Mike Greenberg’s dream job? Full-time writer; publishes second novel

I wrote about Mike Greenberg, author, for the Chicago Tribune.

From the column:


Everyone has their idea of a dream job. Even those people who already have dream jobs.

For the last 15 years, Mike Greenberg has teamed with Mike Golic for the popular “Mike & Mike” morning sports talk show that airs on ESPN Radio, ESPN2 and locally on WMVP-AM 1000.

As great gigs go, Greenberg’s has to rank right up there. Greenberg, though, covets something else: Being a full-time novelist.

“My dream life would be to get up in the morning and drops the kids off at school,” Greenberg said. “Then I would go to a nice, comfortable office and write all day. I don’t see that happening in the foreseeable future.”

For now, Greenberg will have to settle for being a part-time writer. He recently came … Continue Reading

Stopwatch patrol: MLB takes first swing at speeding up games; more to come

My latest column for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana is on MLB’s initial efforts to deal with the pace of play issue. It’s a start.

From the column:


Of all the suggestions being made to speed up baseball, this one might be the best.

Inspired by watching the Oscars, Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports fired off this tweet last night:

“Instead of a pitch clock for baseball they should just bring an orchestra that plays with more fortissimo when the pitcher is lagging.”

Now that would be awesome. When the pitcher circles the mound for the fourth time because he’s deathly afraid of throwing that next pitch, fire up the orchestra to let him know he’s about to be pulled. Neil Patrick Harris, or specifically his writers, could have used a relief pitcher at the Oscars.

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Keith Olbermann: Please save the outrage for your show

It was going so well. And this was so unnecessary.

Yet perhaps it was inevitable.

As readers of this space know, I am a big Keith Olbermann fan. Part of his brilliance comes from an ability to summon outrage like nobody else in the business. Pity those who become the target of his wrath. Complete obliteration.

Unfortunately, Olbermann feels the same need to confront people who troll him on Twitter. If you follow his feed, you know his retorts can get fairly personal.

Monday, Olbermann went over the line with a series of tweets regarding Penn State. ESPN sent him to the sidelines for the rest of the week.

Clearly, the network wanted to send Olbermann a message. Hopefully, he got it.

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Why bother? Back 9 Network doesn’t even complete Front 9; suspends operations

Last night, John Maggines asked on his PGA Tour Network radio show whether the Back 9 Network had the shortest tenure of any new channel?

While the answer appears to be no, the Back 9 seems to be right up there.

Just in case you were wondering what happened to Ahmad Rashad (above video). Apparently, his presence wasn’t enough to save the Back 9 Network.

Monday, the Back 9 Network announced it was suspending operations after less than six months on the air. It issued this statement:

“Due to a temporary shortfall in capital, Back9Network has suspended its operations. Management and the board of directors are planning next steps and will continue their efforts to secure long-term, operating capital. The company will keep the public informed with any new developments.”

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Carlos Beltran: Speaking to media is part of an athlete’s job

David Lennon of Newsday talked to Carlos Beltran about the media’s relationship with athletes. Let’s just say the Yankee responded like a true pro.

“I feel like it’s my job,” Beltran said. “For fans out there, [reporters] are the voice of what’s happening, so they can know what’s going on in the clubhouse and around the game.

“Honestly speaking, it’s not every day I feel like talking. That’s human nature. But I know that it’s my responsibility to be here and answer the questions. I don’t need to answer every question. But I know that sometimes when you play a game and something goes wrong, people want to talk about it.”

And this from Beltran:

Beltran, with eight years in New York under his belt, is pretty much an elder statesman now. He had a few rocky moments in Flushing

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Six weeks of nothing: Time to think out of box for spring training coverage

When I covered the White Sox in the ’80s, people always were jealous that I got to escape winter and spend six weeks in Florida. Frankly, I really didn’t like it.

I’ll admit the weather was nice, but spring training felt like a slog of writing seemingly endless stories. Plus once the games began, you spent those nice spring days confined to a hot, tight press box. Not exactly paradise.

Peter May, formerly the Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Globe, wrote his views of the tedium that is spring training.

Spring training is about to begin. Or, as its known in Boston and most other MLB cities — six weeks of journalistic waterboarding.

Very little, if any, actual news is ever generated in the time that baseball teams spend getting ready for the season. But that won’t stop

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ESPN writer on not quoting Alex Rodriguez: ‘He’s a proven liar, a repeated liar’

J.R. Moehringer did a remarkable story on Alex Rodriguez for the latest edition of ESPN The Magazine. Even if you detest A-Rod, it definitely is worth your time if you want to see a different way of writing a profile. Brilliant.

