WBEZ | Henneman http://www.wbez.org/tags/henneman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The New Bleacher Bums: Drunk Cubs fan on Wrigleyville 'Day Off' http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-08-26/new-bleacher-bums-drunk-cubs-fan-wrigleyville-day-91101 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-26/henn off day.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today, I bring you the newest installment of my <strike>m</strike>documentary series "<a href="http://www.thenewbleacherbums.com/">The New Bleacher Bums</a>." Today, Colleen Henneman is depressed. Why? Because there is no game. No traffic. No beer gardens. The Cubs are in Milwaukee.</p><p>See, <a href="http://tosh.comedycentral.com/blog/2011/04/11/drunk-cubs-fan-on-opening-day/">Colleen Henneman is the biggest Cubs fan known to Wrigleyville</a>. Well, at least the drunkest. She gives me a tour of the neighborhood and reflects on her life...without a Cubs game:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ul2_uF9zX84" width="517"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 16:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-08-26/new-bleacher-bums-drunk-cubs-fan-wrigleyville-day-91101 Video: Did you see Rahm's Gladiator moment at the Bulls game? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-18/video-did-you-see-rahms-gladiator-moment-bulls-game-85331 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-18/rahmrose.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jFCjUMZYWbM" title="YouTube video player" width="500" frameborder="0" height="311"></iframe></p><p>Did you see Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel during the Bulls game? He had (great?) seats under the basket and was featured prominently in a late game Derrick Rose highlight. Rose made a huge play and then postured to the audience, pumping his chest and shouting at the crowd. <img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-18/rahmrose.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 256px; float: left; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 7px;" title="">It riled up the crowd to their feet. ESPN showed the replay, and in slow motion, you see a slender, gray-haired man stand up and awkwardly pump his fist in the air. It was Rahm Emanuel. ESPN didn't mention it because it's a national broadcast. But still, great seats. Help me out, who's sitting next to him? Scroll through this YouTube clip to see. It's around 5:15-5:30 into this montage (above).</p><p>Is Rahm Emanuel the new Oprah Winfrey? Is he going to be standing at every commercial break, dancing and providing b-roll for local broadcasts? As Derrick Rose and the Bulls get bigger and bigger, will the national audience get huge doses of Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago? Hey, it worked for Oprah.</p><p>And someone should ask Derrick if he was throwing his machismo at the Mayor-Elect. Gladiator style. It's like Rose was asking Rahm, "Should I let the Pacers live? Or should I show them no mercy??" Rahm's response? "KILLLLLLLLLL (thumbs down)!!!!!"</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/schools-ceo-announcement-expected-morning-85325">Emanuel is going to announce a new CPS chief today</a>. All signs point to former Rochester Schools Chief Jean-Claude Brizard. It's definitely a new day in Chicago when our department heads aren't named Frank, Ron, Gery, Bill, Phil, Terry or Bob.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: This week, Blagojevich Trial II: The Reckoning begins. The trial will be much less entertaining without the Adam Sr/Jr team, but that could all change if Blagojevich hits the stand. Last week, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/blago-judge-fooled-defense-team-antics-round-1-85207">Judge Zagel gave out some tasty morsels to the media</a> about what went wrong with the first trial. He essentially said the Adam boys lied and cheated. Yep, he said he was duped. The judge contends they knew all along that Blagojevich wasn't going to testify but they acted as if he was in proceedings, therefore the judge let some evidence and arguments into play because it would either be helpful for hurtful when he hits the stand. Man, that's prime time lawyering. For the first time ever, I would like to read a lawyer's book. Can we brainstorm titles? 'The Adam Family: Breakin the Law (down).'</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: Back to Rahm for a second...<a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/04/musical-group-chicago-will-headline-rahm-emanuel-inaugural-concert.html">Rahm Emanuel's transition team has announced the entertainment lineup (or at least the headliner) for the inauguration</a>. The big band? Chicago. Wait, Peter Cetera Chicago? Is he still in the band? Is it "25 to 64" Chicago or "Look Away" Chicago? Either way, I disapprove. Listen Rahm, you are a celebrity. You are ushering in a new cool for Chicago. Kanye-like cool. Or maybe even your old stand-by Wilco. Call in Samberg and get Lonely Island. But Chicago? I'm feeling uneasy. Common better be opening. You can't go from hanging at the Double Door for Black Joe Lewis to booking such a legacy act for your big party.