• I remember reading that THE Ohio State University was always the recruiting favorite with E.J. Liddell from Belleville West, in part because he was a huge Buckeye fan growing up, but that Illinois coach Brad Underwood did not “close the deal,” as the decision time neared. How many more tim…

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And just like that, we're back to Phase 4 here in Sangamon County. Out of the blue, on a Monday afternoon, we go from lockdown to one step away from 'somewhat' normal. Of course, we've been dealing with differing mandates from the County, Springfield Mayor and the Governor for a few weeks no…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wish I was spending a lot of time at Cass Gym this week for the boys county tournament…

And we thought 2020 was the worst/craziest year, at least in modern history? Yep, the phone's ringing and it's 2021 on the line. As ESPN's Lee Corso would say - 'Not so fast, my friend...'

We have turned the calendar to 2021, but make no mistake, the craziness of 2020 hasn't left us, and it maybe never will. Confusion reigns as to what businesses are allowed to be open and which ones are closed, with new local guidelines handed down in defiance of the almighty Governor. 

• We will be having hockey in two weeks! The Blues’ schedule has been announced, though as of this writing, game times are still TBD. Yes, the Blues should not be in the West, but geographically, there was not much the NHL could do, though putting Dallas in the Central and Minny and the Blue…

The Chicago Bears can win, or even possibly lose, this coming Sunday and still make the NFC playoffs this season. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that is 2020 in a nutshell. But when the Bears and Packers take the field, it will be 2021. The new year can't possibly be as bad as the current one wa…

The Christmas Scrooge is back, and no, my last name is not Pritzker. I'm not here to try and control your life, I'm just here to entertain and provide some liner for the bird cage. And I've got no shortage of topics this week...

• Saturday was a rough day for Illini fans. Not only did the football team look listless AGAIN in losing to Chicago’s supposed Big 14 team, but then the basketball team was outhustled big time in a loss to hated Missouri in the annual Braggin’ Rights game. Part of the disappointment was miti…

It was, as they say, not a banner weekend for University of Illinois athletics. Football? Loss to Northwestern. Head coach Lovie Smith? Fired. Basketball? Loss to Missouri in the annual Braggin' Rights showdown. Yes, it can now be said, without a doubt. Brad Underwood's team was overrated to…

My column may not be as anticipated as the opening of Portillo's in Springfield, and it may not bring the popularity of endless lines of cars like Chatham's Light Up the Park holiday lights display, but it is in high demand. Love me or hate me, you can't wait to read what nonsense I will wri…

• The Illini basketball team is off to a good start, before a game Wednesday night vs. Baylor in Indy after press time. While NC A&T and Chicago State are awful, a talented Ohio Bobcat squad gave the Fighting Underwoods all they could handle Friday. I think Underwood is right, in previou…

We have reached December 2020, and life is just a bowl of cherries, is it not! Instead of the usual drivel, I'll try to change things up a little this week. Scalding hot takes and sarcasm, served up quickly and with a side of spicy ranch...

Thanksgiving is here, and hopefully everyone out there is celebrating safely with their families. It is 2020, and as we adhere to our marching orders and limit our gathering sizes this holiday season, we will be treated to Houston vs. Detroit and Washington vs. Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. Pe…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wish I had a dollar for every time “Susie from Vehicle Services” called to talk to me about my vehicle warranty…

Just another week in paradise here in Sangamon County, Illinois; I mean, there's nothing going on, right? I have nothing to write about, correct? Not quite. Buckle up...

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how we will all survive not seeing all those Rodney Davis/Betsy Londrigan commercials…

• It is really damn sad that the adults in this state cannot work together, and kids continue to get screwed. Yes, I am referring to the p***ing contest between the governor, DPH and the IHSA. The IHSA screwed the pooch months ago by deferring to JB and the DPH folks, and now that it is tryi…

We live in different times, as they say, and getting all my work and errands done on a Monday to get amped up and ready for Monday Night Football, well, let's just say that hasn't happened in a very long time...

• There were no ‘crocodile tears’ in these parts, in response to the other columnist’s comments last week about Alex Pietrangelo leaving St. Louis for Vegas. I wanted Petro to come back, but I agreed with Doug Armstrong and was not in favor of some of the contract items that Petro wanted (an…

Hello, everyone. I'm going to do my best to avoid going political but I'm afraid it won't last. And with our region staring down the barrel of being knocked down back into Phase 3, I can't begin to tell you the repercussions of such a move by the Governor. How does one man hold this much pow…

If you call yourself a golf fan, or you appreciate the legends of the game, then you have to go to YouTube and look up Jack Nicklaus vs. Sam Snead at Pebble Beach in 1963 in a Shell's Wonderful World of Golf match. It's remastered in full color, and it's simply an historic meeting of Snead, …

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how Padres manager Jayce Tingler managed to only use nine pitchers to shut down the hapless Cardinal offense in Game 3 of their wild card series last week…

I'm in full 'Rodney Dangerfield' mode this week, and what that means, I'm not sure. But I'm feeling the 'no respect' angle early on a Tuesday morning. Time to blast some 80's music and rant about anything that pops into my head...

