The Chicago Sun-Times' Doesn't Appear To Be Missing Mariotti

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Randball came across the Chicago Sun-Times press release this afternoon in regards to Jay Mariotti quitting his role at the paper, and it could quite possibly be the funniest statement ever written. From RB via Poyneter...

Topic: Miscellaneous items
Date/Time: 8/27/2008 1:19:18 PM
Title: Sun-Times' statement regarding Jay Mariotti
Posted By: Jim Romenesko

Release from the Sun-Times

August 27, 2008

Chicago Sun-Times Editor in Chief Michael Cooke issued the following statement today regarding the resignation of sports columnist Jay Mariotti:

The Chicago Sun-Times had the best sports section in the city before Jay Mariotti came to town -- that's why he signed up with us -- and his departure does not change that.

We still have the stars -- respected veterans such as Rick Telander, fiery newcomers such as Greg Couch, quirky voices like Carol Slezak, not to mention seasoned beat reporters tracking the Cubs and White Sox toward their eventual collision in the World Series, plus the Bears, the Bulls, the Blackhawks, and all the other teams that make Chicago the sports center of the nation. We could have a World Series in Chicago in a couple of months ... talk about excitement!

The Chicago Sun-Times and suntimes.com will continue to have the scores and the stories before anyone else, anywhere, and the deepest and most comprehensive stats and standings. 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.

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.
Hahahaha. With that one jab, Michael Cooke just became my hero. It's sad that his industry is dying, and that Mariotti wins out in the end because he'll always have an opportunity to spew his nonsense at ESPN, but that's just downright hilarious. Bitter much?

Update: Mariotti is still doing ATH from the CS-T newsroom. They must not hate him THAT much....

"All these celebrations in and around Chicago. What's going on today?"- Jay Mariotti

Sun-Times' statement regarding Jay Mariotti (Poynter)
Jay Mariotti will not be missed by his editor (Randball)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:47 PM

18 Comments:

Mariotti sucked! All the coward did was insult people.

I hope he moves to China

Ozzie said...
Aug 27, 2008, 5:52:00 PM  

We wish aa hates espn 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.

GMoney said...
Aug 27, 2008, 5:55:00 PM  

Very nice GMoney!

Maybe that one will get you out of the "awful commenter doghouse."

I've been a little busy lately and haven't noticed any comments from AA Hates ESPN. I just assumed he put himself on the PUP list for six weeks.

shawn kemp said...
Aug 27, 2008, 6:06:00 PM  

This is what I love about commenters, like gmoney. You don't tolerate dissent. For you, it seems there's only one side to every story. Look. I made a comment and didn't even bash aa...

AA Hates ESPN said...
Aug 27, 2008, 6:12:00 PM  

One can only hope he was the "happy trails" on PTI today.

Sadly, because Mayor McCheese likes everyone, it won't happen.

odessasteps said...
Aug 27, 2008, 6:30:00 PM  

"This is what I love about commenters, like gmoney. You don't tolerate misguided logic."

/Fixed

If every comment made here was rooted in some presupposition like, I don't know, "AA Hates ESPN, Women and/or Dana Jacobsen," without any consideration for truth or accuracy, than it would actually resemble...a Jay Mariotti column. It's not that G$ or this dude agree with everything AA says, they just don't happen to agree with you, AAHE. That's all.

Anonymous said...
Aug 27, 2008, 10:41:00 PM  

I thought the first line was supposed to be the joke until they underscored at the end. I read it as "We were really great before he showed up and now that he's gone we're at the top again."

MahSoonerz said...
Aug 27, 2008, 10:53:00 PM  

I like having AAHE around. I like having someone offer up a different perspective. It sees fair that a blog that calls out awful announcing should be called out for awful writing...or at least tortured logic.

Anonymous said...
Aug 28, 2008, 8:29:00 AM  

Everybody needs to read this piece by Chris De Luca of the Sun Times. Pretty much sums up what his co-workers thought of him

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/deluca/1131768,CST-SPT-deluca28.article

BigErn said...
Aug 28, 2008, 12:45:00 PM  

This wonderful piece of news was written by Bruce Allen of BSMW. I have one word.
NNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

steve said...
Aug 28, 2008, 1:54:00 PM  

It might help if I add the link.

http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com/2008/08/jay-mariotti-coming-to-boston

steve said...
Aug 28, 2008, 1:56:00 PM  

Mariotti isn't in the CST newsroom for ATH today.

I guess he used it yesterday 'cause it was his last day or something.

JFreak said...
Aug 28, 2008, 5:05:00 PM  

It looks like he's sitting in his basement. Jackie and Statboy made fun of him.

JFreak said...
Aug 28, 2008, 5:06:00 PM  

Roger Ebert laying the smackdown on Jay:

http://poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id=13570

Anonymous said...
Aug 28, 2008, 7:01:00 PM  

That Ebert reaction is scathing! Way to go, Rog.

Reed said...
Aug 29, 2008, 9:05:00 AM  

Why do I think this will get wierder before it is over?

BigBadBill said...
Aug 29, 2008, 3:51:00 PM  

Man Mariotti's writing is terrible, his sports talk radio show was horrible, and he's terrible on Around the Horn. This guy just plain sucks.

The Kid said...
Aug 30, 2008, 8:36:00 PM  

Hey guys!
i just started blogging not that long ago and running across this blog it seemed a bit too interesting to only read the first paragraph. I kinda got confused in the middle of it but the end just made it all go together like a puzzle. Please, who ever wrote this, keep me updated!

Nov 18, 2008, 8:15:00 PM  

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