Jay Mariotti has decided to leave the Chicago Sun-Times, a paper he joined in 1991. Known for his feuds with players, team managment, Sun-Times co-workers, etc., Mariotti doesn’t seem to be a guy that people will miss. I don’t think that’s entirely true, however. As much as people hate the guy ( and some people absolutely hate the guy), he was still widely read in the city. Mariotti’s appearances on the ESPN show “Around The Horn” made him a national figure. Sure, it was a national figure that many people hated, but he became a national figure nonetheless.

Mariotti is rumored to be doing something involving the internet in the future. I imagine he could become a writer on ESPN’s website, where he’ll enjoy a larger audience to rile up. Or maybe he’ll try radio again, just not in Chicago. Who knows at this point.

Honestly, it’ll be weird not being able to read him in the Chicago Sun-Times anymore. As idiotic as some of his premises were in many, many articles, I still read him regardless. Here are some reader comments, however, of people who will not miss him:

brady08 wrote:
It is a great day in Chicago Sports Journalism. How this scum bag lasted as long as he did is beyond me. I can’t wait to see the other opportunites he plans to explore. Maybe he got an offer to cover table tennis, and girls gymnastics in China, if only that was far enough away.

Or

yanzebra wrote:
HAPPY DAY! Thank you for leaving Eddie Munster. What a douche, all he does is complain about greedy athletes then breaks his own 3 year contract he just signed for a better deal from a website. Wish Mike North was on the air when this wonderful news came through.

Or

captainballz wrote:
Didn’t they just extend this fat chode’s contract?

Or

anth043007 wrote:
who cares jay mariotti was a piece of s$%t anyways!! he sucks at life…if he hasnt left yet tell him to stop getting his eyebrows down, he looks like a freakin fruit cake

You get the picture. There are hundreds & hundreds more just like it. The thing is, despite all the non-stop bile the comments are spewing right now on Mariotti, they all read him.

Who replaces Jay Mariotti as the columnist in Chicago everybody loves to hate? Rick Telander? Carol Slezak? Mike Downey? Phil Rogers? If he didn’t write for the little Daily Herald, I would also throw Mike Imrem there, who is known in some circles as Jay Mariotti Jr.

This is, indeed, a weird day in Chicago media history.

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