Sunnier Times in New Mainstream Media
Whatever, the surreal seeds were in place last August for a professional epiphany -- one that has led me to America Online, where I'm thrilled to launch today as a national sports columnist, commentator and friendly neighborhood rabble-rouser. I should add I'm doubly thrilled to flee the darker corners of the newspaper business, which was reminding me of Marley the dog in his final days.
To wit: A week into the Olympics, I was inside The Water Cube That Phelps Built when a voice-mail popped in. It was from the sports editor of the ailing Chicago Sun-Times, asking me to accommodate the newspaper's Paleozoic-era deadlines by doing something the readers wouldn't appreciate. He wanted me to write one column that had Michael Phelps winning that day's race and another column that had him losing. Both would be filed long before the event, which, in some quarters, would be considered an editorial directive to cook up fiction.