Well, I lost 10 large betting that less than $25 million of the Cubs payroll would hit the disabled list before Ken Griffey Jr., but you don't win championships in April and you don't make fortunes then either. Rafael Furcal should have his probation revoked for costing me that sort of cash. A successful May will put us on the road to recovery and back in the good graces of our local bookies. Here are Pete's picks for this month:
Mike North is the classic rags to riches story. After dropping out of high school, he joined the army and worked odd jobs before opening a successful hot dog stand across the street from WXRT-FM. Being in the right place at the right time, he parlayed an opportunity and joined sports radio station WSCR-AM. North has become the most controversial and one of the best-paid sports talk show hosts in town. Admittedly unpolished, his regular guy persona as gained him a loyal audience and his share of critics. In this interview, North reacts to those who call him racist and talks about finding happiness in a Cubs loss.
Success for the 2005 Chicago Bears came despite long odds. The team lost starting quarterback Rex Grossman to a major preseason injury, and the shaky play of rookie Kyle Orton was just enough to help the defense-minded team win the NFC North crown.
With Jay-Z retiring last year and Eminem looking to hang up his tracksuit, there just might be room in "da house" for Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich. Going by the name, CAPTAIN K.I.R.K., Hinrich hopes to follow in the footsteps of other great rap stars who began their careers as athletes, like Shaquille O'Neal and the '85 Bears. But if Hinrich's first effort is any indication, this gangster needs a little more "shizzle."