Friday, May 19, 2006

Sox-Cubs more meaningless than usual

I've never gotten all wrapped up in the Cubs-Sox rivalry, perhaps because I'm one of those rare Cub fans that also roots for the Sox, but this year's six-game series is even more meaningless than usual because no matter what happens, the Sox can't lose. If the Cubs win all six games by football scores (say, 35-3), it's not going to take the rings off the fingers of the White Sox and it's not going to change the fact that the Cubs are Waiting For Next Year for the 98th year in a row.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Can anyone show me the way to go home?

It looks like the Cubs need a map to home plate, because they have had a lot of trouble finding it lately. In the eight games they have played since April 29th, they have scored a grand total of six runs and been shut out four times. By comparison, Florida SS Hanley Ramirez has scored six runs by himself in just the last three days. They had a 28-inning scoreless streak broken last night by an Aramis Ramirez solo home run. The Cubs actually managed to win a game in this anemic stretch, a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh on May 1st.

If you are a Cub fan and haven't already started Waiting Until Next Year, now's the time.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Nashville Star

You would think someone with a seasonal job like mine would be able to write more once the season was over, but it hasn't worked out that way. I'm still catching up with all the stuff I let go during February and March.

During my late night downtime this spring, I did something I would have never imagined myself doing. I watched almost the entire season of Nashville Star, which is the country equivalent of American Idol. It would be an understatement to say that I don't much care for country music. Most of the time, I actively avoid it, but Nicole Jamrose was on the show, so I watched to see how she did. Jamrose, which is a great name for a country singer, is from Dyer and I had a chance to see her perform around here once a few years back, so it was pretty neat to see a local singer get that kind of chance. She did very well too, finishing third. The winner was a kid named Chris Young, who will soon be a superstar. He's unbelievably talented. In fact, the top five or six singers on Nashville Star were a lot better than anyone I saw on American Idol.

It will be interesting to see how her success on the show ends up affecting her career. Does she end up with a record deal and a shot at big-time success, or does she go back to playing the bars of NW Indiana? I suspect it'll be the former, but first, she goes on a tour with the other top four finishers on the show. If you're into that kind of thing, the tour is mostly in the southeast in July. Check your local listings.