Friday, January 03, 2020

All Time Top Flight Winners

(I'm not just posting this because my favorite team ends up #1.)

Brad Edwards

The January issue of Illinois Entertainer is out and features my interview with CBS-2 anchorman Brad Edwards.

Read it here.

Q&A with Bob Sirott

Robert Feder interviews the new WGN Morning man in his column today.

You can read it here.

Bob starts on Monday.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

A Letter to David Stern

Those of you who read this blog regularly realize that my Minutia Men co-host is named David Stern. He used to constantly be asked "You mean the NBA Commissioner?" because the NBA Commissioner shared his name. Well, with the news of his passing yesterday (RIP former NBA Commissioner Stern), I thought it would be a good time to bring back this letter Minutia Men co-host David Stern sent him in 2006.

Needless to say, he never got a reply...

National Basketball Association
Attn: Commissioner David Stern
645 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10022

July 15, 2006

Dear Commissioner Stern:

I’m worried about you. Here it is, July, basketball’s off season—and you still show up to work every day.

Yes, of course, you have a full plate. Everyone wants a piece of David Stern. But shouldn’t David Stern be allowed to go to the Hamptons for the weekend without constantly checking his voicemail and e-mail? Shouldn’t David Stern be allowed stop and smell the roses without being bombarded with work?

What if I told you that I could make that happen?

You see, my name is also David Stern. If you hired me to sit in your office for the summer, you could have the entire summer off, and nobody would be deprived of spending some quality time with David Stern.

If someone called to speak to David Stern, they could still do so…without inconveniencing you.

If someone stopped by to have a meeting with David Stern, they could still do so…without inconveniencing you.

If someone booked David Stern to deliver a speech at the National Press Club…David Stern could still do so, without interrupting your trip to Cape Cod.

Think about the possibilities. How much would your wife love it if David Stern actually picked out her gift? How honored would NBA players be if David Stern showed up at their weddings? I don’t like to brag, but have you considered how nice it would be to have everyone talking about what an incredible dancer David Stern was at Dwayne Wade’s wedding?

While I don’t look like you, I am also a relatively short Jewish guy. Nobody would be the wiser. Please give it some thought.


David Stern

Free Kicks

On this last day of the "festive fixtures", the latest Free Kicks episode drops.

It includes our third episode of "Across the Pond".

Listen to it here.

Mary Dixon returns!

Great news!

From inside the house

The man who ran Mitt Romney's campaign in 2012 (and many other Republican campaigns) and has been a life-long Republican, Stuart Stevens, wrote one of the most scathing op-eds I've ever read yesterday. Here's the meat of it...

Republicans are now officially the character doesn’t count party, the personal responsibility just proves you have failed to blame the other guy party, the deficit doesn’t matter party, the Russia is our ally party, and the I’m-right-and-you-are-human-scum party. Yes, it’s President Trump’s party now, but it stands only for what he has just tweeted.

A party without a governing theory, a higher purpose or a clear moral direction is nothing more than a cartel, a syndicate that exists only to advance itself. There is no organized, coherent purpose other than the acquisition and maintenance of power.

Read the whole thing here. It doesn't pull any punches.

RIP Don Larsen

Sad news to start the year. Another former Cub has passed away. RIP Don Larsen. Here's his write-up from EveryCubEver...

~Don Larsen 1929--2019 (Cubs 1967)
When the MLB channel debuted, the first full game they showed was the only perfect game in World Series history. Everyone remembers that game, pitched by the immortal Don Larsen. Not many Cubs fans realize that the same Don Larsen also pitched for the Cubs. Even though the two-time World Series champ hadn’t pitched in the majors at all in 1966, the Cubs signed him for the 1967 season. Larsen pitched a total of four innings for the Cubs, the last four innings of his major league career. His ERA was 9.00. The MLB channel won’t be showing those four innings any time soon.

Minutia Men Celebrity Interview

Monday, December 30, 2019

One last post for 2019

I'll be back in 2020. Just one last thought before I go. RIP Neil Innis, former Rutles member, and a musical advisor to Monty Python. He was on the show the day Dave & I hosted at WLS. Great guy. Great stories. And in this video from our interview, he's playing guitar...