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15 questions with… Michael Landau, a former DP Senior Sports activities Editor


Former DP Senior Sports activities Editor Michael Landau’s favourite story he has written was Penn vs Villanova throughout his junior 12 months. (Picture from Michael Landau)

Present sports activities editor Brandon Pleasure sat down with certainly one of his predecessors, Michael “Landau” Landau, and requested him 15 questions on his time at The Each day Pennsylvanian, his time at Penn, and life total. Here is what the senior needed to say. 

1. Introduce your self. 

My title is Michael Landau, I am a senior in Wharton. I am from Scarsdale, N.Y., and I have been in DP Sports activities for 3 and a half years now. I used to be a sports activities editor for a 12 months, Senior Sports activities Editor for one more 12 months, and a sports activities reporter and affiliate earlier than that. 

2. How did you determine to affix DP sports activities?

I used to be in search of one thing else to do on campus and contain myself with. And I signed up for sports activities largely as a result of I used to be taken with sports activities and needed to see what sports activities reporting was like, however I additionally actually favored the group after I got here to the primary few conferences and I favored the individuals. So that’s actually what inspired me to remain. 

3. So that you’re referred to as the large golf fan throughout the DPOSTM [The DP’s Only Section That Matters]. So how did you turn into such a golf particular person, and why do you prefer it a lot?

I feel after I was youthful, I used to be kind of launched [to] the sport, it simply, like, ended up on the TV in my home, my dad watched it a bit. And over the summer time, it was kind of one thing that I ended up beginning to play. And it was simply, I actually loved it. And I need[ed] to play extra or watch extra. And I simply acquired an increasing number of taken with it over time, simply, like, the technique aspect of the sport. And I simply suppose it is a tremendous distinctive sport. So yeah, that is why I like it. 

4. What was your favourite half about being a sports activities editor?

I imply, with the ability to lead the group that DPOSTM is is a extremely distinctive expertise. I feel that is what stood out to me probably the most all through the time I used to be an editor there. It is only a actually distinctive and nice group of individuals, and with the ability to lead it’s a super privilege. That is why I actually needed to do it within the first place and why I needed to do it for such a big a part of my time at Penn. 

5. What’s your favourite story you’ve got written? 

I feel the recap story I wrote for Penn versus Villanova my junior 12 months was in all probability my favourite one. Not essentially due to the story itself, however due to the ambiance round it. Attending to cowl a recreation at Villanova made me kind of really feel like an expert sports activities reporter, and I used to be in a position to be within the press convention with Jay Wright, and it simply made me really feel very near kind of the center of faculty sports activities and faculty basketball, which I am an enormous fan of. 

6. Who’s been your favourite Penn athlete to cowl in your time right here?

AJ Brodeur, I imply, males’s basketball is my favourite sport to cowl, and he was undoubtedly the perfect participant all through my time at Penn and among the finest males’s basketball gamers ever. So he made the group far more attention-grabbing to cowl and to observe.

7. What’s on the prime of your bucket listing?

I feel with the ability to, one, be capable to journey, but additionally with the ability to play golf at numerous locations world wide. There in all probability are lots of golf programs on my bucket listing each in and out of doors the U.S. That is in all probability its personal bucket listing. That is in all probability one of many greatest issues on there.

8. What’s the most underrated restaurant on or round campus?

TacoTaco, it is up at forty fourth Avenue. So I feel that is why it is so underrated and folks do not discuss it as a lot. I hadn’t gone there till this fall, but it surely’s actually good. Most likely the perfect tacos on campus. I feel so. That is fairly underrated. 

9. What’s your scorching take of the day?

A extremely popular take is that Kyle Shanahan is a reasonably overrated NFL coach who does not deal with his gamers the way in which he ought to and does not discuss his gamers the way in which he ought to. I feel, , the group has a reasonably good roster, and I feel any coach [could] do what he is doing, and, simply, I feel they’re making a multitude of what is an ideal group. 

10. What’s the most overrated film in your opinion?

God, give me a second.

Most likely “Saving Personal Ryan.” Like, lots of people suppose that is, like, among the finest motion pictures of all time. And possibly it is simply because I do not love extra conflict motion pictures, however I bear in mind watching that and simply being like, I don’t get why individuals love this film a lot. I simply didn’t prefer it. I discovered it actually boring. 

11. If each job on the earth had the identical wage, what would you do?

Most likely [be] a golf author, if I may do it. Write in regards to the PGA Tour. Yeah, that is in all probability what I’d do. 

12. Who’s your favourite golfer and why? 

Jordan Spieth. He was actually good, properly, he began taking part in very well at [the] age after I was actually getting taken with golf, which I feel helped. And I simply actually like his taking part in type, it is lots of enjoyable to observe. And, , there’s just a little bit of pleasure coming each spherical round [when] you watch him play. 

13. Traditionally talking, what has been your most correct scorching take? 

For the March Insanity Match this 12 months, I mentioned Oregon State over Tennessee within the first spherical was not solely the largest upset lock of the 12 months, but additionally possibly the largest 12 over 5 seed lock in historical past. And I clearly ended up being proper there, so yeah. 

14. How do you wish to be remembered inside DPOSTM?

Simply as a great chief and somebody who was in a position to join with as many individuals in [the] division as I may. And attempt to do my greatest to hold on the legacy that the individuals earlier than me have made for the DPOSTM as a result of we’re a division that has a extremely lengthy and fairly storied historical past throughout the DP. So simply with the ability to carry that on, I assume. 

15. Do you may have any plans for after commencement? 

Yeah, I am working in funding banking in New York. So I am trying ahead to that. 

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