My Long And Winding Road From Angola, Indiana To Tinley Park, Illinois

So my life long dream has finally been realized. As of January 5th of 2015 I will sign the lease and officially begin calling Tinley Park, Illinois my home. Trust me it has been an arduous journey to say the least. But it has also been a very enlightening one. Filled with things I never... Read more »

Some Facts About Wrigley Field As It Winds Down Its 100th year

Here are a few of the lesser known facts concerning one of the most iconic venues in America: 1.   In 1915 Wrigley Field became the first baseball stadium to allow fans to keep home runs and foul balls hit into the stands. A touch ironic considering Cub fans have a long standing tradition of throwing back onto... Read more »

In Death As In Life Robin Williams Left Us Speechless

When my little neighbor asked me why everyone was so sad, my first thought was how do I justify the memory of Robin Williams with my response? For a long time I was speechless. After all, how do you explain something like losing a great friend whom you had never met? For that was exactly what I was... Read more »

10 Fun (And Quirky) Facts About The Chicago Bears

The story of the Chicago Bears is filled with important facts, many of which have been hashed and rehashed by NFL experts. What this post attempts to do is show some of the more peculiar facts that the Bears have been a part of in that long and distinguished history. 1.  During the NFL’s first six seasons... Read more »

Chicago's Park District Needs To Erect A Statue Of Walter Payton

“I am happy to say that everyone that I have met in my life, I have gained something from them; Be it negative or positive. It has enforced and reinforced my life in some aspect.” - Walter Payton Walter Payton is not only a Chicago sports hero. He is a national icon. Revered from coast to coast... Read more »

Billy Williams The Quiet Cub With The Loud Bat

Billy Leo Williams was born on June 15th, 1938 in Whistler, Alabama. Less than eighteen years later, in 1956, he was signed as an amateur free agent by the Chicago Cubs. And so began the Hall of Fame career of a man whose name would soon always follow the phrase ”sweet swingin”. Williams’ path to the big leagues was not as smooth... Read more »

The Lynching Of 14 Year Old Emmett Till Catalyzed The Civil Rights Act

Today marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act. The new law made it illegal to discriminate against any person on the basis of his or her race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It stands today as the single largest civil rights achievement in U.S. history. The catalyst for this eventual... Read more »

The Enduring Legacy Of Brian Piccolo Is More Than "Brian's Song"

It has been nearly 4 and 1/2 decades now since Brian Piccolo succumbed to cancer. Shortly after his death( in June of 1970) all of us got to know the story of Pic’s friendship with Gale Sayers and the battle he lost with embryonal cell carcinoma. It came via the made for television movie “Brian’s Song”. Now, each... Read more »

Seaman 2nd Class Yogi Berra Was Honored Today

Lawrence Peter Berra was honored today at the Yogi Berra Museum in Montclair, New Jersey. Yes, he was in attendance. No, he didn’t want to be. He would have preferred to be in Normandy, France with the other survivors of the Omaha Beach invasion. That’s right, Yogi Berra was part of D-Day on June 6, 1944.... Read more »

Blackhawks Game Tomorrow How Superstitious Are You?

From Webster’s:  Superstition- A belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance or a false conception of causation. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Like the inimitable Crash Davis once said; “If you believe you’re playing well because you’re getting laid, or not getting laid, or because you’re wearing women’s underwear,... Read more »