Friday, September 02, 2011

Feelin' Hot, Hot, Cold

Temperatures could reach 100 degrees in Chicago today.

In my house they vary. Upstairs in the bedrooms, it will be about 175 degrees. The curtains should be melting by noon. On the ground floor by the thermostat, it will be about 75 degrees. And in the basement, where you'll find me, I'll be lucky if it gets up to 40 degrees.

Yesterday I had to warm my hands on the dog's belly to get the feeling back in my fingertips. She's not a big fan of that, by the way.

Every team leads the league in something

That's the thesis of this article in USA Today.

For instance, the White Sox lead the league in being hit by pitches. And the Reds lead the league in balks.

As for the Cubs? They lead the league in errors.


Thursday, September 01, 2011

A Reader's Question

I don't know the answer to this question, but I'm throwing it out there just in case anyone does know. It came in via my Just One Bad Century mailbox... 

"Hi Rick, I really love the website. I’ve been a Cubs fan for nearly 50 years. One of my earliest memories is of Ed Bailey hitting a home run at Wrigley in 1965! Still remember the roar of the crowd to this day. I have so many great memories over the years. My question is about the old Chicago Cubs flags that the Wrigley’s flew from the foul poles. Do you know what ever happened to them and why they have never been brought back? I have written the Cubs a couple of times about this but have never received a reply. To quote the 1968 press guide: “The Chicago Cubs flag-red and white on a blue background-displays 16 red stars representing the Club’s 16 National League Championships. The two blue stars represent the Club’s two World Championships.” I think it would be a nice touch to have them above the flags of the retired numbers, a remembrance of the glories of the past. Once again, thanks for the site and keep up the good work! Go Cubs! Mike Bowers"

It's funny that the flag would still work. Still have the same number of NL championships. Still have the same number of World Championships.

If you know the answer to Mike's question, drop me a line at

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Snotty Police

My weekly Suburban Dad contribution to the City Mom blog at ChicagoNow is posted and ready for your perusal. This week's is called "The Snotty Police".

You can read it here.

Best Marriage Proposal Ever

DO NOT try this at home, kids.

A female GM?

The sports business writer at Forbes Magazine has an interesting suggestion for the Cubs General Manager opening.

She just happens to be a woman.

I don't see why not.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene Update

This comes via e-mail from my friend "BP" in Providence...

"Day two of power outage. State says they are restoring the 300,000 customers with power out based on public safety. I haven't showered since Saturday. If that isn't a public safety issue, I don't know what is."

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Father Knows Nothing

I just posted my latest Father Knows Nothing at NWI Parent, and this week's is called "Brotherly Virtue."

You can read it here.