Chicago Shore Leave/Spring Break

I spent half of the spring break in the Chi and have two “shout outs” to those I observed on the bar scene there:

(1) To the men of Chicago: here’s to you, with your untucked striped shirts (open two buttons down) and jeans, your spiked hair and gold chains, and your Bud Lights. That’s a great look . . . for you.

(2) To the women of Chicago: your ability to put back Red Bull-vodkas and Jager shots is impressive and I enjoyed our many conversations at the bar, if only your slurred speech had not gotten in the way of my understanding what the hell you were saying. Delightful. To woman #39, did you honestly tell me that you were on “Bay Watch,” were a runway model, and had your own modeling agency? Perhaps in Van Nuys.

And one for the road: To the two 20-somethings at the airport, very cool the way you were both wearing the same pair of Deisel driving loafers. . . . Very BFF.

It’s good to be home.

Thou Shalt Not Take Laettner’s Name in Vain

The following comment was posted recently in response to my prediction about Lee Melchionni:

“i’m not sure where you are going with these duke comments! the next laettner??? just b/c he’s white? i don’t see the correlation. that’s like saying jamal boyken is the next grant hill or shane battier. or better yet- mike drum is the next jj redick. haha, there ya go. GO DUKE:)”

I didn’t mean to disparage the living Duke legend Christian Laettner in making this comparison. God forbid! My interpretation of my prediction is this: Laettner = best days on a basketball court were in college.

Though both are pretty white. Let’s only hope that Melchionni doesn’t try to grow a beard a la Laettner.

Re JJ Redick: he is the next Brent Barry. Make of that what you will.

Speaking of Duke

Speaking of Duke, here’s a quote from a recent New York Times article called “Rebels with a Cross”:

[Christian Smith, a University of North Carolina sociologist,] compared the romance of rebellion to the middle-class fascination with hip-hop culture. “Spoiled suburban white kids act like rappers, and there is a real connection to something, but really it’s not what their lives are fundamentally about,” he said. “Their lives are about wanting to go to Duke University.”