Perhaps you missed the clamor of the crowd, oh-so anxious for the return of fired Sun-Times sports columnist Jay Mariotti?
"Who?" you ask.
Mariotti. That guy. That crusty, sometimes rude and nasty sports dude who has, in his previous work with the Chicago Sun-Times, made enemies of Ozzie Guillen, Jerry Angelo and Lou Piniella (to name a few).
Not that Mariotti would become part of the increasingly slimmer paper itself, but rather that he "will turn up with the Tribune's 'Chicago Now.' It is a new site featuring a network of bloggers writing about and commenting on everything and anything, including sports," Sherman writes.
The reporter points out that -- the ill health of the Chicago Tribune aside -- Mariotti has been writing that newspapers are dinosaurs and the future is in the Net.
In his Monday posting, Sherman says:
The most logical scenario is Mr. Mariotti adding Chicago Now to his AOL duties. It would give him a chance to have a regular voice again in local sports. He also would provide Chicago Now with a high-profile go-to guy to lure people to the site.
There seems little doubt that Mariotti could handle both assignments.
"If anybody could write 14 columns in a week, it's him," Sherman says. He adds that, with a non-compete clause with the Sun-Times running out next month, Mariotti will likely begin flinging daggers at his old employer, from the comfort of full employment elsewhere.