Sports abroad? Five things not to joke about with Canadian border guards

Sports abroad? Five things not to joke about with Canadian border guards
Last weekend I got the opportunity for the first time in my life to play sports outside the country. I’m 43, and it was an amateur sports affair. But I can still brag (if that’s the word) that I have played sports internationally. My roller derby team, the Chicago Bruise Brothers arrived to play a... Read more »

Between MEN: Mogan Brown, Music Dude

Between MEN: Mogan Brown, Music Dude
Mogan Brown moved to Chicago almost a decade ago from Portland, Oregon. Although Brown, 36, departed from one of the hipper places on earth and the comfort of green everywhere, he landed in one of the greatest live music cities in the US. After a variety of jobs in his mid-20s, Brown let his love... Read more »

Between MEN: Adam Vavrick, The Beer Guy

Between MEN: Adam Vavrick, The Beer Guy
“Between MEN”, is an ongoing series of posts written for the sole purpose of exploring men — men from varied backgrounds and unique experiences from all walks of life. Today, meet  Adam Vavrick, a self-educated beer expert and brew enthusiast. Oh… and he’s a great guy to just hang with. So tell us about you,... Read more »
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Between MEN: Exavier Pope, The Overcoming Visionary

Between MEN: Exavier Pope, The Overcoming Visionary
“Between MEN”, is a new series of posts written for the sole purpose of exploring men — men from varied backgrounds and unique experiences from all walks of life. Today, Exavier Pope, “The Overcoming Visionary”. Exavier B. Pope I, Esq., or “Ex” as some friends and colleagues call him, is one of Chicago’s most enterprising young... Read more »

Between MEN: Jack Silverstein, Sports Oral Historian

Between MEN: Jack Silverstein, Sports Oral Historian
“Between MEN” is a series of posts written for the sole purpose of exploring men — men from varied backgrounds and unique experiences from all walks of life. Today, writer Jack Silverstein. At the ripe age of 33, Jack Silverstein has done a lot. After a brief stint reporting up close on the Chicago Bears... Read more »

Between MEN: Paul Heinecke, Roller Derby Princess

Between MEN: Paul Heinecke, Roller Derby Princess
Paul Heinecke is better known among many of his peers as Princess A. Pauling or just “Princess”. Princess, after all, is his derby name, a necessary part of his role as captain on the Chicago Bruise Brothers men’s roller derby team. He says he is not much of a sports fan outside of derby, but does have... Read more »
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Between MEN: Dr King disciple, Jesse White

Between MEN: Dr King disciple, Jesse White
This week, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White again took oath to become the state’s longest serving state official. White first became Illinois Secretary of State in 1998, when he won the his first election campaign by a landslide. White grew up in Chicago, graduated from Waller High School (now Lincoln Park HS) and won a... Read more »

Roller Derby star Jackie Daniels bids Chicago farewell

Roller Derby star Jackie Daniels bids Chicago farewell
After five years of wowing crowds in the Windy City and beyond, Chicago roller derby phenomenon Jackie Daniels is moving on. Daniels joined the internationally-ranked Windy City All-Stars in 2010 from Grand Rapids, Michigan based Grand Raggidy, and played for five consecutive seasons with Windy City, leading the All-Stars twice as co-captain. So where is America’s... Read more »

Between MEN: Comedian Patrick O'Hara, on enjoying every sandwich

Between MEN: Comedian Patrick O'Hara, on enjoying every sandwich
“Between MEN”, is a new series of posts written for the sole purpose of exploring men — men from varied backgrounds and unique experiences from all walks of life. To kick things off, we’ll start with Chicago comedian Patrick O’Hara. O’Hara, 36, grew up on the South Side of Chicago, and first picked up comedy... Read more »
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A Quick Chat with Matt Forte

A Quick Chat with Matt Forte
Football fans are a little down on the Chicago Bears as of late. After a reasonably good start to the 2014 season, the Bears let loose in the second half of the Bears-Packers matchup at Soldier Field a month ago. And after an impressive win in Atlanta, the Bears failed to capitalize and beat a... Read more »