September 18, 2013 |
He's got a seat with one of the best views in all of sports in the Wrigley Field press box, but on a Cubs game day you'll almost never find the team's communications manager Kevin Saghy in it. "I love the view from the press box, but it can be hard to engage as we would want to if we sat up here for all nine innings," he said. Saghy, who along with colleague Mary Reisert serves as the voice behind the team's @cubs Twitter feed, prefers to spend his days at the ballpark using the account to connect with fans on a personal level.
August 14, 2013 |
Craig McRae not only wants you to have a beer in the shower, he wants to make it easier. The 27-year-old Lakeview resident and his longtime friend and business partner Craig Conant fondly remember their days as college dorm mates, when they would grab a brew and hit the showers before a night out. But the problem of soap, suds and water mixing in with their drinks of choice always remained. Five years after graduating, they're hoping to fund their solution, Sudsy. “The idea sort of came out of our own experiences,” McRae said of his Kickstarter campaign for Sudsy, an adjustable hook with a cup holder on the end that allows bottles or cans to be suspended above the shower floor.
July 23, 2013 |
The interwebs have been good to Joe Moses. His first round of internet fame came from playing Severus Snape in Team Starkid's online parody sensation, "A Very Potter Musical. " Then he went viral with his follow-up YouTube project, "The Potion Master's Corner. " For the past two years, he's been performing a sketch and improv comedy show called "The Joe Moses One Man Showses" (#JMOMS), which featured himself and a rotating cast of guests. But for a five-city live tour - which kicked off Saturday in New York City - he added Curt Mega (Nick on "Glee")
July 22, 2013 |
Robin Ventura may have put Hector Santiago in the White Sox starting rotation, but there's one place the reticent manager isn't following his loquacious lefty. Twitter. "No," Ventura said flatly when asked if he'll ever have an account. "No. [The players] can have [Twitter]. It's all theirs. " The social media-savvy southpaw, on the other hand, is more than happy to pick up his boss's slack. "I'm up a lot at late hours and up early so it's kind of easy for me," Santiago said, shrugging.
July 7, 2013 |
It sounds morbid, but iconic White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson has the ideal final moments of his life scripted out in his mind. "I want to die right here in this seat," Harrelson said softly in the booth that he's called home for the past two-plus decades. "That's what I want to do. If I could write my own script, I would die right here in this seat. " Then his voice shifted from softspoken to the familiar baritone that has provided the soundtrack to many a Chicago summer as he calls his imagined final broadcast.
June 10, 2013 |
Chicagoans are calling for a day of peace on Monday. What started as a social media campaign to raise awareness of violence plaguing the city has transpired into a pledge for no violence on June 10 to help inspire change. Earlier this year, South Sider Bryant Cross, 28, asked Chicagoans to send photos of themselves angry over how many people are killed in the city. A few months later, hundreds of photos are part of the 500 Campaign created by Cross. He tweets the photos, posts them to Facebook and uploads them to Instagram . That led him to ask people to commit to a day without violence and to do something peaceful with their neighbors.
May 22, 2013 |
A handful of elderly folks stopped, peered past a set of double glass doors, scratched their heads and were on their way. “Why's there a bird on the door?” one passerby said, index finger stapled to her chin and forehead scrunched. The younger crowd had a much different reaction. Once the youngsters spotted the sign that hangs just below Section 154 at U.S. Cellular Field, a slight nod of the head and a casual peek inside came to be expected. “This is pretty convenient,” 19-year-old Dylan Goll said.
May 2, 2013 |
I've spent the last year-and-half dating dudes from OKCupid, but now I'm in a place where I'm looking for a more serious relationship. I've been looking for alternatives to OKC, as well as meeting dudes IRL (in real life), and I've been thinking that JDate would be a good match for me. I was raised Catholic, and my family still celebrates Christmas and Easter, but I find that I have the best relationships with Jewish guys. What's the etiquette for joining a site like this when I'm not actually Jewish?
April 25, 2013 |
More often than not, the playoffs bring out the best in players - and in fans. But on occasion, they also can bring out the worst. There are a number of Bulls fans who fall into the latter category, who have been spewing hateful and vile things toward Derrick Rose lately via social media. These fans feel the Bulls could have won Game 1 of their playoff series against Brooklyn, and won by a bigger margin in Game 2 had Rose been in uniform. While he may be in good shape physically, Rose is still trying to get himself ready mentally.
April 16, 2013 |
In the aftermath of dramatic events like Monday's bombing attack at the Boston Marathon, it's a truth of our times that millions of people will get early bits of news via social media. To be sure, sites like Twitter and Facebook were used extensively by police, relief groups and governments to share important information about the bombings. But there's also a more unfortunate side to how the Web responds to sudden bad news. Sometimes accidentally and sometimes maliciously, false information gets loose.