The Cardinals, Cubs and White Sox are all in the playoffs, though it could be a short postseason ride for all. Anything can happen in a three game series, especially a three game series played in one stadium with no fans and no off days. I have no clue how the Cardinals are a playoff team, b…

• The Cardinals are still basically a .500 team, but in 2020, that might be good enough for them to make the playoffs. That does NOT mean they deserve to be there. At least they took four of five from Andy Becker’s Pirates over the weekend, and finishing with KC and Milwaukee gives them a de…

I attended the 'Let Us Play' rally at the State Capitol last Saturday, and while there is some debate about whether there were 'hundreds' or 'thousands' there, we shouldn't get lost in that discussion. I saw hundreds, but if someone wants to get bent out of shape and say thousands, so be it.

How many televisions (or computer screens or tablets or phones) can you watch at one time? The NFL is back in full swing, and the men's U.S. Open golf tournament will be held in New York this weekend. The regular season in MLB is winding down, and for those so inclined, I'm told the NHL and …

Thoughts for all to ponder while I am already sick and tired of the progressive tax ads on both sides, and it is barely past Labor Day…

We live in interesting times, do we not? The coronavirus pandemic rages on, but people still have to get on with their lives. Sports, albeit in modified fashions, are still being played. And in neighboring states, we've seen complete reversals of past decisions and the return of high school …

Nick Foles or Mitch Trubisky? I know we're all on pins and needles awaiting Matt Nagy's decision, right? And for the record, I'm just clueless about the NFL at this point, as I haven't paid much attention to anything in the offseason or training camps.

We don't know what 'normal' is anymore, and I'm not sure we will see 'normal' anytime soon. But as I begin this missive on a Monday night, it comes after I went to a girls golf match and shot some pictures for Rochester and Chatham (normal stuff), then I got home and watched Phil Mickelson m…

A hot topic in these parts is how will we start the new school year, with some type of in-person learning or fully remote model? Well, I'll cut right to the chase. If you read the latest guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health (which are constantly changing) dated August 13,…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how odd it will feel Friday night when I am not at a high school football game...

• The Blues have recovered from a pair of subpar games to even their first round series vs. Vancouver going into Game 5 Wednesday. If they had played Games 1 and 2 like they played Game 3, and especially Game 4, they might have swept the Canuckleheads.

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There's not a lot of positive things going on right now, but let's start in that direction before we bring some big-time heat and many of you who are easily offended, or want to be offended, might want to turn the page...

Well, baseball is back! But, of course, things hit a huge snag on Monday, with the cancellation (or postponement?) of a couple games and the virus outbreak with the Marlins. Who knows what else has happened by the time you read this, as we are living in an era where things change rapidly. It…

Well, I had a column already done this week and it was so dreary and negative that I had to scrap it. We're all tired of the virus talk, and it's just a constant thorn in our sides. Let's hope this attempt is a little better...

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how epic the Big 14 Conference basketball season could be, if it is played….

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder if enough Illinois Democrats will have the guts to demand for Mike Madigan to leave his positions…

• The NHL officially opened up training camp Monday, and if the players can stay healthy for two weeks and get to the respective bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto, the league might actually pull off finishing the playoffs. The Blues had a few players test positive, and other teams have faced t…

It's like Groundhog Day in our nation, every single day. The coronavirus pandemic dominates all, cases are on the rise locally and businesses are being impacted. Of course, a perfectly healthy person with no symptoms can test positive for this virus, and there's a lot of bad information bein…

Things are still pretty rough out there, folks. We can sugarcoat it all we want to, but between the coronavirus, civil unrest, violence, intimidation tactics, unemployment, businesses still being negatively impacted or closing and state and national political shenanigans, it's a big mess. I …

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how many of these looters and protesters even know the history behind the statues they are toppling…

We live in a state, a country and a world full of hypocrisy. There's no sugar-coating around it, tensions are high and people are not happy. At the top of the hypocrite list, of course, is the man who has controlled our lives for the last three months, and most likely for a much longer perio…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder about how much I will care about baseball in the future if the billionaire owners and millionaire players cannot agree to have a season worth playing…

I'm not sure what state of mind I am in right now, so maybe I will provide some entertainment for you this week. I never thought I could play too much golf, but I might be at that point now. It's back to the drawing board and the driving range, especially after consecutive rounds in the 80s …

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how many times I will watch last year’s Stanley Cup Finals in the next couple of weeks, as we approach the one-year anniversary of the Blues’ epic triumph…

As we slowly get back to some kind of 'normal' in the state of Illinois, I'm not sure anyone wants to read another diatribe of mine against the Governor. But since the coronavirus has been the dominant story of our lives for nearly three months now, it cannot be ignored. I'll sprinkle in som…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I enjoy the fact that Enos Stanley Kroenke’s palace in Los Angeles is facing financial issues…

How much power can one person wield in our country? Or more directly, how much power can one person wield in the state of Illinois? Apparently, a lot, and then some. We've got a problem, and his name is JB Pritzker. I'm done with beating around the bush, so I advise you to turn the page.