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…

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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.

Thoughts for all to ponder while I hope I am done with our furnace for a few months, because it is tiring to hear it kick on in May…

In case you were wondering that's me and my new sidekick, Callaway (or Callie, for short), in the photo above. She's kept me busy during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, of which it appears there is no end in sight in this state...

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wish I would have covered multiple school events in the last month….

Hello, everyone. In this unprecedented time in our nation's history, I have so many thoughts going through my head all day and every day. Writing a snarky sports column is simple, but assessing the current situation in our lives is not. How do you take politics out of all of it, keep a level…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wish I had been covering multiple events Monday afternoon instead of writing this column…

I don't know how else to say it, but this is frustrating. Where's the light at the end of the tunnel? We're all being told to stay home, so many businesses are closed and people are out of work and not receiving pay checks and there's no hope for when this is going to change. I'd love to go …

The Bears have made some moves (Nick Foles?) and they continue to stockpile ex-St. Louis Rams players, which in 2020 may not be such a good idea, since the Rams last played in St. Louis in 2015. In any event, I don't think writing about the NFL or other sports and ignoring what's going on ri…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wait to put money on “flatten the curve” and “social distancing” being the ‘words of the year’…

I hope everyone is doing the best they can, as there is no question we as a country are in an unchartered waters right now. In general, I think we all would benefit from being as positive about the current situation as we can, because I don't think panic or screaming and yelling solves anything.

It appears that fears over the spread of the coronavirus are taking over this country, hour by hour and day by day. I'm not making light of the situation nor am I qualified in any way, shape or form to pass judgement, but the impacts cannot be ignored. Every time you check for news updates, …

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Thoughts for all to ponder while admitting how much I enjoyed Sunday night with both Iowa and the Blackhawks losing to two of my favorite teams…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder who MSNBC will hire to yell as loud as Chris Matthews did…

No, I'm not trying to jinx anything, but as the calendar turned to March and I found myself on a (very crowded) golf course last weekend, it sure feels like we've turned the corner from winter to some semblance of spring. I'm not asking for much, but a windy day in the 50s feels pretty good …

Thoughts for all to ponder while I cannot believe we are less than a month away from real baseball games being played…

Ladies and gentlemen, batting clean-up for your 2020 St. Louis Cardinals.........catcher, Yadier Molina!!!! Oh man, can you just imagine if that's how Mike Shildt's lineup will look to start the season? Stay off the message boards and social media, that's my advice...

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how many more cold/snow days our local schools will have to face before the weather turns to spring…

I'm so ready for spring I cannot control myself anymore, so enjoy the golf talk and baseball drama. Oh, and the Illini had a very disappointing run of four straight losses to good teams, but roared back with a vengeance Tuesday at No. 9 Penn State. Ayo is back, and Ayo is really good. In Ayo…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how much fun a brokered Democratic National Convention would be to watch…

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Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder why so many of the Super Bowl commercials were just not very good this year…

The Super Bowl has come and gone, the 60 degree temperatures are a distant memory, and by the time you read this missive, we're all supposed to be buried in snow. Yep, it must be February in Illinois. And yes, I'm supposed to be used to it, but I'm tired of it. Somebody, please get me out of…