirius Xm 99% of the time. I listen to nothing local. I have 7 stations – 40s, 50’s, 60’s  Broadway Sinatra, Espn Radio, ESPN College, and a jazz station thrown in there. I’m a big Beatles and Sinatra guy. I always always have been into Broadway and Jazz. Big 50’s and 60’s Rock n’ Roll guy.

You have to appreciate him going with the 3rd person intro. It’s classic Bob Ryan. Any American can relate to a guy like that who isn’t afraid to do things his way.

“I negotiated well into the 21st century. I was very  late to start blogging, but I did. I didn’t Tweet until I retired.

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61,400 followers is a very strong number especially for someone who has only sent 789 Tweets. You have to respect Bob Ryan for being a presence in the journalism world for all of these years. A true inspiration for all bloggers, journalist, or better yet- sports fans- out there.

Bob Ryan also mentioned in the interview about watching one of the greatest baseball games that he ever witnessed in Pittsburgh. Ryan was on hand for a drama filled game 3 in the 1975 NLDS. Ryan described it much better than Wikipedia did so follow him on Twitter @GlobeBobRyan and ask him about it!

This was taken from WIKIPEDIA to inform people of the game Ryan referred to

The only drama of the Series came in Game 3 played at Pittsburgh‘s Three Rivers Stadium.The home team sent left-hander John Candelaria to the hill to try to stem the Red tide and the 21-year-old rookie responded magnificently. He yielded a solo homer to Dave Concepción in the second inning, but going into the eighth had a 2–1 lead, the result of Al Oliver’s two-run homer in the Pirate sixth inning. Candelearia struck out the first two batters in the eighth. That gave him a total of 14 for the game, a new playoff record. Concepción’s circuit clout had been the only Reds hit to that point.

But, inexplicably, he lost his control and walked the weak-hitting Merv Rettenmund, a pinch-hitter. Pete Rose then blasted a home run to put the Reds ahead, 3–2. When Joe Morgan followed Rose’s homer with a double, Candelaria left the game. The Pirates tied the game in the ninth when Reds relief pitcher Rawly Eastwick walked in the tying run with two out.

But it all served to merely delay the inevitable. The Reds got three hits and two runs off veteran Ramón Hernández, the third Pittsburgh hurler, in the top of the tenth and then held on to clinch their third pennant of the decade.

BUZZNTHEBURGH.COM thanks Bob Ryan for the interview!



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