Moehringer spent considerable time with the disgraced star. Yet he wrote the piece without using a quote.

He explains in this passage:

How many pills, creams or needles he used, how much those pills, creams or needles might have enhanced his already towering gifts, and to what lengths he went to conceal it — these and other questions will be debated forever, and will never fully be resolved, but there’s no longer any debate about Rodriguez’s credibility. He’s a proven liar, a repeated liar, and thus, as he prepares to emerge from the longest steroid-related suspension in the

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Hockey Day in America: NBC goes back to Lake Placid to recall Miracle

It’s all about marketing, right?

A tripleheader on NBC and NBCSN Sunday gets taken to another level when packaged as “Hockey Day in America.” Sounds a bit more special, doesn’t it?

The network is planning some twists on a familiar tale, the 1980 U.S. hockey team.

Here’s the rundown from NBC:


NBC Sports Group will celebrate hockey in the United States with “Hockey Day In America coverage this Sunday from the site of one of the most influential hockey games in U.S. history, when NBC and NBCSN present a hockey tripleheader with studio coverage on-site from Lake Placid, N.Y., on the 35th anniversary of the1980 “Miracle On Ice.”

Sunday’s Hockey Day In America coverage begins at noon ET on NBC with Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals visiting Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers, followed by a rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at 3:30 p.m. ET between Milan Lucic’s Boston Bruins, and Patrick … Continue Reading

Hey Dickie V, you were missed at the Duke-North Carolina game

Did you miss Dick Vitale not doing the call for Duke’s thrilling 92-90 overtime victory Wednesday? He did.

During the game he sent out this tweet through @DickieV:

Wednesday marked the first time Vitale hadn’t worked the big rivalry game in years for ESPN. In recent seasons, he had teamed with Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas on the call.

This year, ESPN decided to only use Shulman and Bilas, forcing Vitale to watch at home. Prior to the game, Vitale admitted his disappointment to the Raleigh News & Observer:

“I told them that I cannot lie when a writer asks me what’s my feeling not doing the game,” he said. “I said I have to be honest. And my honest reply to you is, obviously, I’m a loyal, team player. I will go where my bosses tell me to

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Chicago news: Dan McNeil on why he left sports talk radio for The Drive

My latest Chicago Tribune column is about the latest move for Dan McNeil.

You also can access here via my Twitter feed at @Sherman_Report.

From the column:


Dan McNeil had a chance to return to his old turf. WSCR-AM 670 called a couple weeks ago when former Bears long-snapper Patrick Mannelly decided to walk away from his role as McNeil’s replacement on the midday show.

McNeil listened, but he said his mind already was made up. It was time to head in another direction.

Or as he says, “I knew I was ready for a change in the backdrop.”

Tuesday, it was officially announced that McNeil will team with Pete McMurray for a new morning show on “The Drive,” WDRV-FM 97.1. Initially reported by Robert Feder, the pair will replace Steve Downes, who is retiring. McNeil said the new … Continue Reading

Book report: Great untold story about Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State integrating college football

Black History Month always features stories about the integration of college football in the 1960s. Usually, the accounts focus on the first African-American players who broke the barriers to play at powerhouse schools in the South.

However, there’s a significant and often overlooked part of this saga that took place at Michigan State. A new book by Tom Shanahan, “Raye of Light,” examines how Duffy Daugherty built the great Spartans teams of the 1960s by actively recruiting elite African-American players such as Bubba Smith and George Webster. The starting quarterback on his great 1966 team was Jimmy Raye, an African-American.

In fact, that team had 20 African-American players at a time when even Northern schools had limited minorities on their rosters.

The book is a fascinating story about how Daugherty had a huge role in integrating the game. Here’s a … Continue Reading

RIP women media pioneers: First female ESPN sports anchor, MLB beat writer

Last week marked the passing of two women who helped lay the foundation for future generations.


ESPN remembered Rhonda Glenn, its first women sports anchor. I knew Rhonda from her work with the United States Golf Association.

From John Skipper:

“All of us at ESPN are deeply saddened by the news of Rhonda Glenn’s passing. As ESPN’s first female anchor, she is an important part of our history and someone who was a pioneer in our business. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and many friends.” This Front Row profile was published in April 2013.”

ESPN Front Row re-posted a story about Glenn talking about her experience at ESPN.

As it has been in many other areas, ESPN was and remains a leader in providing opportunities for women, and that was certainly the case in 1981 when Rhonda

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