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Jesus pay my tab
Oct. 22, 2014 3:11 pm

I don't think "Jesus take the wheel" and "Jesus pay my tab" have the same sentiment.

Oklahoma's KOKH TV reports that after drinks and a meal Kristi Rhines told workers at a restaurant in Lawton that Jesus Christ would pick up her tab. Apparently, she explained that she was married to Jesus and that he would enter the restaurant with the money. Police were called to the scene and confirmed that Rhines didn't have any cash on hand to pay the bill. She was arrested on a fraud charge.

Married to Jesus. Hmmm. If that excuse doesn't work in the south, I doubt it'd work anywhere.

Eddie Vedder
Oct. 21, 2014 2:01 pm

Eddie Vedder is the man.
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Plenty of Packers players took in Pearl Jam's show at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee last night, and they got Eddie, a diehard Bears fan, to rock the Green and Gold.

Even though Matt Flynn was there, and having a great time, it wasn't his #10 jersey that Vedder was wearing. It was one that the Packers players had made up in honor of Pearl Jam's debut album.

Aaron Rodgers said that the show was "unbelievable." Check out the review here.

Football weekend
Oct. 20, 2014 12:04 pm

I was emotionally invested in two football games this weekend, and it's crazy how different my emotions towards both ended up playing one. 

Let's first start with the second one: Green Bay vs. Carolina on Sunday afternoon. It was a case of Aaron Rodgers being on his game, the defensive front making plays and the Lambeau crowd taking the Panthers completely out of the game. The game was over as soon as Jordy Nelson beat Roman Harper for the 59-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter. Carolina stood no chance of coming back. Five touchdowns by five different Green Bay players. I even fell asleep for a bit in the third quarter. The Packers took care of business, and it was relatively drama free.

How good was James Starks on Sunday? (photo/Racine Journal Times)

The first game I watched start to finish was the Notre Dame vs Florida State game on Saturday night. I'm a huge ND football fan, so it was a game I had not only been anticipating all week, but all season as well. A chance to knock off the defending champs on the road doesn't come around too often. The Fighting Irish played extremely well, and had the ball in their hands with a chance to win the game with the clock winding down. High. Drama. I was as tense as I've been in a long time (well, probably since the Packers beat the Dolphins last week, but who's keeping track, anyways) and I even had a brief moment of exuberance! before it was wrenched away from my leaping heart. (Right or wrong, HOW DO YOU CALL THAT PENALTY THERE. Jeeze.) As the 4th and goal pass from the 18 fluttered into the FSU defender's arms, I went silent. No yelling, no groaning in discontent. It was crushing. All I did was make a stiff whiskey drink and watch the Food Network. Ugh. I spent a good deal of Sunday and this morning reading about the game and the last call and the game winning play that wasn't, and it's no less crushing than it was a day-and-a-half ago. So this is me venting. Grrrrr.

The game winning touchdown that wasn't. (photo/RedEye Chicago)

Gone Girl
Oct. 17, 2014 11:51 am

I went to go see Gone Girl last night at Marcus Cinemas, and I was very excited to do so.

I had some pretty high expectations based off of what people had been saying on social media, and for the most part, the movie lived up to the hype it had been getting. I did have a few takeaways, however...

1) The movie had me checking my phone to see what time it is, which I take as an indication that it might be a bit too long.

2) On the same token, I still wanted more from the movie. There were certain aspects of plot points that I want elaborated upon, but alas, they didn't come. The movie probably would have been much better as an HBO miniseries, but as a friend told me this morning, what good movie wouldn't? (I should probably read the book.)

3) David Fincher is the man. There's just something to the way he shoots movies. Wow.

4) The acting was actually really good. Ben Affleck was awesome, Rosamund Pike wasn't someone I knew but I thought she was also very good. NPH worked in his role, and I came away really liking Tyler Perry as well.

5) I'm not sure it's good enough to come away with any of the top Oscar wins, but it was good enough for some nominations and maybe a win for cinematography or something like that.

All in all, it's a captivating story line that was done well. Worth a few hours at the theatre.

Oct. 16, 2014 12:02 pm

I really hope we look back at Ebola and can say it was much like the swine flu, the bird flu, anthrax and SARS in that it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been.

Unsurprisingly, there are people trying to profit from the craze or hysteria or whatever you want to call it.

I wonder how many of these I'll see out and about for Halloween.


If you need to re-use your Breaking Bad-themed outfit, this might be the way.

Read more about strange Ebola related items for sale here:

Tom Wrigglesworth
Oct. 15, 2014 9:59 am

This is the greatest.

British comedian Tom Wrigglesworth bears a bit more than a passing resemblance to a certain Packers quarterback.

Here's his quest to not only meet Aaron Rodgers, but also immerse himself into the Green Bay culture.

It's 10 minutes long, but it's certainly worth your time.

Oct. 14, 2014 2:36 pm

Well this is up there with every air traveler's worst nightmare.

