Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Selling in Dallas

The rats at "The Notes from the Lab" put me on to today's 'The Connection' from NPR...

The hot issue had Larry Lessig talking about the Supreme Court case that is currently at hand right now. With the full guarantee of court costs picked up by Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, I checked out his blog, 'Blog Maverick' today, and I picked up some great advice from a post in February called 'Get a Job'. I thought he had some great points on selling...Check it out.

Here are some strong points from Cuban:

  • "I don’t remember who told me that selling was a job for a lifetime, but they were right."
  • "Let me be clear that it’s not the person who can talk someone into anything. It’s not the hustler who is a smooth talker. The best salespeople are the ones who put themselves in their customer’s shoes and provide a solution that makes the customer happy."
  • "The best salesperson is the one the customer trusts and never has to question."
  • "The best salesperson is the one who knows that with every cold call made, they are closer to helping someone."
  • "The best salesperson is the one who takes immense satisfaction from the satisfaction their customer gets."
  • "The best salesperson is the one who wakes up early every morning excited to come to the office and get on the phone and let people know exactly why they love their product, their job and their clients."
Sound corny from him, and is it too simple for you? Well, it definitely worked for him. He started out selling components in Radio Shack and bartending in Dallas before he started Broadcast.com.
  • "It’s also the most important job in every company. There has yet to be a successful company that has survived with zero sales."
Here's two great questions from him...
  • "So if selling is the most important job in a company, why do fewer and fewer people seem to be wanting the job?"
  • "Why aren’t their many colleges offering majors in “Salesmanship”, not Sales and Marketing. Just pure, old fashioned selling?"
Because people are scared to get out and put their face on the line of rejection. Also, sales takes getting related to someone. That's awfully hard for people to do because they stay tight in their little circles...Man, I can't believe that I didn't think sales would take me anywhere.
  • "If you don’t have a job, or don’t have the job you want, get a job in sales. Every single person on this planet can learn to be a great salesperson. All you have to do is put in the effort and care about your company, your prospects and customers."

Man, I can't wait to get this thesis done to start selling again...

Good Selling,
IronDog

Monday, March 28, 2005

Holding Pattern

All anyone can talk about around the Hill right now is the tournament...

How's your pool? What's up with Jawad? What's our chances? Is Michigan State going to give us trouble? What do you think of Illinois? Do you think Raymond will leave?...Actually, I'm the one starting the conversations.

So, with those in mind, let's see what other topics we can swell up today.

**This is straight up Naste'! Burger King has way crossed the line...Check this out...Forget the bacon and the 47 grams of fat...Woof, this thing is monstrous...Don't sit next to me after eating that thing...yes, "thing".

But what's more gross to me is that people actually think that LeBron James is actually hitting those jumpers in the Powerade commercial...I'm serious...Check this out from AdFreak...God damn, people, wake the hell up.




**Yes, blogs are changing the way we're viewing media...Wake up, right!...Fred Stutzman threw this article from Yahoo! up on the board today. The article is entitled "N.C Paper Uses Blogs to Reach Readers." Read up on it here.

By the way,...Yo Fred!...Where's the pics from Syracuse?...C'mon for crying out loud!...Psyche, get back safe, alright.

Well, this has been the hot topic in our circle, and it proves again how much readership is changing. Check out the tidbit on the Chris Paul unsportsmanlike behavior tidbit in the story...Fellas, I love what you're doing at the Greensboro News & Record, but you better start blogging about it because there are a lot of writers are all over it.

By the way, I'm having a blast reading feeds in my Feedreader now. I don't know about you, but for my news, I'm hitting up blogs.

Hit me up with your thoughts with this one...I've been asked in forums the question about "How online media viewing habits are changing?"...I'd love to hear your opinions on it. Hit me up.


Launchin',
IronDog

Friday, March 25, 2005

Where I'm at

Alright...it's been settled...

Tonight's WXYC 'SportsRap' convention will be held at Dominic's Sports Bar on West Franklin.

For you old-school Chapel Hill heads out there, it's the old Original Sports Bar location that is next to Local 506. If you're into independent music, that location makes one of the best 1-2 punches on the East Coast for you.

Also, check out today's TarheelDaily here. I have an article posted that is entitled 'March in the Hill'. I stirred up a helluva lot of debates with this one, but be sure to click here to give it a read. Be obliged to send me any of your feedback. You can also add your comments here to this post.



