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Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the capricious contours of celebrity

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This week’s biggest gainers:

1
Richard Daley
Said “see ya” to mayoral reign, turning critics into apologists in a single bound.

2
Roger Ebert
Announced the rebirth of his television career. Who says you need vocal chords to have a strong voice? Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the Capricious Contours of Celebrity

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This Week’s Biggest Gainers:

1 Manny Ramirez
Shades of Dennis Rodman? White Sox added the notorious slugger to help in a late-season surge. He proceeded to go 4-for-9, against his former team, the Boston Red Sox, no less.

2 Pat Fitzgerald
Northwestern’s football coach is helming an undefeated squad, after taking the season-opening “Brain Bowl” from Vanderbilt. And now he’s a “Big 10 Icon” to boot. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the Capricious Contours of Celebrity

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This Week’s Biggest Gainers:

1
Lou Piniella
Retiring Cubs skipper “shocked” sports pundits when he departed early, choosing to spend time with his ailing elderly mother rather than presiding over the breakup of his team.

2
Robert Blagojevich
Though he too suffered a mistrial with his brother, consensus emerged that he was more loyal family man than cold-blooded political criminal. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the Capricious Contours of Celebrity

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This week’s biggest gainers:

1 Dan Rostenkowski
Disgraced congressional power broker died and his reputation was resurrected in the eulogies that greeted his passing.

2 Scottie Pippen
Holy Hall-of-Famery, Batman! Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the Capricious Contours of Celebrity

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This Week’s Biggest Gainers:

1 Desiree Rogers
Once-floundering Obama social secretary took gig as CEO of now-floundering Johnson Publishing.

2 Gabi Gregg
youngfatandfabulous.com blogger won a six-figure gig as MTV’s first-ever Twitter jockey. Apparently, the network is striking a blow for  full-figured women everywhere, as long as they stay on the computer and off-camera. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the capricious contours of celebrity

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This week’s biggest gainers:

1 Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson
Channel 2 reunites seventies anchorman dream team. No word on when Faces disco to reopen.

2 Marty Turco
It’s your turn to mind the Antti farm, mister goalie. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the Capricious Contours of Celebrity

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This Week’s Biggest Gainers:

1 Andre Dawson
Hall of Fame induction reminded Cubs fans of extremely short list of team highlights these past hundred years.

2 Lou Piniella
By quitting before the axe fell, Sweet Lou’s retirement announcement even kicked up some Hall of Fame chatter. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the Capricious Contours of Celebrity

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This Week’s Biggest Gainers:

1 Robert Blagojevich
Stand by your brother? We can respect that but…

2 Michael Jordan
“I know Michael Jordan. In fact, I am Michael Jordan. And you, LeBron, are no Michael Jordan.”
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Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the Capricious Contours of Celebrity

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This week’s biggest gainers:

1 Ozzie Guillen
His Sox closed a nine-and-a-half-game gap and seized first place at the All-Star break in a jarring juxtaposition to a certain North Side club that started just as hapless and decided to remain so.

2 Hugh Hefner
You want your Playboy back? And here we thought you were in a Viagra trance. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the Capricious Contours of Celebrity

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This week’s biggest gainers:

Ozzie Guillen
One game out of first place gives sportswriters something other than LeBron to chatter about.

Tony Tasset
Opened his eye and we liked what we saw. Read the rest of this entry »