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Oh man, it's snowing. I've heard so many friends say "I can't believe it's snowing in April." Seriously? Have you not lived here for the last decade? April sucks. It's the worst. But every year it's a surprise?</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/4888146-417/last-years-stanley-cup-will-have-to-be-enough-for-blackhawks.html">The Hawks are just about done</a>. But barring a miraculous comeback, this was expected. I've seen several posted messages on FB and Twitter about how the "fairweather" fans have deserted the Hawks. I consider myself in this category. I'm not a huge hockey fan. I loved the Hawks with Roenicke and Chelios, but honestly, the Blackhawks lost me with the strike and Eric Daze. But last year was magical. Did it carry over? Yes, I watched several games this year. Did I think they would do it again? No. They aren't a very strong team. They proved it by backing into the playoffs. They got the unfortunate draw of a team that reloaded in the off-season with the ultimate goal of knocking off the Blackhawks and winning the Cup. On the other side, the 'Hawks dumped several key players after winning last season. They had to for salary cap reasons. Those missing pieces are winning elsewhere and the 'Hawks got bit by the injury bug and have never fully recovered. And personally, they just don't look as determined to win. The Canucks are out-skating them at every turn and seem to get the intensity of playoffs. So now the Hawks might be out. Down 3-0 after an uninspired game last night on their home ice. And will I be disappointed if they lose? Sure. But will I be shocked? No. Ask a Red Wing fan about the NHL playoffs. Every year they are in. Most years they are bounced.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Henneman! <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-01/opening-day-video-chicagos-1-cubs-fan-or-least-drunkest-84624">Our April Fool's Joke about a drunken Cubs fan</a> is still getting buzz, being featured <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/15/wbezs-justin-kaufmann-int_n_849749.html?ref=fb&amp;src=sp">all weekend by Huffington Post</a>. It now has up over 500,000 hits. Accompanying the hits are several comments. The HuffPo piece calls out that it is a joke. That's the whole point of the article. But you read the comments below and several of them either say, "Faaaake." or "Is this real?" Even though the article they are commenting on states the facts. I don't think the internet is stupid. I think the internet is lazy. I do it all the time, so do you. We aren't asking questions, looking for answers. We are just asking questions to be heard.</p><p>Anyway, Victoria Secret might have seen the Henneman video and jumped on the opportunity to sell that awesome look. Life imitates art (in window display):</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-18/Henneman-victoriasecret.jpg" title="" width="500" height="373"></p></p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 13:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-18/video-did-you-see-rahms-gladiator-moment-bulls-game-85331 Just in case: An aldermanic recount costs $25k (and other news observations of day) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-12/just-case-aldermanic-recount-costs-25k-and-other-news-observations-d <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-12/electC.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Yes. Next time I'm voting for C.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-12/electC.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" title="Photo by Mark Susina/Flickr"></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Top story</strong>: It's over. It's through. <a href="http://chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/April-2011/Garrido-Decides-Against-Recount-in-the-45th-Ward-Against-Arena-but-is-Contemplating-Suing-SEIU/">John Garrido will not go with a recount in the race for 45th ward alderman</a>. After counting absentee ballots, John Arena leads Garrido by under 30 votes. That's right. Under 30. So why not recount? Because according to Chicago Magazine, it would cost Garrido $25k to challenge. And that's just too much money. My two cents? How refreshing. I'm sorry you lost in a close race, but it's nice to use the word "thrifty" in politics again.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: Rich Miller had this great nugget a few days ago in his subscription-only area of <a href="http://capitolfax.com/">Capitol Fax</a>, but since you probably don't subscribe there, I'll give you the tidbit. Apparently when State Senator Ira Silverstein went to open his wife's campaign office the morning after their victory over longtime 50th Ward Alderman Berny Stone, he couldn't get the lock to open. Why? Because someone shoved toothpicks into the lock and busted it. The Silverstein's had to pay a locksmith to come fix the lock.</p><p>So let this be a lesson to all: Don't beat Berny Stone. Because someone will break your lock with toothpicks.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-01/opening-day-video-chicagos-1-cubs-fan-or-least-drunkest-84624">Opening Day video featuring Henneman has gone viral</a>, which means that I get a lot of random e-mails from high school friends. "Dude! I saw you on the internet today!"