P.S. Yes, I can no longer take cigarette smoke. With that said, if it gets too puffy in Dominic's, I will be setting up shop at the West End Wine Bar on West Franklin. Gach Man, Spurlock, and BSinche will be at Dominic's.

Beat Nova,
Irondog

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Dippin' Breadsticks

What a day...What a day...Here's a few pieces from 'Notes From the Lab'.

Funny enough, I spend the day using the Wi-Fi at Panera Bread today on Franklin Street, and look what I came up with...Have fun with these breadsticks.

***I caught this Business 2.0 article via Core 77...Check out "What's Next for Apple?" by Paul Sloan...Although Steve Jobs and his creative cogs keep their secrets tighter than NORAD, Sloan reports that the iTunes has turned a profit at 9.6 Million songs per week, and he handicaps their future product lines.



The watch I don't know...You need a lot of slack on those headphones...

Wireless iPods, Digital Hubs, iPod Phones...(Particularly, I think this could happen. I'm a huge fan of the 'Toggle Wheel' design on Bang & Olufsen phones)...Sloan is hoping for the vPod, and he gives a video iPod product a 75% chance of making it. I don't know so much about portable video, but hell...if the audio is great, then maybe you can hit it.

Personally, I'm up for the Wireless iPod idea. Seriously, if I can get rid of the docking station, I'm up for it. Also, a bunch of wireless iPods rolling around in public places could give a whole new meaning to sharing conversations over music.

That dream could also give a whole new meaning to a DJ collective meeting at Weaver Street Market...Boom-Boom! "Yo, excuse me Miss, but I noticed your playlists...and...I think you have some really cool tunes..." Awwww, damn....watch out!

***With Wi-Fi now on my mind, 'The Real Paul Jones' leads you to a great article from The Independent by Fiona Morgan on Wireless access in Chapel Hill/Carrboro.

Morgan also gives great intro on Wi-Fi and a great scouting report on other cities that are working on developing wireless networks. I'll be at Weaver Street Market on Saturday afternoon conducting a focus study on wireless users. Feel free to drop on by to give me your input.

***Yesterday, I posted a great article from Jim Caple of ESPN 2 fame about his visit to the Hill. Well, last night Caple went to Duke, and he learned what many of us know in the Triangle. Check out the article...Some of the responses that he gets from students are classic.

Look for more posts live from McCauley St...

Support Wireless Clouds,
IronDog

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Movin' ON

Let's see what we have here today...

Seth Godin lights it up on his blog post today...He had an interview with a reporter, who seems like she just doesn't like to listen.

Make sure you hit up his post...I liked these three points about what it takes to build a email marketing list.

1. Offer something in your newsletter that people will actually want to read.
2. Promise people exactly what you intended to give them.
3. Create content that is so remarkable that people want to share it.

Pretty basic stuff huh?...Godin makes another great point. "It'll build if it deserves to build."

Jim Caple stopped by the Hill for a visit...Check out his article here from ESPN's Page 2...I know that an 80s night is way past it's fifteenth minute, but that night at Bub O'Malley's can get bangin'.

Bub's still has the stale smell of beer and bad Carolina paraphenelia propped on the walls. Yet, during 80s night, every time a Madonna tune or 'Tainted Love' comes over the speakers, the place goes woo-woo...Damn, I got to get outta town...It shows that people still have their wits when they doused him "Jungle Jim Rivera style" after he chanted 'Let's Go Duke!'



Whoever landed that pic got a classic, and my boy pointing his finger at Caple knows how to kick it...

With my changeover of my email address to bret.dougherty@gmail.com in mind,..Believe me, I'm still panicking...According to John Battelle's Searchblog, Yahoo! has upped it's email storage to 1GB, but when you think about how much better gmail's interface is. Does it really matter...Plus, half the online planet has a gmail address anyway now.

The Legacy of Rosemary St. Lives On,
IronDog

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

From the Lab

Here's one from the 'Lab' again...Now I have to watch what's in my ears again...

I used to rock some cheap headphones back in the day in order to protect myself against people clockin' my disc player...Well, now Fred Stutzman tells me that I need to dump my iPod headphones because someone may cue on that I have my iPod on me...Man, life goes in cycles...

Van drives by with a Boomin' System!... I popped this USA Today article from AdPulp, ibiblio's famed angry poet, Patrick Herron, should get up on this one...

Chevrolet will introduce an entertainment-system option on its Uplander minivan this spring that has hard-drive memory capable of storing 40 movies, 10,000 song tracks or basic video games. It will be offered in General Motors' other minivans by the year's end. My question is whether or not this is needed, but I guess if it keeps kids from screaming and asking 'how much longer?', then I'm up for it. Whatever happened to staring out the window...Those days are long gone.

