I rarely run “letters to the editor.”
Mostly because I get more “comments” than I do email. And most of it usually says: “you are the biggest disgrace to journalism,” “how do you have a job?” or “you suck at life,” and not in those terms. This usually comes a couple times a week, and it’s usually a lot less articulate, and a lot more nasty.
Which really made me appreciate this letter from “Jim.”
He had a very favorable reaction to my essay professing my love for the city of Boston/describing all the similarities between Chicago and Boston.
Jim also appreciates my blogging news about the local female news anchors apparently. At least the anchors at one specific channel.
He disagrees with me about Red Sox Nation though, and their similarities/differences to Cubs Nation.
I myself have nothing but praise for Red Sox Nation and Cubs Nation right now. I am peace with both nations. Because I myself am just a mere Banana Republic; I don't have the national defense to take on either nation.
I actually changed my Twitter and Facebook avatars to the Boston strong. By the way, did you see the cover of the Tuesday Chicago Tribune sports section? And how it kind of said the same thing as the intro from my Boston essay...
Sundays are wonderful in that you get the national political talking head shows in the morning and the local sports talking head shows at night. I've been watching the three Chicago sports news/pundit shows all my life. However, I must begin this analysis by stating that these shows are not produced with me in mind. And rightfully so.
I'm a huge sports media nerd. I'm a Twitter geek. I work in the sports media industry.
So most of what they're going to say I was already made aware of many hours ago. And most of what I consume, sports media wise, is extremely detailed and niche. These shows, by contrast, are geared towards your normal everyday sports fan. As they should be. That's what works and what sells.
Currently, I myself am more interested in: an NFL mock draft with player descriptions
, 1,000+ words on who the Blackhawks
should start at goaltender for the NHL
postseason or something that has fun with Illini
football coach Tim Beckman.
"STEAKS AND CAKES!"
Or anything Illini
related. Ever. If you report on Illinois basketball, chances are I’ll read/watch/listen. Now that we have that bias out of the way, let’s move on to the review...
It appears that NBC 5 anchor Lauren Jiggetts was born on third base, even though you might think really got there by hitting a triple. (Kind of like Kate Upton actually
Lauren Jiggetts is a graduate of Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire and Harvard University. She joined WMAQ-TV in 2007 at the ripe age of 25. So how did Lauren Jiggetts get a cushy job in the third largest market at so young an age
? Right after she "cut her teeth" so to speak in a great market/sweet gig in Boston coming right out of college. Lauren Jiggetts does this while almost everyone else in the media business (or show business, the media business really is the same thing as show business) has to grind it out in isolated, rural po-dunk stations after graduation?
Could it be because of her Dad, former Bears lineman and current talk show host Dan Jiggetts...
Not all sideline reporters are created equal; and sometimes one applies herself to distinguish herself from the ex-bikini model, ex-cheerleader media
One example is Rebecca Haarlow
, currently a Sideline Reporter and host for Fox Sports Network, NFL
Network, and Big Ten
Network. Haarlow has covered the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Big Ten
and PAC-12 college football
and college basketball
for Fox Sports West. Now she comes to NBC 5 Chicago on a per diem, part-time basis.
And according to her official website’s bio page,
attended Princeton where she majored in history with an emphasis on the Civil War...