Top 10 Most Important Interviews of 2010



During the past year or so, I’ve had the tremendous opportunity of conversing with many of the most interesting and compelling interview subjects in the world of sports. Across the spectrum in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, college football, college basketball and much much more.

Unless otherwise noted, these interviews are pretty much all exclusive. It was impossible for me to truly rank these 1-10, as you’ll find most fascinating whichever game or personality you are most into.

And besides, narrowing a year’s worth of work down to ten interview subjects was difficult enough. Click on the title in bold to read the whole interview feature.

To read the ten best interviews of 2010 go here

By Paul M. Banks


Jennie Finch walks away from Professional Softball

A two-part exclusive on the eve of Finch’s final game with the Chicago Bandits; her final competition as a professional. In part one we reflect on what she’s done. Part two focuses on where she’s going next.

A Billionaire actually called my Cell Phone!

Another two-parter, information technology mogul and Washington Wizards owner bought the Wizards. Part one reflects on how he got here. The future of the franchise is articulated in part two.

Oh ho ho it’s Magic you know. Never believe it’s not so.

After the Michigan State Spartans reached their 6th Final Four in 12 years, I got up close and personal with Earvin “Magic” Johnson, one of the greatest and most iconic players in NBA and college basketball history. Watch video here.

Jerry Colangelo: juice like Tropicana

A Chicagoan, an Illini, he received a special honor at Union Station

Taser at Stanley Cup Media Day

People actually started to care about hockey again in Chicago during 2009. And in June 2010, it became the second city’s obsession.

Derrick Rose on Flipshare

After scoring 33 vs Portland. Catch it here.

Kyle Singler, March Madness MOP

and of course, the accompanying Coach K. exclusive

Cubs GM Jim Hendry refusing to white flag

Kendall Gill with the definitive Illinois basketball history

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports , a Midwest webzine. He’s also a regular contributor to the Tribune’s Chicago Now network, Walter, Yardbarker Network, and Fox

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He also does a regular guest spot each week for Chicagoland Sports

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