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1. Worthless, false, or ridiculous speech or writing; nonsense.

2. Garbage fed to hogs; swill.

Monday, May 30, 2011

At least we came home with something

2nd Place in Sauce!!!!
Way to go Timmy Boy!!

This is a battered crew after two days in the rain & mud.

Thank you to our Sponsor
It's About Time Bar in Cicero, IL

Thank you to the Team
Tim Bowen aka "Chicago Snakeman aka I need an app aka I brought the Busch"
Chris Woods aka "The Teamster"
My Dad aka "The Old Man"
My Sister, Samantha, that is taking the picture, this was her first BBQ Event.

Thank You to the wife & kids, for dealing with Dad in his busy/Hell week.

This is how my BBQ Event went on during the 2 hour rain delay at the Red, White & Bar-B-Q Westmont, IL

Monday, May 23, 2011

Then the hail came.

On the way to a great week, Tim & I saw this.

Don Matthews, 55, was headed north on Interstate 294 this morning when he saw something black falling -- as if in slow motion, he said -- from the overpass ahead.

As he got closer, he saw that the dark shapes, five or six that ended up on either side of the center lane of traffic, were cattle. As he drove by, one animal to the left of the car raised its head.

On the overpass, he could see that a semitrailer had partially tipped over, and “it looked like the top of the trailer had kind of peeled open.”

“It was quite a sight,” Matthews said. “It was kind of a surreal thing.”

But it was very real. A truck carrying 36 head of cattle tipped over on Interstate 80 near Hazel Crest, sending some of the animals tumbling off an overpass.

The accident happened at 11:15 a.m. near the I-294 interchange, resulting in 16 head of cattle being killed while others roamed near the scene, Illinois State Police ChicagoDistrict Sgt. Anthony Ostrowski.

Cook County animal control officials were called to pick up the remaining cattle, and officials were called to pick up the carcasses of several of the cattle, police said.

The ramp was reopened at 7:15 p.m., Ostrowski said.

Several of the animals fell 20 to 25 feet from the I-80 eastbound ramp and landed on the southbound portion of I-294, police said. Several vehicles struck the carcasses, leaving one motorist with minor injuries, police said.

The surviving 22 cows were taken to a farm in Peotone, Ostrowski said.

The truck driver lost control of the rig and it struck a wall before flipping on its side, the sargeant said.

The driver, who was not injured, was cited with driving too fast for conditions, Ostrowski said.

The driver's name was unavailable.

RIP, Owen Hart 12 years ago

World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Owen Hart, 33, of Calgary, Canada, is worked on by paramedics after being critically injured Sunday, May 23, 1999, when he fell 50 feet into the ring as he was lowered from a rope from the roof of the Kemper Arena, in Kansas City, Mo. Hart, who wrestles under the nickname, "Blue Blazer," was given CPR in the ring in front of the soldout event and then taken to a nearby hospital. The hospital did not immediately release his condition.

Happy 32nd Birthday, Brian Campbell

At the Weiner Circle

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Teaming up with Mr T Cereal

Superman Retires

Happy Birthday, Mr.T

Happy 59th Birthday, Mr. T

Mr. T (born Laurence Tureaud May 21, 1952) is an American actor known for his roles asB. A. Baracus in the 1980s television series The A-Team, as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III, and for his appearances as a professional wrestler. Mr. T is known for his trademark African Mandinka warrior hairstyle, his gold jewelry, and his tough-guy image. In 2006 he starred in the reality show I Pity the Fool, shown on TV Land, the title of which comes from his catchphrase from the film Rocky III.
Mr. T was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest son in a family with twelve children. His father, Nathaniel Tureaud Sr., was a minister.[2] Tureaud, with his four sisters and seven brothers, grew up in a three-room apartment in one of the city's housing projects, theRobert Taylor Homes, in a poorly constructed building, in an area with high levels of environmental pollutants and the largest concentration of poverty in America.[3] His mother received a welfare check of $87/month

1924- Leopold and Loeb Murder

The north side of Wolf Lake was also the scene of a grisly crime. This was where Loeb and Leopold hid the dead body of Bobby Franks.

Nathan Freudenthal Leopold, Jr. (November 19, 1904 – August 29, 1971) and Richard Albert Loeb (June 11, 1905 – January 28, 1936), more commonly known as "Leopold and Loeb", were two wealthy University of Michigan alumni and University of Chicagostudents who murdered 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks in 1924 and were sentenced to life imprisonment.[1]

The duo were motivated to murder Franks by their desire to commit a perfect crime. Once apprehended, Leopold and Loeb retained Clarence Darrow as counsel for the defense. Darrow’s summation in their trial is noted for its influential criticism of capital punishmentand retributive, as opposed to rehabilitative, penal systems.