There is money in Podcasting...According to Random Culture, which quoted a Clickz article, Warner Brothers has cut a deal for the Eric Rice Show. Supposedly, the deal calls for the blog to have exclusive access to interviews, content, and banter. Hit up his blog here, and maybe you can pick up a few tidbits of info.

This has been spreading across the blogs, and if you haven't seen it. Here's the scoop...Google launched a new service for developer libraries and tools for open-source devlopment. Check out the news for code.google from Google's Blog here. Smart Mobs gives a little more detail here as well.

I saw Marvin Williams today on the corner of Ridge and Manning pinging up his cell...I yelled out the window that he better get amped for his trip to 'Cuse. Get up son...Get up.

Get up

Drop kickin',
Irondog

Monday, March 21, 2005

Blowin' Up

Man, oh man...Did my picks take a hit or what?...

Damn...I think more so than any other year past that the weekend upsets are a true sign of parity in the NCAA now...Yeah, the ratings are up and the games are more exciting, but you can't tell me that there's a tremendous difference between a superpower #2 seed and a #11, #7, or a #12...You just can't...

So, what do I think of the Heels? They're "blowin' up" right now, and they're rolling right for a showdown with you-know-who. However, my good friend and co-host, Justin "The Gach-Man" Gach, is telling me to stop it, and he's requesting politely that I don't overlook Villanova on Friday night...I won't big-man...I won't.

A lot of people got on my ass on last night's "SportsRap" for saying that "NC State's play is fun to watch." I'll back that statement up 100%. They're fun because that team plays hard, passes the ball, and they move...That's the way an college basketball offense should be played...Honestly, I haven't been enthralled by an offense since the Sacramento Kings of 2002...I really love watching the Princeton style offense work.

Now please, everyone step off of Herb Sendek...

On the other games, yes...the West Virginia game was a "instant classic", and I do think they could snag Texas Tech. I also think that U-Dub better watch it...But that's if they get by Louisville and the Bronx legend...Francisco Garcia.

If you want a great one, watch the Chicago street fight at the United Center with UW-Milwaukee and Illinois...It'll be a banger.

Goings on in the Hill: I left the McCauley St. Palace for the first time to watch the weekend games. I also can't believe that with my departure I found myself at Dominic's Sports Bar on West Franklin, which is still a barn, but it definitely does the trick...If anyone feels like challenging me to a free-throw competition there again, I'm up for it.

I rain Js like LeBron in the Powerade commercial...

Also, I know Top o' the Hill is the "jawnt" and all, but I just can't get into it there. Every time I'm in there, I feel like I'm in an airport brewery.

Jim Braddock,
IronDog

Thursday, March 17, 2005

All I have to say is...



Happy St. Patrick's Day,
BD

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

My NCAA Picks

Alright, here we go...This shows you how far my courage has come. I've posted picks online for all to see...So step back 15 feet!

Here are my picks...

Chicago - This actually was a tough region to pick for me. I think there are several upsets that could occur here. Yet, what a lot of people may not be thinking about is the fact that the regional finals are in Chicago at the United Center.

That's the Illini's second homecourt...So, with that in mind, I'm rolling with the Illini to advance over Oklahoma State. Plus, I love Luther Head and Roger Powell.

Upsets: A lot of people are looking for UWMilwaukee, but I watched them in their final, and I don't know if they can pull it off against the athleticism of Alabama. So, I stuck with the Tide. On one hand, I like UAB to do some damage, but over 'Zona, I went with the Cats because they have a lot of talent to overmatch them. On the other hand, I do have Boston College bouncing out in the second round.

As a quick note, is it me, or is that Watson window story out of Boston shady or what?..Guns, knives, and baseball bats...When you see five guys rolling your door down, that only means one thing...'Where's my money?"

Albuquerque - Ooohh, I like this region because of my final 8 picks, and to let you in on it. I went with Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.

As much as I love Nate Robinson and the rest of the Washington team, I dropped them in my respect category after watching them against Arizona. I really think Jarret Jack, Will "The Thrill" Bynum, and B.J. Elder can take it to them. But that's also if Tech can get by Louisville.

I have Tech because I have been very impressed with how Tech is rolling at the moment. I also looked at a possible Washington/Pittsburgh match-up. If that game happens, it would be tough game to get through for the Huskies.

