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Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the Capricious Contours of Celebrity

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This Week’s Biggest Gainers:

1
Dave Bolland
The Blackhawks center returned after a concussion to resume his role as the “villain of Vancouver” in leading his team to an unlikely game seven after being down zero games to three without him.

2
Derrick Rose
As he willed the Bulls to a 3-1 lead in the playoffs versus Indiana, the putative NBA MVP made his case in the national spotlight with his play on the floor.

3
Anthony Freud
Veteran opera manager bolted from Houston to helm the Lyric Opera of Chicago, with the recently announced artistic leadership of Renee Fleming as his signing bonus.

4
Rod Blagojevich
The ex-guv was back in his favorite place, in the headlines, including a spate of articles portraying him as a concerned father.

5
Ed Burke
Who knew? Rahm and the City Council power broker are kissing and making up after all.

 

This Week’s Biggest Losers:

1
Jean-Claude Brizard
Mayor Rahm’s anointed schools chef got the “welcome to Chicago” greeting from the Chicago media in the form of a blizzard of bad headlines and unwelcome revelations about his record.

2
Rod Blagojevich
Too bad most of those headlines concerned the commencement of his new trial.

3
Ozzie Guillen
His “all-in” Sox were acting more like all-out in slumping to a 9-14 record early in the season of great expectations.

4
Sonny Pierce
The Blue Island man was snagged as an alleged singles-party-line serial killer of teenagers.

5
Matt Thornton
With four blown saves, the Sox’ designated closer was closer to losing his job.

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