This column started in April, so it's a less than a year old. However, 2012 gave me plenty of people who set themselves up to be criticized. It was a fun 8 months, despite the fact that I've been battling a monstrous illness the entire time I've had this blog.
Still, I've done guest radio spots for The Score, CBS radio Cleveland and ESPN Honolulu- all while in a hospital bed hooked up to an IV pole. Things have gotten much better on that front, and continue to get better every day. So hopefully in 2013, I can spend less time in clinic and more time on my work.
And I can do more of these. Because the critical columns are fun, and often make new friends, especially among the rival media outlets of those who you just ripped. Or at least it gets you more Twitter followers and Facebook friends among the media in general. But of course, it makes enemies too. A lot of enemies.
So without further ado, here were the ten best.
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Only Deadspin beat me to the punch on this one, so I'll take that. The S-T suspended Cowley for acting like a childish, egomaniacal jackass. Editor-in-Chief Chris De Luca nearly fired him and took away his Twitter account.
This was my most polarizing entry. Lots of people agreeing with me, lots of discontent. And my best hate mail of all
In a meeting at Sox Park, Quinn made a sneaky, malfeasant maneuver, slipping it by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
I called this "a new low" as now we have someone who dumbs you down every time she speaks possessing a very big platform. Time Out Chicago's Robert Feder one-upped me, calling the hire "a Michael Farrow wet dream."
When you've been the face of the city's most beloved franchise for over a decade, you can't act like a cranky old man who hates everything. I'm sure his press agents and handlers cringed when they heard these remarks.
The station becomes borderline unlistenable as they cross-promote the team who's carried by their sister station, WBBM.
Cubs fans in a frenzy on Twitter as Braves beat writer for MLB.com gets Ryan Dempster trade wrong.
Cubs AAA affiliate pulls cheap publicity stunt and riles up Cubs nation, Twitter explodes
How many times do we really need to see the same 6 people, i.e. Brian Hamilton and K.C. Johnson on tv? And their worst offense of all is letting the subject of #10 on the show a couple times.
Would have rated higher, but he's not relevant enough. Not enough people have heard of him yet.
So who do you think in the Chicago sports media is long overdue for criticism? Comment below
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