Prepare for More Mariotti

Reports he may be headed to Chicago Tribune

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    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). 

    Now there's talk that Mariotti may end up with the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Ed Sherman reported today

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    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.