Sherman: We just finished our third year. We air from March through September from 6-8 a.m. I have a lot of fun with my co-host, Steve Olken. We both love the game, even though the game rarely loves us back. We talk about all things golf, which is the great thing about golf. Unlike football (when was the last time you put on the pads?), people watch the pros play on Sunday and then go out and play the same game on Monday.
TDQ: How do you explain to golf fans like me what the hell happened to the US Team at the Ryder Cup this year? I personally got the impression that every US player (especially Phil) felt on Sunday that somebody else on the team would earn the point that they just lost, so nobody panicked until it was too late.
Sherman: Probably something to that. Let’s not forget the Euros played out of their minds. They couldn’t miss a putt. Justin Rose making bombs at the end to beat Mickelson? C’mon.
Listen, it was a lot of fun to be at Medinah. The atmosphere was great. And does it matter who won?
TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
Sherman: In 1997, I was assigned to the golf beat. My first tournament was the Masters. An editor encouraged me to be bold about Tiger Woods. So I wrote a column that Woods wouldn’t win the Masters that year. After all, it was his first Masters as a pro, and he had missed the cut in two attempts as an attempt.
Well, as Maxwell Smart would say, “Missed it by that much.” Woods won by 12 shots. I even got called out by Oprah.
However, I did come up with one of my best lines in a mea culpa. I wrote:
“‘Woods won’t win Masters’ is the worst headline in the Tribune since ‘Dewey defeats Truman’.”
To this day, people still remind me of that column.
TDQ: Who are your influences?
Sherman: My father and mother. Doesn’t everyone start there? My father never went to college. I saw how he hard he worked, and how it paid off for him. Hard work can make up for a lot of shortcomings in life.
Professionally, I got to cover the ’85 Bears with Don Pierson. I learned so much from Don and how he covered the beat. One of the all-time greats.
TDQ: Isn’t your career all downhill after this interview runs?
Sherman: I’m hoping this gets me some endorsements.
TDQ: Quick: Dan Jenkins or John Feinstein?
Sherman: Two different writers. But for one-liners, nobody beats Jenkins. He’s still doing it on Twitter. During a golf Major, be sure to follow his feed.
TDQ: Are you on Twitter? If yes, why aren’t you following @dailyquarterly?
Sherman: Yes, I am on Twitter. And yes, I am following @dailyquarterly as soon as I get done typing this.
Sherman: What about Linkedin?
TDQ: You’re welcome for our time
Sherman: Thanks. I’ll hang up and listen for my answer.