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Posts by Ed Sherman

About Ed Sherman

Sherman wrote for the Chicago Tribune for 27 years covering the 1985 Bears Super Bowl season, the White Sox, college football, golf and sports media. Sherman also penned a sports business blog for Crain’s Chicago Business and currently blogs at ShermanReport.com, as well as writing for the Chicago Tribune and the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University.
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What does great sportswriting look like in 2016? Meet the man who decides.

Rick Telander admits he has an addiction. "I read three to four hours each day," Telander said. "Sometimes as much as eight hours. I can’t stop myself. I am addicted to the English language." Naturally, Telander jumped at the opportunity to be the editor of "The Best American Sports Writing: 2016." The annual anthology, overseen by series editor Glenn Stout, … Read More
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How do you write a book about Brett Favre? 500 interviews and no varnish

Brett Favre’s fans are advised that if they prefer not to see his image sullied in any way, they should avoid the new biography on the Packers Hall of Fame quarterback. Favre’s exploits on the field, and raucous escapades off, are captured in Jeff Pearlman’s "Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre." Sure, there are tales of that … Read More
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Years ago, this Cubs fan was a World Series scapegoat. Now, he's a mystery to reporters

At the 1997 Ryder Cup in Spain, I spent a morning walking the fairways with Michael Jordan and the afternoon hanging with former President George Bush for 45 minutes by the 17th green. Now that’s some good name dropping. I bring up that day because after more than three decades in the business, you accumulate a lengthy list of encounters … Read More
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This Chicago Tribune reporter could cover a historic World Series win

I asked Paul Sullivan if he knew anything about I.E. Sanborn. “No, never heard of him,” Sullivan said. Well, Sanborn has the distinction of being the last sportswriter in the Chicago Tribune to write the story of the Cubs winning the World Series. On Oct. 15, 1908, Sanborn’s story detailed how the then powerful North Siders claimed their second straight … Read More
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Why Vin Scully is the greatest announcer in baseball history

There are many ways to measure the incredible longevity of Dodgers announcer Vin Scully. Given my background, I will go with the sportswriter perspective. When Scully made his debut in 1950, Grantland Rice, the most influential sportswriter of all time, was writing columns about Jackie Robinson for a Dodgers teams located in Brooklyn. Now that is some longevity. Well, it … Read More
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3 ex-newspaper columnists team up to launch college football site

Chris Dufresne hopes this comparison to Starbucks carries over to his new college football website. “You see people standing in line in Starbucks every day ready to pay $5 for whatever coffee they want,” Dufresne said. “Why do they do it? The only reason is because they are addicted to caffeine. Well, in a weird sort of way, I … Read More
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For reporters covering the Olympics, a mix of chaos and wonder

Christine Brennan initially was very positive in her assessment of how the Olympics were going in a response to my email over the weekend. However, her reply on Saturday had this line. "Anything can happen this coming week, but so far, Rio is pulling this off," wrote the USA Today columnist and CNN contributor who is covering her 17th Olympics. Read More
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Up against the clock, veteran sports reporter takes a timeout from Olympics coverage

Age gets the best of everyone, including globetrotting sports reporters. Last month, Philip Hersh talked to Poynter about his anticipation in covering his 18th Olympics in Rio. However, last week, Hersh decided to come home early. He wrote on his Globetrotting blog: Life sometimes delivers important lessons at unexpected moments. Mine came when I nearly fainted twice from … Read More
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Meet Philip Hersh, the reporter who's covering his 18th Olympics

Philip Hersh covered mainstream sports when he went to his first Olympics in Lake Placid in 1980. He was a baseball guy, with the other big sports thrown in. Then, Hersh recalls, he became an Olympics guy. Phil Hersh. (Screenshot, globetrottingbyphiliphersh.com) “I was covering figure skating,” Hersh said. “Everyone was so welcoming. There was the classical music, which I enjoy, … Read More
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In Olympics coverage, NBC News will have to balance the good and the bad

Michele Tafoya executed what can only be termed as a pre-emptive strike. The veteran sports reporter was assigned to moderate a session with NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus Monday during the big media gathering to highlight the network’s coverage of the upcoming Olympics in Rio. All the heavy hitters were there, including Brian Roberts, the CEO and chairman of Comcast. Read More
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Why is ESPN covering e-sports? 'It has everything our fanbase is interested in'

There were these headlines and stories on ESPN.com Wednesday. “Behind the ID: Zachary 'Sneaky' Scuderi" “ANTi: I'm so good at 'Smash 4' that I feel like I'd be wasting talent not to take it seriously" Tokido on Infiltration after CEO 2016: "I could read his mind" If you went “huh, what?” in reaction to those stories, you … Read More
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Can The Ringer thrive outside the ESPN mothership?

It is time to see if that old real estate adage, “Location, location, location” applies to Bill Simmons. Simmons believes it won’t when it comes to his new site, The Ringer. This effort, dubbed Grantland 2.0 by observers, recently made its debut as part of his mortal quest to show he can reach a mass audience without the … Read More
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How Frank Deford, the master of going long, learned to write short

Frank Deford became a legend by writing glorious longform features for Sports Illustrated. He could pump out 1,200 words before taking a breath. Yet since 1980, Deford has become better known to a large audience of radio listeners for stories that come in at just under 500 words. For a generation and more, Deford has been a Wednesday morning … Read More
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The Undefeated is impressive, but not radical, on opening day

The Undefeated also could be called The Unconventional. At least, that's the plan laid out by Editor-in-Chief Kevin Merida. During many interviews, including one with Poynter, Merida repeatedly articulated The Undefeated’s motto: “Not conventional. Never boring.” The Undefeated, which has been in the works since 2013, finally made its long-awaited debut Tuesday. The new ESPN site, aimed at finding … Read More
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