The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?
Ed Sherman: From somebody named Brian. Do you know him?
TDQ: How excited were you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an interview?
Sherman: Shocked is a better word. Must be a slow day.
TDQ: Would you say writing on The Daily Quarterly is peerless or superlative?
Sherman: Shocked is a better word.
TDQ: Who was your favorite sports writer growing up?
Sherman: Tons of great sportswriters in Chicago in the ‘60s and ‘70s (yes, dating myself). I read Dave Nightingale in the Chicago Daily News. Then a few years later, went to Illinois with his son, Van. Also, David Israel, John Schulian, Bob Verdi, Don Pierson, Tim Weigel, and many others.
TDQ: Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
Sherman: Dick Allen. I was and still am a huge White Sox fan. Allen came to the Sox in ’72 and had an incredible year. Almost won the Triple Crown. Best player I’ve ever seen. Neat thing: I got a chance to meet him this year during the 40th anniversary of ’72 season.
TDQ: What made you want to be a writer?
Sherman: I was obsessed with sports as a kid. Early on, I realized I didn’t have much in the way of sports talent. Quite naturally, I gravitated over to newspapers. I loved reading about sports. I even bought my own subscription to the Tribune when I was 11.
TDQ: What was your first paid writing gig?
Sherman: After graduating from U of I, I landed a job with the Chicago Tribune’s Suburban Trib edition. Covered high school sports, everything from girls basketball to boys tennis. Wonderful experience.
TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Sherman: Avoid clichés and don’t try to go over the top with your writing. A simple straight sentence is much better than something that’s forced and doesn’t work.
TDQ: Tell us about Shermanreport.com.
Sherman: I write about the wonderful world of sports media. And that encompasses everything from Bob Costas to newspapers and websites. I cover trends, breaking news and try to add some perspective.
There are several good sites out there. However, what makes my site different is that I do more interviews. Since I’ve started in April, I’ve done Q&As with Frank Deford (another early hero), Costas, Jeremy Schaap, John Feinstein, Skip Bayless, Rich Eisen, Mike Tirico, etc…
There are so many interesting people in the business with plenty to say. I have tried to tap into that.
TDQ: What athlete whom you haven’t interviewed yet is at the top of your wish list to talk to?
Sherman: Peyton Manning. Seems like a cool guy. Love to watch him play.
As far as somebody who is retired, I never have talked to John McEnroe. I would love to have a chat with him.
TDQ: As a White Sox fan, do you miss Ozzie Guillen as manager, or do you think it was time for him to go?
Sherman: I first met Ozzie in 1986. It was my first year on the Sox beat, and he was in his second year with the Sox. He was a fun guy back then. People thought he was a bit goofy, but I remember he always seemed to be watching, soaking up everything. That memory really kicked in for me when the Sox hired him as manager.
Yes, he did a great job for the Sox. However, he also became too full of himself. He shouldn’t have allowed himself to become the story. It became a distraction, and Sox fans got tired of it. So it was time to move on.
Part 2 of our TDQ Q&A with Ed Sherman will run next Friday