After nearly five years, I am going back home again. At least as a contributor.
Beginning next Wednesday, I will debut a new sports media column in the Chicago Tribune. The column will run every other Wednesday at ChicagoTribune.com and in the paper.
Since leaving the paper in 2008 after 27 years, I haven’t missed covering games or being at big golf tournaments. However, I did miss one thing: Being able to say I was with the Chicago Tribune. So I am looking forward to being able to do that again and being able to reconnect with a lot of friends.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support of the Sherman Report. The site just celebrated its one-year anniversary, and it is growing every day. I recorded my biggest month ever in April in terms of page views.
It is hardly news to say that the job market for sportswriters, young and old, is challenging these days.
However, I was struck by a conversation I had with Adam Lazarus this week. Last fall, I did a Q/A with Adam on his excellent book, Best of Rivals, which chronicled the quarterback battles between Joe Montana and Steve Young in San Francisco.
However, despite writing that book, which was his third, Adam said he hasn’t been able to land a full-time job. He lamented that he may have to do something else if he can’t land anything on the sportswriting front.
The other options hardly are appealing. Adam wants to write and cover sports.
I know Adam is hardly alone. In an effort to provide a snapshot at what is happening within the profession, I asked Adam to give … Continue Reading
As many of us in the business know from first-hand experience, Monday is the first day of the rest of Michael Hiestand’s life.
Last Friday, Hiestand wrote his last sports media column for USA Today. The veteran of 24 years at the paper decided to take a buyout.
Hiestand already knows the next few days might be a bit disorienting.
“Yesterday was Sunday,” Hiestand said. “I’ve worked on almost every Sunday since the Reagan administration. To take a Sunday off was a big deal. Yesterday, I’m thinking, ‘Shouldn’t I be at a Christening or something?”
The good news is that Hiestand is planning his next move. In his final column at USA Today, he stressed he isn’t saying farewell to the business:
But after my final USA TODAY Sports column, the last thing I want to do is decamp to
Given the views Don Cherry expressed over the weekend, you can assume the blowhard also isn’t in favor of women having the vote.
Cherry turned the way-back machine to 1985 (or 1885) by saying he isn’t in favor of having women in the locker room during his weekly segment on CBC. It occurs at the 2:23 mark of the video below. Watch the priceless reaction of co-host Ron MacLean, who knows Cherry just stepped in it.
Cherry was responding to a woman reporter in Vancouver, Karen Thompson, pressing Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks about a slash he dished out that did not receive a penalty. Keith got upset about the line of questioning, and suggested that Thompson should be a “female referee.”
One of the best things about the new movie, 42, is that it has exposed a new generation to Wendell Smith.
The movie actually understated Smith’s role in bringing Jackie Robinson to the big leagues. In fact, without Smith, it is possible the world never hears about Robinson, or at least in the context we know of him today.
It was Smith, an African-American sportswriter, who pushed for the integration of baseball in the late 30s and 40s. It was Smith who recommended Robinson ahead of other Negro League stars to Branch Rickey.
Go ahead and name another sportswriter who had a greater impact on sports and society than Wendell Smith. You can’t.
I wrote a column about Smith’s legacy for Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center site. It contains Smith’s own words from a first-person chapter in Jerome … Continue Reading
John Rabe of Southern California Public Radio did a piece on Jim Becker, the last surviving member of the press who covered Jackie Robinson’s first game in Brooklyn in 1947. He covered the game for the Associated Press.
People will get one view of history with the movie 42. Here’s another from a reporter who was there 66 years ago today:
Although he was a cub reporter, the AP assigned him to accompany a beat writer to New York for the event because Becker was from LA and was familiar with Robinson from his college days.
Becker says he arrived at Ebbets Field about an hour and a half before the game started, and went down onto the field to watch batting practice. “The players were coming out of the Brooklyn
Last Friday, I did a post on the NCAA trimming floor seats for the media from 200 to 72.
As you’d expect, the move didn’t go over well. I received an update from John Akers of Basketball Times and president of the United States Basketball Writers Association.
“Well, yeah, there were definitely complaints. There were four seats in each of the corners near courtside, just above the handicapped areas, where many reporters could not see because fans were standing. So that’s 16 of the courtside seats, and most of them turn out to be bad ones. And there were many longtime writers who wound up in the auxiliary box and felt disrespected. Combine that with a $295 hotel rate, and there are many writers who are wondering whether they will come back.”
It won’t be business as usual for many writers at the Final Four. Grumbling is sure to be at an all-time high.
The media loses again in the futile battle to maintain its turf. The NCAA has decided to reduce floor seating for reporters from in the neighborhood of 200 to around 70. The ousted members will be shipped to various spots of the Georgia Dome. More than likely, many of them, ticked off, will decide to watch on television from the press room.