I liked that even Ozzie was in on the fun, but I like even more that he left because he got scooped:
On Monday, I received an email press release from ESPN, as did thousands of other reporters and editors. It was about Barack Obama's interview for SportsCenter. I don't read every press release I get via email because I would be doing nothing else all day. But I read this one. At the bottom, it detailed a couple of comments Obama made about Cubs fans. Cubs fans? Obama? DNC starting that night? I wrote a story.
And for hours, my story on that was the only one I saw on the Web. And I looked. At least it was the only one on a Chicago Web site. And it began to create a stir.
I don't like getting into the behind-the-scenes stories of what happens at my paper, but I saw Rick Telander's account about it already on The Reader's Web site, and it's true. Jay was going to write for Tuesday a column about the Obama story, but he switched off at the last minute and wrote Bears, hoping to write Obama for Wednesday.
But Wednesday is Telander's day to pick a topic, and Rick wanted Obama. We don't need two columns on Obama's comments so my editor told Jay he couldn't write about it.
From what I understand, Jay wasn't happy and fired off yet another letter of resignation to our editor in chief. This time, it was accepted.
Why he left.