Episode 104: The Gray Area with Joe Buscaglia
Joe Buscaglia, who covers the Buffalo Bills for The Athletic, joins Brian this week.
There is the requisite Harry Potter talk between two nerds, and the single hottest take in the history of The Other 51 is given. This yields to talk about another fantasy world, the Bills.
This leads to a discussion about how Joe balances matching the fans’ mood with a more measured approach to covering the team. Joe talks about how he avoids being a hot-take artist and, counterintuitively, how Twitter led him away from the loud opinions that often dominate sports media. The goal is to get fans to look at their team in a different way.
Joe talks about how NFL Game Pass changed the way he covers the Bills, his delightfully nerdy system for grading every player in every game, and the transition from a broadcast career to writing for The Athletic.