Baseball, basketball, politics and Valentine’s Day

Forty-nine days until the first pitch for Cubs fans. The air is starting to buzz. Could this finally be the year? Cubs fans, get on the edge of your seats! I hope you can meet my Yanks in October for all the glory.

This weather has been trying. Sunday, I watched a beautiful blonde at The Backyard balancing her checkbook, drinking a Bloody Mary and waiting for her lotion to thaw. I know, I know—a blonde balancing her checkbook, but it’s true.

I try not to be too self-serving in my ramblings, but congrats to the Winnebago High School Girls’ Bowling Team. They won first place in the IHSA state tourney this year. What a great bunch of kids, led by a wonderful coach and mentor, Karin Morrison. My daughter is on that team, and I couldn’t be more proud of all of them. My daughter’s life is better because she had Karin as her coach and friend for the last six years. Karin also took the boys’ team to the state finals this year—the first time ever for Winnebago boys.

On the political spectrum, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has momentum, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) has attitude, and everyone else is gearing up. The Democrats are throwing out a female, an African-American, and an ambulance chaser. Not that I care, but is the South ready? The Republicans are throwing out Rudy Giuliani, whose reputation was saved by 9/11; U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who seems to be a bitter man about a lot of things; and Newt Gingrich, who was chased from office after the Bill Clinton witch hunt caught up with a few Republicans.

I urge all of you to look past these “high profiles,” and don’t make up your minds until election time. I have already heard too many people saying “I’m voting for so and so.” You have got to be kidding me. Give everyone a chance, and do the work. Maybe we can find a jewel in that pile of hay!

I hope IceHogs fans can again embrace their leader. Kris Tumilowicz is a great guy who was caught off guard and put in a tough spot. Mistakes were made by a lot of people in the MetroCentre deal. Don’t make Kris the poster boy for all that is wrong with that deal. He’s the same guy who loved the franchise like family a few months ago, and still does. He’s the guy who put significant dollars on the line to make the team successful and fun. He had to protect his investment, and doesn’t need to be booed. Walk the last few months in his shoes.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all, and don’t forget the west side of downtown for all your celebrations. Swilligan’s will have the Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Wednesday night, Feb. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., and a band from 8 to 11 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15. My friends on the west side—Paragon On State, Octane, Serrano’s Mexican Kitchen, King’s Table, and Krypto Music Lounge—will all be ready for you in each of our unique ways.

Remember—it’s not far to downtown, and it’s a short trip for a rewarding experience!

Reggie Roberson is owner of Swilligan’s “The Pub,” 200 N. Church St.

From the Feb. 14-20, 2007, issue

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