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RIP Mr. Cub

Ernie Banks

The Chicago Cubs, Major League Baseball, and everyone who met or knew this kind man lost a legend last night.

Ernie Banks, “Mr. Cub” passed away at the age of 83.

A true ambassador for the team and for the game, he touched the hearts of countless people – both on and off the baseball field.

I had the chance to meet him once, about 15 years ago when I was a news reporter. I remember that, despite the long line of people waiting to see him, he wanted to take the time to have a sincere conversation. He greeted me and spoke to me as though I was his friend. Ernie Banks impressed me as being a really nice guy.

The ball pictured above is the one he signed for me that day. Never forgot that day…and I know Ernie Banks will certainly never be forgotten for the positive impact he made during his time here on Earth.

Rest in peace, Mr. Cub.

Football Fun

I had the opportunity to go to my first NFL game this past weekend, thanks to a friend and former co-worker of mine. Vikings vs Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago. And why just go to the game when you can be down on the field, right??

It was a dream day for me. The light snow that was falling for much of the day made it even more of a neat experience.

While I was there I decided to get back into TV mode…the video above is the result of those efforts. 🙂

Thankful for the chance to enjoy a game, to go ‘behind the scenes’ while I was there, and for a chance to catch up with my friend who I hadn’t seen in probably a decade. Good times.

Nate and Brian

Positive Press

Positive Press 1

http://newday.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/01/siblings-donate-funds-from-piggy-banks-after-washington-landslide/?sr=fb040114piggybank8pVODtop
Siblings Donate Funds From Piggy Banks After Washington Landslide

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cta-train-hero-20140403,0,6985957.story
Man jumps in front of CTA train after woman falls on tracks

http://www.today.com/news/dad-terminal-cancer-gets-chance-walk-daughter-down-aisle-2D79473477
Dying dad walks daughter, 11, down ‘aisle’ to give her lasting memory

A Goulden Opportunity

Yes, I did a spellcheck 🙂

Goulden…as in Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould who, along with a bunch of his teammates, paid a visit to Washington, IL today.

It wasn’t just a photo-op and leave visit, either. Gould and the guys spent the entire day here, first talking with Washington High School football players, then eating lunch with students there, and then walking through the tornado impacted neighborhoods.

I knew where they were going to be this afternoon so I arranged to pick up my sons from school, but I didn’t tell them why. After turning onto the street where they were and seeing Robbie, I let the cat out of the bag. The boys went crazy. They are huge Bears fans!

We stopped to talk with Erica who works with Robbie’s charity, The Goulden Touch. She gave me a sharpie, then pointed us in the direction of the players and we were off.

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Room with a View

Room with a View by Brian Williamsen
The view tonight, looking north from my room at the Hard Rock Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. They don’t call it the Magnificent Mile for nothing 🙂