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Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the Capricious Contours of Celebrity

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This Week’s Biggest Gainers:

1
Armando Uvalle
Forget about sharks. Uvalle prevented his own horror story by saving his son after he was snatched up by a convicted sex offender on North Avenue Beach.

2
Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti
The Chicagoan came a close second in a hotdog-eating competition in Coney Island, a mere nine wieners behind Joey Chestnut’s triumphant tally of sixty-two.

3
Ryan Schreiber
Calling all ze Euro-heepsters: Schreiber’s Pitchfork announced a festival in Paris.

4
Carlos Quentin and Starlin Castro
All-Stars from Chicago include the one who Ozzie calls one of the most “underrated” players in baseball and the other the youngest Cub ever to do so.

5
Ed Belfour
Former Hawks netminder makes like “Fast Eddie” by nabbing a Hall of Fame nod after only one year of eligibility.

 

This Week’s Biggest Losers:

1
Rod Blagojevich
Menial labor in his future and an increasingly unlikely $64k pension likely made for another bad week for the convicted ex-guv.

2
Rahm Emanuel
The mayor scuffled with unions, saw his first Taste sorta tank and hurt his ankle training for a triathlon.

3
Paul Konerko
Twenty-one homers and sixty-two RBIs are considered fine seasons for most players, but Paulie puts those numbers up in three months and it’s not enough for an All-Star selection?

4
Dan Rutherford
The State Treasurer’s office sent emails out that gave family and friends the head start on earning certain grants. Sure. Just another bureaucratic screw-up, right?

5
Christopher Clinton Conway
Perhaps it’s that new board member named Rahm and his shaky relations with organized labor? After talks fail, Joffrey Ballet executive director cancels a chunk of the upcoming season.

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