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(Chicago Trib)   Legendary Chicago sports reporter and star of Sportswriters on TV Bill Jauss dies at 81. Subby will spend the day in a dimly lit, smoky room arguing about Da Bears in his honor   (articles.chicagotribune.com) divider line 21
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2012-10-12 10:04:21 AM
Wow, that was a half-assed obit. How sad. I"m sure they had to assign everyone to the latest Bieber story, or Sesame Street politics.
 
2012-10-12 10:09:48 AM

Rickenbacker: Wow, that was a half-assed obit. How sad. I"m sure they had to assign everyone to the latest Bieber story, or Sesame Street politics.


Rick Telandar wrote a nice piece yesterday on Jauss. At least I liked it, but I'm 25 and never got to appreciate Jauss
 
2012-10-12 10:17:13 AM
The Sportswriters was the best. These guys were entertaining and beautifully Chicago. I met Bill Gleason (he accepted to do an interview for a public access TV show I ran in the early 90s-yeah, I know..public access) and he treated me like I was a major reporter. Jauss was like the Uncle that you really wanted to talk to after a Bears game. RIP....You were really cool.
 
2012-10-12 10:24:48 AM
I'm sad for the loss of both, but much more for Jauss than Beano Cook who also died yesterday. SWOTV was perfect: 4 guys arguing about what's in the paper. It could just as easily been at the corner bar as on TV. ESPN tried to replicate it poorly and drove them off the air with their deep pockets. I was very glad to see Wilbon give Jauss his respects on PTI last night
 
2012-10-12 10:40:02 AM
I loved the Sportswriters on TV show, and watched it faithfully for years. I've also taken the daily Trib since 1986, and have read many pieces by Jauss. And like Jauss, I studied at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

He learned journalism the same way that I did... straight-up old school. Concise. Tight. No bullshiat. Simple, declarative lede. Gimme the 5 w's and make it snappy.

I met Jauss once, at an NU homecoming tailgate party. I was very happy to shake his hand and tell him that I enjoyed his work. We exchanged pleasantries for about 20 seconds, introduced our wives, said it was 'nice to meet ya' gave each other a quick, affirmative nod, and then I walked away.

That was exactly, precisely the way to meet a guy like Jauss. If I'd said one more word, or lingered for another second, trying to think of something clever... it would have been wrong.

RIP.
 
2012-10-12 10:56:37 AM
Legendary Chicago sports reporter

I thought you were going to say Jay Mariotti.
 
2012-10-12 11:00:52 AM
JAUSS!

What a great show. Telander as the yuppie college boy, the rest of them as the uncles arguing sports.

Was exactly like going to my uncles house to watch Da Bears was for years.

RIP to old family or guys on TV that sounded a lot like them.
 
2012-10-12 11:02:14 AM
'My definition of a true Chicagoan is somebody whose photo hangs behind the bar at Marge's (in Chicago).'

Great quote.

Background: Marge's had several posters above the long mirror behind the bar, all from a series that probably came out in the late '60s or early '70s based on the looks of them. Royko, Daley, probably Capone... any other Marge's alumni or old regulars out there who remember?

/bounced there in the '90s
 
2012-10-12 11:44:16 AM

Hoopy Frood: 'My definition of a true Chicagoan is somebody whose photo hangs behind the bar at Marge's (in Chicago).'

Great quote.

Background: Marge's had several posters above the long mirror behind the bar, all from a series that probably came out in the late '60s or early '70s based on the looks of them. Royko, Daley, probably Capone... any other Marge's alumni or old regulars out there who remember?

/bounced there in the '90s


I hung out there a bit in the late 80s, when I lived in Old Town. An all-time great place, no question. But... there's no way I'm going to remember that.

BTW, I worked the door for a while at the original Yak-Zies on Diversey, back in the day. Between that and your (apparent) affinity for Douglas Adams, I suspect we might have much in common.
 
2012-10-12 12:01:46 PM

bhcompy: Legendary Chicago sports reporter

I thought you were going to say Jay Mariotti.


Say what you will about Mariotti, but the guy knows how to entertain. His trolling of Guillen was epic.
 
2012-10-12 12:12:53 PM
Sportswriters was one of those shows I wanted to work on. Not on camera. No, I want to hang out on the set, smoking a cigar, listening to what was said off camera as well.
 
