Clubhouse Chatter: What question do you get asked when people find out you're a sports writer?

Updated 5/23/2020 5:07 PM

What our Sports staff has to say while waiting for the games to resume.

Do you get to sit in the press box for free? (Yes. Free parking and free food, too.). What's your favorite sport to cover? (Whichever sport has the best story to tell that day). What's Barry Rozner like? (Family guy, egoless, fearless).


-- Joe Aguilar

From June through October, it's overwhelmingly: "How are the Blackhawks going to be this season?" After that, it's generally a mix of: "What's wrong with the Blackhawks?" "Should they have fired Joel Quenneville?" and "Why is Stan Bowman still the general manager?"

-- John Dietz

It was usually, "Why haven't the Bulls gotten rid of John Paxson and Gar Forman?" Now people will have to think of a new one. Maybe, "How long will it take for Arturas Karnisovas to build a dynasty?" 

-- Mike McGraw

Most of the time when people find out I cover high school sports they respond by saying, "That's an awesome job!" Occasionally a person will ask if it's possible to get involved either as a correspondent or as a photographer. 

-- Dave Oberhelman

They always want to know if I can get them tickets. Like I'm a scalper or something.

-- Jerry Fitzpatrick

What do you cover? I tell them prep sports and they'll think back to their high school days. Sometimes I'll ask them if they remember some legendary coaches from their alma mater, people who I remember covering!

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-- John Leusch

Most of the questions are near identical: 1. Have you ever met Michael Jordan? 2. Have you ever met Tiger Woods? 3. Can you get me Cubs tickets? Yes, yes, no.

-- Mike Smith

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