Leopold and Loeb have been the inspiration for several works in film, theater and fiction, such as the 1929 play Rope by Patrick Hamilton and Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film of the same name

Leopold and Loeb spent seven months planning the murder, disposing of the body and working out a way to get ransom money with little or no risk of being caught.[8] They put their plot into motion on Wednesday, May 21, 1924. After a search, the pair finally decided upon Robert "Bobby" Franks, the son of Chicago millionaire Jacob Franks, who was walking home from Harvard High School (closed 1962) in Hyde Park, Chicago. The 14-year-old boy, who was both the neighbor and second cousin of Richard Loeb, was lured into the passenger seat of their rented car.

Future Hollywood producer Armand Deutsch later claimed he might have been the intended victim of Loeb or Leopold. But on the day of the murder, as the 11-year-old grandson of Julius Rosenwald, he was picked up by his family's chauffeur after school because he had a prior dental appointment. Deutsch died aged 92 on August 13, 2005.[9][10]

With Franks in the vehicle, one of them drove and the other one sat in the back armed with achisel. It's not known who struck the first blow with the murder weapon.[11] But a sock was stuffed into the schoolboy's mouth and he died soon after. Contrary to rumors that Franks had been sexually assaulted, the trial judge would later state that conclusive evidence convinced him that no abuse had been committed.[12]

The killers covered the body and drove to a remote area near Wolf Lake in Hammond, Indiana. They removed Franks's clothes and left them at the side of the road. Leopold and Loeb pouredhydrochloric acid[13] on the body to make identification more difficult. They then had dinner at a hot dog stand. After finishing their meal, they concealed the body in a culvert at the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks near 118th street, north of Wolf Lake.

After returning to Chicago, they called Franks's mother and said her son had been kidnapped. They mailed the ransom note to the Franks. The killers burned items of their own clothing that had been spotted with blood. They also attempted to clean bloodstains from the upholstery of their rented automobile. The two then spent the rest of the evening playing cards.

Before the Franks could pay the ransom, Tony Minke, a Polish immigrant, discovered the body.[8][11] When Leopold and Loeb learned that the body had been found, they destroyed the typewriter used to write the ransom note and burned the robe used to move the body.[8][11]

However, Detective Hugh Patrick Byrne, while searching for evidence, discovered a pair of eyeglasses near the body, unremarkable except for an unusual hinge mechanism. In Chicago, only three people had purchased glasses with such a mechanism, one of whom was Nathan Leopold.[14]

Upon being questioned, Leopold told police he had lost the glasses while birdwatching.[15] Loeb told the police that Leopold was with him the night of the murder. Leopold and Loeb claimed they had picked up two women in Leopold's car and had dropped them off near a golf course, never learning their last names. Unfortunately for Leopold and Loeb, Leopold's car was being repaired by his chauffeur that night. The chauffeur's wife also said the car was in the Leopold garage that night.

During police questioning, Leopold's and Loeb's alibis fell apart. Loeb confessed first, followed by Leopold.[16] Although their confessions corroborated most of the facts in the case, each blamed the other for the actual killing.[8][11] Most commentators believe that Loeb struck the blow that killed Franks.[7] However, which of the two actually wielded the weapon that killed Franks would never be known.Psychiatrists at the trial, impressed by Leopold's intelligence, agreed that Loeb had struck the fatal blow. However, the circumstantial evidence in the case, including eyewitness testimony by Carl Ulvigh (who saw Loeb driving with Leopold in the back seat minutes before the kidnapping), indicated that Leopold had been the killer.[17]

The ransom was not their primary motive; the young men's families provided them all the money that they needed. Both had admitted that they were driven by the thrill of the kill and the desire to commit the "perfect crime."[2] While in jail, they basked in the public attention they received and regaled newspaper reporters with the crime's lurid details again and again.[citation needed][dubious ]


Friday, May 20, 2011

RIP, Randy Poffo, 1971 DG North Grad AKA Macho Man Randy Savage

Randy Poffo

School: Downers Grove North

Sport: Baseball and Wrestling

Grad: 1971
Batting Average .500 in 1970 and .525 in 1971 Team won Conference Championship in 1971 Most Valuable Player 1970-1971

