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Jeff Vorva's Editor's Notebook: Cowardly Blog needs to man (or woman) up and show yourself

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

 

jeff column Anonymity is the coward’s best pal.
  I learned that one a long time ago in this business.
  From people making wild accusations but not wantingDOUBLE-RUN-page3-2-COL-jvcolTemperatures in the single digits didn’t stop this dude on the Naperville Central chain gang from breaking out the shorts and showing his legs. Photo by Jeff Vorva. to go on the record to voice mail to the comments that are on the bottom of online stories, the cowards have had various platforms to vent their spleen without being seen.
  And of course, there are the bloggers.
  These waterlogged weblogs have popped up like pimples over the last decade or so and are full of anonymous voices spewing out garbage with no accountability or consequences.
  Locally, there is a blog that is serving the Oak Lawn community claims to be the “newest and most exciting news source” that has mixture of political ugliness mixed in with some thought-provoking stuff sprinkled in with some community news and sports.
  This isn’t being run by some teenager writing in his underwear in the basement. The people behind this are sharp and have some darn good inside information. There are some connections within the Oak Lawn inner circle of power players.

  One of its joys in life is to try to bury Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury and her people.
  The only trouble is, it’s anonymous. No one is publically admitting or taking ownership of the site. So, for the rest of this column, it will be referred to as the Cowardly Blog.
  Former mayor Dave Heilmann admitted he founded the blog but didn’t have time to administer it any more. So who is running the show? Heilmann? Heisenberg? Who knows?
  And that’s the problem.
  Bury recently came up with her own blog and the Cowardly Blog immediately cried foul. They have been nailing her with accusations about ethics and misdeeds. Are the charges right on the money or is the Cowardly Blog just urinating in the wind? That will all be determined.
  But I will say that the Cowardly Blog should clean up its own ethical shop before pointing it fractured finger at others.

  For instance, the Cowardly Blog has lifted word-for-word some prose from one of Reporter reporter Bob Rakow’s stories. It’s one thing to use the same quotes that we do. It’s another to steal the writing before the quotes word for word. It’s called plagiarism. Feel free to steal from us, just give us the credit boys and girls.
  Also, one of the photos used in a Richards football story was stolen — without giving credit — from a daily newspaper. Another no-no.
  I suspect that the Cowardly Blog will respond in not-so-kind fashion to this criticism, but I would like to extend an olive branch.
  If someone from the Cowardly Blog would like to show some guts and use his or her name and go on the record with me about the blog and why it exists and discuss its goals, I will be happy to talk. Our e-mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  If you do that, I will run a column on it (free publicity!) I will stop calling you the Cowardly Blog and will show you proper respect.
  Until then, you can enjoy your little blog that is jam packed with bluster but void of credibility.

Not too cold for this guy
  Anyone who was out and about over the weekend knows it was cold out. Anyone who went to a high school football game may still not be fully thawed out for Thanksgiving.
  I was shooting photos of the Marist-Naperville Central game on Saturday night and the temperature was 19 degrees and the wind chill made it feel like it was in the single digits.
  Speaking of digits, my shooting hand had some frozen fingers and the hand with the big ol’ glove on it also featured a frozen finger or two. The sideline portable hand warmers were quite the popular destination on this night. I saw two football players on the bench huddled in a blanket. Tough guys aren’t always so tough on a night like this.
  But despite the freezing cold, there was one guy on the Naperville chain gang who decided it was still balmy enough to wear shorts.
  I shot a photo of him and probably should have interviewed him. But I was too cold to talk.
  Was he brave? Was he crazy? Was he both?
  Any way you look at it, those bare legs certainly stuck out in the crowd.

Ahhhh, shaddup
  Evergreen Park’s Binny’s Beverage Depot, which took over Bleekers Bowl this year, is having three sports figures stop by for its grand opening next week.
  On Monday, Ben Smith of the Blackhawks hits town from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to sign autographs and pose for photos. The Bud Light Ice Crew ladies are supposed to be there, too.
  Former Bears coach Mike Ditka will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. He will sign bottles of his brand of wine for free but if you want something else you need to cough up 25 bones which will go to Evergreen Park charity Christmas Without Cancer. One of my favorite sound bites is Ditka telling a heckling fan “Ahhhh, shaddup” after a game. It still makes me laugh.
  On Saturday, Dec. 7, Hall of Fame football player Dan Hampton will hold court in a meet-and-greet from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  Binny’s is located at 3447 W. 95th St.