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22 Responses to “Open thread.”

  1. chucky Says:

    I’d like to rename the Mundelein government center (If they have one) to the “Harry Baals government center”.

  2. genrebuster Says:–what-s-in-a-name-city-officials-not-keen-on-harry-baals

  3. Fro Dog Says:

    I heard about that story on The Score on Wednesday. That is one hilarious story. There are even news reporters literally saying “Harry Balls”. I had The Score on at work today and two customers heard it and were asking me what the hell I was listening to. It doesn’t get funnier than that.

  4. MadCityMac Says:

    I missed the “Harry Baals” story, and I pretty much listen to The Score all day at work.
    Big game at the Kohl Center today! My Badgers against Ohio State; be nice to see the Badgers take down OSU for the second time this year, as they did to the football team, when they’re ranked number 1! But. they better play better than they did at Iowa the other night, even though they won!

  5. chucky Says:

    Mac….The Harry Baals story is all over the place. Google it and you’ll probably get close to 1,000,000 hits for it. It is actually pretty funny.

  6. MadCityMac Says:

    Chucky, that is absolutely priceless. I’m waiting for someone to name something after Harry Colon, the former NFL player. I know there are other rather unfortunate names out there and since I’ve been celebrating the Badgers’ win over OSU I’m not in any position to think, but I’ll come up with them eventually!!

  7. MadCityMac Says:

    Harry Baals Rocks!!!

  8. Fro Dog Says:


    That Badgers/Buckeyes game was nuts. The Badgers were down 15 with about 11 minutes to go and the comeback began. I listened to the last part of the game on the radio when I was driving. Now we’ll have to see if the Illini can pull their heads out of their asses and beat Purdue Sunday afternoon.

    As far as funny sports names are concerned, I have never heard of Harry Colon. There were a few baseballs players in the early 1900’s by the names of Johnny Dickshot, Rusty Kuntz and Dick Power. If you research some other one’s, I am sure you will find a whole bunch of names.

  9. chucky Says:

    Does anybody remember famed NASCAR driver Dick Trickle?

  10. MadCityMac Says:

    Chucky-heard of him? Hell, he’s from around here! Actually, I think he’s from Wisconsin Rapids, up near Stevens Point. We had Dick Trickle and Rich Bickle racing around here at the same time. Fro, I think Harry Colon was a safety with the Lions a few years back. That Badger game was something-when Jordan Taylor caught fire, the guy couldn’t miss!

  11. chucky Says:

    I wasn’t aware of that. I’m not that much of a NASCAR fan, except for this time of year. (It means warmer weather is getting closer) I am a big fan of AMA road racing.

    I remember seeing Trickle at a race near Milwaukee probably 10-15 years ago. Fun stuff.

    It’s about 40 degrees outside right now. What a tease. What sucks is that it’s only the middle of Febuary. There’s still plenty of cold and snow to go.

  12. chucky Says:

    The Harry Baals story just got funnier. His first wifes name: Minnie!!!!

  13. genrebuster Says:

    Ha! Sometimes truth is funnier than fiction!

  14. MadCityMac Says:

    Chucky, wondering if you saw Trickle at Slinger? 1/4 mile track that is a helluva lot of fun! I was only there once about 7-8 years ago, and saw Trickle, Bickle, Matt Kenseth, Scott Wimmer, and a couple other Cup regulars. Minnie Baals? Priceless!

  15. chucky Says:

    No Mike, it was at the Milwaukee Mile. I can’t remember, but I think it in West Allis. Nice track there.

    Yeah, Minnie Baals. This stuff is just starting to write itself.

  16. Fro Dog Says:


    I cannot believe that was his wife’s name. This shit cannot be made up.

    If you watch NBC 5 news, the weekend anchor is Dick Johnson. He seems like a nice guy but damn. He must have been teased as a kid.

  17. Dave Says:

    Finally….The Rock…..HAS COME BACK……Home.

    The man with some of the greatest mike-skills is hosting Wrestlemania, and hes also promised the fans hes there to stay. Hes a bit older now, it will be interesting to see how it will be if and when he competes in the ring again.

  18. MadCityMac Says:

    Chucky, yeah, the Milwaukee Mile is in West Allis, at State Fair Park. I’ve seen a couple Nationwide Series NASCAR races there. I grew up a race fan because my dad worked in an auto parts store here in Madison for years, and everybody there was into racing to some extent. I’ve actually lost a little interest in the past couple years since ESPN got their mitts on half the season; they can pretty much fuck up anything! But believe me, I’ll be watching Daytona Sunday. Another cool sidelight-when I lived in Deerfield (Wis), it was only about 4 miles from Cambridge, Matt Kenseth’s hometown. My ex-wife and my oldest daughter worked at the Piggly Wiggly in Cambridge and occasionally waited on Matt’s mom-nice lady. Also, and this is just weird, Dana Carvey’s brother lives there as well!

  19. Fro Dog Says:


    While it was nice that he came back to host, he will only be there until WrestleMania. I don’t think he will be back full-time or anything like that. There was that rumor floating around the last couple years that he would face John Cena and that may happen. When his music hit Monday night, I jumped off my couch in excitement but in all honesty, he’s just there for a couple months.

    I’ll be at RAW on March 28th at the Allstate Arena. I have been to about 20 events in the last 10 years and still have not seen him live yet. My first event was in 2001 at the Smackdown in Rockford. It was the first week that Hogan, Hall and Nash showed up.

  20. ksmc2000 Says:


    I use to be a huge fan of racing also. I was big into the CART series. I went to 10 Indy 500’s between 1975 and 1989. I would also go to qualification weekends since it was only 200 miles away when I lived in Illinois. I think everybody should experience an Indy 500 at least once in their life. You will see things there that you never have in your lifetime.

    I lost alot of interest in Cart after Tony George locked out the best drivers in that sport for not joining in on the Indy Racing League circuit. Since that took place, it became the minor league of auto racing. It forced me to do something I thought I’d never do, become more of a NASCAR fan than one of the open wheel variety.

  21. Nemo Says:

    The Cubs’ fans culture of losing is pathetic. The Trib is running a poll on whether the Cubs should pursue Pujols and 30% say NO, he’s TOO EXPENSIVE!! Granted, the poll doesn’t have a ton of responses yet, but WTF?!! Too expensive? Is it your money? You couldn’t afford to pay Koyie Hill?! Too expensive? My fucking ass!! Nothing is too expensive if it helps you win.

  22. MadCityMac Says:

    Keith, I went to Indy in ’81, the year it took them something like 3-4 months to determine Bobby Unser won.


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