In the end, I went with Wake. I really liked the look of Chris Paul's and the rest of his teammates'faces after Wake's first-round exit after they lost to State....They want it. I also love the way that their athleticism matches up so well with other teams' guards and wings. I like them to get to reach that Tech game by rolling over Gonzaga, who will get by in a runner with Texas Tech.

Be smart with this regional...Go with Wake to reach St.Louis.

Austin - Syracuse over Kentucky...Yes, I went with the Orange over Duke to push them into a regional final over Kentucky...And for those that really know me from the past, you know what a struggle that I had picking the Orange over anyone in a NCAA tournament run.

However, I love the combo of Gerry McNamera and Hakim Warrick, and I really love the way that they responded in the Big East Tournament. Plus, you have to measure this intangible with them...They have rings...That means they've been there before. McNamera dropped 37 last year in a first round game. Look for the tough Irish kid to have a strong tournament.

Upsets: I don't think you're going to see much here...Now watch Old Dominion drop Michigan State...Everyone loves Utah, but there's something about Kelvin Sampson and his team that I like. Maybe it's Andrew Lavender, but I'm looking for Oklahoma to hang in there for a bit.

Syracuse - UNC over Kansas. (Period)

I've been waiting a long time for this one. I really want to stick it toward the whininess of the KU fans that was displayed two years ago. Call it bitter taste or whatever, but I have never forgot their display during the Matt Doherty years in Chapel Hill...Personally, I just hated the snobbery that emanated from Lawerence and every thing around it...Believe me, their history can't touch ours, and I think Coach Williams's preparation will beat the preparation of Coach Self because Williams's staff has been in the dance often.

As much as I want to go with KU throughout this one, they lost five of their last eight games...yeech. That's not a tight roll.

However, I do love them over a match-up with Connecticut because of their backcourt.

Upsets: Watch for New Mexico over 'Nova...Yeah, everyone loves 'Nova, but New Mexico has really played well over the past few weeks, and they really reacted well in the WAC tournament. I like that team. Watch for a good showing. People love Florida, but remember...The Donovan factor...Other than '99, which to this day should be an aberration, his teams have been very suspect in past tournaments. If you would like to discuss, email me.

Also, watch out for NC State over Charlotte. UNCC has lost three in a row, and the Pack is playing with more confidence over the past few weeks. That game is actually the one that I will not miss.

Final Four - Illinois, Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Syracuse
Championship - North Carolina v. Illinois

My Call...Drum roll please...UNC Chapel Hill.

Yes, I really think so...This is as good of a year as any team that Roy Williams will ever have here in the Hill during these days of mass early exoduses to the NBA. With that in mind, the Heels can literally run through the projected teams that they have ahead. They now have an extra scoring capabilities in Rashad McCants, and they have a game to get their flow back with the first round. Their weaknesses are defense and a half-court offense. If they can somehow assemble that in the tight times, they're going to be all right. If not, and if a game gets tight,...watch out.

In my book, the barbed wire fence for them is Iowa State and if 'Nova rolls my sleeper pick, New Mexico.

Yet that doesn't sway my pick, I really think you should drop a couple of hundred bucks to reserve a spot to head down to the Hill for that weekend. It'll be a classic...If you're in town, email me, and I'll post a few adjustments to the swings and misses.

Now there....You have me on record.


Slottin',
IronDog
Spring Break...c'mon, whoever heard of such a thing...I'm still here.

I'm getting my fill from my next door neighbor's pics from Key West...Sorry y'all, I can't divulge my boys like that, but maybe I'll start putting some whylin' stuff in the future from the snappy duo.

On the tech tip, Paul Jones is getting it done in San Diego this week. Check out his bits at "The Real Paul Jones". Great snippet on Jeff Bezos.

Paul would also like to remind all that Jessamyn West will be speaking at the Freedom Forum Center at the UNC-CH Journalism School this Monday, March 21. West will be discussing her travails as a tech-saavy librarian working in the digital divide that exists in public libraries across the U.S. Check in to Paul Jones's post on her here for more info....As a note, this should be a great lecutre, and I will be there...

Oliver Wang's 'Soulsides' blog reported that Lynn Collins passed away. Check out Wang's solid bio on her. You'll recognize her voice when you think of the snippet from Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock's "It Takes Two". Damn, that voice was hot!

