During Daytona Speedweeks, we sat down with ESPN's Marty Smith and chatted everything from College football to great books to the Bachelor. We had a blast with Marty and he was a real pleasure to meet. Here is our Fast Lap with Marty Smith1. What music have you recently put on your iPod?
I just met Jack Ingram, who is a really awesome guy and a great singer and song writer. I am big into song writers. A really good budy of mine is Eric Church. I admire his ability to convey a message emotional into his music.
2. What was the last movie you saw?
I just took my son to see Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeakqual. (laughs). I also recently saw and loved Inglorious Bastards. It was absolutely phenomenal. Tarantino is a total trip and an amazing director but this was different for him. It had his same edge but it was deep at the same time.
3. What are your favorite TV shows?
My Favorite show on TV is Friday Night Lights which is now on the 101 network on DirecTV. I Don’t understand why Network didn't keep the show. The Director, Peter Berg is a total rock star. I am amazed by that show on a lot of levels. They took what was an engaging High School football show and turned it into a dramatic production. It is awesome. My wife Laney and I also watch a lot of reality TV. She has been making me watch the Bachelor.
Who do you think is going to win?
I don't care! He messed up when he kicked off Ashley!
4. What other sporting teams/events do you follow?
Virginia Tech Hokies Football….obsessed. I am completely over the board and insane about it. I read incisively about it. Some of my fondest memories were of me and my Dad going to Hookies Football games. I lived 15 miles from the stadium growing up. One of the coolest things anyone ever gave me Coach Beamer signed a helmet for me.
5. What is one personal item you cannot live without?
My blackberry. It’s tied to me 24 hours a day. Especially now that twitter has taken the world by storm. I joined twitter the spring Atlanta race 2009 (@martysmithespn). It's readily changing media. Twitter is one of the most impactful method vehicles to disseminate news. It’s immediate and intimate. I take Twitter seriously. I respond to people on it and I appreciate people that follow me. Can you imagine being a fan of Kasey Kahne or Denny Hamlin and following them on Twitter? I know that when I was a little boy, if I had a direct vehicle to Michael Jordan or Dale Murphy and being able to see something they actual wrote, it's awesome!
6. What are your favorite places to visit?
Love going to the Caribbean Islands my wife. I also love to going home to Pearisburg, Virginia.
7. What is your favorite book or publication?
Black Hawk Down,by Mark Bowden. It’s an awesome book
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissigner. What most people don’t know about that book is that it is a socioeconomic, sociopolitical book. High School Football is the platform but it was so much more than that
Generation Kill by Evan Wright.
Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw
8. What is your favorite cuisine?
I am very health conscious. I pretty much fish, chicken, turkey & sushi.
9. What is your favorite activity to do in your off time?
Go to Jays at the Lake in Cornelius NC with my wife and my buddies. Listen to Eric Church on the Jukebox, sip on some Jack Daniels and make fun of one another. Also, hanging out with my two Children Cambron and Mia.