Thursday, January 28, 2010

Chicago Blackhawks Limo Pictures = No Harm, No Foul?? Shame On You

Welcome to the latest example of the TMZ/camera phone/twitter/blogosphere/digg/facebook/myspace era.

Apparently while the Chicago Blackhawks were in Vancouver getting their asses handed to them by the Canucks, some of the Blackhawk players (Patrick Kane, John Madden, and Kris Versteeg) decided to go out and have a good time with some of the talent of British Columbia.

I waited to write about these pictures that have surfaced because I was more interested in the reaction of others rather than what my own perceptions were. After reading reactions to the photos, I'm totally shocked that people/fans/media are treating this as a joke when similar images before this incident led to more criticism.

If you feel these images are no harm/no foul, then you're nothing more a hypocrite.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tebow's Anti-Abortion Advertisment Opens Pandora's Box....

Super Bowl XLIV is set. The great story about the New Orleans Saints who come from a city still rebuilding itself after a devastating force of nature pummeled it. The Indianapolis Colts who are led by the greatest mind in football's history at quarterback in Peyton Manning.

The stories are starting to leak out hour after hour to hype up a great football contest of will versus wisdom. This will indeed be a game for the ages (or at least what the NFL hopes it becomes). The hype machine is already spinning out prop bets, halftime set list spoilers, among many other things that do not relate to any action on the field

So why is everyone so focused on one television commercial featuring a man who doesn't even play in the NFL?

Because Tim Tebow is starring in it.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Memo To Chicago Bears: Well? We're Waiting......

The Chicago Bears coaching has a familiar ring to it. Sort of like the old song

"Round and round we go
Where we stop NOBODY KNOWS"

From up and coming candidates to lessor known assistants, the Chicago Bears still have not found what they are looking for (another great song). From former Lovie Smith assistant Perry Fewell to today's latest name Hue Jackson who decided to take the offensive coordinator position under Tom Cable in Oakland.

It's now been three weeks since the Chicago Bears decided to clean house on the offensive side of the ball. The question has come up time and time again as it seems as though teams are taking the better of the best while the Bears seem to be sitting on their hands waiting to see how the Super Bowl works out.



Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Fun: The Best Fight Songs In Professional Sports....

A fun entry on a fun Friday while I count down the hours to Soxfest this evening.

One thing about being a producer at a major market radio station like The Score WSCR 670AM is when the big events are going on locally, the creative forces of the city come out. For example when the 2005 Chicago White Sox went on their championship run.

We received tons of compact discs in the mail and .mp3's in our email from local bands/artists creating what they hope becomes the new fight song for that championship team. Tadahito And The Iguchi's version of "Go Go White Sox" was one of my favorites which I spun on the then Mike North Morning Show once per morning during that 2005 run.

Now I came across this track this morning while getting ready for the Mully And Hanley Morning Show. It's a new Minnesota Vikings fight song not composed by some local outlet, but by multi-grammy award winner....Prince.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gentleman Jim Thome No Longer Needed On The South Side

It's been a long time since I was this excited about an upcoming Chicago White Sox season. Kenny Williams has transformed this organization into a legit contender for the American League Central Title and possibly a team that could do some damage in the 2010 postseason.

Kenny Williams is taking chances once again, and more often than not he hits with gambles. Bobby Jenks was a troubled and out of shape pitcher just dangling in the Angels minor league system, and look what "Big Bad Bobby" has turned into. A.J. Pierzynski was a guy who most baseball teams considered a cancer after being let go in San Francisco and he has turned into one of the better backstops in the American League at calling a game. Then of course Jermaine Dye who before his career in Chicago was an injury prone type of outfielder, and he turned into one of the more durable players the White Sox have had over the past four seasons.

Kenny Williams has had some faults as well which should not be ignored. Josh Fields never panned out like he had hoped, and remember the Billy Koch experiment. Kenny is not perfect just like any other general manager, but most clubs would love to have him because of his aggressive nature.

So with Soxfest starting tomorrow night (and come see me and say Hi!), here's my plea to Kenny Williams.

Do Not Re-Sign Jim Thome!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tiger Woods Is No Sex Addict.....

So Tiger Woods has checked himself into private clinic in Mississippi to treat sex addiction.

Can we really call Tiger Woods a sex addict?

I do not think we can.

A quick recap on what has taken place since last November.

Tiger Woods, probably the world's most recognizable athlete, is married to Elin Nordegren for the past five years and they have two children (Sam Alexis and Charlie Axel). Thanksgiving night this past year Tiger Woods was involved in single car accident right outside his driveway hitting a tree and a fire hydrant. Some alleged facial bumps and bruises later, Tiger was cited for wreckless driving.

