Tuesday, February 17, 2009

How Lucky I Have Been

From the time I was a youth growing up in Cicero, I always wanted to talk about sports on the radio.

Back in the late sixties and early seventies, Pat Sheridan took to the airwaves each night on WCFL to talk sports, and I would be there each and every night to listen. Pat would breakdown the local baseball teams, the Bears, the Blackhawks and Bulls, once they came into the NBA. There were even times that I heard Pat make a mistake on a stat, or a score from the night before. I would find out later how easy that can be.

I would listen and tell my dad how cool it was for this guy to talk sports, take phone calls from die hard fans, and get paid for it.

Now, as I am sitting here waiting for my next opportunity to take to the airwaves, I realize just how fortunate I have been to do something I truly love, for more than THIRTY YEARS!!! First at Sports Phone, and most recently, at the Score.

This morning, I traveled to IIT, just the other side of the Dan Ryan from U.S. Cellular field, and joined Jeff Korey, John Lauricella and Paul Cordogon on their radio show, The Sports Huddle and Stuff. Jeff and John work at IIT while Paul is a student. These guys love talking sports and it was a pleasure to be able to join them.

They treated me like royalty, like I was doing them a favor. I love talking sports, be it with my buddies, (Peoria is right around the corner), former listeners that I run into, or just the average Joe that finds out what I have done with my career.

There are fans, including my new buddies at IIT, that love sports, love talking about it, and love arguing about it. Most have other jobs, and would kill to be able to do what I have done over the years.

For the longest time, I was always able to tell my wife, "Honey, But I have to watch the game...it's my job!"

I am really hoping I can utter those same words again very, very soon!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Who Needs David...We Have Gordon!

It appears that David Beckham's stay in Major League Soccer with the LA Galaxy is about to come to an end.

Beckham is on loan with AC Milan in Italy, and he wants to stay there and the team wants him to remain. MLS refused AC Milan's initial offer for #23, but I expect that things will eventually get worked out. No sense keeping a player, much less one of the most recognized athletes in the world, if he isn't happy!

I realize Beckham signed a long term deal with the league, but the transfer possibility was written into the contract. The league got about all they can from the promotion of Beckham. Letting him go to one of the top teams on the planet isn't a bad move at this time.

Many people who do not know soccer, and some that do know the game, say Beckham did not bring his "A"game to the States, that he didn't give his all. Beckham, unlike Blanco with the Chicago Fire, is NOT a goal scorer. Americans say, "How do you pay that kind of money for someone who doesn't score goals?" Beckham does what he does, as well as anyone in the world. He can "bend it" like no one else on free kicks and his crosses have led to many of the prettiest goals you could ever see. Playing in the midfield, on the right side which is his best spot, he needs help to be a star player. Forwards to get their heads to his crosses...central midfielders to find him on the flank. He did not get that with the Galaxy. I believe Beckham came here to help the league. He did, when healthy, and now it is time to let him go.

In a year or two, when Gordon Beckham makes a name for himself on the South Side with the White Sox, you will forget all about David.

A couple quickies before I go...

- The Chicago Fire is expected to decide on their plans for this season's television coverage this week. I hope my number is called to do play-by-play for the upcoming season on My50.

- I took my wife to see "He's Just Not That Into You", Saturday night. Not a bad flick. A definite date night. If you see it downtown, stop at Heaven on Seven before or after and grab one of their spicy bloody marys.

- I agree with Phil Rogers...A Rod should just admit to what he took. We are a very forgiving society...but don't you dare lie to us.

- Michael Phelps is an IDIOT!!! You have the world where you want it. You couldn't wait for the privacy of your own home, when you were alone, to hit the bong...big dummy!