Great stuff from "Cool Hunting". Last week, Rubin reported on Os Gemeos working on a collector edition shoe for Nike for the release of the short Brazilian documentary "Ginga". The two Brazilian brothers are holding a solo show in New York City until April 2 on 76 Grand Street at Deitch Projects...Straight Dope.

One more day to St. Patrick's Day, but personally, I don't like the way that it's growing. Check out this posting from Adweek.

Lastly, here is a great article on UTEP swing guard/small forward, Omar Thomas, from Pete Thamel of the New York Times...Thamel knows his stuff...And he wrote a great story on Thomas's battle from the streets of Philadelphia through a detention center in Texas. Great kid, and after this article, I'm pulling for Thomas to have a big tournament showing for Billy Gillespie at against Utah.



I gots to bounce, but to Fred Stutzman, "The Explainer"...I'll have my picks here before Thursday's deadline. That way it's on the docket!

Bing-Bang-Yangin',
IronDog

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Late Night with Ghost Dog

The steps fall forward with the Ghost Dog....

My contacts in the UNC Certificate of Media and Technology program are coming through huge...Big up ups goes to my classmate and main man, Andrew Lomax, who sent me a great interview that aired on NPR the other day between "The RZA" and Terry Gross.

Hit up the RZA/Gross interview here.
This is a great listen.


Hagakure,
Irondog

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Who is that Masked Man?

Here's a submittal from the "Notes in the Lab"...We're still in the aftermath of Sunday, but who is that masked man?...

I don't know who this wacko is in Tuba City, but he has a helluva story from the Smith Center on Sunday. Check it out. Supposedly, he had a case of tortillas that he was ready to lauch via sling-shot from the Smith Center video-board. Watch out below!

What boggles my mind is this...First, Coach Williams and Tarheel Sports Marketing have been complaining that fans aren't wild enough. Then, they go with an 80s night, where everyone confuses the night with afro wigs. And then they follow it up by letting a bunch of dorks in with painted bodies. Yet, they won't let my man from Tuba City do his thing with a Mexican Wrestler mask....What the hell?

Back to life...Here's" a great article from The Times Online via Howard Rheingold's Smart Mobs. (He also has a great follow-up post to Joi Ito's post of Bittorent's relationship with NASA) In the menatime, what a example in Tokyo. Mobile gaming and GPS location wear telling people where they can get a group pick-up game going...Another reason why more wi-fi nodes need to be installed in public places. Dear planners, it creates community....

Something is wrong with the Sidekicks...Hit up this on Techworld, or somebody call Snoop Dog.

And I'm not so blown away by these, but I guess the purpose behind them are great. Check out the review from "Treehugger" on the new ecologically sound line from Nike called 'Considered.' I don't know but they look a little too clunky, earthy, and little too much like the Bob Marley line for me. Yet, I have to hand it to Nike...The re-use-a-shoe program is great.





Explainin',
BD

Monday, March 07, 2005

Monkin'

So, I've had a few notes from the article in Durham Herald-Sun on Sunday...

Most people are inquiring on the beret that I rocked...Hey, I chill...The writer, Adam Geller, didn't tell me that he was bringing a photographer. So, if you caught the pic, you caught me in my chill gear on McCauley St...I kind of like the Thelonious Monk look...Here's a shot of what I'm going for...


Burnin'



In the meantime, here are some things that I caught in my weekend readings.

First off, Google hired off , Marc Lucovsky, who is one of Microsoft's chief developers. Check the story out here on MediaPost. Lucovsky was one of the lead technicians and chief developers of the MS Windows Operating System. Combined with the hiring of the Firefox developers, the word is spreading that Google is builidng a browser or even a new operating system...Go...Go...Go!

Joi Ito is pushing for local governments in Japan to use BitTorrent...Check out Joi's site out here. He also questions whether or not "The Long Tail" needs copyright guidelines...Good stuff.

Second, these are my boys in Oakland, California...They roll...Check out this article in SFGate on the Falcon Boys. I used to peer at these cars at Lake Merritt. Nice whips...Also, you have to dig anyone, who is quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle with this statement "It's European style,..No one in the world has a Falcon like mine." Now that's chill...

Special thanks to T.J. Ward for helping me get that podcast out...Without him, they have pics of me staring at the screen.

Also, hit this post and others at "Notes from the Lab."

Five Spottin',
Irondog

Instant Classic

Choppers above, bonfires, mass mobs...Did Carolina beat Duke?...

Ask Sean May with 26 Points and 24 Rebounds. I'm tellin' you, he's the best Carolina power forward since Rasheed Wallace. 8 double-doubles...