According to NBC News:

An American Airlines flight from San Francisco to Dallas made an emergency landing at SFO after panels inside the plane's cabin began to come apart in mid-air, the airline confirmed Monday afternoon.

AA Flight 2293 landed without incident at about 2:15 p.m., an hour after takeoff, and taxied to the gate, according to FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor.

The plane's captain decided to return to San Francisco "after several interior wall panels came loose while in the air," American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said.

That's exactly what you want to see when you're at 30,000 feet: the walls of the plane starting to come apart.

I can't imagine that feeling.

Here are some pictures from passenger James Wilson:

Oct. 13, 2014 2:15 pm

I help out in the sports department at the Tribune and the thing that was the biggest talking point from the weekend wasn't Logan's demolition of Central to retain this year's Ark of Victory (well done, Rangers), but rather it was the 17-year old that decided to have a little fun by streaking at the game. The reason I mention that I work at the Trib is to say that in monitoring social media, it was immediately flooded by the #FreeEthan hashtag. The majority of high schooler voiced their support for the young man, while a select few decided to take the high and mighty approach in saying that he was a disgrace, or whatever.

I'm of the opinion that the streaker needs some punishment, but only really a slap on the wrists. By all accounts, he's a pretty good kid that got caught up in trying to do something funny. And to most, he succeeded.

It's understandable if the city wants to slap a disorderly conduct and lewd behavior fine on him, but it shouldn't go much more than that. Give him some community service to do as well, if you well. But the "crime", if you want to call it that, was momentarily and had very little lasting effect. In a way, the punishment should be as well. Nothing on the permanent record, no sex offender registry, none of that. It was a kid doing things that, every once in a while, kids are bound to do.

And, because, for the most part...

Putin's tiger
Oct. 10, 2014 2:44 pm

It's getting to the point where you could make up something completely bizarre about Vladimir Putin, and there's a good chance that I'd believe it.

Here's an example, via BBC News:

A Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin has wandered across the Russian border and into China, according to officials.

The endangered animal, named Kuzya, was one of three tigers freed by Mr Putin in May.

But forestry officials said the big cat had now entered Chinese territory after crossing from the wilds of eastern Siberia in search of food.

Chen Zhigang, director of the Taipinggou nature reserve in north-eastern China, said that the tiger would not have to worry about finding food as cattle would be released into the reserve if necessary.

So Putin released a tiger as a part of a publicity stunt, and now it's hungry. But don't worry, they're gonna release cattle into the wild too for food. 

What's he gonna do next?

Taco John's
Oct. 9, 2014 1:19 pm

Big thanks to Taco John's for bringing some of their boneless wings into the studio today.

Lots of good flavors, and you can find your match here:

Here was the result of my quiz:

The Sweet Chipotle BBQ were very tasty, but I like to be adventurous and had the habanero and ghost pepper wings too. Not too spicy, but a good little punch. A tasty lunch, thanks Taco John's!

Poo Poo Ca Choo
Oct. 7, 2014 2:55 pm

Well, this story stinks.

Via the Hull Daily Mail (in the UK):

A MAN who claims he is abused because he is a dwarf has been warned by a judge he could be jailed after a dirty protest in a Hull council office.
Ian Salter-Bromley, 54, exposed himself and spread excrement and urine in the main reception and toilets of Hull's Wilson Centre after he went in to complain, Hull Crown Court heard.
Salter-Bromley, who is 4ft, outraged staff on two separate visits, pulling his arm back as if to punch a female receptionist and telling an Asian man: "You should go back to your own country."
Salter-Bromley appeared at court for sentencing after being found guilty of being in contempt of a court injunction granted to city council staff to protect them from his repeated abuse.

Now, it's not niced to be picked on, but you also can't take a dump on the floor at City Hall. Although, that would be an interesting way to protest a parking ticket.

JJ Watt
Oct. 6, 2014 2:39 pm

I love JJ Watt. He makes Wisconsin proud, for a number of reasons. He's a phenomenal NFL player, charitable, hard working, etc.

But he's also a Wisconsin boy through and through. He eats the way a top-tier athlete should, but he dreams about what he shouldn't be eating too.

Check out what he told ESPN's Michelle Beisner.

Watt would you like to eat?

That's right: "Burgers, brats, cheese curds, beer, and ice cream."

I might have that for dinner, just because I can.

Oct. 3, 2014 2:57 pm

I love that there are people whose job it is to make things like this.

That's right. Wisconsin is as singular a color as they come when it comes to college football allegiances. BOOM.

According to the New York Times:

The most consistently loyal fans in America live in Wisconsin. More than 87 percent of fans in some Wisconsin ZIP codes support the Badgers, a level that isn't reached anywhere else, our estimates show. That's why the red in the map is so dark. Though the numbers aren't nearly so high elsewhere, Wisconsin territory also stretches into Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan.

Now stomp Northwestern on Saturday, would ya?