</p><p>The video has over 200k pageviews and isn't stopping anytime soon. <a href="http://tosh.comedycentral.com/blog/2011/04/11/drunk-cubs-fan-on-opening-day/">It actually got posted today on Tosh.0</a>. No word yet if the video will be featured on the actual Comedy Central show. But the blog post that features it sums up the argument about whether or not it is real or fake. Who cares. It's funny regardless.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: Felony Franks, the hot dog stand on the West Side that hires ex-cons, is under fire for well, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/anthony-beale/controversy-continues-over-sign-prison-themed-hotdog-stand-85049">being called Felony Franks</a>. Some community leaders and aldermen don't like the idea of making light of criminal behavior. This has been going on for a while now, and the hearing yesterday at City Council was just about removing the signage or banning the name Felony Franks. Alderman Beale seemed to be the only one who made sense, saying "If we try to remove it, we'll get sued. And the city of Chicago will lose." I say we embrace Felony Franks and even see if we can get Rick Steves over there for a new "Chicago by Rick Steves" book.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Keep it nice. It was so hot and sunny on Sunday morning, I burned my head. My bald head is pink now, thanks to that deceptive April sun.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: Which is the better slogan for the Blackhawks' playoff run? "We're back in!" or "We <em>backed</em> in!"</p><p>The Blackhawks start their <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/4787534-419/hawks-plan-new-look-for-canucks.html">quest to defend their Stanley Cup Championship tomorrow in Vancouver</a>. Vancouver is becoming the new Hawks rival. Last year, people pegged the Canucks to give the Hawks trouble, but it didn't happen. And the year before, the Hawks stunned Vancouver, bouncing them from the playoffs. These two teams are chippy, too. They just don't like each other (what's to like about twins, anyway). Should be a fun matchup.</p><p>I wonder if <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Marty-Turco-bets-fan-during-Blackhawks-Habs-game?urn=nhl-wp1867">Turco will bet Vancouver fans while bored on the bench</a>? And I thought writing on currency was a federal offense.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" height="248" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-12/turco.jpg" title="" width="600"></p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: When the Bulls head to the playoffs to defend their home court, now might be the time to upgrade their CG/video intro. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFZRrieLKMo">Don't get me wrong, you gotta love the Bulls running over stuff en route to the UC</a>, but it is the playoffs and we do need something to whip the fans into a frenzy, thus capitalizing on our home court advantage. Might I suggest taking a page from the Alaska University hockey team? Real simple pitch: CG Polar Bear starts by breaking up some ice, destroys a ship with a hockey stick, gets in a jet, blows up the world, goes through a time/space portal, returns to the ice, blows up some other stuff and boom, introduce the starting lineups. You're welcome, Bulls marketing and management:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="330" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/K9cYcRotufU" title="YouTube video player" width="529"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 14:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-12/just-case-aldermanic-recount-costs-25k-and-other-news-observations-d Opening Day video: Chicago's #1 Cubs fan (or at least the drunkest) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-01/opening-day-video-chicagos-1-cubs-fan-or-least-drunkest-84624 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-01/cubs-fans.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>UPDATE: Listen to Colleen Henneman talk about Opening Day 2012 on <em>Afternoon Shift</em></p><p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333732658-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Colleen%20Henneman.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></p><p>I went up to Wrigley Field this morning to revel in another season of Chicago Cubs baseball. Wrigleyville comes alive (or dies a little) when the Cubs' season begins and Opening Day offers fans a chance to start drinking just after sunrise.</p><p>I caught up with one fan who claims she was the first person in line for bar time this morning. She also claims to be the biggest Cubs fan on the planet. And she has a pink Cubs hat, which separates her from the pack.&nbsp; Introducing...Henneman.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/21819920?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" frameborder="0" height="284" width="503"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;">It's <a href="http://www.twitter.com/sarahjindra">no Sarah Jindra traffic report</a>, but you gotta love Henneman.</p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 20:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-01/opening-day-video-chicagos-1-cubs-fan-or-least-drunkest-84624