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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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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Video reveals vile online attacks on female sports reporters

If you haven’t seen the video, you are in a growing minority. Take a moment and join the nearly 3.3 million people who have watched “#MoreThanMean” on YouTube. More than a week has passed since this highly important video was posted, and the participants still are overwhelmed by the fallout. “We didn’t think it would explode the way it … Read More
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Chicago Blackhawks beat writer on coming out: ‘Nothing’s changed’

When I talked to Chris Hine last week about being a gay sportswriter, I asked if he ever heard any homophobic slurs in a pro team locker room, where the language often is politically incorrect. Hine. (Image via Twitter) “I can’t recall when someone said something that made me feel uncomfortable,” said Hine, the Chicago Tribune’s beat writer for the … Read More
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After 6 decades, Dan Jenkins is still covering the Masters — and having a blast

To put Dan Jenkins’ longevity in perspective, Jordan Spieth’s parents weren’t born when he covered his first Masters. Jenkins is back at Augusta National, where he has spent more than a year of his life. This week marks his 66th Masters, a run dating back to 1951 when Ben Hogan won his first green jacket. Jenkins, 86, continues to write … Read More
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Credentials come first for Alison Overholt, the first female editor of a major U.S. sports magazine

Alison Overholt never expected to make this kind of history. Not in 2016. When Overholt was named editor of ESPN The Magazine in February, research revealed that she is the first woman to be editor of a national, general-interest sports magazine. (Sports Illustrated for Women, which lasted from 1999-2002, did have women editors). Overholt’s groundbreaking promotion seems hard to … Read More
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John Feinstein's secret to developing relationships? Hanging around.

Imagine how history would have been different. John Feinstein actually first approached Dean Smith, not Bob Knight, for the book that became “A Season on the Brink.” After North Carolina won the national title in 1982, Feinstein, then a young reporter for The Washington Post, pitched the idea of doing a behind-the-scenes examination of Smith and his program. Smith … Read More