Stephen A. Smith is a renowned sports writer and media personality from the borough of Queens in
At 39 years old, Smith swiftly made a name for himself. He attended college at
What do you think of
This is my first time here. I had a beautiful experience here. The people are very hospitable, the campus is huge!
The football stadium is one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen in sports. I love it. You hear a lot about “The Shoe” and the tradition that it entails. To see it up close and personal – it’s little things like that remind you why you got into sports writing. The fact is that I have been a journalist for 13 years and it reminds you of why you get into this industry because you realize that there are moments that you are going to experience that other people aren’t going to get the opportunity to do.
How does OSU compare to
Oh! There is no comparison. Aesthetically speaking, there is no comparison.
If you are talking about the college experience, I think all college experiences are comparable. You might not have No. 1 going against No. 2 in the nation – that’s a different experience altogether – but for everybody that can say, ‘Well you went to Winston Salem State, how would you know?’ I’d say, ‘Well what about
Do you think
I think so. When I think about rivalries I think about two things. I think about Ohio State-Michigan football and I think about Duke-North Carolina basketball. Those are the two greatest rivalries in all of sports on any level.
Do you think there is a chance that after Saturday they could meet again in the National Championship?
I think there is a chance and I think there should be. Surprisingly, the
‘No, its one and done. You play, that’s the National Championship. You shouldn’t be allowed a second chance in the same season. That’s not how it works because those outcomes shouldn’t be resolved in
I disagree with that. I believe, when you have all these one-loss teams behind them - the USC’s, the
Now if one of them gets blown out, then they should dip in the rankings. But if it’s a nail biter and it comes down to the wire, and its 1 against 2 in the nation, I don’t think anybody else should be in that National Championship.
Who do you think is the Heisman favorite right now?
It has got to be Troy Smith!
I mean obviously Brady Quinn definitely deserves consideration. But when you consider the way
So you think it’s his to lose?
I think it’s his to lose because I think if he performs in a big game – and a game of this magnitude against
Now if he doesn’t perform, and he looks like garbage, that is an entirely different ballgame. Now all of sudden you are going to start talking about Brady Quinn all over again.
Will you be at the game Saturday?
I’m not going to be here. I have to work Saturday. But don’t rule it out because I might sneak here anyways. But as of right now it doesn’t look like I will be at this game.
Will you be watching it?
I will not miss it. I am scheduled to work till 3 p.m., but if I can get around it, I will be here.
To put you on the spot, who do you pick on Saturday?
Too many weapons – Teddy Ginn, Anthony Gonzalez, Antonio Pittman in the backfield – when you look at the offensive weapons that Troy Smith has at his disposal, as awesome as
Not to mention the fact that they are coming into