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Fifty Shades of Rock [Playlist]

Fifty Shades of Grey has attracted an audience that does not read movie reviews. Or just the slightest hint of the sting of love has filled movie theaters for the Valentine’s Day weekend. The Regular […]


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Lin’s Bin: Why Do Most Parents Take Little League More Seriously Than the Kids?

Lin, Why do most parents take Little League baseball more seriously than the kids? Lou Engleman I have a confession. I was a Little League coach. Early April in Chicago. The trees are barren. The […]


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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Pat Boone “It’s A Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N Roll)

With this morning’s announcement that AC/DC will be playing Wrigley Field on September 15th, the Hump Day Unusual Moment returns to an old favorite, In a Metal Mood, a truly frightening album from middle of […]


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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Songs to Make Dogs Happy “Squeaky-Deakey!”

In 2003, former Chicago one-hit wonder, Skip Haynes of Aliotta, Haynes and Jeremiah, sent me a CD. Songs to Make Dogs Happy. Here was a full album “based upon canine participants’ decisions as to what […]


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Snow Day!

Yes, it’s maddening to get the note from HR re: they don’t care that a half-million children are out of school, as your presence is absolutely vital to the filing of TPS reports, etc. But while […]


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The First Blizzard of 2015

The TV told me not to leave the house. Too late. My wife, her visiting, snowed-in sister and I had already been out 3 times shoveling to keep up with the snow. The radio suggested […]


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What is Internet? [Watch]

You may have heard about some kind of sports event that will occur this Sunday. Some of us have a rooting interest, but most of us are watching for either gambling purposes or to be […]



An X-Capist Playlist!

As we begin sharing chances to run away from a Chicago winter to beautiful beach resorts, let’s get in the mood. Here are some hot songs that will make you loosen your parka:


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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Lenny Randle “I’m a Ballplayer” [Listen]

An XRT alum posts a picture of the XRT Softball Team in 1980 with Ernie Banks at Thillens Stadium. And there’s a lesser known ballplayer in the pic. Someone says that’s Lenny Randle of the […]