April 1, 2013 |
Opening Day in baseball is all about optimism. Even the Cubs, who lost 101 games in 2012, and the White Sox, who collapsed in September after leading the AL Central Division most of last season, can look like juggernauts after one game. We're celebrating the return of Chicago's boys of summer with our favorite firsts from Monday's 2013 curtain raisers. First double-take Yes, that guy starting at second base for the Cubs looks familiar. Brent Lillibridge is the player whose trade from the White Sox last season caused a 5-year-old boy to cry on a video his dad posted on YouTube.
October 18, 2011 |
Can we all agree that arguing about sports is more fun than the games themselves sometimes? From the basic "my team is better than your team" verbal jousts to "[Insert player name here] was the best player for [insert sport team here] of all time" boasts, a good sports debate is a blast. Recently, this columnist had a loud argument with a buddy (by the way, I'm starting a charity called The Ernest Wilkins Foundation For People Who Drink Too Much And Then Try And Have Super Serious Conversations)
February 28, 2012 |
This might get a "dadgummit!" or two out of Hawk Harrelson. In a months-long survey, fangraphs.com asked its readers to rate the best local TV announcers in Major League Baseball, and the White Sox play-by-play man and color analyst Steve Stone struck out. As in, they came in dead last. That made us curious as to where the duo fits in the Chicago broadcast landscape. Here's our list. 1. Neil Funk and Stacey King, Bulls King's catchphrases and Twitter presence are enough to put this team in the top spot.
May 13, 2012 |
WATCH WWE Monday Night Raw 8 p.m. Monday, USA It's been a good year for wrestling, from The Rock's return to Chicagoan CM Punk's reign. On Monday night, John Cena and Triple H continue get featured billing. And why not? Ratings have been up in recent weeks when these guys are prancing around the ring. READ The Voice of Reason: A V.I.P. Pass to Enlightenment Available Tuesday. Mixed-martial artists Chael Sonnen pens this "step-by-step guide to being a great human being and patriot.
May 17, 2012 |
So, some doofus at City Hall actually scheduled a NATO summit the same weekend the Cubs are hosting the White Sox. No worries for me. I was planning a weekend of protests anyway. Mine, however, were relegated to more important issues regarding baseball in Chicago. Here's a brief rundown of this weekend's events. All times are CST and approximate, and may in fact never happen. We'll see. Friday 9 a.m., Clark and Addison: Protesting the fact the Cubs can't hold a lead.
May 31, 2012 |
Robert DeNiro said it best in "Goodfellas": "It's gonna be a good summa!" He was referring to your 2012 White Sox. Game on, red-hot winners of eight straight. First, no wimps please. For those concerned about Chris Sale's pitch count, stick it in your you-know-what. He's a kid. He's fine. And besides, if his arm falls off, the Sox will reclaim him and rehab him - it's what they're best at. Questions? See Philip Humber and Jake Peavy. In fact, I can't wait to see Sale after the arm surgery.
August 8, 2012 |
Yeah, getting ready for that Bears Super Bowl run. Can't wait. But something happened this week that bugs the bejeesus out of me. They basically gave the left tackle job toJ'Marcus Webb. Hardly a fight put up by Chris Williams. Always makes me nervous when there's a shaky position and there's no competition for the job. It tells me someone - or perhaps both - are not up to par. Williams, a first-rounder from Vanderbilt (thank you, Jerry Angelo), can't unseed the seventh-rounder from West Texas A&M, where I believe football was an intramural sport.
August 20, 2012 |
The N.Y. Yankees have it so easy. They have a global fan base, never a lull in publicity, and lots of chances to be on TV. Must be nice. They're also pretty good at baseball, as they boast the most wins in the American League. As the Yankees take on the White Sox in a potential playoff preview this week, here are our favorite TV appearances by current Yankees. 1) Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez , "Entourage," 2011 The two superstars - not to mention Amare Stoudemire and Michael Strahan - put Turtle (Jerry Ferrara)
October 4, 2012 |
Good times for the Bears, but we must do some police work first. Time to go all "CSI" on the White Sox. It's a funny thing. If a team blows a three-game lead on Sept. 18 but there's no one there to witness it, how do we know it happened? Shame on you, you lazy, apathetic, uninterested White Sox fans of which I am a card-carrying member. I wasn't there, but I'm wondering at which point Ken Harrelson went stone cold silent. Here's the worst part. It's not like that was a great beginning.
May 20, 2013 |
EAT Finch's Beer Dinner Pl-zen 1519 W. 18th St. 312-733-0248 Local brewery Finch's is the star of a four-course dinner - served all night - featuring duck carnitas tacos paired with Finch's Threadless IPA; short rib sliders with garlic chips, caramelized onions and horseradish mayo served with Fascist Pig red ale; and more. Stick around for free Finch's educational presentations at 7 and 9 p.m. 5 p.m.-midnight. $30. RSVP recommended: firstname.lastname@example.org . Ramp Menu Sola 3868 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-327-3868 Ramps - a spring onion variety - are the highlight of this Hawaiian-fusion menu made with locally raised ingredients featuring ramp kimchee with crispy pork belly; seared scallops with quinoa, fava beans and ramp-macadamia pesto; and ramp sorbet with fresh raspberries.