Perspective served on a poppy seed bun with mustard, relish, tomato, onion, hot peppers, celery salt and a pickle
It’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen. While the regular season was nice and the Olympics were fun, nothing I’ve come across on this planet rivals the intensity & excitement of playoff hockey. After two Cups in the past four years these players know that their true measuring stick comes out and the real games gets under way tonight.
Added to the excitement of the playoffs in general is the matchup itself. It’s common knowledge that the St. Louis Blues are Neanderthals and all have to sit to pee. That’s just a scientific fact. With that said however this More >
My brother-in-law recommended I watch this episode of The Graham Norton Show several weeks ago and I just got around to it on what turned out to be a slow news night here in Chicago. Before I dive head first into the NHL playoffs starting with a live blog of the Hawks-Blues Game 1 I thought I’d pass this along to y’all for your viewing pleasure. A few quick notes before we begin:
1. I flipping love Bill Murray
2. Foreign talk shows deserve their own category at the Emmys
3. I think all live television should involve bathroom breaks and cocktails
4. I More >
Join me if you will as we take a trip to a land where it’s always sunny and the flowers are always in bloom. There are no leaves on the ground nor garbage or waste of any kinds. You’re always within walking distance of multiple oddly shaped ponds & lakes, a snow covered mountain, a jungle, and a desert. It’s essentially southern California but less animated. The place I am taking you is the land of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
If you are a parent with children under the age More >
I’ve got no preamble here, I’m just asking you to trust me. Do what I say, and the next twenty minutes of your life will be quite a treat. Ready? Let’s begin…
Then read this: http://grantland.com/features/david-letterman-retires-cbs/
Good right? Are you still with me? Then go read this and notice all the dust in your eyes: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=fathersday
And a moment of silence for Princess Lacey, the only story from March Madness that really matters: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140409/SPORTS0202/304090032/-Princess-Lacey-friend-MSU-s-Payne-dies-after-battle-cancer (for the record I think Mr. Payne would make an excellent selection by the Bulls in June’s draft)
Ok, enough of the sad stuff, now just wish that you More >
So The Wife and I are expecting a new arrival next month and the official preparations have begun. One item that isn’t in debate is the wrapping we will use for our baby’s sanitary needs. We’re a Pampers family through and through. They’ve contained many an outburst that otherwise would have been classified as any explosion in most any other wrapping – or so I would assume. Frankly they’re the diapers we’ve started with from the outset, and aside from a stray Huggie or two over the past two years I don’t More >
It’s been quite a weekend. Since noon on Friday I’ve been to the zoo, played four hockey games (had a fifth scheduled but we won via forfeit), attended a wake, ran errands, went to dinner, threw my daughter a birthday party, endured the Badgers losing in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday night, had a showing for our house which is on the market, and got a splinter. All were good times to varying degrees (except for the wake (obviously) and losing the championship game late Sunday afternoon) but I’m running on empty at the moment. Let me re-charge the batteries a More >
There are zero expectations for this year’s Cubs team. None. Zilch. If they went 0-162 on October 1st they’d be greeted by a sea of I told you so’s by the media and faithful fans alike. It’s been 106 years, I get it. The thing is that I think this team may not be all that bad…
Now don’t get me wrong here, there’s a difference between “not all that bad” and “good.” Usually I end these articles with my prediction but this year I’ll open up with it. I think the More >
I’d just like to take time out of everyone’s busy schedule to shine a light on an under-appreciated asset on the pop culture grid here of late. Amongst all of the glitz and glam, amid the bubble gum sexuality that we expose the youth of America to at a frightening rate, a light is beginning to shine through and it comes in the shape of a seventeen year old New Zealander.
I don’t pretend to be her biggest fan nor do I celebrate her entire collection but I think Lorde is wonderful in all that she represents. Ever since the late More >
It’s been an interesting last few days around these sporting parts. The Bears signed Jared Allen, the Badgers found their way to the Final Four, the Blackhawks season may be over, and the Bulls have done a fantastic job tricking everyone into thinking they are actually going to do something worthwhile this spring. It’s been a whirlwind. So before getting carried away with any of that I wanted to knock out the baseball season previews that I’ve been putting off for a good two weeks now. This year as always we’ll start on the Southside of town because it’s more More >
I’m back on the road this week, living the Hampton Inn lifestyle which inherently means I’m always in a state somewhere between lidded coffee cups and I’m consuming terrible television by the boat load. Back in college I wrote a paper about how the writers of The Simpson’s were indirectly steering society towards a better tomorrow by highlighting the foibles of a one Mr. Homer J. Simpson. The essence of the paper was that in depicting Homer lying on the couch in his underwear picking his teeth with the mail they were sending a message to every American male that More >
Every now and again I sit down to write a post and as I scroll the internet looking for inspiration I find a string of websites that basically say everything that I would hope to say. As we head into Super Bowl weekend I’ve found more than enough examples of people who write the English better than me.
Super Bowl Sunday wasn’t the most “super” of days on this end. In fact it was just about the worst day that I’ve ever known. In so many ways I’ve been fortunate beyond my means in life. I’ve experienced very little personal loss and have been fortunate to be blessed with a wonderful family and collection of friends, a wife who means more to me than I ever could have imagined, and a beautiful daughter who was put on this earth to fill me with happiness and pride. I’ve been successful in school and employment, love and devotion, health & More >
I consider myself somewhat of an expert in the art of the road trip. I’ve spent countless weeks of my youth strapped into the back seat of many a family vacation and I cultivated my craft as I moved into my formative years in high school and beyond. I’ve traveled with friends, family, and relative strangers in my quests and I like to think I’ve picked up some helpful tips & tricks to make a trip successful. I’d like to share some of those with you now…
- As Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben famously taught us all, with great power comes great More >
Last weekend as the world’s eyes turned to Sochi, a much smaller fraction of the population found their way to the north woods of Wisconsin for a tradition much more frequent and much more personal than any Olympic games.
