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January 31, 2012 | RedEye
Media day has quickly become equally the most annoying Super Bowl-related event and the most fun. Tuesday's edition was no different, featuring all the silliness fans have come to expect in recent year. While no reporters arrived in a wedding dress planning to propose to a player, Indianapolis' version of media day at Lucas Oil Stadium upped the ante in one unique way: For the first time ever, fans were able to attend. For $25 bucks a pop, of course. So, what did we learn from media day?
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May 30, 2013 | By Brian Hedger, For RedEye
He didn't turn his stick into a pretend guitar or drop it like it was on fire, but Brent Seabrook's celebration following his overtime goal to beat Detroit in overtime Wednesday was memorable. In the midst of being mobbed by his teammates, Seabrook looked toward the rafters at United Center with an expression like he'd just won the lottery. It was exactly how you'd expect a guy to look after scoring the goal that ended a classic Stanley Cup playoffs series in overtime of a Game 7. But not all goal celebrations—or "cellies," as players call them—are built the same.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2011
TBOX is Festa's Twelve Bars Of Xmas: A super-huge bar crawl held annually in Wrigleyville. Starting at 9AM, it travels through no less than 36 Bars. Last year TBOX2010 had over 10,000 registered participants (I was there, it was nuts). Get more info and tickets here.
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May 14, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot, RedEye and RedEye
Mini-review: Tommy Knuckles Tavern & Lounge 433 W. Diversey Parkway 773-248-3230 Rating:  !! (out of four): Give it some time No, Tommy Knuckles isn't a dude. According to owners, the name of this less-than-a-month-old Lincoln Park bar refers to a slang term for someone who is "extremely awesome or certifiably nuts. " It's a bold name, and along with the bar's fist logo, it's almost confrontational. But co-owner Tyrrell Tomlin said the bar should be a laid-back place to hang in Lincoln Park, down to the black-and-white portraits on the walls that are meant to add a dose...
NEWS
December 15, 2011 | RedEye
This week: Chicago singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Bird performs Dec. 21-22 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. He's known for whistling in his songs. The question: Do you enjoy musical use of whistling, or does it drive you nuts? I enjoy it: Would the Scorpions' monster rock ballad "Winds of Change" take you to the "magic of the moment” without the legendary whistling? Uh, no. There's no wind. There'd be no change. Just like the cowbell, we need more whistling!
SPORTS
November 19, 2012 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Now that Notre Dame is a national title contender, everyone in Chicago has to pretend it's a "Chicago team" although it's 100 miles away and half of us assume South Bend is south of the city, not east. Notre Dame football elicits two distinct responses from sports fans: You love 'em for their tradition or you hate 'em for their stupid gold helmets that have actual 23.9-karat gold. The next few weeks will provide plenty of entertainment for both camps. Because USC starting quarterback Matt Barkley is out for this weekend's game, the Irish need only to make sure their buses take the...
SPORTS
May 30, 2013 | By Brian Hedger, For RedEye
He didn't turn his stick into a pretend guitar or drop it like it was on fire, but Brent Seabrook's celebration following his overtime goal to beat Detroit in overtime Wednesday was memorable. In the midst of being mobbed by his teammates, Seabrook looked toward the rafters at United Center with an expression like he'd just won the lottery. It was exactly how you'd expect a guy to look after scoring the goal that ended a classic Stanley Cup playoffs series in overtime of a Game 7. But not all goal celebrations—or "cellies," as players call them—are built the same.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2012 | By Erin Sarris, For RedEye
If you think you can't get a specialty doughnut downtown without enduring a line that wraps around the block, get over to Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee (50 W. Randolph St. 312-488-2483), the Loop's newest walk-up doughnut shop in a space carved out of Petterino's. Disclaimer: We're not promising there won't be lines eventually. (Co-owners Francis Brennan, formerly of L20, and Jeff Mahin, as well as the financial backers at Lettuce Entertain You certainly hope there will be.) But the shop has only been open since late February, so the word's still getting out about the piping-hot small batches of...
SPORTS
February 2, 2012 | RedEye
The Blackhawks game started late because of bad weather. You want to beat the traffic getting home from Soldier Field. The Bulls are crushing their hapless opponent. The Cubs are getting pummeled--again--in the 6th inning. There are reasons to consider leaving your team's game early, but should you? We tackle that vexing sporting debate in this week's edition of Go Nuts! LEAVE WHEN YOU WANT If it was my choice to purchase tickets to a sporting event, it's also my choice to leave early.
SPORTS
May 17, 2012 | RedEye
The Cubs and White Sox renew their crosstown rivalry this weekend at Wrigley Field, and you're bound to see fans with "torn allegiances. " You'll know this because they cheer when either team scores or - gasp! - they wear one of those two-sided jerseys. Which brings us to our latest debate. This round: Is it OK to root for both the Cubs and the Sox?   YES Is it OK to root for both the Cubs and Sox? Is it OK to eat both chocolate and vanilla ice cream?
