Hanukkah vs. Christmas: It's No Contest

After publishing this blog post two years ago, I thought it would be appropriate to post it again seeing as how Hanukkah begins tonight, on Christmas Eve, this year. Enjoy if you will: My mother who is my source for all things Jewish would not be happy with the fact that I am comparing Hanukkah... Read more »

Dining Alone in Rome

In my early 20’s, I traveled alone through Europe, my first stop being Rome, Italy, the only stop on my 4 week trip where I spent a decent amount of money on a hotel room.  In the days before the internet, and Yelp, and Google Maps, I was left to my own devices – a marginal... Read more »

The White Man who Looks Like a Trump Supporter

As a white man, it’s unfortunate, but I look like a Trump supporter. About three weeks ago, I was driving west on 115th Street on the southwest side of Chicago, in the Morgan Park neighborhood, leaving my gym on an unseasonably sunny, warm autumn afternoon. My car windows were open and as I approached Vincennes... Read more »

Cubs Fans Need to Trust Joe Maddon

Since watching a high-interest event on television nowadays requires corresponding Twitter viewing, it was impossible to watch last night’s Game 6 of the World Series without seeing a barrage of criticism when Joe Maddon brought in his best relief pitcher, Aroldis Chapman, to pitch the remainder of the 7th inning and possibly the 8th and... Read more »

Top Chicago Cubs-Related Twitter Feeds

As my hometown now gets ready to explode on Saturday night into a cacophony of joy, on Thursday night I found myself watching Game 5 of the NLCS while simultaneously checking various Twitter feeds to somehow confirm and supplement the “I can’t believe this is actually happening” feeling that I have. So, while trying to... Read more »

How About we Stop Playing the National Anthem at Sporting Events?

In the year 2016, with all that exists in American society, is it really still necessary to play the National Anthem at all college and professional sporting events? No one buys a ticket to a game to hear the anthem. So how about we stop doing it. According to the Washington Post: As legend has... Read more »

White Sox: Please Trade Chris Sale Right Now

Chris Sale should be traded right now and I hope the White Sox get smart and do it. Is there any reason why a multi-million dollar enterprise should keep on its payroll someone who has proven to be a buffoon twice in the same year? In his first moronic move this year, Sale virulently came... Read more »

My All-Star Baseball Summer Moment

Summer is about baseball. Watching it, playing it, coaching it, smelling it, and hearing it. When I was 15 years old, there was a day during that summer when I got to pitch in a baseball game that was, for me, my one true all-star summer moment. It truly meant something, in a stadium, in... Read more »

80 Year Old Holocaust Survivor believes the Fabric of American Society is Being Torn

My mother is an 80 year old Holocaust survivor and is not in the best of health, but as a former writer and journalist, has never shied away from offering an opinion, such as police and their interactions with black people and how the fabric of American society is gradually being torn. Her opinion, like... Read more »

Give me Cam Newton over Peyton Manning Any Day

Pro athletes have an interesting place in American culture; we love them, we hate them, we worship them, we criticize them. And now, in the 21st Century we can get on social media and bash them for the world to see. After Sunday’s Super Bowl, I was amazed at the number of people who bestowed... Read more »