Archive for March 2015

The Last Week Of Lent & Start of "Holy Week"

The Last Week Of Lent & Start of "Holy Week"
This week is the end of the Lent and is the “High Holy Days” of the Catholic Calendar. We read the passion of Jesus (this year it was the gospel of Mark chapters 14 & 15), and his adaptation of the end of Jesus’ life. This past Sunday which was Palm Sunday (hence the picture... Read more »

The New Coach For DePaul University Men's Basketball Is Dave Letaio

The New Coach For DePaul University Men's Basketball Is Dave Letaio
I was eating lunch with my mother (also a DePaul alum), and my wife on Sunday when I heard that Dave Letaio was back at DePaul University as head coach. Coach Letaio previously coached at DePaul from 2002-2005 before moving on to the University of Virginia. DePaul’s last real successes were with Coach Letaio but... Read more »

20 Years Since The Death Of Easy E

20 Years Since The Death Of Easy E
In every music genre there’s moments of significant loss. Rock N Roll has “The Day Music Died”, February 3, 1959, Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and JP “The Big Bopper”  Richardson died in a plane crash. There’s the losses of Jimi Hendrix & Janis Joplin in my mother’s generation in the fall of 1970. And for... Read more »
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I Am A Conflicted Football Fan

I Am A Conflicted Football Fan
I never played football outside of a park district league in my 20’s and even then myself and a bunch of my teammates had a litany of injuries from a broken leg, broken clavicle and someone got hit so hard they didn’t recognize their teammates. Not to mention and I tore up my knee and... Read more »

My Growing Appeciation For The Chevrolet Corvette

My Growing Appeciation For The Chevrolet Corvette
The first time I saw a Chevrolet Corvette I was 3 or 4 years old. Our then neighbors a few houses east on 123rd Street in West Pullman bought a white one. This is 1979 or 1980 so it’s a new C3 (meaning third generation), and it was “ a cool car”, not over stated... Read more »

Second To Last Week Of Lent: Our Friendship With God

Second To Last Week Of Lent: Our Friendship With God
We are in the home stretch for Lent, with next week being “Holy Week” and the end of Lent, this is the last full regular week. But we need to remain focused and remember its not just about the sacrifice we made and then imbibing in that once Easter is here. Over the past weekend... Read more »
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How Not To Draft A Fantasy Baseball Team

How Not To Draft A Fantasy Baseball Team
I’m one of those guys who loves fantasy drafts. I’d sit around and do a fantasy rugby draft if you let me. I’ve done fantasy leagues in football, basketball, baseball, hockey and NASCAR. Now I admit I’ve done okay in fantasy football, in 15 seasons three league championships and two in the last four seasons.... Read more »

Who Should Be The Next DePaul Men's Basketball Coach?

Who Should Be The Next DePaul Men's Basketball Coach?
My first choice for the replacement of Oliver Purnell to coach men’s basketball at my alma mater DePaul University is my former classmate Tom Kleinschmidt. Tom was a hell of a basketball player at DePaul in the early and mid 1990’s. I played pick up ball with him a few times, he was a smart... Read more »

Lent Week 5; And Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Lent Week 5; And Lead Us Not Into Temptation
So we are deep in the Lenten season now and our biggest issue is ourselves and not being led astray by temptation. We have to remember the beginning of the fourth chapter of the gospel of Matthew ” Then Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the desert to be put to the test... Read more »
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With Oliver Purnell Gone DePaul University Must Find Its Identity

With Oliver Purnell Gone DePaul University Must Find Its Identity
This afternoon Oliver Purnell stepped down as DePaul University Men’s Basketball coach after another disappointing season. In his five seasons, Purnell went 54-105 overall and 15-65 in Big East Conference play. Often the team looked over matched during these years but this year looked different. The team started out with its best start in 20... Read more »
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