Archive for March 2012

Lottery Hangover

Lottery Hangover
So instead of riches I made a small state donation, that’s okay, didn’t want the media scrunity anyway. But the lottery hype was a litle much, had us just dreaming of that 1% life but I’m cool with my life. Bills are paid, roof over my head, good friends and family and baseball season starts... Read more »

Why No One Wants the University Of Illinois Men's Basketball Head Coaching Job

I think this is more of an athletic department issue than anything else. Coaches saw how the new athletic director Mike Thomas tossed out the head football coach (Ron Zook who actually deserved to be let go), and both the women’s & men’s head basketball coaches. Former Illinois men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber was well... Read more »

I Remember Lacy: The Legacy of Lacy J. Banks

Sometimes we find find our idols in strange places and sometimes they find us. I started reading the Chicago Sun Times at the ripe old age of 8 or 9 back in the mid 80’s, always starting with the sports pages, guys like Ron Rappaport, Terry Boers and Lacy J. Banks. I wanted to write... Read more »

Low Voter Turnout: No Excuses

So all over the metro area yesterday’s voter turnout was around 20%, despite some good battles for the US House, some suburban referendum that could save money & lives, people just didn’t show up. Apathy? Lazy? Indifference? Doesn’t matter, you don’t vote, you can’t complain that our society and government is going down the drain.... Read more »

Above The Rim: Bill Carmody's Difficult Position at Northwestern University

I can’t believe people are calling for Northwestern University’s head basketball coach Bill Carmody’s head. Now I’m a DePaul grad and long time Blue Demon basketball fan but the game of college basketball isn’t always about wins and losses. And trust me recently DePaul has seen its share of losses. But this is about Northwestern... Read more »

True DePaul Blue Demons: Iron Women Basketball

I’ve never been more proud of a DePaul basketball team that lost a game. I don’t believe in moral victories but I do admire a team that works like hell against a much better opponent. The DePaul Blue Demons women’s team came to play last night, even though they only had seven women on the... Read more »

Enough with the Rod Blagojevich Prison Party; Go Directly To Jail!

I’ve had enough with our former governor and his last days of freedom, but I’m not just ranting, I have experience in this arena, let me explain. My brother has been in and out of prison most of his adult life, I personally know the strain of having a loved one behind bars but my... Read more »

Should The University Of Illinois Hire an African American Basketball Coach?

Yesterday Bruce Weber was fired from his job of the last 9 years of coaching men’s basketball at the University of Illinois. After missing the NCAA postseason tournament the of the five last seasons and losing twelve of the last fifteen regular season games and an embarrasing loss vs the University of Iowa in the... Read more »

The Blues In DePaul Blue Demon Basketball

With the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament coming up, college basketball will be at the sports forefront for the next month. Except here in Illinois, specifically Chicago. Sure Northwestern has a remote chance of making their first ever NCAA postseason appearance and that would be special but there is no clear cut, legit college basketball team... Read more »

Happy Birthday Chicago

Sunday March 4th is the City of Chicago’s birthday, so I will talk a little (or a lot), of my long time love affair with my hometown. I was born at the Lying-In hospital within the University of Chicago Medical Center in Hyde Park and that’s where I’ll start this soliloquy. Few things are sweeter... Read more »
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