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Friday, December 09, 2011

ChicagoSide: New sports website fields strong starting lineup

Borderline Primates unite!

Regardless of how the Cubs and White Sox fare in the coming season, serious Chicago sports fans could finally get what they’ve been waiting for on Opening Day 2012.

That’s when they’ll be introduced to ChicagoSide, which may turn out to be the most game-changing addition to the sports media scene since the Score debuted on radio 20 years ago next month.

“We’re launching the best Chicago sports website the city’s ever seen,” said Jonathan Eig, 47, the veteran reporter, columnist and nationally acclaimed author (Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season, and Get Capone) who’s founder and editor-in-chief of the new venture. “And we’re doing it with an amazingly talented pool of writers and editors who are hungry because they love sports and they love journalism, and there aren’t that many places to write anymore in this city.”

...“We’re going to have the best piece of sports journalism every day in the city of Chicago that you can find . . . at least one piece of original material every day that we’re absolutely confident will get people talking,” Eig said. “Then we’ll also aggregate and link to the best stuff around the web — all on Chicago sports.”

Eig already has assembled a lineup of more than three dozen writers, including newspaper and magazine veterans Lou Carlozo, George Castle, Jim Coffman, Lauren Etter, Elliott Harris, Noah Isackson, Billy Lombardo, Amy Merrick, Joel Reese, Chris Silva and Alan Solomon, along with best-selling authors Joseph Epstein, James Finn Garner and Robert Kurson.

Repoz Posted: December 09, 2011 at 02:48 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: December 09, 2011 at 03:27 PM (#4011338)
For some reason, this reminds me of Webio.
   2. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: December 09, 2011 at 04:33 PM (#4011418)
Just finished Eig's Get Capone. Good read.
   3. Bob Evans Posted: December 09, 2011 at 07:00 PM (#4011657)
Does anyone else know who these folks are? The only one I can place is Garner, whose 15 minutes were back in the '90s and didn't have anything to do with sports.

Edit: Oh, wait, I recognize Elliott Harris, too.
   4. Dag Nabbit at Posted: December 09, 2011 at 07:19 PM (#4011681)
I had an email exchange with George Castle once. He wrote a book on Lou Piniella and has been linked here before. I think he even popped up in the comments thread to it, too.
   5. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: December 09, 2011 at 07:21 PM (#4011683)
Does anyone else know who these folks are?

George Castle got yelled at by Lou Piniella last year.
   6. McCoy Posted: December 09, 2011 at 07:22 PM (#4011686)
Castle usually shows up if we link to his work. I read his "Million to One" book and found him to be a little too cynical for my taste. Just comes across that he really really hates the Tribune and all things Cubs. I also think that it also shows up in the works that get linked here as well. But he always seemed like a nice enough guy when he would show up here.
   7. Addison Russell T. Davies (chris h.) Posted: December 09, 2011 at 07:32 PM (#4011703)
Please tell me Mike North is not involved.
   8. GregD Posted: December 09, 2011 at 07:56 PM (#4011737)
Does anyone have a copy of Caucasian Man?
   9. GregD Posted: December 09, 2011 at 07:59 PM (#4011744)
It is a sign of the power of time to heal all wounds that--8 years removed from Chicago--I can no longer remember Mike North's catchphrases.
   10. Bob Evans Posted: December 09, 2011 at 09:46 PM (#4011863)
Just comes across that he really really hates the Tribune

I just might like the guy, then.

and all things Cubs.

But as a Sox fan even I am not on this bandwagon. That said, my breath was bated till I ascertained that Jay Mariotti was not on that list.
   11. shattnering his Dominicano G Strings on that Mound Posted: December 09, 2011 at 11:18 PM (#4011991)
I'm a big fan of Billy Lombardo's. He's an indie-writer w/ some really powerful books out at the moment.

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