WBEZ | Vancouver Canucks http://www.wbez.org/tags/vancouver-canucks Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Blackhawks start is one for the history books http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-02/blackhawks-start-one-history-books-105625 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/rsz_blackhawks_beat_vancouver_to_tie_season_start_record.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Blackhawk fans have forgotten about the long NHL lock-out and for good reason. They have the best team in the league and have history on their side to prove it.</p><p>Last night the Hawks beat their arch rivals, the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3 after Andrew Shaw tallied the go-ahead score in the shoot-out.</p><p>The Blackhawks record is 13-0-3- tying an NHL record for getting a point in every game to begin the season. Coach Joel Quenneville commented on the accomplishment after the game, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a remarkable start, were very happy and pleased the guys should be proud of this achievement, especially in a 48-game season.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Hawks win:</strong></p><p>It was a wild start in the first period when five breakaway chances were stopped by the two goaltenders for Vancouver and Chicago. Vancouver&rsquo;s Daniel Sedin managed to tally the only goal in that period.</p><p>The Blackhawks came back with more firepower in the second period. Two players considered to be in a slump scored goals. Patrick Sharp tallied the first goal for the Hawks and Marian Hossa scored twice, once on a power play and another unassisted goal as he danced along the goal line and slipped it past Canuck goalie Cory Schneider.</p><p>Hossa was on the receiving end of a nasty forearm to the back of his head by Vancouver&rsquo;s Jannik Hansen in the third period. The Hawks winger had no chance as he was brought down from behind and crumbled to the ice. He left the game and did not return. Afterwards several Hawk players were very upset at seeing Hossa on the receiving end of another cheap shot.</p><p>It looked like the Blackhawks were going to win in regulation, but the Canucks came up with two goals in the waning minutes of the third period to tie the game at 3. &nbsp;</p><p>Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw scored on their shoot-out chances and goalie Ray Emery was able to stop the Canucks.&nbsp;And as Pat Foley says &ldquo;Hawks win, Hawks win!&rdquo;</p><p><strong>This incredible start has a number of factors:</strong></p><p>The Blackhawk stars are being stars the leaders are leading and the young players are gelling with the team. There seems to be a sense that Patrick Kane has mature on the ice and the results are evident.&nbsp; Kane&rsquo;s 22 points puts him among the league leaders. Jonathan Toews has done his share; he has contributed in all facets, wins the face-offs, gets his points and even gets tangled up opponents to set the tone.</p><p>The vast improvement on the penalty kill has been very important during this run. They were one of the worst &ldquo;pk&rdquo; units in the league the past two seasons, now they are near the top. Marcus Krueger and Michael Frolik have been instrumental in their roles on that unit.</p><p>The defense has been strong as it was in the 2009-2010 Championship season. Stalwarts Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook has been pivitol so far, and &nbsp;Nik Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya, Nick Leddy, Sheldon Brookbank have contributed solidly. They throw their bodies to block shots and have done a good job of controlling the puck. Seabrook sat out last night&#39;s game; he took a puck to his mid-section last Sunday.</p><p>The young players like, Leddy, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Corey Crawford have all made solid contributions too. Crawford&#39;s confidence has returned after dealing with &ldquo;an upper body&rdquo; injury.</p><p>It is a nice luxury for Quenneville to have so much balance on this team. It has allowed the Hawks coach to trust players and divide their minutes better. The only concern the Hawk coach may have is the injuries to Hossa, Crawford and Seabrook. The do expect to get Dan Carcillo back as soon as this weekend.</p><p>The Blackhawks marketing department aimed at getting the fans support back even before the season began. The Hawks lead the league for attendance at home <em>and</em> the road, which makes that effort by the Hawks marketing machine that much easier.&nbsp;</p><p>One third of the season is completed, goalie Ray Emery downplayed the historic start, &ldquo;You want to see it at the end of the year when it counts.&rdquo;</p><p>We are counting-- only 32 games to go.</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame&nbsp;</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 06:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-02/blackhawks-start-one-history-books-105625 The $5 rules: Advice from off-off-off Loop theater pro to the IL GOP http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-07/5-rules-advice-loop-theater-pro-il-gop-93806 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-07/strawpoll.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-07/strawpoll.JPG" style="width: 492px; height: 369px;" title="Popcorn? For 5 bucks, I want chicken. (WBEZ/Sam Hudzik) "></p><p>What's up Illinois?!<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-gop-paul-wins-presidential-straw-poll-93794"> Ron Paul in the house</a>! More than 3,600 people voted in the Illinois Republican straw poll over the weekend. The Ill. GOP needs cash, apparently to help with the 2012 election, so they charged people $5 to vote in this informal poll. Now, $5 might seem like it goes a long way (3,600x5=$18k) but party leaders really should've talked with some local off-Loop theater companies who actually have experience with $5 tickets before settling on that amount. Why? Because while $18,000 might seem like nice pull, my bet is the party overlooked a few things.