Well, after his resignation from the Sun-Times several months ago, in which he proclaimed that the future of sports journalism "sadly is not in newspapers", he's since moved on to AOL. Try and wrap your head around that one for a second. Newspapers are becoming irrelevant, so you go online to...AOL? I think newspapers are actually doing better than AOL in all honesty, but that's an argument for another time.
Anyway, Mariotti has always been rather thin-skinned when it comes to comments on his articles. He famously had the Sun-Times take away commenting privileges on his articles after he was deluged with less than wonderful comments. Problem is, that won't happen at AOL.
And since he wrote his first column today for AOL, why don't we take a look at some of the comments left for him? Here we go:
Combining the irrelevance of Jay Mariotti with the irrelevance of America Online was a logical step for both parties. Regards,Pete Gaines. — petejayhawk 12:11:30 PM Jan 05 2009
I wonder how long comments will be allowed here. At his old paper, Jay demand the paper to remove the comment section off his articles, for they were too critical of him - redhawks044 12:30:18 PM Jan 05 2009
To take a line from Elton John....."Bitch...Bitch...The Bitch is back" - jcash109 12:09:01 PM Jan 05 2009
The tale of Jay the Joke is far more complicated and sickening than the pap printed here. Many of us are glad this flea has left Chicago sports-writing to classier, sharper journos. Bye-bye, ya meaningless jerk! — dutchmccool 03:49:37 AM Jan 05 2009
Jay, you are hot garbage. Like a ripe diaper filled with Indian food.The same attacking style that you slam is the only style you know. Exhibit A: This article... and your point of view in May 2005 of the White Sox. Reeeaaally missed the boat on that one, huh? — doubledowne11 01:42:15 PM Jan 05 2009
And of course:
Yeah, it's going to go real well for Jay at AOL. No question.
Sunnier times in new mainstream media [AOL Sports]