“Originally I was going to report on the launch party for Ferrari Land,” says the columnist and broadcaster
of his visit to the automotive theme park, “but somehow I knew deep down that the place would
be a shit-gargling twat-magnet and any sort of hospitality accepted would hamstring me journalistically. So I waited
a couple of weeks and went under my own steam
instead. As the saying goes, ‘If you build it, he will
come. And shit on it.’”
“I was impressed,” says
writer Moshakis of journeyman tennis player
Marcus Willis. “He is talented, committed and hard-working. But tennis
at his level is tough. Everybody is similarly talented, everybody really wants it, and travelling to international tournaments for limited reward is a slog. I got the impression that major breakthroughs come down to chance.” Moshakis has also written for
The Guardian and The
New York Times.
“When I heard that the first
transatlantic sports franchise in history was going to be a third tier rugby league team from Canada, the sheer absurdity of it was incredibly attractive,” says
The Times writer of the Toronto Wolfpack. “But the more I spoke to fans and players, what really stuck with me was the optimism. Being able to write about this amazing sport without grimacing was a pleasure.” Machell also writes for The
Evening Standard and Vice.