Here are a few choice excerpts:
In place of the "o" in "Chicago" in its front-page nameplate, the Sun-Times has taken to using a Bears helmet next to a palm tree.
If you don't get the message, it's that the paper is rooting for the boys in blue and orange to get to the Super Bowl in Miami. Swell.
Pandering to the emotions of fans is not our job in journalism, although the other message the editors are sending with their banner-waving is that covering sports isn't journalism.
Maybe they'd like to talk with the two San Francisco Chronicle reporters who are facing jail time for their reporting on star athletes' alleged use of steroids.
Let me get this straight, Rick. You're criticizing the Sun-Times for publicly supporting the lone NFL franchise in the city's quest to go to the Super Bowl?
You then lament the alleged "banner-waving" by bringing up the two journalists from the San Francisco Chronicle that are in jail for contempt of court because they wouldn't betray their sources in a steroid scandal? What on Earth does supporting the local football team even remotely have to do with journalists who won't betray their sources?
Worse yet, you say that it's not your job in journalism to "pander" to the fans' emotions? That's laughable. Without the fans' emotions, you'd be out of a job.
But let's break down the word "pander" since you obviously have been out of Dr. Nick's Hollywood Upstairs Night School of Journalism for a while now and should know what a word actually means before you use it:
pan·der (pndr) Pronunciation Key intr.v. pan·dered, pan·der·ing, pan·ders To act as a go-between or liaison in sexual intrigues; function as a procurer. To cater to the lower tastes and desires of others.
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law - Cite This Source Main Entry: pan·der·ing Function: noun 1 : the act or crime of recruiting prostitutes or of arranging a situation for another to practice prostitution —compare PIMP 2 : the act or crime of selling or distributing visual or print media (as magazines) designed to appeal to the recipient's sexual interest
Essentially, you are saying that the editors of the Sun-Times are catering to fans of said team, the Bears, and their lower tastes and desires. Basically, Bears fans are johns, scum with lower tastes and desires, and the editors of the Sun-Times shouldn't pimp the Bears to them.
Rick, your job exists because of the fans! Without them, the Bears would be playing in Indiana, and you'd be writing about bass fishing! Or maybe you'd prefer to write about something more upper crust? You know, like polo, for example? Or perhaps cricket? Is that not too lower class for you?
Seriously, what kind of a columnist would criticize a local paper for supporting the only NFL franchise in the city when they're on top of the league for the first time in 20 years? Or publicly criticize Notre Dame's QB for throwing a game winning TD? Or a local paper for supporting a local senator?
I'll tell you who - overpaid malcontents like Rick Morrissey who are clearly miserable when the sports teams they have the privilege of covering are winning because it gives them nothing to whine about, and no reason to, like an enraged monkey, fling their verbal feces at the teams and their fans, hopefully inciting a reaction of some kind and getting people to pick up the paper and read this vomit.
Rick, here's a news flash for you. You pimp yourself out every time you write this crap. If that's not pandering, I don't know what is!