SPORTS
February 28, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Lord, I love the NHL. Right when they lure me back, almost all the way back, they do something stupid like float realignment. Fine, except the move would send the Detroit Red Wings back to the Eastern Conference. OK, I can put up with the huge ticket prices, all the modernity, all the newbie Blackhawks fans who never saw a game at the old Chicago Stadium, all that good stuff. But, I need my Original Six. Sorry, as much as I complain about Detroit, with all its fans walking the streets whenever the Wings come to town, we want them on that wall.
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February 4, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
How desperate are Fall Out Boy fans for tickets? If Craigslist is any indication, the answer is very. Surprise tickets to see the band--which has been on a break for three years--play at Subterranean went on sale Monday morning. Seconds later, so did a host of posts on Craigslist absolutely begging for a chance at admission. How far are fans willing to go to score tickets? Take a look: Seeking hot chick: "Got through and scored two tickets to the show tonight, looking to take the hottest chick possible, for free of course, no hanky pancky (sic)
SPORTS
November 19, 2012 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Now that Notre Dame is a national title contender, everyone in Chicago has to pretend it's a "Chicago team" although it's 100 miles away and half of us assume South Bend is south of the city, not east. Notre Dame football elicits two distinct responses from sports fans: You love 'em for their tradition or you hate 'em for their stupid gold helmets that have actual 23.9-karat gold. The next few weeks will provide plenty of entertainment for both camps. Because USC starting quarterback Matt Barkley is out for this weekend's game, the Irish...
SPORTS
May 17, 2012 | RedEye
The Cubs and White Sox renew their crosstown rivalry this weekend at Wrigley Field, and you're bound to see fans with "torn allegiances. " You'll know this because they cheer when either team scores or - gasp! - they wear one of those two-sided jerseys. Which brings us to our latest debate. This round: Is it OK to root for both the Cubs and the Sox?   YES Is it OK to root for both the Cubs and Sox? Is it OK to eat both chocolate and vanilla ice cream?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2012 | By Erin Sarris, For RedEye
If you think you can't get a specialty doughnut downtown without enduring a line that wraps around the block, get over to Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee (50 W. Randolph St. 312-488-2483), the Loop's newest walk-up doughnut shop in a space carved out of Petterino's. Disclaimer: We're not promising there won't be lines eventually. (Co-owners Francis Brennan, formerly of L20, and Jeff Mahin, as well as the financial backers at Lettuce Entertain You certainly hope there will be.) But the shop has only been open since late February, so the word's still getting out about the piping-hot small batches of fried dough, served...
SPORTS
February 2, 2012 | RedEye
The Blackhawks game started late because of bad weather. You want to beat the traffic getting home from Soldier Field. The Bulls are crushing their hapless opponent. The Cubs are getting pummeled--again--in the 6th inning. There are reasons to consider leaving your team's game early, but should you? We tackle that vexing sporting debate in this week's edition of Go Nuts! LEAVE WHEN YOU WANT If it was my choice to purchase tickets to a sporting event, it's also my choice to leave early.
SPORTS
January 18, 2012
Carlos Boozer's poor defense kills the Bulls. The Cubs bullpen implodes. Adam Dunn strikes out - again. Fans have plenty of reasons to boo their own teams. But should they? We tackle that in this edition of Go Nuts!   Boo all you want Not boo my own team? How am I supposed to appropriately communicate my disappointment in coaching decisions? Nobody wants to get the players discouraged, but every now and then you have to let the staff know what's up. We're in this together.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
How desperate are Fall Out Boy fans for tickets? If Craigslist is any indication, the answer is very. Surprise tickets to see the band--which has been on a break for three years--play at Subterranean went on sale Monday morning. Seconds later, so did a host of posts on Craigslist absolutely begging for a chance at admission. How far are fans willing to go to score tickets? Take a look: Seeking hot chick: "Got through and scored two tickets to the show tonight, looking to take the hottest chick possible, for free of course, no hanky pancky (sic)
SPORTS
January 31, 2012 | RedEye
Media day has quickly become equally the most annoying Super Bowl-related event and the most fun. Tuesday's edition was no different, featuring all the silliness fans have come to expect in recent year. While no reporters arrived in a wedding dress planning to propose to a player, Indianapolis' version of media day at Lucas Oil Stadium upped the ante in one unique way: For the first time ever, fans were able to attend. For $25 bucks a pop, of course. So, what did we learn from media day?
SPORTS
January 18, 2012
Carlos Boozer's poor defense kills the Bulls. The Cubs bullpen implodes. Adam Dunn strikes out - again. Fans have plenty of reasons to boo their own teams. But should they? We tackle that in this edition of Go Nuts!   Boo all you want Not boo my own team? How am I supposed to appropriately communicate my disappointment in coaching decisions? Nobody wants to get the players discouraged, but every now and then you have to let the staff know what's up. We're in this together.
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