Friday, September 28, 2018

Cubs Magic Number is 3

Keeping it classy

From this morning's Hollywood Reporter...

Radio host and Fox News contributor Kevin Jackson referred to Brett Kavanaugh's female accusers as "lying skanks" in a series of tweets on Thursday that led to his termination.

"#ChristineBlaseyFord academic problems came from her PROMISCUITY!" he wrote on Twitter during Ford's Senate testimony. "Dang girl, stop opening your legs and OPEN A BOOK!"

On Thursday morning, he tweeted, "TO HELL with the notion that women must be believed no matter what. Lying skanks is what these 3 women are, and we ALL know more."

Jackson also said on Twitter that Ford "looks rode hard and put up wet, as we say in the country."

On Thursday evening, Fox News said it has cut ties with Jackson. "Kevin Jackson has been terminated as a contributor," a spokesperson said. "His comments on today’s hearings were reprehensible and do not reflect the values of FOX News.”

You know how much of an asshole you have to be to get fired by Fox News?

Devil's Triangle, Boofing, Lying

During his screaming testimony yesterday, prospective Supreme Court justice Brett Cavanaugh talked about a yearbook entry called "Devil's Triangle". He claimed it was a drinking game like quarters. I'd like to think I know a little something about drinking games and that was a new one to me.

I looked it up in the Urban Dictionary and it said the following:

Devils Triangle
A threesome with 1 woman and 2 men. It is important to remember that straight men do not make eye contact while in the act. Doing so will question their sexuality.

Never heard of that one, but I have heard of Boofing, which is something else he talked about. He claimed it was a joke about flatulence. It's not. I'm around the same age as Brett. Boofing is what we called anal sex. He knows it. We all know it.

By the way, these days it means something else...

The act of inserting drugs into the anus for a longer trip. Most often occurs at Disco Biscuits shows by spun-out kids on ketamine.

I don't know if he did what he is accused of doing (the sexual assault), but I do know he was absolutely full of shit when he was discussing his drinking, and not just the Devil's Triangle nonsense.

There's no way there weren't at least a few times that he didn't remember some things the next day. He was a binge drinker, a guy who vomited a lot. He said so himself. That's part of the deal. You don't remember some things the next day.

He was also absolutely full of shit when he was talking about sex. We all know what that Renata Alumni club means. Renate figured it out immediately when she saw it. I'm not saying they all had sex with her, but I am saying they all claimed they did (to at each other at least).

He may be telling the truth about some things, but he's totally lying about those yearbook entries. If he lies about that, what else is he lying about?

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Magic Number is 4

The Cubs are in the playoffs for the 4th straight year! That's the first time that has ever happened tothis franchise founded in 1871. We are living in the golden age of Cubs baseball.

However...That was a painful one last night. I turned it off after the Pirates tied it in the 9th. I know it had a happy ending, but sheesh. Are there any Cub fans that aren't a bit nervous right now?

Jared's Reaction

I think 70% of the country had the same reaction as Jared after that crazy-town press conference yesterday...

Brennaman May Retire

He's considered one of the best baseball announcers, but ever since he called Cubs fans the worst in baseball, he's been on my list. According to Tom Taylor's NOW column today, this could be his last week on the air...

Marty’s called 45 straight seasons for the MLB Reds, and WVXU’s John Kiesewetter says “if Brennaman, 76, chooses to retire, he won’t announce it until after the season ends.” And Marty sends this text to Kiesewetter – “No decision yet. Haven’t made up my mind.” But when that day comes, he doesn’t want an extended farewell, a la Vin Scully leaving the L.A. Dodgers. Three years ago, Brennaman told Kiesewetter that “I don’t need a ‘night’…I’m just not interested in all that stuff.” The Reds have been Brennaman’s first and only MLB team, amazingly enough. He’d been toiling in the minor leagues with the Tidewater Tides (a Mets farm team) and the ABA pro basketball Virginia Squires before the call-up. And what an era Brennaman had to work with in his first years behind the mic – the fabled “Big Red Machine.”

His son is Thom Brennaman, who was once a Cubs announcer, and who cannot correctly spell Tom.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

New Song by Flight of the Conchords

Always liked these guys...

The New White Album

A White Album boxed set is being released for the White Album's 50th anniversary, and once again I will be spending my money.

Rolling Stone has the details.

