Chicago sports journalism has just improved… by a lot.

The Chicago Sun-Times’ resident sports pest… er, I mean columnist, Jay Mariotti, has left the building. Mariotti resigned from the paper Tuesday night to pursue “other opportunities”. The decision came after his trip to China to cover the Summer Olympics and noticed there wasn’t much of a newspaper presence there, proclaiming sports journalism is now entirely on the Web (which is in fact, true.)

Well, what do I have to say about this?

Yabba Dabba Doo!

NanaNana… NanaNana… Hey, Hey, Hey… GOODBYE! Don’t hit your behind out the door…

Sorry about that… Okay, where was I? Oh, yeah… Don’t forget, he’s still pestering audiences daily on ESPN’s Around the Horn.

Ironically, Mariotti signed a three-year extension earlier this year.

Yes, Chicago, our long, local nightmare is over. Celebrate!

– Join the celebration at Jay the Joke

– Past T Dog Media Blog posts about Jay Mariotti, including A letter to Jay Mariotti and The inmates are running the asylum

– T Dog’s Think Tank: O’Reilly, Mariotti aren’t going anywhere

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