Friday, August 29, 2008
Excerpts from his fellow Sun-Times' writer, Chris DeLuca
REACTION The self-proclaimed tough-guy columnist never faced his targets, and that's the main reason he was considered a coward in clubhouses
August 28, 2008
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Much to Mariotti's surprise, there are bigger names at the paper. Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper enjoy the kind of international following envied by journalists everywhere. Rick Telander has a national appeal Mariotti never could match. There are hardworking reporters, editors and photographers who come to work every day, do their jobs the right way and somehow remember they're just a small part of a very big team.
One page does not make a newspaper.
A flip-flopper to the end
And now Mariotti says the printed page is a dinosaur. He has embraced the Internet as his new forum.
We're talking about a columnist who detested bloggers -- mainly because he was easy fodder for their biting humor. He acted as if he stood on a level above bloggers. Most of the better bloggers have the kind of wit he couldn't touch.
Are bloggers bad? Absolutely not.
But those of us who work at newspapers have one edge over the blogging world. We have access to the players, coaches, managers and front-office executives. We can talk to key figures on and off the record to get insight unavailable to others. It's a privilege most of us don't take lightly. To not use it to our advantage is a waste -- of our energy and the readers' time.
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Not once in the last eight years can I recall seeing Mariotti in the Cubs' or Sox' clubhouse. With a press credential that allowed him access to every major sporting event and every major figure, he hasn't broken a single story in that time. He says Chicago is a weak market, the competitive edge gone. He has only himself to blame.
When Lou Piniella was hired by the Cubs, the Sun-Times reported it first. Mariotti had no role in that major story. He says the market has gone soft. If that's true, he played as big a role in the softening as anyone else.
He called his colleagues soft, forgetting we're the ones who had to face his targets on a daily basis. We were the ones who had to deal with the anger that he was too cowardly to face himself. We got the quotes that made up the bulk of his columns.
In spinning his story to the Chicago Tribune, Mariotti depicted the Sun-Times as the Titanic, and it was clear the self-proclaimed tough guy was knocking over the old women and children to be the first to jump ship.
''I'm a competitor, and I get the sense this marketplace doesn't compete,'' said Mariotti, who will remain a regular contestant on an ESPN game show.
''Probably the days of high-stakes competition in Chicago are over. To see what has happened in this business ... I don't want to go down with it.''
Stand-up guy to the end.
Sun-Times editor Michael Cooke said it best.
''We wish Jay well and will miss him -- not personally, of course -- but in the sense of noticing he is no longer here, at least for a few days,'' Cooke said. ''A paper, like a sports franchise, is something that moves into the future. Stars come and stars go, but the Sun-Times sports section was, is and will continue to be the best in the city.''
Today, it's a little better.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
A while back, I posted that the 2005 NFL Draft, 1st Round, was far from one of the great drafts and after only 3 seasons is bordering on "bust" status. Yesterday morning I heard some discussion of the same on ESPN radio. So, it's time to revisit the issue.
1. ALEX SMITH- QB, San Fran : Lost his job to J.T. O'Sullivan. Some say, he's now the #3 QB on San Fran's depth chart. Not exactly following in the grand tradition of Joe Montana, Steve Young or even Jeff Garcia.
2. Ronnie Brown-RB, Miami: Injured in week 7 of the 2007 season. Injured again and may miss Miami's opener. Listed as #2 behind Ricky Williams.
3. Braylon Edwards-WR, Browns: Had a breakout season in 2007, over 1,200 receiving yards. May turn out to be the best player in htis draft. One of the few bright spots of this first round.
4. Cedric Benson- bust on and off the field. No NFL team picked him up after being released by the Bears (not even the Cowboys!). Former minor leaguer may have to turn to baseball!
5. Cadillac Williams- RB, Tampa: Like Brown and Benson, another running back who was injured in 2007. In fact the Bucs have just placed on the PUP list, which measn he is out for the first 6 weeks of the season (but at least Gruden still has 5 QBs on the list!!!) It's too bad since he was Offensive Rookie of the Year, so if he can only stay injury-free.
6. PAC Man Jones-CB, Tennessee: No explanation needed here. May still show that he is talented with the Cowboys, but he has not yet been reinstated by the Commish!
7. Troy Williamson-WR, Minnesota: So bad, Vikings traded him to Jacksonville for a 6th ROUND pick!
8.Antrel Rolle- CB, Arizona: Incomplete. Has battled with injuries, but did have 7 picks last season. Being moved to free safety.
9. Carlos Rodgers-CB, Washington: Injured last year, but listed as #1 at CB going into this season.
10. Mike Williams-WR, Lions: The absolute bust of this draft, which is saying something! Released by the Lions, Raiders and Titans! It was reported that when the Titans signed him he weighed 271 pounds!!!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
CUBS ARE GONNA WIN THE WORLD SERIES THIS YEAR!
Not only are they a damn good team, but they are lucky and get every f-ing break. Now they are even winning on the road.
Tonite- about 70% Cubs fans in Miami (Florida doesn't deserve 2 major league teams)
i guess i just lost my husband, i dunno where he went
so i'm gonna drink my money, i'm not gonna pay his rent
i got a brand new attitude, i'm gonna wear it tonight
i wanna get in trouble, i wanna start a fight...
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
While there is no politics on the K-Line, I got to say this:
1. If I see one more shot of W. and Sr. at the Olympics! E'Nuff already!
2. From Joe Crowley, Sun-Times White Sox beat reporter: "Best snub of the night? Rev. Jesse Jackson getting denied access into the clubhouse after the game. Last I saw him he was still waiting to get in." Sweet!
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
BTW ERIN, NICE SWEDISH EROTICA LOOK!
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Surprisingly, Tampa does play Green Bay this season!