Janet Sutherland-Madden

Eckhartz Press is proud to announce that we have signed another author, Janet Sutherland-Madden. Her book "Nose over Toes" chronicles her struggle and recovery after she suffered a brain aneurysm. It will be coming out next spring via Eckhartz Press. Welcome aboard Janet! (Shown here with Eckhartz Press co-publisher David Stern)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Richard Reeder at Max & Benny's

Some photos from Richard Reeder's successful appearance at Max & Benny's on Monday night. Thanks to Max & Benny's for being such a great host, and thanks to all of you who came out to support Richard and his book "1001 Train Rides in Chicago"

Free Kicks, Episode 18

This week's episode includes a quiz about FC Southampton, and a full recap of Premier League week 6. Also, Adam explains a few British announcer idioms.

Listen to it here.

Minutia Men, Episode 108

EP108: Rick and Dave discuss the reason for low voter turnout, Trump’s connection to video games, stoned lobsters, the shortest game in Cubs history, Rick’s brush with Guns & Roses guitarist Slash, and they interview the world-famous San Diego Chicken.

The San Diego Chicken's Elvis story is reason enough to listen to this week's episode. There are a few NSFW moments in the show, but if you're a NSFW kind of guy/gal, you may really like it.

Listen to it here.

Bleacher Fight

I was in the grandstands. No fights.

Caption Contest

This is Minutia Men co-host and Eckhartz Press co-publisher David Stern at the courthouse in downtown Chicago.

What is he saying to the microphones?

Who is laughing now?

John Bonham

I was a senior in high school when this news broke on this date in 1980. John Bonham died at the age of 32 (at Jimmy Page's house). Zeppelin tickets were already on sale for their concert in Chicago, and almost everyone I knew was planning on going.

This is probably his most famous drum solo...

Magic Number is still 5

I went to the game last night and ran into my old college buddy Rick Dykhuis. Haven't seen him in 20+ years. (Photo)

But the Cubs lost, the Brewers won, and the Rockies won.

Magic number to win division remains 5. Magic number to clinch playoff spot remains 1.

We had our playoff ticket draft (I share my season tickets with 8 others) and I got the 8th pick. Looks like I'm not going to the World Series again this time if they go.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Brian Peck

From this morning's RAMP newsletter...

Cumulus Classic Hits 94.7 WLS-FM/Chicago has formally named market pro Brian Peck as the permanent 7-midnight show host, starting Monday, September 24. Peck (pictured) has been rotating night jock duties along with fellow WLS personalities Tom O'Toole and Danny Lake, who will continue to do weekends on the station, along with Erin Carmen and Abby Ryan.

A Chicago radio fixture since 1992, Peck made his Windy City radio debut as morning co-host on WKQX (Q101), alongside former MTV Veejay, Mark Goodman. In August 1996, Peck segued to WTMX (101.9 The Mix) and later worked at WSHE (SHE 100.3). Peck most recently did middays on CBS Radio's former WJMK (K-Hits 104.3) until last November, when the sale to Entercom closed and the station flipped to Classic Hip Hop as WBMX (104.3 JAMS).


I've been watching golf on television again, and I know the reason is Tiger Woods. I couldn't even explain why it is that I find watching him so compelling, until I read this perfect explanation from Thomas Boswell in today's Washington Post...

Who ever imagined that we would see ourselves in Tiger’s struggles, in his humiliations and often futile comebacks, or that he, fighting back tears as he walked up an 18th fairway, listening to the crowd roar, would finally see himself in us, too? The man whose yacht is named “Privacy” let down the gangplank.


From Buzzfeed this morning, a student makes an embarrassing mistake...

On Tuesday, Oxley was working on a paper when she realized she couldn't remember the teacher's name.

So, she put a temporary nickname in the heading.

"I have always been really bad with names," Oxley told BuzzFeed News. "So, when I was writing the paper, I blanked on the professor's name and filled it in with 'Professor whats his nuts,' just as a placeholder."

After joking to her friend about how bad it would be if she sent in the paper with the joke still in it, she looked over the essay and sent it in.

I just thought this was funny. Professor What's His Nuts didn't mind. He thought it was funny too.

SiriusXM is Buying Pandora

Just to make sure your latest favorite thing is also owned by a giant faceless conglomerate, SiriusXM is buying Pandora. The price tag is $3.5 Billion.

Time to buy Spotify.

Monopolies apparently no longer exist.

Chet in Blue Island

A few photos from yesterday's Chet Coppock signing at Blue Island Beer Company. What a fun event! Chet talked to everyone before, during, and after the Bears game. Thanks to the guys in Blue Island for their hospitality.