February 19, 2014 |
The Sochi Olympics are in full swing, and while nothing has totally fallen apart, the fact that the focus has too frequently been more on breaking our athletes out of shoddily built bathrooms than going for the gold should be something we take to heart here in Chicago. About this time five years ago, I was fairly happy thinking there was a chance Chicago would get the Olympics. Obviously we didn't, but I now can say that I had to be popping a Molly after 10 Irish car bombs to be thinking that way because Chicago would be hell on Earth if the Games came to town.
February 13, 2014
Just because you're a jock doesn't mean you can't get in touch with your feelings. With Valentine's Day upon us, it's a great time for Chicago athletes to take a break from their ultra-competitive personas and give us a peek at their romantic side. Namely in the form of: "What's your favorite 'chick flick'?" . Derrick Rose, Bulls "'Love & Basketball.' I think that was the perfect movie to combine with basketball. I think the actors they had in the movie were great. They did a great job putting the story together.
February 11, 2014 |
Ah, the Olympic athlete parody video. Since the U.S. swimmers made it popular in 2012 with the "Call Me Maybe" spoof, it's up to the 2014 competitors to raise the bar. Since this is the Winter Games, we present reviews in the style of figure skating judges, grading technical and artistic mastery on a 10.0 scale. U.S. WOMEN'S SKI TEAM: Katy Perry medley Technical: 8.0 Why do they fade out the songs just before the chorus? It slows the video's cutesy momentum. Also, it's hard to tell who's who under the helmets and goggles.
December 3, 2013 |
Eighty years ago this week, Congress passed the 21 s t Amendment to the Constitution. For those not up on their (drunk) history, it was the end of Prohibition, people! While there are well-known incidents of Chicago athletes enjoying themselves, um, a little too much, for the most part it's safe to use them as celebratory role models. . Mike Davies, Wolves forward Favorite alcoholic beverage: Vodka-water Favorite holiday beverage: Buffalo Trace whiskey and Coke Favorite Chicago spot: Anywhere that has a patio in the summer because I like drinking outdoors.
November 21, 2013 |
Regardless of what sport you play, where you play it or how good you are at it, every locker room at deals with hazing. It's not always the type of "bullying" and other cruel deeds that Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin is alleging, but it does exist. I played football at both the high school and semi-pro levels. I've seen and experienced hazing firsthand. Now granted I didn't go through what Martin is said to have gone through (racism, humiliation, verbal and physical threats)
October 10, 2013 |
While many wheelchair athletes are born without use of their legs, many who will compete in the Chicago Marathon ended up in a wheelchair because of injury. This is the case for three Chicago-area residents: Adam Finney of Bronzeville, Geoff Kent of River North and Bob Swanson of Round Lake, Ill. "You end up in a wheelchair and it's a confusing time," said Kent, 33. "You say, 'What am I going to do with myself?'" Kent suffered his injury while skiing in 2007. "I fell 40 feet and landed on a tree trunk on my spine.