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Take some time off, Jay

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SockPuppet, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    If this is a DB, I apologize. Noticed this on Poynter, from the Chicago Tribune:

    Jay Mariotti, who pops up in the paper almost as often as those naked kids in the "Love Is ..." comics, counted up his columns the other day and realized he's already written more pieces than his contract requires him to deliver for the 12-month period ending April 30.
    So rather than pound out another explanation for why things aren't the way they ought to be, he intends to take a vacation--until May. So much for the Masters, the NCAA Final Four, baseball's opening day and the first blown save of the season.
    "Certainly the paper misses him," Editor Michael Cooke said, "but we have a lot of bench strength."
    Mariotti will continue to appear at the paper even if he's not in it, coming into the newsroom to tape his regular "Around the Horn" appearances for ESPN. But his regular targets can rest easy knowing hunting season doesn't resume for a couple months.
  2. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Take ALL the time you need, Jay. Newspapers will be around FOREVER.
  3. Pringle

    Pringle Active Member

    Is this for real?

    His main redeeming quality has always been being prolific.

    This is really disappointing if it's true.
  4. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    All Beared out.

    How will we all survive?
  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Just so we're clear on this, May of what year?
  6. JohnnyChan

    JohnnyChan Member


    Considering the fact that he was back at work about 15 minutes after having a heart procedure, maybe we can cut the guy a little slack and wish him godspeed during his sabbatical?
  7. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Hey, we'll all be blessed with his regular exposures on Around The Horn.

    There'll be plenty of Jay to go around.
  8. JohnnyChan

    JohnnyChan Member

    For the record, I had the same procedure Jay had a year ago, and I took six weeks off. And, yes, I did other things -- research for a book in my case, as opposed to TV -- that the doctors agreed were far less stressful than pumping out four columns a week.

    Just a thought, is all. I mean the guy WAS back at work and writing every day in what had to be contrary to his doctor's advice.
  9. Take all the time you need, Jay. I won't miss your bullshit hatchet-jobs on every Chicago sports team.
  10. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    He's honoring his contract. No doubt he'd be willing to write even more columns if they want to pay for them, but this is what they agreed to.
  11. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Does anyone else think this is just a weird story?

    You count up your columns, realize somehow you are TWO MONTHS ahead of your requirement, so you just leave?

    And even if that were the case, following Johnny's example wouldn't it reflect better on both the paper and Jay to just say 'had a serious health ordeal, taking a couple of months to recover...' instead of this?

    I feel like I'm missing something here.
  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    He took about two months off after last summer's fandango, didn't he?

    What the hell was that all about again? I forgot already (actually, I think I willed myself to forget it). The deal with Guillen?
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