&nbsp; Did you pay the door guy yet? How 'bout props? Did you have any props at your straw poll (straw hats, perhaps)? And do you have the rights to the "Straw Poll" script? And are you paying the actors (in this case, candidates)? And the wrap party? Did you pay for the wrap party?</p><p>My guess is that the Ill. GOP has about $1,200 left. My advice? Spend it on a new set.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: <a href="http://gawker.com/5856928/heres-the-freaky-surveillance-equipment-chicago-police-are-using-to-spy-on-you/gallery/1">Gawker has a story about Occupy Chicago protesters accusing the Chicago Police Department</a> of installing eavesdropping equipment near their camp.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: In my regular Monday morning "give me a break" segment, I focus on two of our state's esteemed leaders. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cardinal-quinn-dispute-20111107,0,4634777.story">Cardinal George and Gov. Pat Quinn got into a spat over the weekend</a>, and the rape victim at the center of the brawl (she was going to receive an award) has hurt feelings. Then the Cardinal backtracks, saying he didn't even know she was involved. Cardinal, let me explain: I've been in many shoving matches. If you want to have a shoving match with another dude, first thing you want to do is make sure someone isn't standing between you.&nbsp; That's just obvious, right? Fighters, am I right?</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: Wow, I guess it's good that no <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/news/mccaul_leaps_top_50_richest_members_congress-208231-1.html?pos=adp">Illinois Congressman is on the list of the top 50 richest members of Congress</a>? I wonder where Obama would rank if he were still in the Senate. Now, my question has to be: Do people who run for congress know that they can become millionaires? Is it sort of a move to take your financial status to the next level? Or are they rich before and just do it cause they are bored.</p><p>Remember when it was cool to want to be rich?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="369" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ztk9t_m1FpY" width="500"></iframe></p><p><strong>E story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-11-07/central-park-theater-chicagos-first-movie-palace-93727">John R. Schmidt gives us the story behind Chicago's first movie palace</a>. Greatest blog ever.</p><p><strong>F story</strong>: I'm sure it's a great show, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-eberts-movie-review-show-will-end-without-more-financial-backing-20111107,0,1767642.story">but isn't "lack of funds" the reason most shows on public media go away</a>? Ebert needs money and he has access to all the newspapers, who are writing up his financial conundrum like a news story. Weird. Well, this blog needs cash or it might go away too. Sneed, can you help?</p><p><strong>G story</strong>: Nope, Sneed is busy. She has a great bit from Friday - <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/8575767-452/fast-eddie-thisclose-to-release-from-federal-prison.html">Fast Eddie is close to getting out of federal prison</a>.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: So dark. So cold. So dark and cold. Remind me why I don't live in Phoenix again? Oh right, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W4Cx44XKZ4">the dust storms</a>.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: The Bears play another game on Monday Night Football tonight. They draw the Philadelphia Eagles, a team coined "The Dream Team" at the beginning of the season. The Eagles dropped mad cash in free agency to bolster the team, but have stumbled early. However, they just destroyed the Dallas Cowboys last week and all eyebrows are partially raised. Is this team legit? The Bears win tonight in Philly and we will be looking at a team that is sort of a carbon copy of the 2010 squad, which managed to get to the NFC Championship game. Now, I'll give the Bears a bit of credit. This is what we want from our NFL franchise. To be relevant late into the season. If they were 1-6 right now, nobody would care. But they are in the thick of it, so we have a national audience. Please, please, please Lovie - do not sh*t the bed tonight. We watched the other marquee games live up to their hype this weekend, so finish strong.</p><p>Right now, Chicago has switched back to Wildcat town, shunning the over-hyped Illini.The <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/ncf/recap?gameId=313090158">Northwestern win over Nebraska was prime time</a>. The Wildcats under Pat Fitzgerald are always good for at least one or two games like this a year. How many are the Illini good for? And stinker award goes to the Blackhawks, who played their new arch rival Vancouver last night at the UC. <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nhl/recap?gameId=400046901">Not a good showing</a>. They were blown out, 6-2. That's not what we want to see.</p><p>So to recap: We want to see the Wildcats. We don't want to see the Blackhawks. We hope to see more of the Bears.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: This is the week of 11/11/11, which means that <a href="http://www.whoisamy.com/">Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Beckoning of Lovely project is due</a>. This film has been in the works for three years. Seriously, I remember we did a Writers' Block Party episode on 8/08/08, and the launch of the project in June 2008. She's having a big party/show release at 11am on 11/11/11 at Millennium Park. I'll be there!!!!!