Oct. 1, 2014 2:50 pm

Everyone loves a good heist movie. And Gone in Sixty Seconds, even though it has Nicolas Cage, is surprisingly watchable.

This story, out of Memphis and courtesy of the Commercial Appeal, sounds like it's a part of a plot for a movie.

The seven Porsches stolen Tuesday from a dealership on Covington Pike were newer models with an estimated value of $646,367, according to a police incident report on the heist.

Memphis police said Wednesday that they have recovered five of the seven Porsches stolen and have detained four people in connection with the crime.

The cars stolen were: four 2014 Porsche Panamera's; a 2015 Porsche Panamera; a 2015 Porsche 911 and a 2013 Porsche 2013, according to the incident report.
2015 Porche Panamera...I'd probably steal it too

First born
Sept. 30, 2014 2:22 pm

So you know those "Terms and Conditions" pages we all click through? Well, there's a lot of text you're probably not reading. And a security firm in London wanted to conduct an experiment to prove that the majority of people sign their lives away without so much as giving the contract a second glance.

Well maybe not their lives, but the lives of their first borns.


Read here, via the Washington Post:

A good Wi-Fi network is hard to find, but six Londoners were willing to pay the ultimate price - based on the Terms and Conditions they agreed to, anyway.

In an experiment sponsored by security firm F-Secure, an open Wi-Fi network was set up in a busy public area. When people connected, they were presented with lengthy terms and conditions.

But to see just how little attention we pay when checking that agreement box, F-Secure included a "Herod clause" - one that offered up free Wi-Fi in exchange for the company's permanent ownership of the user's firstborn child.

The experiment was intended to highlight the dangers of connecting to unknown Wi-Fi networks, the Guardian reports. While only six people clicked through the Herod clause, another 33 devices connected once the researchers removed all Terms and Conditions. Meanwhile, users left their personal data - including passwords - completely vulnerable to the network.

So. It may behoove you to READ for the sake of the CHILDREN.

Sept. 29, 2014 3:02 pm

I luckily switched over from watching football to catch this on TV as it happened.

Preserved the no-hitter for a great Wisconsin pitcher. Well done, Jordan Zimmermann!

Jimi Hendrix
Sept. 25, 2014 3:21 pm

I'm a big movie guy, and when that genre crosses paths with classic rock, sign me up.

I'm pumped for Jimi: All Is By My Side, which features musician Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix. It's gonna be good.
Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix (courtesy of The Telegraph)

Here's a snippet from a recently released Rolling Stone article, the rest of which can be read here:

In Jimi: All Is By My Side, set for a Sept. 26th release, Benjamin takes on a crucial year in the life of the iconic rock guitarist, as Hendrix was being discovered and embraced by the London music scene in 1966-67. He lost 20 pounds for the role "because I am not naturally a skinny man," studied Hendrix interview footage, learned to play guitar left-handed before four weeks of rehearsals and six weeks of filming.

"To get that gait, to move in that way, I had to feel that way. I worked out twice a week, and ate just enough calories to keep myself going," Benjamin recalled. "Guitar training was strenuous because I?m a right-handed guitar-player. Left-handed is completely opposite. It?s like walking backwards."

Talk about commitment to the role.

Sept. 23, 2014 11:44 am

I like to eat. So when I was on vacation over the weekend, I made sure to avoid eating things that I could get any day around here. I think I was successful.

For example:

That's a Vietnamese dish called Pho. Pronounce "fuh" or "fah". I don't know exactly. But it's definitely not "faux".

It was amazing.And I've since googled how to recreate it on my own and it's clear I'll never be able too.

And then, my "When in Rome" meal for the weekend:

Steamed crabs. I had no idea what I was doing, but boy were they delicious.

Texting and Driving
Sept. 17, 2014 2:39 pm

Texting and driving is scary. I hate driving next to people when I see them buried in their phone. It's literally an accident waiting to happen.

Thankfully, police technology is catching up.


A Virginia company is developing a radar gunlike device that would help police catch drivers as they text.

The technology works by detecting the telltale radio frequencies that emit from a vehicle when someone inside is using a cellphone, said Malcolm McIntyre of ComSonics. Cable repairmen use similar means to find where a cable is damaged - from a rodent, for instance - by looking for frequencies leaking in a transmission, McIntyre said.

A text message, phone call and data transfer emit different frequencies that can be distinguished by the device ComSonics is working on, according to McIntyre. That would prove particularly useful for law enforcement in states such as Virginia, where texting behind the wheel is banned but talking on the phone is legal for adult drivers.

Stanton Selfie
Sept. 16, 2014 1:31 pm

Remember when Mike Fiers hit Giancarlo Stanton in the face with a 88 mph fastball?

Well, at least Stanton is smiling about it now.

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Glad to see he's begun the healing process.

As for the Brewers, they've got a HUGE series with the Cardinals tonight, leading up to quite possibly a bigger series with the Pirates this weekend. C'mon Crew.

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