Rather than deciding to come out and talk about the matter, Woods kept everything in house about the wreck and published reports which surfaced the day prior that Woods had an affair with night club manager Rachel Uchitel which of course she denied. This was just the start of what would become over 15 women coming out in the past few months to have claimed having some sort of relationship with Tiger Woods.

Of course some of Tiger's major sponsors dropped him and some stuck by him but on a lesser scale of promotion. Tiger Woods lost his marriage, lost his reputation, lost income, lost sponsors, and lost integrity as a role model to the youth of America.

However, he is NO sex addict.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fans Fear The Best Stories In Sports.....

The NFL could not be happier right now. In the eight playoff games so far the average margin of victory is 18.3 points. Blowouts by the favorites and a little drama to boot the past two weekends. The favorites have continued to dominate with one wild card team (a cinderella) remaining of the bunch, which happens to be from the largest television market in the US. Whether your team is still in it or not, the game of football continues to weed out the best of the best.

Things could not be better in the world of the National Football League right now.

Then why are fans fearing what could come to be one of the greatest Super Bowls in recent memory? There can only be one reason and one reason alone.

Why do fans fear the matchup of Brett Favre and Peyton Manning? Inside do we like to hate the great players of the game's history?


Monday, January 18, 2010

Geovany Soto In Shape, Are We Fooling Ourselves Again???

As the Cubs Convention ends this past weekend, the hopes and dreams of many a dyed-in-the-wool Cubs fans have been replenished like they are every year for the last century plus.

Among meet and greets, Q&A sessions, and autographs of legends past and present, its an opportunity for the fans to connect with their heroes of the national pastime.

What also comes with a fan convention is discussion about how the players and coaches themselves spent their time off after yet another disappointing season on the north side. Some go on extended vacations with family to get away from the game altogether and some just continue their routine keeping their focus on the grand prize of MLB. Some guys have new haircuts and some have new wives.

However the talk of the Convention isn't about some new addition to Wrigley Field or the newest acquisitions of Marlon Byrd or Carlos Silva.

Did you see how good Geovany Soto looks?

He lost 40 pounds and looks great....but do we know how he lost the weight is legit?


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Chicago Sports Fans Are Not As Die Hard As They Think......

With not too much going on in Chicago sports, one's attention turns to what is going on nationally. All the past few days' news has been all about USC and what is going on with their head coaching position. The only professional football team in Los Angeles of course lost their captain in Pete Carroll and gained their new leader in former Tennessee head football coach Lane Kiffin.

I do not want to get into a debate of whether what happened was right or just. Keep in mind, players leave schools early for the NFL just like coaches change schools for better opportunities. Either way you look at it, the idea of moving on whether your a coach or player is just the nature of college athletics and more so football than any other.

If you are honestly upset that Lane Kiffin left Tennessee (maybe the fifth best job in the best conference in football) for the best job in college football at USC (Los Angeles, endless funding, great location, more exciting football conference, less pressure from fan base, etc.), then get over it.

If you work for Circuit City as a sales clerk and Best Buy comes in with a sweet deal plus you get a free IPod, you would leave to. If ESPN Radio were to come my way with a syndication hosting deal, I love the 670 The Score but adios amigos!

What I was more interested in was the reaction of the fans in Knoxville when they heard the news of Lane Kiffin leaving. Rioting, burning mattresses, and ultimately defacing the cherished "Rock" (photo NSFW) with all kinds of lovely goodbye wishes for their departed head coach. Their reaction was juvenile and un-necessary but let's look at it from a local angle.

Obviously in Knoxville it's all about Tennessee football and that is what they live, breathe, and die on. Here in Chicago we are blessed to have five professional sport teams on top of a few NCAA programs. It's almost an oversaturation of sports here in the "Windy City."

The question is there a coach or player in this town that fans feel so connected and attached to that if that coach/player were to leave, would there be a similar reaction to what happened in Knoxville on the Tennessee campus?


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mark McGwire Is Not The Only One Who Could Have Taken The Blame Yesterday......

So what did we learn from Mark McGwire's admission yesterday that indeed he took performance enhancing drugs? How did we expand the story about how baseball's biggest black eye in it's 141 years of existence is still lingering in its record books?

Anyone? Take your time.....

That is my point.

Of the hour long special on the MLB Network which featured Bob Costas searching for answers we all knew already, the media and fans learned nothing. So what does this say about baseball and the steroid era?

The notion of innocent until proven guilty no longer applies to Mark McGwire, but then again in the eye of public opinion "Big Mac" was already guilty. What happened yesterday was not done to satisfy the media where they can finally say "WE TOLD YOU SO." What happened yesterday was not done to satisfy the fans of "America's game" where they can finally say "HA! WE KNEW IT ALL ALONG." What happened yesterday was nothing more than another attempt by the media and fans alike to put the blame on someone else besides ourselves.


