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Wyman Winner

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After several weeks of sole-searching (it's amazing what gets stuck down there), I am proud to announce the first winner of a Wyman. The award, memorializing the infamous exchange between the Reader's Bill Wyman and Sports Illustrated/Sun-Times writer Rick Telander on whether playing team sports could have saved Kurt Cobain, honors those music writers who reinforce the stereotype that they're all longhaired, earringed guys who got beat up in gym class.

The first winner is (insert opening drum roll from Smashing Pumpkins' "Cherub Rock") Bill Wyman. He earns the award for his vocabulary-building interview with the Smashing Pumpkins prior to their recent radio concert. After Pumpkin James Iha opened the interview with some goofy sports metaphors, Wyman, attempting to steer the conversation away from an area in which he was clearly lost, commented that perhaps the Pumpkins did not want to associate themselves with sports in a city like Chicago where the teams don't do well.

At that time, the Bears were in first place in their division, the Bulls were being picked to win their fourth championship, the Cubs had narrowly missed a play-off spot, and the amazing Northwestern Wildcats were ranked in college football's Top 25.

Put me in, Coach . . .

Tom Mohr

Oak Park

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