2012-10-12 12:13:01 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: bhcompy: Legendary Chicago sports reporter

I thought you were going to say Jay Mariotti.

Say what you will about Mariotti, but the guy knows how to entertain. His trolling of Guillen was epic.


Yeah, that's what he did.

/eyeroll.
 
2012-10-12 12:21:01 PM

Mr_Fabulous: Hoopy Frood: 'My definition of a true Chicagoan is somebody whose photo hangs behind the bar at Marge's (in Chicago).'

Great quote.

Background: Marge's had several posters above the long mirror behind the bar, all from a series that probably came out in the late '60s or early '70s based on the looks of them. Royko, Daley, probably Capone... any other Marge's alumni or old regulars out there who remember?

/bounced there in the '90s

I hung out there a bit in the late 80s, when I lived in Old Town. An all-time great place, no question. But... there's no way I'm going to remember that.

BTW, I worked the door for a while at the original Yak-Zies on Diversey, back in the day. Between that and your (apparent) affinity for Douglas Adams, I suspect we might have much in common.


We do.
 
2012-10-12 12:29:08 PM
Will the casket have a logo?

A LOGO??!!?!?!?!
 
2012-10-12 01:03:00 PM
RIP.
 
I remember listening to those curmudgeons on the radio back in the 1980s with my dad.  He'd always play The Sportswriters during dinner.
 
2012-10-12 01:09:27 PM

Hoopy Frood: Mr_Fabulous: Hoopy Frood: 'My definition of a true Chicagoan is somebody whose photo hangs behind the bar at Marge's (in Chicago).'

Great quote.

Background: Marge's had several posters above the long mirror behind the bar, all from a series that probably came out in the late '60s or early '70s based on the looks of them. Royko, Daley, probably Capone... any other Marge's alumni or old regulars out there who remember?

/bounced there in the '90s

I hung out there a bit in the late 80s, when I lived in Old Town. An all-time great place, no question. But... there's no way I'm going to remember that.

BTW, I worked the door for a while at the original Yak-Zies on Diversey, back in the day. Between that and your (apparent) affinity for Douglas Adams, I suspect we might have much in common.

We do.


Got your FB message. That is farking hilarious.

To the rest of the thread... yeah, sure enough, we actually do know each other already. Only I didn't know it.
 
2012-10-12 01:12:16 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Say what you will about Mariotti...


Don't mind if I do. He's a farking sub-human shiat-stain whose name doesn't belong in the same goddamn time zone as a Bill Jauss memorial.

Thanks for asking.
 
2012-10-12 01:25:02 PM
As a sports fan and journalism major going to a midwest school in the early 90s, SWOTV was appointment TV every week. The format and spartan layout really made you feel like you were sitting at the table with Rick, Ben and the Bills, and it was such a comfy atmosphere too! A complete 180 from ESPN's over-polished "Sports Reporters." It really makes me wish I'd taped them back in college. RIP Bill.
 
2012-10-12 02:37:20 PM
Never have another sports show like Sportswriters. Can't smoke anywhere anymore, can't hardly find newsprint anymore, can't find any old duffers anymore. Those guys made me wish I was from Chicago, and as a life long Detroit sports fan that's saying a helluva lot. Condolences to the Jauss family.
 
2012-10-12 02:45:47 PM

Mr_Fabulous: Hoopy Frood: Mr_Fabulous: Hoopy Frood: 'My definition of a true Chicagoan is somebody whose photo hangs behind the bar at Marge's (in Chicago).'

Great quote.

Background: Marge's had several posters above the long mirror behind the bar, all from a series that probably came out in the late '60s or early '70s based on the looks of them. Royko, Daley, probably Capone... any other Marge's alumni or old regulars out there who remember?

/bounced there in the '90s

I hung out there a bit in the late 80s, when I lived in Old Town. An all-time great place, no question. But... there's no way I'm going to remember that.

BTW, I worked the door for a while at the original Yak-Zies on Diversey, back in the day. Between that and your (apparent) affinity for Douglas Adams, I suspect we might have much in common.

We do.

Got your FB message. That is farking hilarious.

To the rest of the thread... yeah, sure enough, we actually do know each other already. Only I didn't know it.


It's even better if you've insulted each other at some point.
 
2012-10-12 03:20:18 PM
A bunch of no nonsense sportswriters sitting around a table talking sports and smoking up a storm.

Yeah....I loved watching Sportswriters on TV.

Rest in peace.
 
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