Monday, January 11, 2010

The Cubs Show Why They Think They're The Most Important.....

Although my previous note from last week cites that I do not believe that Andre Dawson "The Hawk" is a true hall of famer, the fact is he did get elected. I guess the ninth time was the charm after all for the "hall of famer."

However what I read today just shocked me. Not as a White Sox fan, but as a baseball fan.

This morning, I read the following post on about the possibility of the Chicago Cubs retiring "The Hawk's" number eight.

I would like you to read this and see if you had the same reaction I had.

"Besides many more thousands of marketing dollars, Dawson has been promised by the Cubs to have his No. 8 uniform number retired if he goes into the Hall of Fame as a Cub, a source close to Dawson said on Sunday."

That sounds to me like the Cubs are putting pressure on Dawson to make sure he persuades the hall of fame to honor him as a Chicago Cub instead of a Montreal Expo. By making the promise that Dawson's number eight shall never be worn again by a Chicago Cub, that is putting Dawson in a position where he need not be put.

If this story is indeed true, shame on the Ricketts family and the Chicago Cubs.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Andre Dawson Joining The Hall Of The Average.....

Andre Dawson will be the 232nd player to be inducted into baseball's hall of fame on July 25th in Cooperstown, NY. The 1977 NL rookie of the year and eight time all star received 420 of 539 votes in results announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, 15 more than the 75 percent necessary to gain election. This was the 9th year "The Hawk" was up for enshrinment beating out favorites Roberto Alomar and Barry Larkin for the honor in 2010.

However rather than focus on why Dawson is a hall of famer or compare to him the legends that have already made the way to Cooperstown, the discussion is what hat will Andre Dawson wear headed into the hall.

"The Hawk"
played for four different teams (MON/CHC/BOS/FLA) in his 21 season career, yet here in Chicago the emphasis is he should wear the Cubbie blue because without his 1987 MVP season with the north siders....Dawson probably would not make the hall. The sad reality is that we are more focused on the lid Dawson will wear rather than the numbers themselves and if the meet the requirements of the hall of fame.

I believe Andre Dawson is NOT a hall of famer. Just like Jim Rice, Goose Gossage, Bruce Sutter, Gary Carter, and Billy Williams.

Here's why......


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Double Standard In This Year's MLB Hall Of Fame Voting....

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Working as a producer in sports talk radio, you get into a lot of conversations about random things in sports. For my entry today I would like to discuss a conversation Dustin Rhodes (Executive Producer Mully And Hanley Mornings) and myself had before we closed out our show today. The discussion was about the probable induction of Roberto Alomar into baseball's hall of fame.

The conversation began because as Roberto Alomar's image flashed on the television screen this morning, it opened the door to the bitter hate Dustin had for the former White Sox second baseman. Dustin told me that Alomar should not be allowed into the hall of fame because of the famous September 27, 1996 spitting incident where Alomar indeed sprayed umpire John Hirschbeck with some hot saliva over a called third strike.

Of course I was the contrary because when I am asked about whom belongs in the hall of fame, I always go to the stat sheet.

However my partners argument dawned a thought on me on my way home this morning.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Bottom Line Means More Than Winning With The Chicago Bears

Bear Fans!!

We suffered, discussed, debated, and now we know that what most Bear fans did not want to hear. Lovie Smith will indeed be back for a seventh season as head coach of the Chicago Bears. This decision however comes with some changes however but ones that really do not make sense to me.

The Chicago Bears along with keeping Lovie Smith decided to fire six offensive coaches including Ron Turner (Offensive coordinator), Pep Hamilton (QB), Harry Hiestand (O-Line), Rob Boras (TE), and assistants Luke Butkus and Charles London. However the Bears also did fire someone on the defensive side of the ball....that would be Lovie Smith who relinquished his duties as defensive coordinator.

So Lovie was fired, but he is still the head coach.

Jim Zorn anyone??


Monday, January 4, 2010

And So Chicago Bear Nation Waits......

Welcome to "Black Monday"

The one day in the NFL where the expected happens around 100% of the time and once in a while a surprise happens. Today the expected happened with Jim Zorn out as well as the entire Buffalo Bills coaching staff and yet most Bear fans are waiting for the "surprise." This is the first year in the last six where Bears fans are waiting to hear the fate of their organization and most hope that it includes the firing of Lovie Smith.

The most debated topic in Chicago sports will finally end when Jerry Angelo heads to the podium to do the best sell job in his tenure as General Manager of the Chicago Bears. Although the season is a total disappointment finishing yesterday with a win at lowly Detroit, the fans are not happy with a 7-9 record and demand change.

So we sit and wait....

What can be gained by firing Lovie Smith?