Saturday, October 16, 2010

Chicago Radio Spotlight: Ben Finfer

This week's Chicago Radio Spotlight interview is with WSCR's Ben Finfer. Ben recently joined the Score after working at ESPN for nine years.

You can read the interview here.

Friday, October 15, 2010

My nomination for dad of the year

No, it's not for me.

It's for this guy.

He spends more time working on those pancakes for his daughter than I spend doing everything I do for all three of my children. Very impressive.

I Love Lucy

"I Love Lucy" premiered on this day in 1951.

Is it sacrilege to admit that I didn't love Lucy? In fact, the whole show just made me uncomfortable. It's probably my least favorite "classic" sitcom.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I Can See for Miles

Released on this day in 1967.

This is a video of the Who performing "I can see for miles" in 1967.

One of the great rock and roll songs.

Papa was a Rolling Stone

This song was released on this day in 1972.  Some good 'fros in this Soul Train video too...

By the way, shouldn't this have been released on the third of September?

Another Nominee

"SF" nominates James Silas for best 1970s 'fro. I still have his basketball card, believe it or not...

I stand corrected

"GF" points out that my calling Billy Preston's fro one of the greatest was slightly premature. His own personal nomination is for TC in the movie "Car Wash." Hard to argue with that...

"AA" has another suggestion, and a good one. How is it  possible that I forgot about my all-time favorite baseball 'fro, Oscar Gamble...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Jack Black is...The Mis-Informant

Great stuff...

Nothing from Nothing

Always loved this one from Billy Preston. It was #1 on this day in 1974. Check out the 'fro. It's one of the biggest 'fros of the 70s, and that's saying something...

The River

Thirty years ago today Bruce Springsteen released his album "The River." I was a senior in high school and you couldn't go anywhere without hearing someone cranking this album. This is the one that was the biggest hit from the album. I got really sick of it, but I finally like it again all these years later...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Joke for a Tuesday Morning

This was sent to me by "MM"...

A husband and wife are shopping in their local Wal-Mart. The husband picks up a case of Budweiser and puts it in their cart.

“What do you think you're doing?” asks the wife.

“They're on sale, only $10 for 24 cans,” he replies.

“Put them back, we can't afford them," demands the wife, and so they carry on shopping.

A few aisles further on along the woman picks up a $20 jar of face cream and puts it in the basket.

"What do you think you're doing?" asks the husband.

“It’s my face cream. It makes me look beautiful,” replies the wife.

Her husband retorts: “So does 24 cans of Budweiser and it's half the price.”

World Series Champs

I'm sure all of you remember this day in 1907. This is the day that the Cubs completed their sweep of the Detroit Tigers to win their first World Series.

Mordecai Brown threw a seven hit shutout. Harry Steinfeldt knocked in the winning run in the first inning. And all 7370 fans in Detroit knew they had witnessed something special.

Harry Steinfeldt, by the way, hit .471 in the series, and easily would have been named World Series MVP if there was such a thing. Never heard of Harry? He was the other guy in the Tinker to Evers to Chance infield. You may have even seen the above picture before. Harry is often cropped out of it, because he wasn't part of that famous poem. (That's him on the far left)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Not a witch

Not a bad parody...

Hymie Weiss

On this day in 1926, Chicago mobster Hymie Weiss was gunned down outside the Holy Name Cathedral on State Street.

During the 1920s, he wasn't the only one that was gunned down there.

If you look at the inscription in the corner of the building, there are still bullet holes. I checked it out myself. Bridget and I used to attend that church.

Sammy Sosa's corked bat

This is fascinating.

Remember former Cubs pitcher Mike Remlinger? He was the guy with the prematurely gray goatee that pitched for the Cubs during the heyday of the Dusty-era (2003-2005).

On the day that Sammy Sosa was busted with a corked bat, the handle of the bat was thrown into the dugout. Remlinger found it there, and kept it.

Now he's auctioning it off.

My favorite part of the article is the part where Remlinger called Sammy's personal assistant to ask if he wanted it  back. I've dealt with Sammy's personal assistant myself, and I just thought it was funny that even his ex-teammates have to deal with him that way.

1929 World Series

81 years ago today the Cubs won a World Series game. The winning pitcher was Guy Bush. The hitting star was future Hall of Famer Kiki Cuyler.

Believe it or not, the 1929 World Series was captured on film--on home movies by a Chicago baseball fan. Watch it here...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Father Knows Nothing

This week's Father Knows Nothing column is posted. It's called "Daddy's Little Girl."

You can read it here.