It happened: What now?

The bar at the Billy Goat tavern was as good a place as any to end a memorable 2016. As one of the many forgettable college football bowl games played in the background over the constant buzz of chatter, this conversation might have taken place anytime in the last month. Turk: “I still can’t believe... Read more »

Cubs fans never were 'long-suffering'

Please stop with the “long-suffering” pity. Cubs fans shared disappointments, but we were never lost. From our first seconds as kids at Wrigley Field to the most recent warm, summer afternoons Chicago Cubs fans always remained loyal and optimistic. “Wait ’til next year” reflected our joy. We bonded with parents, friends, children and others in... Read more »

Quiet Chicago moments

The hustle of downtown Chicago is noisy and nervous, but we can find quiet moments. Last Sunday night, we were among the massive Wrigley Field crowd buzzing late into the night about the historic season, as Cubs’ Catcher “Grandpa” David Ross thrilled the hopeful. A Southport Brown Line stop later, the sizzle faded into a... Read more »
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Ten Chicago views to help you forget our awful politics

From Illinois budget fatigue to #Brexit and Donald Trump, now is a great time to forget our political troubles and enjoy some new perspectives on foot in Chicago. 10. Join Pedro Strop at Wrigley Field, and remember to tilt your #HatsToTheLeft. 9. See the Cubs through the eyes of a first-time fan. 8. To put... Read more »

Mr. Trump has a problem

Mr. Trump has a problem. Donald Trump’s most recent problem came in South Carolina. He appeared to mock a news reporter’s disability. Some say Trump’s largest problem is with women, as he is far from being a Bush “compassionate conservative.” His positions on immigration make this clear. My liberal friends, of course, use words like... Read more »

Old men, Chicago Cubs baseball and World Series politics

Old men. I felt like one this year. The Chicago Cubs unexpected ride to within four games of the World Series turned me into my dad. Blame it on the politics of being a Cubs baseball fan – a combination of pessimism, healthy skepticism and hope.   I was too pessimistic in April while making... Read more »
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Blago just another Cubs fan

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is reported to be watching the Chicago Cubs playoff run from behind bars. He was known for taking in Cubs games while in office. The news comes from a Channel 5 report of a letter from Blago to his daughter Amy. He is said to have “a lifelong dream of... Read more »

September political and baseball desperation

September is a hot and cold, desperate month. We come out of the long Labor Day weekend with kids back at school, candidates hoping to make a move, and baseball players and managers either fighting for a post-season spot or waiting until next year. So it is in 2015. The recent GOP presidential debate on... Read more »

Would Chicago vote for Trump over Clinton?

Donald Trump continues to confound political pundits, and this leads me to ask: Would Chicago vote for Trump over Hillary Clinton? Even though Democrat Clinton was born in Park Ridge, her “terrible, crushingly bad” poll numbers make this a reasonable question. Clinton, the daughter of a store owner, campaigned for Barry Goldwater in 1964, but joined... Read more »
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#LETSGO Cubs at the All-Star break

The Chicago Cubs #LETSGO hashtag represents the hopes, dreams and optimism of fans like me. Former President Bill Clinton once said politics is about the future, and Cubs fans understand this truth. The Cubs have a 47-40 record with a .540 winning percentage at the turn toward the second half of the season. They seem... Read more »