Deadspin’s A.J. Daulerio reports former Chicago Tribune columnist and mascara fiend Jay Mariotti (above, right) will return to active sports journalism on Monday, January 6, as part of AOL’s Fanhouse.  Given Mariotti’s recent comments about the death of print media, it’s not the most surprising move, though it remains to be seen if Jay will be responsible for uploading his own JPG’s and/or coding his own hyperlinks.

Whether or not this is a harbinger of similar shifts on the part of mainstream media types remains to be seen, but I remain hopeful Bob Gamere can make a triumphant comeback with MVN Sports or Yardbarker, depending on who has the more attractive package to offer.