Now, before we put the wrapping on the season with this game, ask yourself, did you really think we were going to pull this out? I know that I wasn't too confident about it when Lee Melchionni hit his 3 with 3:30 left in the game to put Duke up by 9. Seriously, I didn't think we could pull it out...We had every break in the book happen for us...But remember, that's what happens for the great teams.

I wasn't the biggest fan of clearing the court to cut down the nets...Since when do we cut down the nets after beating Duke? Especially, in a regular season game...My two cents are don't ever break up or slow down the party y'all, but I'm not the host. And as Coach Smith told Roy, "You're the Boss." So, that's the way it goes.

With that in mind, here's a pic of the bedlam...

Buck Whylin'

That has to be an "Instant Classic". Now it's on to D.C. for the ACC Tourney...I don't know about you, but I would love to see a rematch on Sunday.

75-73,
Irondog

Thursday, March 03, 2005

The Grand Launch

Oooh man!! Look what happened tonight...

Yesss!! Special thanks goes to T.J. at ibiblio.org because The Irondog Chronicles had it's first launch of a podcast tonight. Live from the famous and infamous A5 on McCauley St in Chapel Hill...Fresh since '94...you sucka'!

To set the scene, reporter Adam Geller and his photographer from the Durham Herald-Sun were at the crib. Geller's working on an article for Sunday, and he's working on a radio segment for WCHL on the subject of podcasting. So, be sure to check out the Sunday edition of the Herald Sun, and tune into WCHL throughout the day on Friday for his work. The WCHL segment will contain an accompanying interview with Dave Winer of the Scripting News. .

In the meantime, hit up this link for the first podcast entitled "Grand Opening Podcast" (The RSS Feed is at the bottom of the page). I was a little nervous at first, and I'm still messing with the show's intro a bit. If you dig it, drop me a line at bret.dougherty@gmail.com. The next step is to get the podcast segments tightened up a bit with each try. So, be sure to keep tuning in.

As a side note, I'm working with the labratz at ibiblio to develop a podcast for 'Notes from the Lab'. Until then, have fun. It's 1:30AM...I did my first podcast, and I'm winding down while watching one of my all-time favorites, 'Thunderheart'...Life's good people...Life's good.

Livin',
Irondog

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

World's Largest Beer Garden Expansion

I'm not the biggest fan of this one...

But I figured this would happen at the "World's Largest Beer Garden". Yes that's the Wrigley Field Bleachers, people...The Chicago City Planning Office struck a deal with the Chicago Cubs for their bleacher expansion yesterday. Check out the terms of the deal here from from the Chicago Tribune.com.

This is the same plan that the Cubs and the city couldn't agree on in February. Now, with little changes, the city gets 3.1 Million, $250K is donated to a public school, and $400K gets earmarked for a new traffic signal system. In return, the residents get a giant canope hovering over the West side of Waverland and Sheffield Avenues, another private parking structure, and improvements to a public school that should have been provided from private funding in the first place. At least, residents don't get stuck for the $400K traffic control system that they're installing in the intersection in front of Wrigley Field. I'm not so sure that the area made out so well in this one...Meanwhile the theme park party gets to expand for the Tribune Company.

The Chicago Landmarks Commission still has a chance to hear this one out. Yet, the way that the organization has lost so many cases downtown over the past several years, I'm not placing a lot of hope on their chances to affect a decision. It's just a shame that the famous red-brick facades are going to be now only seen by hammered post-college kids from Schaumberg and Mundelein, who are going to use the bricks to hold themselves up after ballgames...And don't tell me the new planned brick facades bordering the street will be the same...They're not.

The Cubs are going to say that they need to pay-off escalating salaries. But don't buy it...Try scalping a ticket to see where the market value is for their own brokerage services that are pushing second-hand tickets on the street. Between splitting television rights between Fox and WGN, sold-out seats throughout the years, merchandising, radio and online deals, concessions, parking, and corporate ticket sales, the Tribune Company is killing it, and believe me...They have more than enough dollars in their coiffers to put a winner on the field for the past two decades...It's only now that their dumb ass accountants finally figured out that post-season play in sports is profitable.

What you're seeing is the manipulation of planning commissions from sports organizations. It hurts when you see that historic landmarks are destroyed, but the theme park of Wrigleyville moves on...When will Mickey and Minnie move into the neighborhood?

Does this mean the windscreens blocking sight views in right field will be down permanently?

"Wrigley Field"...Fenway Park Midwest,
IronDog