Jay Mariotti, called ``the most impacting Chicago sportswriter of the past quarter-century,’’ is the host of ``Unmuted,’’ a frequent podcast about sports and life (Apple, Spotify, etc.). He is an accomplished columnist, TV commentator and radio host. As a Los Angeles resident, he gravitated by osmosis to movie projects. He appears Wednesdays on The Dino Costa Show, a segment billed as ``The Rawest Hour in Sports.’’ Compensation for this column is donated to the Chicago Sun-Times Charity Trust. He can be reached on Twitter @MariottiSports.
If the World Series brought back the pulsating thrill of a great finish, it also reflected a new reality: People are watching sports in significantly fewer numbers as America braces for a long, virus-bullish winter.