Posts in category "Sports"

5 things you can do with your busted March Madness bracket

5 things you can do with your busted March Madness bracket
It’s just three days into the NCAA Tournament, but your bracket already is busted. Sorry, my friend. That Iowa State-Baylor championship you predicted now will only happen in your imagination. But what to do with that now-worthless piece of paper detailing your horrible choices? I have some suggestions: 1. Make a paper airplane But not... Read more »

One-and-done Baseball Hall of Fame All-Stars: 2015 edition

One-and-done Baseball Hall of Fame All-Stars: 2015 edition
In 2013, I created the one-and-done Baseball Hall of Fame All-Stars. While many are praising Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio on their recent election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, I prefer to recognize those players who got at least one vote in their first year of eligibility, but not enough votes... Read more »

Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Floyd Sullivan of Waiting4Cubs

Floyd Sullivan is the author of the ChicagoNow blog, Waiting4Cubs. As a fellow Cubs fan, I had plenty of questions for him regarding our favorite baseball team. JOE GRACE: What is your favorite Cub memory ever? FLOYD SULLIVAN: Most of my Cub memories are absolute horrors (I was at the Brant Brown game in Milwaukee,... Read more »
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Five reasons Bears fans have it (oh so much) better than Bills fans

Five reasons Bears fans have it (oh so much) better than Bills fans
I live in the Chicago suburbs, but I am a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan. I also listen to a lot of sports radio on my way to and from work every day. And all I’ve heard during the past three days on the radio is whine, Bears, whine, Trestman, whine, defense. Phone call after phone... Read more »

How a 16-inch softball rule can help make baseball watchable

How a 16-inch softball rule can help make baseball watchable
I was listening to The Boers & Bernstein Show on my way home from work on Thursday and the hosts were discussing how tedious many people find watching baseball to be, especially with a team like the Boston Red Sox that intentionally tries to gum up the works and slow the game down. I’m with... Read more »

Tales of Gusto: The 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame

Tales of Gusto: The 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame
The playoffs begin tonight in the Chicago media 16-inch softball league I’m in. This has been my first season playing for the ChicagoNow team. It’s also been my first time playing any sport with a bat and ball in any sort of organized way and the first time I’ve ever even seen a 16-inch softball.... Read more »
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Running diary for 2013 NBA Finals, Game 1: Out of steam

On Thursday night, most people in Chicago were watching the Blackhawks play the Los Angeles Kings. Not me. Sorry. Don’t care about hockey. I’m an NBA guy. And Thursday night was the first night of the NBA Finals, an epic showdown between good (the San Antonio Spurs) and blurgh (the Miami Heat). So, I settled... Read more »

Infographic: Proof that TWTW (The Will To Win) is the ultimate baseball stat

Chicago White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson has been in the news lately for his view (perhaps disregard would be a better word) of advanced baseball statistics. In his mind, only one things matters: TWTW, better known as The Will To Win. This has drawn general consternation from the sports media world and most people with... Read more »

5 optimistic and possibly insane predictions about the Chicago Cubs on Opening Day

5 optimistic and possibly insane predictions about the Chicago Cubs on Opening Day
Ah, Opening Day — the best day in a Cubs fan’s year. A day marking the true return of spring. A day of hope. A day when Wait ‘Til Next Year comes to fruition. There are many days that aren’t so good to Cubs fans. The day you realize your team is fielding essentially a... Read more »
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The YouTube Hall of Fame: Anthony Adams, dead wisdom teeth and The Chickeneers

YouTube has thousands upon thousands of new videos every week, but how do you know which ones are worth watching? How do you know which ones will make you laugh and which ones will make you avert your eyes in horror? That’s where I come in. Here at Going for Gusto, I’ve created what I’m... Read more »