Tyler Arnold is the editor and chief of The Runner blog; here is a link to it’s website:
Q: What inspired you to start your blog?
A: I’ve always had a passion for writing and sports. So I started off
making a blog that was just a place to rant about sports. After a while
I got a lot of people telling me I could go far with my writing. So with
some family and friends encouragement we bought a legitimate domain and
launched our new site. Got serious about the writing and content and
went to work, got some staff and we have been working hard ever since.
Q: What makes The Runner unique?
A: We are young driven fans who have a passion for sports. We want to
bring other fans in depth coverage of the sports they love too. Our most
unique feature is the staff we have. They’re one of a kind, and some of
the best writers I could ask for.
Q: What is your strangest sports story?
A: I was once at a football game. Utah vs TCU back in roughly 2008. We
were sitting fairly close to the student section, but far enough that we
had the drunk kids who showed up late from pre gaming too long. Anyway
there was this guy who was stomping on the bleacher seats and screaming
his mighty lungs out, very drunk mind you. A guy in a couple a row below
them at one point asks the guy to stop being so crazy, to which he
responds “I’m sorry I’m just trying to make some f****** noise!”. He at
one point later picks up this guy’s girlfriend in celebration, at which
point he slips and drops this poor girl 2 or 3 rows down. Strangest and
possibly most entertaining thing I’ve ever seen as a fan.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how did it help you in
creating your blog?
A: Currently my only job is to work for the website. I lost my position
when I moved to Boston. Beforehand though I was working retail at Best
Buy. I suppose the only thing that job did for me in regards to this
website was inspire me to want to work towards something else. You know
when you work in a job that’s not necessarily bad, but it’s just not
want you want to do in life. Well Best Buy was that job for me.
Q: Do you feel the press has been fair to Lance Armstrong,( why or why
A: Yes, I think Lance has done was he’s done and has deserved everything
that’s come his way. Especially the fact that he lied when questioned
about it for so long and denied it. When you finally get caught in that
lie you look even worse. He does great charitable work, but as far as
his name is sports, it’s tarnished. I don’t have any pity for the guy.
Q: What are some of the regular features we can expect to see on your site?
A: We are currently working on an article from each columnist that will
appear once a week. Provide the readers something to look forward to
consistently. Other than that it really depends on what the sports world
provides us to write with. Planning on doing weekly power rankings for
different sports, and of course season previews.
Q: One thing I have never been able to understand is people being so
loyal to a team that they actually get into fist fights over it. What
do you believe causes such passionate loyalty?
A: I can’t say I’ve ever been in a fist fight over sports, but I can vouch
for that passion. Being a Boston sports fan we are notorious to the
sports world as the most annoying fans. That’s because no matter how
crappy our team is we love them, and are rooting for them. I get the
passion of rooting for your team and having a problem with somebody who
has something bad to say about them. Not to the point of fighting
though, that’s never needed. I don’t know what causes this passion, but
I understand it.
Q: What do you think the next sports craze will be?
an intense display of dexterity and endurance. With fights lasting all
day sometimes. Rivals the gladiators of old. Totally on the rise!
Q: What sport do you think has not gotten enough press and why?
A: Rugby. I wish with all my heart that Rugby could get the national
attention it deserves. It is one of the most technical sports in the
world. With a position that can suite all kinds of people. There are
positions for the big heavy hitters and positions for the small speedy
guys. I can’t wait for the day rugby is on the scale we see football,
baseball, basketball, and hockey. It deserves it.
Q: Do you think baseball or football is the great American sport?
A: I think I have to say baseball. It’s just slightly older by 30ish
years. Depending on when you decide the claim the official start of
either. I love both of them very equally though, but in terms of the
“great American sport” baseball is edging it out. The teams and the
history of baseball if fascinating.
lease note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)