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Five questions with CRFF

We dig into the most intimate parts of our creative lives.



I woke up the other night pretty late thinking about how inspired I’ve been by the interviews Oklahoma State has been doing with its players recently.

“The insight is unparalleled in journalism today,” I thought. “These Q&A sessions have been an boon not only to my creative well-being but likely to the economy of Stillwater itself as so many stories of folks bootstrapping their way to the top of the intercollegiate athletic world are rife with rich quotes and vast narrative.”

“I must do this with one of my peers,” I concluded.

So I emailed Robert Whetsell of CRFF (full disclosure: a buddy!) and we exchanged questions and answers about the most intimate part of our creative lives with each other. I hope you are as inspired as I was.

I’m hoping that maybe this will turn into a TED Talk one day.

Me: How did you get to CRFF?

Whetsell: I guess you could call me a “walk-on.” CRFF gave me a chance. I made the right choice.

Whetsell: Who gave you the idea for Pistols Firing?

Me: My parents. They gave me a lot of ideas as a kid. I look up to them a lot. They are good people.

Me: What are your goals for CRFF?

Whetsell: To get better at the little things, like punctuation.

Whetsell: What are your goals this summer?

Me: My goals this summer are to learn some more words and just keep getting better.

Me: What’s your favorite CRFF memory?

Whetsell: When my first post got it’s first pageview. I’ll remember that forever.

Whetsell: What’s you favorite thing about being a blogger?

Me: My favorite thing about being a blogger is how close I am to my blog mates. There’s a bond there that no message board or Instagram post could separate.

Me: When did you actually start blogging?

Whetsell: In 2011 I started, but I was a “sports talker” from way back in the day of the rotary dial phones.

Whetsell: Who was your biggest influence?

Me: Probably Bill Simmons. Or my dad. My dad was there for me every post along the way.

Me: When did you realize you wanted to do this for a living?

Whetsell: I started attending home games in the early 70’s with my parents, and they would take me to the alumni lunch room in Gallagher before the games. Ever since I’ve had this irresistible urge to talk about OSU sports for free. I’m still dreaming about making a living at it.

Whetsell: How do you see yourself progressing?

Me: You know, just typing a lot of words and trying to be funny.

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