Jay Mariotti, First Rate Tool
But Mariotti is a tool, and he makes it impossible to like him. Here's today's affront to our intelligence: "This won't be found in any Elias Sports Bureau statistical package, but on June 20, the night Ozzie Guillen called me 'a [bleeping] fag,' the Sox were 45-25. Since then, they area a sloppy 39-41." WHAT?!? Did he really just blame the White Sox' struggles on his own "feud" with Ozzie Guillen? Guillen is an idiot sometimes, and his use of a homophobic slur is inexcusable, but it has NOTHING to do with why the Sox will finish third in the AL Central this year. In fact, no one other than Mariotti is still talking about it. But Mariotti's ego is so inflated that he gazes at a fairly clear picture -- the Sox' pitching let them down this season -- and somehow sees his own reflection. Like I said, Jay Mariotti is a first-rate tool.
By the way, while we're talking about one nexus at which the Chicago Sun-Times and Deadspin predictably meet, here's a more surprising conjunction: the Sun-Times actually covered Kyle Orton's induction into the Deadspin Hall-of-Fame. Orton was inducted for the fun he facilitated by being repeatedly photographed with bottles of Jack and random women. Orton himself has also taken the exploitation of his exploits in good humor.