Josh Q. Public: For the public, by The Public. Irreverent sports opinion from a Bostonian in New York. The one blog to read, when you’re reading more than one.
Josh Q. Public’s style of writing has very much transformed the sports blogging landscape of today. Whereas previous bloggers have mostly been known for their color commentary and lively play-by-play, Josh Q. Public has employed an intellectual approach. His use of analysis and context brings sports blogging very close to the kind of in-depth reporting one expects from “hard” news reporters. He has often been called “The Edward R. Murrow of sportsblogging.” At the same time, however, his distinctive staccato style, rhymes, syntax, and cadence are a form of color commentary all their own.
If there has been a defining reaction to Josh Q. Public by the critics he castigated so often as “utterly obnoxious,” it was probably delivered by the late and beloved Red Smith. With his characteristic subtlety it was Red who once said, “I have tried hard to like Josh Q. Public, and I have failed.”
When the complete book on sportsblogging in the 21st century is composed, Josh Q. Public will have earned the longest chapter. His influence on sportsblogging has been profound. -Dick Enberg