Signed by the St. Louis Cardinals 1971

Two Time World Wrestling Champion

Randy Mario Poffo (Randy "Macho Man" Savage)
Bats Switch, Throws Right (until 1973), Left (1974 and later)
Height 6' 2", Weight 175 lb.
High School Downers Grove North High School
Born November 15, 1952 in Columbus, OH USA
Died May 20, 2011 in Tampa, FL USA

Professional Baseball Career
Randy Poffo was a two-time All-State catcher at Downers Grove North High School near Chicago. He was the only player signed out of a 200-player open tryout by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971. He batted .286/~.430/.492 in 35 games for the GCL Cardinals. In 16 games at catcher, he was error-free.
He returned to the GCL Cardinals for the 1972 season and hit .274/~.371/.393 in 52 games, mostly in the outfield. He made the Gulf Coast League All-Star team in the outfield, one of six outfielders chosen; teammate Jerry Mumphrey was also selected and would go on to a fine career. In 1973, Randy hit .344/~.459/.508 in 25 games as a DH for the GCL Red Birds. He also played that year for manager Jimmy Piersall with the Orangeburg Cardinals in the Class-A Western Carolinas League, hitting .250/~.374/.405 in 46 games, again mostly at DH. Poffo credits Piersall and his feisty personality for teaching him how to be aggressive and how to fight. He suffered a severe muscle tear and ligament separation in his throwing arm and was released by the Cardinals. Instead of retiring because of the injury, he taught himself to throw left-handed.
The now left-handed Poffo returned in 1974 with the Cincinnati Reds. He played for the Reds' Florida State League affiliate, the Tampa Tarpons and had a career year in power though his OBP and average fell significantly. He batted .232/~.309/.358 in 131 games, mostly at DH and occasionally in the outfield or first base. He finished third in the league in RBI (66) and tied for fifth in home runs (9), only three less than Eddie Murray hit as a full-time player in the FSL that year. Only Gary Roenicke and Billy Baldwin drove in more runners in the FSL; Murray trailed Poffo by 3. He was released by the Reds. (Note: Poffo is still listed as a right-handed throw by the TSN Guide that year).
Poffo signed with the Chicago White Sox for 1975, but was released at the end of spring training. He decided to call it quits for baseball.
Overall, Randy batted .254/~.351/.392 in 289 games. He stole 21 bases and drove in 130 runs in 869 AB.

RIP, Macho Man Randy Savage

RIP (Macho Man Randy Savage)

RIP, Macho Man Randy Savage

We will miss you Randy.

This was Randy & Tim Bowen at Lane Tech High School Gym in 1995.

WOW!!! RIP Downers Grove Native!!!!! Macho Man Randy Savage Dies In Car Accident

"Ooooooh Nnnooooooooo."

Macho Man Randy Savage -- one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time -- died today in a car accident in Tampa, Florida

TMZ spoke with Randy's brother, Lanny Poffo, who tells us the wrestling legend suffered a heart attack while he was behind the wheel around 9:25 AM ... and lost control of his vehicle.

Earlier this month, Savage celebrated his 1-year anniversary with his new wife Lynn.

Savage was 58.

Macho Man began wrestling in the WWF in 1985 and became a superstar with his trademark catchphrase "Ooooooh Yeaahhhhh."

UPDATE: Florida Highway Patrol tells TMZ ... Savage was driving his 2009 Jeep Wrangler when he veered across a concrete median ... through oncoming traffic ... and "collided head-on with a tree."Savage was transported to Largo Medical center, where he died from his injuries. Savage's wife was a passenger in the vehicle during the collision -- but survived with "minor injuries." She was transported to a different local hospital where she was treated.

According to officials, Randy and Lynn were both wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident. Cops say alcohol was NOT a factor. An investigation into the accident is underway.

Happy 67th Birthday Joe Cocker

Happy 70th Birthday, Stan Mikita

Happy 70th Birthday, Stan Mikita

Happy Birthday, Jimmy Stewart

1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday, André the Giant

André René Roussimoff (19 May 1946 – 27 January 1993), best known as André the Giant, was a French professional wrestler and actor. He is well known as Fezzik in the classic movie The Princess Bride. His great size was a result of gigantism, and led to him being dubbed "The Eighth Wonder of the World".
In the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), Roussimoff is a one-time WWF Champion and a one-time WWF World Tag Team Champion. In 1993, he was the first inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame.

