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…

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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, …

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…

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…

The tragic accident that took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others on Sunday has gripped the nation and many parts of the world. There are so many questions, and so much speculation. It's just an unspeakable tragedy...

Thoughts for all to ponder while we all know that Ayo Dosunmu’s time at Illinois will end this year, if he keeps playing like this…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how we will all survive now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not full-fledged members of the British Royal Family…

Kansas City Chiefs fans, your wait is over. Fifty years after the franchise's last Super Bowl appearance, the Chiefs are heading back to the Big Game after taking down Tennessee this past Sunday in the AFC Championship Game. The Super Bowl trip is well-deserved and earned, as the Chiefs and …

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how I survived not watching any of the 3000 ESPN channels that showed the college football championship game Monday night…

The Brad Underwood era at the University of Illinois has officially gained some traction, with the Fighting Illini off to a 4-2 start in Big Ten play and earning a national ranking for the first time since 2014. Yes, that's a long time, and way, way too long, in fact. The gut-wrenching loss …

I don't know about you, but it's good to get back to some sense of normalcy. The last two weeks have involved major alterations to how we do business and what days we are working, due to the holidays and non-negotiable schedules from our printers. And with all the other variables going on, y…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how many NFL suits were upset that the Patriots lost, knowing the ratings they pull in…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder when the Big 14 will rename the Freshman of the Week Award for Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn, who already has won the award FOUR times…

The Christmas Grinch is back to steal all of your fun, so turn the page quickly, or you might have to run. Yep, I know, not very good, but I tried. In any event, please contain your excitement as I'll try to entertain you for a couple of minutes as you finish your holiday shopping...

I gotta start with our two state championship teams, so congratulations to our friends in the Rochester and Williamsville-Sherman areas. That's some pretty incredible stuff. Conditions were less than ideal up at Northern Illinois University, to say the least, but we are #blessed to have two …

Thoughts for all to ponder while I prepare to see Santa many times in the next couple of weeks…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I hope the Blues don’t lose any more forwards to injury…

I've seen a whole bunch of high school football games in my glorious life on Earth, but after last Saturday, I can confidently say I've never seen a more talented team with as much speed and size as the East St. Louis Flyers. And yeah, I'm just gonna say it. No team in this state, regardless…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how long Matt Nagy will stick with Mitch Trubisky…

Ah yes, my favorite time of the year! Check the weather every day to see how many layers to wear, leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark! It just doesn't get any better, does it? Oh wait, another week, another Bears loss. But that's normal, right?...

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder why people don’t remember how to drive in snowy weather in these parts, because it happens EVERY DAMN YEAR…

There's nothing better than a white knuckle drive home and drive in to work commute in early November; it's simply the best. Settle in for our six months of winter, folks. At least I'm in full driving on ice mode a few months ahead of time; I mean, you've always got to look at the positives...

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how history will remember the pathetic Robert Francis O’Rourke presidential campaign…

Hello again, everyone. The beginning of our six months of winter season is here (do we really even have spring and fall anymore?), and that is depressing enough. But we all must soldier on, and I am finally planted for a few days back in the homestead area after trips to Jacksonville (twice)…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I cannot wait to see the white stuff fall on HALLOWEEN!…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how the Illinois football team will play the rest of the season after one of the biggest upsets in recent college history…

The Illini are trending up, and the Bears are trending way down? Yep, life comes at you fast. Almost as fast as a Springfield-area motorist who decides a right-hand turn is their God-given right, you know, no matter if the light is red and there is oncoming traffic going 55-plus miles per ho…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder where the real Paul Goldschmidt is and who was the impostor that was wearing No. 46 in the Nationals series...

How much can happen in a week's time? Well, how about your Cardinals putting up a 10-spot in the first inning to finish off the Atlanta Braves last Wednesday, and here we are on Tuesday night, just six days later, and the Washington Nationals have finished off a dominant sweep of the Cardina…

Thoughts for all to ponder while we are glad that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was not an inch taller…

Time for the return of some quick hot takes, which I know so many of you have missed. And once again, for the cheap seats, if you don't understand sarcasm, I may not be your particular cup of tea. Enjoy the rantings...

I'm not gonna lie, I figured the Cardinals would finish off their dumpster fire of a final week by needing a one game playoff for the division title (with a loss), then trudging into Washington Tuesday night (with no pitching left, virtually) for a beat down in the wild card game. It made pe…