March 4, 2014 |
Damn, this polar vortex has me p.o.'d and fat. The forecast calls for temperatures above freezing later this week, but I've lost all hope. I just want to scream, "GO. AWAY. No one likes you!" So over you, stupid polar vortex. Your deadline was weeks ago. If you show up again, Tom Skilling's thumb will fall off from all that tweeting. For real. Thanks a lot, Canada. Does anyone know if the polar vortex is actually a booze cruise in Alaska? Dairy Queen's new ice cream flavor? Dentyne gum?
January 4, 2014 |
With days of subzero temperatures on the way and a predicted wind chill of 40 degrees below zero on Monday, Chicago is looking more like the ice planet Hoth than merely a Windy City. All the better to stay in and watch the season premiere of "MythBusters," airing at 7 p.m. Saturday on Discovery Channel , as the gang tests the plausibility of different "Star Wars" scenarios - like whether Luke would really survive the cold wrapped in the intestines of one of the planet's beasts.
May 15, 2012 |
***1/2 (out of four) Dream-pop duo Beach House have mastered the recipe for a Beach House song: start quiet, add keyboard, add reverb-drenched guitar, throw in some sorrowful lyrics that sound cheery at the same time, find just the right moment to explode with energy. Mix. Repeat. The group's fourth album "Bloom" feels like an extension of breakout success "Teen Dream," delivering more of the same in ways that suit an excellent predecessor rather than feebly mimic. Victoria Legrand's voice constantly enthralls; not until she chants "Help me to make it" in "Myth"...
April 15, 2012 |
I was on Sheffield Avenue the other day when a very drunk man dressed like a Chicago Cub barfed on him passed by me shouting homophobic slurs at everyone in sight, and I knew baseball season had begun. Because I'm a veteran of the North Side whose sports loyalties remain in the dismal smog of central and northeast Ohio, I obviously hate the Cubs. What Cubs fans don't understand (although some might) is that it would be a disaster if the Cubs actually won the World Series. Sports are entirely about mythmaking, about camaraderie and shared illusions.
August 5, 2012
RedEye asked Chicago athletes for their thoughts on the relationship between sex and sports, and whether they abstain from sex before competing. Danny Downes 26, UFC fighter Seeing that I'm a responsible Irish Catholic boy raised on the South Side of Chicago, I have no knowledge of such a conundrum. I am getting married [Aug. 4], though, so it may soon become an issue. From all the scientific evidence I have seen, the no sex before competition because "it will make your legs weak" is pure myth.
April 10, 2013 |
After very much enjoying this year's National Championship game in which Louisville defeated Michigan, I figured out exactly why: it looked like an NBA playoff game. This goes to an argument that drives me absolutely crazy: no, college basketball is not better than professional. People who say this may enjoy college basketball more, but they typically base their reasoning on highly fallacious talking points. Allow me to debunk some myths. Myth: College basketball has better basketball This is the most demonstrably stupid thing anyone can ever say about anything ever.