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Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the capricious contours of celebrity

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This week’s biggest gainers:

Riccardo Muti
Chicago was all “Love, Italian Style” for the new CSO maestro.

Jay Cutler
Bears field general turned the once-mighty Cowboys into tenderfoots.

Mike Martz
It’s a Lovie-in: Two victories and the head-coach buzz is already starting for the Bears offensive coordinator.

Lois Weisberg
The city’s cultural czar expressed a distaste for privatizing Taste of Chicago; apparently she has no aversion to poking a mayoral lame duck.

Rick Santelli
Local CNBC commentator who inspired the Tea Party movement with an on-air rant managed to simultaneously bask in the glory of Glenn Beck and cronies coming to Hoffman Estates while washing his hands of all they do.

This week’s biggest losers:

Jesse Jackson Jr.
You just can’t wash that Blago slime off, can you? The harder you pull, the more it sticks.

Sami Samir Hassoun
Foiled in a Wrigleyville terrorist plot. Authorities not releasing sensitive information as to whether he is a Cubs or Sox fan.


Sandra Clanton
Thinking he was the Antichrist, the Elmhurst woman attacked her 9-month-old grandson with a kitchen knife. The child was unharmed; apparently you can’t damage the spawn of Satan.

Brian Kelly
New Notre Dame coach on bench, but Touchdown Jesus still in locker room, apparently.

Ozzie Guillen
We can stomach going out with a bang, but with a whimper?

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