May 30, 2013 |
If I asked you to name two players on the Chicago Sky, could you do it? Not going to lie, I definitely couldn't. Well, that was before The Showdown. Drunk on a mix of ego and excitement, I openly challenged anyone on the Sky roster to a free-throw contest. Two accepted. Now, despite not having shot a jumper since the Clinton administration, I set out to defeat not one, but two WNBA players. Because pride is a wonderful thing, I spent a week learning how to shoot again. My training goal was simple: Hit two free throws in a row. The first day, I shot for 42 minutes before that happened.
September 30, 2012 |
When you get a new roommate, you enter an entirely new social compact. You must negotiate new compromises and re-invent living habits. Also, if he happens to be a center-right economist, you'll have to do a lot more reading. My new roommate Pat has a master's in economics, so we spend a lot of time evaluating economic policy decisions. "C'mon, man, targeting nominal GDP is the way to go," I'll say after we've stayed up till 2 in the morning discussing the Fed's recent actions.
May 7, 2012 |
Jason Azul could probably run a Bulls gift shop right out of his apartment. Step inside his "man cave" in the South Loop, and you're greeted with Bulls pictures, jerseys, action figures, bobbleheads and even a doll. "I've been embarrassed to have Derrick Rose sign it," said Azul, 27, of the 18-inch Derrick Rose doll that retails for around $300. "I tried to get my girlfriend to get him to. It's definitely a slippery slope. It might be a little embarrassing but you have to collect something.
January 6, 2014 |
The subzero temperatures might be keeping most of Chicago indoors today, but not the local deliverymen. The extreme weather has forced some local restaurants to close for the day, but others are seeing a surge in delivery orders from cooped up residents and office workers who don't want to venture outside to pick up food. Leona's restaurant on East 53rd Street in Hyde Park saw double the usual lunch orders, according to its manager, Pedro Vazquez. "All our locations are delivering today," he said.
May 19, 2014 |
The kidnapper demanded $2,000 to release her captive Sunday. But the woman, Monique Fitzgerald, 22, of Evanston, had actually kidnapped herself, county prosecutors said. Fitzgerald was charged with felony disorderly conduct after police discovered that the threatening text messages she had sent a friend demanding money turned out to be a ruse, and that she had never been in danger. When Fitzgerald's friend received text messages from her saying she had been kidnapped and would need $2,000 to be released,...
January 20, 2013 |
When it comes to Cubs fans, nothing sells quite like nostalgia. There was no better evidence of this at last weekend's Cubs Convention than vendor Dave Noll trying to sell a pair of 20-year-old used shoes for $750. "The coolest thing, I think, are these Ryne Sandberg game-worn baseball spikes," Noll said at the event, which took place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. "They were in the trenches. They were on Sandberg's feet. They probably helped him steal bases, field ground balls, jack baseballs out of the park.