Happy 66th Birthday, Pete Townshend

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lillie's Q chef takes 12th at Memphis in May Barbeque Championship

Charlie McKenna, pit master at Lillie's Q in Bucktown, placed 12th in the pork shoulder competition at the Memphis in May barbecue championship this weekend. (Chris Sweda/Tribune)

By Phil Vettel Tribune restaurant critic

Charlie McKenna, chef/owner of Lillie's Q (1856 W. North Ave., 773-772-5500) is back from last weekend's Memphis in May World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest with a 12th place finish under his belt.
For most 'que specialists, finishing 12th out of 70 entrants (in McKenna's preferred Pork Shoulder category), at the most prestigious barbecue cook-off in the country, would be high-five time. McKenna and crew, however, are a bit bummed.
"The top 10 finishers get to walk up (at the awards ceremony) for their trophy." McKenna says. "We've never not walked."
Last year, McKenna finished fourth, as he did in 2006, and he has three other top-10 finishes, including his first-place title in 2007. The guy aims high.
"It was disappointing to our team," he says, "but it's a fun time. And this year's Grand Champion (Big Bob Gibson's in Decatur, AL) came out of the shoulder category. There was a lot of good meat out there."
This is just the beginning of the competitive-barbecue season, however. From March through November, McKenna estimates that between 30 and 40 barbecue contests take place across the country, and McKenna will compete in nearly 20 of them.
"I compete on the circuit year-round," he says. "I go out twice a month. I think the next trip is mid-June. It's a great thing, plus it helps get Lillie Q's name out."

RIP, 9 years ago today the British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith Dies

Smith died on May 18, 2002, after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Invermere, British Columbia with his girlfriend, Bruce Hart's estranged wife Andrea Redding. He was 39 years old. An autopsy revealed that past anabolic steroid use may have played a part in his death, however no certain reason was found. It is apparent that stress, serious injuries, and the use of drugs took its toll on the wrestler. Bruce Hart claimed "Davey paid the price with steroid cocktails and human-growth hormones."

Happy 51st Birthday, Yannick Noah, Joakim's Dad

This is Kristen, Joakim & Stephine in Daytona Beach, 2009.

Happy 68th Birthday!!!!

Me with Jimmy "Fly" Snuka at Rosemont Convention Center in 2002.

America's Best Burger Cities

'Travel + Leisure' Lists America's Best Burger Cities

This month Travel + Leisure put up a list of America's 20 best major burger cities as picked by their readers. (Update: As David noted in the comments below, the 20 cities were picked from 35 choices, hence why more worthy cities may not appear on this list.)

1. Houston
2. Salt Lake City
3. Providence
4. Denver
5. Austin
6. Chicago
7. Nashville
8. Minneapolis/St. Paul
9. New York City
10. Savannah
11. Portland, OR
12. Los Angeles
13. Phoenix/Scottsdale
14. Dallas/Fort Worth
15. Kansas City
16. San Diego
17. San Antonio
18. Charleston
19. Atlanta
20. San Francisco

Monday, May 16, 2011

RIP, Sammy Davis, Jr- 21 years ago today

At Least I saw the man in Chicago 2009 with Heaven & Hell

RIP, DIO - Rainbow in the dark

RIP, Dio - Holy Diver

RIP, Ronnie James Dio, Last Year

Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010), better known as Ronnie James Dio, was an Italian-American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He performed with, amongst others, Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio. Other musical projects include the collective fundraiser Hear 'n Aid. He was widely hailed as the most powerful singer in heavy metal, renowned for his consistently powerful voice. He consistently ranks as one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time in various online polls and lists. He is credited with popularizing the "devil horns" hand gesture in metal culture. Prior to his death, he was collaborating on a project with former Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice, under the moniker Heaven & Hell, whose first studio album, The Devil You Know, was released on April 28, 2009. Dio died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010. One of the last songs he recorded was titled "Metal Will Never Die".

Rahm Emanuel sworn in as Chicago's new mayor. High 4 1/2!!!!

Mayor Rahm Emanuel gives his inaugural speach after he was sworn in as Chicago's 46th mayor.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Happy 49th Birthday, CC DeVille

Gina, CC DeVille & TrayC behind the Hard Rock Cafe 1991.

Their older sister Sandi was inside buying a shot glass. She is still pissed to this day.

Sandi, Talk Dirty to Me!!!!

Happy 59th Birthday, David Byrne lead singer of Talking Heads

Happy 68th Birthday Jack Bruce Bassist of Cream

This is in memory of Chris Dielia, RIP

207 years ago today, Lewis & Clark Departed from St. Louis

The Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806) was the first United States expedition to the Pacific Coast. Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson and led by two Virginia-born veterans of Indian wars in the Ohio Valley, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the expedition had several goals.