Saturday, May 02, 2009

Chicago Radio Spotlight: Bernie Tafoya

This week at Chicago Radio Spotlight I interview the ace reporter for News Radio WBBM (780-AM), Bernie Tafoya. We talk about the news biz, the radio biz, and some of the stories he has covered in his three decades on the job.

The entire interview is here.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Joke for a Friday morning

"AS" sent this to me with the note: "Did one of your neighbors write this joke?"

I was having trouble with my computer. So I called Tommy , the 11 year old next door, who’s bedroom looks like Mission Control, and asked him to come over.

Tom my clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem. As he was walking away, I called after him, “So, what was wrong?"

He replied, “It was an ID ten T error.”

I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, “An, ID ten T error? What's that? In case I need to fix it again.”

Tommy grinned. “Haven't you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?''

“No,” I replied.

“Write it down,” he said, “and I think you'll figure it out.”

So I wrote down: I D 1 0 T

I used to like the little s***.

The Cubs...

...are already waiting until next year. I know it's early, but I'm officially putting a fork in this season.

Am I wrong? You know in your heart I'm not.

American Mustache Institute

I've been in contact with the guy who runs this site: The American Mustache Institute.

He reminds me of me. Today he runs a feature on the two players the Cubs will honor this month: Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins.

As it turns out, at one time in their careers they both had mustaches.

I also featured both of their mustaches at Just One Bad Century last year...

Greg Maddux

Fergie Jenkins

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Lee Elia

I can't let the anniversary (4/29/83) go by without giving you the audio one more time. Oh Lee Elia, we love you so.

What would that audio sound like put to the tune of Eddie Vedder's Cubs song? Wonder no more...

Deluxe Hugs

Free Hug Prank - Watch more Funny Videos

E-mail, we get e-mails

"AS" writes...

"Now, that “Eye of the Tiger” is just plain adorable!! Didn’t the original group do some type of coffee commercial recently? Going by that, I’d have to agree that, yeah, the kids are MUCH better than Survivor! I’m kind of embarrassed that I used to listen to them. Then again, I also listened to Night Ranger in 1985, as well. I know a lot of people like to rip on 70’s music, but I actually think the 1980’s were a LOT worse. Thanks, MTV!"

Rick responds: I agree. And so do my parachute pants and my mullet.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Eye of the Tiger

"BP" sent me this. I like this better than the original. These kids are really good.

Kids Sing Eye of the Tiger - Watch more Funny Videos


I bet you think of Scrabble as a simple board game.

If so, you haven't seen this Scrabble commercial. It's waaaaay out there.

Why some people like cats

I'm allergic as can be, but I do understand the appeal.

Watching Television With Your Kids

I'm still getting a few stragglers wondering what happened to the old Tuesday feature; Suburban Man. Well, its now called "Father Knows Nothing" and I post it every Sunday at the NWI Parent blog. This week's column, "Watching TV with your Kids", is getting a good reaction in my e-mail box.

Utility Mustache

This utility mustache is celebrating a birthday today. He's 47.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Joke for a Monday morning

Contributed by "KK"

Aging Aunt Mildred was a 93-year-old woman who was particularly despondent over the recent death of her husband. She decided that she would just kill herself and join him in death.

Thinking that it would be best to get it over with quickly, she took out his old Army pistol and made the decision to shoot herself in the heart, since it was badly broken in the first place.

Not wanting to miss the vital organ and become a vegetable and a burden to someone, she called her doctor's office to inquire as to just exactly where the heart would be on a woman. The doctor said, 'Your heart would be just below your left breast'.

Later that night........ Mildred was admitted to the hospital with a gunshot wound to her knee.

This week in 1929, 1969, 1984, & 1989


The Cubs are in the midst of a pennant winning season.

*While the Cubs/Reds game is being suspended because of darkness after 13 innings in Cincinnati, police in Berlin shoot 19 demonstrators during the May Day parade.


The Cubs are in the midst of one of their most memorable seasons.

*While Ron Santo is knocking in the winning run in the tenth inning to beat the Phillies 2-1 at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia, Charles de Gaulle resigns as the President of France.


The Cubs are hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since World War 2.

*While Steve Trout is beating the Pirates 2-1 in Pittsburgh thanks to Gary Matthews' 2 RBI, President Reagan tours China on an official state visit.


The Boys of Zimmer were taking Chicago by storm.

*While Damon Berryhill is homering in the twelfth inning to beat the Giants 4-3 in Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Iran protests the sale of "Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Father Knows Nothing

This week's Father Knows Nothing column is called "Watching TV with your Kids".

Ease the pain

These two items from the Just One Bad Century Souvenir Shop just may help ease your pain, Cub Fans...

Is there anything that more closely approximates your internal feelings than this crying cub logo? Get yours today.

This really helps ease the pain of the St. Louis series, believe me. There's nothing like seeing your baby wearing our famous toothless onsie. Get yours today.

A man named Hack

Hack Wilson was born on this day in 1900. He still holds the major league record for most RBI in a season (191), a record he set in 1930. He also still holds the record for hell-raising, a record he shares with his good friend Pat Malone.