Saturday, May 30, 2020

Minutia Men--Childish Pranks and Teacher Thanks

This week's episode of Minutia Men includes an interview with WGN newsman and Eckhartz Press author Roger Badesch
@TeacherRB Listen to it here

The Indy 500

Cubs history: On this day in 1911, the inaugural Indianapolis 500 is run at the Indianapolis Speedway in Indiana. Ray Harroun is declared the winner, and retires from racing. Meanwhile in Pittsburgh, the Cubs lose to the Pirates 4-1 at Forbes Field as Big Ed Reulbach gets the L.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Aaron Freeman

On this week's episode of the Minutia Men Celebrity Interview we chatted with the erudite and funny Aaron Freeman.

Anti-Trust Exempt

Cubs history: On this day in 1922, the Supreme Court ruled that baseball was not a business, it’s a sport, and therefore exempt from anti-trust laws. The Cubs lost in the 10th inning to the Cards. Cliff Heathcote, who will be traded to the Cubs the next day, got game-winning hit.

#Cubs #Everycubever

What a real president would say

As the riots raged in Minneapolis last night, Donald Trump tweeted "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

This is what a real president would have said...

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Free Kicks--Soccer's New Reality

Adam and Rick analyze the best and the worst of soccer’s new reality in Germany. They also update what is happening here in America, and when we can expect the Premier League to return. [Ep70]

Listen to it here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Bloodbath at Channel 2

A lot of good professionals lost their jobs today. Robert Feder has the details...

The legendary Pam Zekman, one of Chicago television’s premier investigative reporters, was among at least a dozen employees at WBBM-Channel 2 who lost their jobs today in sweeping companywide layoffs at CBS, sources said.

Others cut reportedly included morning news anchor Erin Kennedy, sports anchor Megan Mawicke, meteorologist Megan Glaros, and reporters Mike Puccinelli and Mai Martinez, according to insiders.

Sink the Bismarck

Cubs history: On this day in 1941, while the Royal Navy was sinking the legendary German battleship Bismarck, the Cubs were losing in the bottom of the 9th to the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park. Jake Mooty took the loss. #Cubs #everycubever

Somehow Jake Mooty didn't get mentioned in Johnny Horton's song, "Sink the Bismarck"...

RIP Matt Keough

Missed this news a few weeks ago. Ex-Cub pitcher Matt Keough (Cubs '86) passed away on May 1st. He was only 65. In his later years he appeared on The Real Housewives of Orange County with his estranged wife. His father also played for the Cubs (in 1966). Marty Keough is 86.

RIP Richard Herd

You probably didn't know his name, but surely you knew his face...RIP.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020


Cubs history: On the day the novel “Dracula” was published by Irish author Bram Stoker (today in 1897), Hall of Famer Clark Griffith led the Cubs (then known as the Colts) to a 6-2 win over the Giants at West Side Grounds. #Cubs #everycubever

Inside for Indies

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When you've lost Ann Coulter...

Unmanly man

Tom Nichols is a Never-Trumper. He has previously criticized Trump pretty harshly (deservedly), but this one is going to leave a mark. From the Atlantic over the weekend...

In the end, Trump will continue to act like a little boy, and his base, the voters who will stay with him to the end, will excuse him. When a grown man brags about being brave, it is unmanly and distasteful; when a little boy pulls out a cardboard sword and ties a towel around his neck like a cape, it’s endearing. When a rich and powerful old man whines about how unfairly he is being treated, we scowl and judge; when a little boy snuffles in his tears and says that he was bullied—treated worse than Abraham Lincoln, even—we comfort.

Donald Trump is unmanly because he has never chosen to become a man. He has weathered few trials that create an adult of any kind. He is, instead, working-class America’s dysfunctional son, and his supporters, male and female alike, have become the worried parent explaining what a good boy he is to terrorized teachers even while he continues to set fires in the hallway right outside.

I think that working men, the kind raised as I was, know what kind of “man” Trump is. And still, the gratification they get from seeing Trump enrage the rest of the country is enough to earn their indulgence. I doubt, however, that Trump gives them the same consideration. Perhaps Howard Stern, of all people, said it best: “The oddity in all of this is the people Trump despises most, love him the most. The people who are voting for Trump for the most part … He’d be disgusted by them.” The tragedy is that they are not disgusted by him in return.

Bob & Doug

Wait a second here. The two astronauts who will be flying that SpaceX spaceship are named Bob & Doug. And that's how SpaceX refers to them.

I'm hoping they discover some back bacon.

Record Ratings

How desperate are we for live sports? The Champions for Charity golf match featuring Phil Mickelson & Tom Brady versus Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning set a record for the most watched cable golf event in history.

Details here.

I watched a few hours of it too. I was really enjoying Tom Brady struggling, until of course, he turned it around. He made a shot from the fairway directly into the hole.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Brooklyn Bridge

On the day the Brooklyn Bridge finally opened (May 24, 1883), connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan for the first time, the 1st place Cubs (then known as the White Stockings) were in Chicago playing the Providence Grays. SP Larry Corcoran won 34 games that year, but lost on this day

What not to do, kids

This moron has been arrested...

Fogerty & Family

John Fogerty has been spending the quarantine singing some of his classic songs with his kids. There are lots of them here. I found this one the most interesting because it isn't his song, and I've never heard him do it. It's a great version of Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans"...