February 12, 2013 |
Before forwarding the link, my brother asked if I had any interest in killing about an hour of my time. I said sure, why not. And now my life is different. The link he sent me was to thuzio.com, a booking agency for former (and some current) athletes offering a range of personal appearance services. Live in the San Diego area and want former Seattle second baseman Bret Boone to show up to your fantasy baseball draft? That'll be $1,000. It might seem like a steep price to pay, but it'll be worth it to see the look on your friends' faces as they struggle to comprehend why...
January 31, 2013 |
The gymnasium at Bradwell Elementary School was packed Thursday morning with 100 teachers and principals from around Chicago, plus a handful of students, a bundle of OfficeMax employees and loads of media, all in attendance to recognize educators for their work. Doing the recognizing would be Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, and OfficeMax CEO Ravi Saligram, as part of their A Day Made Better initiative. The initiative is one in which the company reimburses teachers for the money they spend out of pocket each year, a total that the...
October 3, 2012 |
When Brandon Mahone took the stage for his blind audition, singing the Temptations' classic "I Wish it Would Rain," it only took about 20 seconds for "The Voice" judge Adam Levine to swing his chair around to take a look at the 18-year-old former Chicago resident. Mahone recently moved to Indianapolis due to the violence in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood where he grew up, but still claims roots in the city. RedEye talked to Mahone about his relocation, growing up in Chicago and his audition experience.
August 24, 2012 |
Brandon Boyd, a giant rock star for nearly the last decade and a half as singer and lyricist for Incubus, arrives in the Tribune Tower lobby by himself. No publicist. No manager. No entourage. Just a guy in a porkpie hat, comfortable doing an interview in jeans with a few holes and a T-shirt with more of 'em, without a team of handlers making any decisions. Any fan of the band, who released its most stripped-down album “If Not Now, When?” last year and appears today at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, knows that Boyd has long been a person who...
March 13, 2012 |
The Bears finally have that No. 1 wide receiver fans have been asking for year. On Tuesday, the Bears traded two third-round draft picks for Brandon Marshall, quarterback Jay Cutler's former Denver Broncos teammate. The move was met with near unanimous cheers. Marshall, 27, is 6-foot-4 and gives Cutler a big target and playmaker. So, why is Marshall such a big deal? Check him out vs. the Bears' top receivers. 81 Number of receptions Marshall had last season, 10th in the NFL. 52 Number...
December 1, 2011 |
**** (out of four) Obviously the sex-addiction drama “Shame” has been rated NC-17 because of its nudity (something everyone experiences every day) and sex (something many people wish they experienced every day). Much has been written about the pro-violence, anti-sex rating system's foolishness, so we'll leave that alone. What deserves more conversation is star Michael Fassbender (Rochester in "Jane Eyre," Magneto in "X-Men: First Class"), who's fantastic in everything; in the riveting "Shame," he delivers the year's best male...