Every few years the Chicago Sun-Times gets a new sports editor, and every few years the new sports editor lets Jim O'Donnell write a weekly column on sports media.
O'Donnell, who joined the Sun-Times sports staff in 1997 after working for the Daily Herald, is a distinctive writer who has a particular knack for channeling the vitriolic spirit of former Chicago TV critic Gary Deeb. In fact, I'd say he's better at it than anyone in the world (which is saying a lot, considering that I worked as Deeb's legman at the Sun-Times for three years).
Invariably, O'Donnell uses his sports media column to attack his perceived enemies and settle old scores -- much as Deeb did in his heyday -- until the sports editor gets tired of catching all the flak and yanks O'Donnell's column away.
Believe it or not, it just happened again: Chris De Luca, who was promoted to sports editor last November, is the latest to have given O'Donnell a sports media column and then suddenly taken it away.