Luxury magazine Michigan Avenue has published a piece on former Sun-Times co-worker Jay Mariotti titled "Mariotti Unplugged" in its Holiday 2008 issue. As the deck headline promises, "The outspoken, defiant, polarizing (some say petulant) former Sun-Times sports columnist opens up about new friends, famous foes, and the future of journalism."
Chicago writer Josh Schollmeyer, whose current Facebook status claims he's "dropping magazine articles like Ani DiFranco drops albums," penned the piece. It contains a trough of rehashed play-by-play from Mariotti's departure from the paper three months ago, along with 12 cunningly crafted Q & A questions with the columnist and ESPN personality himself, including the following sound bite:
"MA: Describe Jay Mariotti the coworker.
JM: I'm the best teammate you'll ever have-- if you're in this business for the right reasons. If you're a columnist who's lazy, boring, political, doesn't write the tough piece, you'll hate me. If you're a beat writer who courts the favor of the people you cover and knows more than you report, you'll hate me. If you're an editor who doesn't have vision and guts, you'll hate me. But if you care and have a soul, we'll get along great."