Before Dan Le Batard built the top sports podcast in the country, he established himself as a columnist for the Miami Herald, regularly covering the biggest moments for South Florida’s biggest teams. A constant in the Miami Dolphins press box, Le Batard provided readers provocative perspective on Dolphins’ greats including Don Shula, Dan Marino, Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas, Ricky Williams, and so many more.
In the tank, Dan and OJ reflect upon their heated exchange in the Georgia Dome visiting team locker room (2:08), while Dan also shares how his lifelong passion for sports was inspired by attending Miami Dolphins games as a child (9:38), discusses being called into Don Shula’s office after writing a column the legendary coach took issue with (12:39), explains his admiration for Jimmy Johnson despite the “dictator coach” label (16:14), and details his challenges in covering Dolphins icon Dan Marino (20:40). Additionally, the conversation features an in depth look into Dan’s friendship with Ricky Williams and the awkwardness of covering him once he arrived in Miami (24:15), as well as the intersection of mental health and playing football at a high level (41:56).
Contributors to this episode include Sean Todd aka DJ Prēc and Miami Dolphins Productions.
Theme song created and performed by The Honorable SoLo D.