Friday, July 29, 2011

Robert Frost Checks His Facebook Account

I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. It has some bad language for those of you at work, but it's pretty darn funny...

Roy Henshaw

Former Cubs pitcher Roy Henshaw was born exactly 100 years ago today. Don't remember Roy?

Read about his most memorable day in a Cubs uniform

Sights & Sounds

A Punky Brewster episode at Wrigley Field (in 1984), and audio of Kerry Wood striking out 20 are featured this week week in Sights & Sounds.

Watch and listen here.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Some perspective...

On my birthday

I turn 48 years old today. As my brother pointed out, that makes me closer to 60 than 35. As my "friend" pointed out, I'm also closer to 70 than 25.

It's been a pretty exciting birthday so far. I spent the morning cleaning the house because our power was out again (lightning). All of my kids are also gone all day--Tommy & Johnny at Boy Scout camp, and Sean is in Milwaukee seeing the Cubs-Brewers game.

So, I'm spending the day with my dog, and she hasn't even mentioned my birthday. I don't think she even cares. (Bitch!)

I turned to Bob Dearborn's The Olde Disc Jockey's Almanac for comfort to see if anything momentous happened on any of my other birthdays, and was pleasantly surprised to see this one on my fifth birthday...

July 28, 1968…The Beatles had a "Mad Day Out," an all-day group photography session held across London. It produced most of their best-known late 1960s photographs, including one that appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine and another that was the inside gatefold of their "Beatles 1967-1970" album.

I also got a kick out of this one from my 43rd birthday...

July 28, 2006…In Malibu, California, actor Mel Gibson was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) while speeding in his vehicle with an open container of alcohol. A leaked report revealed that during his arrest, Gibson made antisemitic remarks to arresting officer James Mee, who is Jewish, saying "F---ing Jews... the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson issued apologies for the incident, and affirmed the accuracy of the quotations. On August 17, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge and was sentenced to three years probation. He was ordered to attend self-help meetings five times a week for four and a half months and three times a week for the remainder of the first year of his probation. Gibson was also ordered to attend a First Offenders Program, was fined $1,300, and his license was restricted for 90 days.

I'm fairly sure Mel wasn't out celebrating my birthday.

Sayonara Kosuke

I know he never lived up to expectations, but I also know one boy that will be crushed by today's trade of Kosuke Fukudome: My son, Sean.

He even named his teddy bear after him.

Cub Haters

I get why some people don't root for the Cubs. But what I don't get is why they so viscerally hate those of us that do. It's like taunting a homeless man. He's already homeless, for cryin' out loud. Why dance on his misery? Just move along and try not to choke on your own bile.

This guy, for instance, has some serious psychological problems.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Former Couch Potato's Lament

This week's Suburban Dad contribution has been posted at the City Mom blog at ChicagoNow. I call it: "A former couch potato's lament."

You can read it here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The JOBC Contest

Time for this week's JOBC Contest.

The first person that e-mails me the correct answer at will win a commemorative Greg Maddux 3000th strikeout scorecard and a t-shirt from the Just One Bad Century catalog.

Here's the question. Exactly ten years ago today the Cubs acquired slugger Fred McGriff from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He was inserted into the lineup as the starting first baseman for the rest of that year, replacing a lefty-righty platoon. Name the two first basemen he replaced. HINT: One of them (the lefty) still plays in the big leagues.

UPDATE: We have a winner! Randy Evans was the first person to e-mail the correct answer. He knew that Matt Stairs and Ron Coomer were the two first basemen that Fred McGriff replaced.

Another chance to win is coming next week!

Husband's Diary versus Wife's Diary

Contributed by "DS"...

Wife's Diary:

Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it. Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn't say much.
I asked him what was wrong; He said, 'Nothing.' I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset. He said he wasn't upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it. On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled slightly, and kept driving. I can't explain his behavior I don't know why he didn't say, 'I love you, too.' When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent. Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes later, he came to bed. But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep - I cried. I don't know what to do. I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a disaster.

Husband's Diary:

Boat wouldn't start, can't figure it out.

Pat Gillick

Why would the Cubs be interested in Pat Gillick as team president?

Here's a primer on the FOUR teams he turned around and made winners, including two different World Series champions

Monday, July 25, 2011


25 years ago today, this song was #1. Great song. Great video.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Father Knows Nothing

I just posted my latest Father Knows Nothing column at NWI Parent. This one is called "Ridiculous fights."

You can read it here.