Karmic payback for riding Rex too hard? Or just the inevitable result of a sports journalist’s lifestyle (late nights, bad food, alcohol, heavy mascara, etc.)?

Either way, Jay Mariotti is resting in a New Orleans hospital after undergoing an emergency angioplasty on Wednesday.

Not only do I join Jay’s millions of fans around the country in wishing him a speedy recovery, but I would like to petition Roger Goodell to postpone Da Bears’ playoff games until Jay is healthy enough to write how badly Lovie Smith fucked up.