I’ve written in the past (here and here) about my annual pilgrimage to Eagle River, WI each February to participate in the US Pond Hockey Championships. It’s easily my favorite weekend of the year. How can you argue with re-connecting with a group of friends who only get together from our various corners of the country for this single More >
I am an unabashed Winter Olympic supporter. Give me people flying down mountains and launching themselves off of frozen ramps, combining skiing and shooting, and even landing sow-cows over a bunch of running and swimming any day of the week.
Like any Olympics though, I generally reserve my rating of the two weeks based upon the quality of the primary men’s team competition. Sure there are the odd Michael Phelps level historical runs and a case can be made for the women’s gymnastics being the defining moment of the summer games every so often but when I think of Olympics I More >
Game On! It’s real. It should be epic. And if you attempt to notify me of the result at any point tomorrow we will have words that will most likely result in dueling pistols being involved.
Much like in Lake Placid back in 1980 this game isn’t for the gold medal but it will be the game that these Olympics will be remembered for. Everything is on the line. Let the games begin…
It was not quite the story book ending that US Hockey had in mind as they departed for Sochi sixteen days ago. While the women’s squad sits atop their respective mountain – or at least within sight of the peak as I would still put good money of their success in a seven game series against the Canadians even being down 2-0 in the past six days – the men leave Russia in a state of flux. Having left us all at the cusp of glory four years ago, hopes and expectations were high as the men’s team returned to More >
One night in the midst of consuming an unhealthy amount of Spotted Cow beer and in the throws of a torrid game of Apples to Apples a friend of mine noted that the entire game can be boiled down to a simple phrase, “think about it.” Turns out that phrase applies to more than just board games. Every now and again I’ll post something that I’d ask you to allow to percolate a little longer than your average .47 second internet attention span.
A couple pictures for your consideration today…
It’s Oscar weekend and I have very little opinion on who should win what. You can find prediction columns all over the internet (I particularly like the work Grantland.com has done on the subject) so I thought I’d take this opportunity to remind you that the best parts of films often never make it onto the big screen to begin with. With that in mind please start your weekend off with a smile on your face with these outtake clips…
(you may need to turn your sound up for this one for some reason)
Happy Friday everyone!
The Blackhawks are in the cat bird seat to win the 2014 Stanley Cup. Despite history making clear the difficulty in trying to repeat as keepers of the Cup, there is not a better odds-on favorite to hoist the hardware this summer at present. The Hawks are deep and talented and they’ve proven that this core knows what it takes to win a seven game series when it’s all on the line in May and June. Jonathan More >
I apologize for the last of posting this week as I’ve been spending my days and evenings in the city of sin all week and terms like, “downtime” and “a good opportunity to blog” have been foreign concepts. While not a huge Vegas guy, I certainly have had some fun and am always flummoxed by the extent of cheap artificial beauty in this town. From the faux architecture to the cosmetically altered individuals filling the casino floors, the whole thing comes off as cheap and insincere.
It’s these full week trips that also make me miss The Wife and The Wee More >
The internet is many things to many people. In addition to bringing the world together socially, economically, and pornographically it also has ruined many a comedian’s observational humor bit. It wasn’t that long ago, think Seinfeld airing on NBC era, where a man could make a living standing in front of a brick wall with a microphone saying things like, “what’s with air conditioners? Do they have little eskimos in there blowing cold air in off their igloos?” or “how do all of the lightning bugs in the glass blub know how to light up when I flip this switch?” (note: More >
My Cousin Michelle sent me this link yesterday and it hit a little too close to home. Since returning from Las Vegas last week I feel like my work week has been a series of conference calls and presentations. Let’s just say that this video hits a little too close to home. I am now actively attempting to fulfill each and every one of these roles depicted here before Friday afternoon.
This Sunday the fine Irish residents of our city (and those who call anything south of I-55 home) will gather on Western Avenue to cheer on their family members and neighbors as they parade down the middle of the normally busy street. While admirable in spirit, I cannot get behind the event out of principle. You see I have seen the view from Everest and you will have to pardon my lack of awe as we look out from atop Villa Olivia today. The Southside Irish Parade is a bastardized version More >
This one goes out to the collective brain trust of the bagged salad industry…
It’s 2014, we landed men on the moon fifty years ago and a remote control car on Mars two years ago – why on God’s green Earth is there not a zip lock on bagged lettuce from the grocery store at this point? I can speak as both a single guy as well as a married husband & father of a family of less than six that I More >
This past weekend was my last “free” weekend for the foreseeable future. With no definite plans on the calendar, it meant that I found myself spending a good bit of time in the car running errands and in turn listening to sports talk radio. With spring training in full swing and the NCAA bracket assignments still up in the air the conversation topic du jour was that of the completion of the first week of NFL free agency – and specifically the Bears actions (or lack there of depending on the speaker).
As I listened to the various hosts and callers More >
On this date every year the Earth stands at perfect attention to the sun with no slouch in either direction. For we 85% of the world’s population that live north of the equator today is the beginning of spring and thus the Spring Equinox is upon us. In many ways that means that we’re half way to the heat and sunshine that we all so desperately crave. The optimists amongst us however will note that we’re half way away from the deepest depths of winter as well. No matter how you look at it we’re 50% of the way to or More >