</p><p>Here's the first video that started it all. It's called <strong>17 things i made</strong>:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="369" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/o3eZvEIdmq4" width="500"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 14:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-07/5-rules-advice-loop-theater-pro-il-gop-93806 Blackhawks ratings boom ahead of Game 7 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-26/blackhawks-ratings-boom-ahead-game-7-85680 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-26/Hocket Getty Jonathan Daniel.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Sunday, the <a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/index.html" target="_blank">Chicago Blackhawks</a> came back from a three-game deficit to push the <a href="http://canucks.nhl.com/" target="_blank">Vancouver Canucks</a> to a seventh game in the playoff series. The cross-continent battle concludes on Tuesday in Vancouver.</p><p>Someone watching every move on the ice is <a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=46608" target="_blank">Steve Konroyd</a>. He spent 15 years as a defenseman in the NHL, four of them with the Blackhawks. Nowadays, he can be seen before and after games as an analyst on <a href="http://www.comcastsportsnet.com/pages/main" target="_blank">Comcast SportsNet</a> and WGN. Comcast SportsNet set new all-time Blackhawks rating records for its coverage of Game 6 Sunday night and Steve’s analysis helped bookend the winning effort.</p><p>He joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> by phone to provide some pre-game coverage.</p><p><em>Music Button: Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, "You Spin Me Round '86", from the CD Dim The Lights Chill The Ham, (Cargo)</em></p></p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 13:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-26/blackhawks-ratings-boom-ahead-game-7-85680 Bulls, Blackhawks could move on to second round with wins http://www.wbez.org/story/bulls-blackhawks-could-move-second-round-wins-85653 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-26/bulls hawks.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It's a busy day in Chicago sports. Both the Bulls and the Blackhawks could move on to the next round of the playoffs if they win their respective games Tuesday night.</p><p>It's winner take all in Vancouver. The Blackhawks and Canucks face off in the seventh and deciding game of their first round series. The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks have won three straight games to even up the series after losing the first three. Blackhawks' Coach Joel Quenneville says the team has been more relaxed since losing those first three games.</p><p>"We've been effective on the road. We got the momentum. We want to sustain it. We want to keep it," Quenneville said after Sunday's overtime win. "We expect a fun building. And I think, like I said, there's no pressure on us from Game 4 on and we got the same approach going into Game 7."</p><p>Game time is at 9:00 since it's being played in Vancouver.</p><p>The early game is on the hardwood. The Bulls' Derrick Rose is expected to play in tonight's Game 5 against the Indiana Pacers. He has a sprained ankle. The Bulls can wrap up the series if they win.</p><p>The game starts at 7:00 on the West Side.</p></p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bulls-blackhawks-could-move-second-round-wins-85653 Why don't other sports adopt the hockey post-game celebration? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-25/who-dont-other-sports-adopt-hockey-post-game-celebration-85640 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-25/AP110424048186.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Blackhawks have pushed a Game 7 in their playoff round against the #1 seed Vancouver Canucks.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-25/AP110424048186.jpg" style="width: 327px; height: 512px;" title=""></p><p>Is there anything better than overtime playoff sports?&nbsp; I mean, it features elements of sports that we want to watch: Winning, losing, excitement, intensity, drama. Throw in the elimination factor and it's incredible.</p><p>A victory in that setting should be properly celebrated. And few sports leagues understand that as well as the NHL.&nbsp; After a hard fought win, the United Center lights come down and the announcers introduce the players of the game, who skate out to center ice to bask in the adoration of a sell out, standing-room crowd.</p><p>It's almost worth the price of admission for loyal fans. Now imagine if other sports adopted the post-game ritual. It seems to me that as professional sports become even bigger businesses and less fan-friendly experiences, it would make sense for other leagues to work on making a better overall experience for the paying customer.</p><p>Imagine, if you will, a cold night in December: The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers are all tied up, heading to overtime. The winner goes to the playoffs. In overtime, Bears Linebacker Brian Urlacher intercepts an Aaron Rodgers pass and takes it to the house. Game over. Now instead of TV camera scrums, coach handshakes and group prayers, imagine if they cut the lights and put spotlights on the field with an announcer yelling "Brrrrrrrriiiiaaaaaaaannnn Urrrrrrrrlacher!!!!!!" He runs to the 50 yard line and takes a bow. Or how 'bout "Devvviiinnn Hessster!!!!!"?</p><p>Or how 'bout taking what the Bulls do at the top of the game and moving it to the end? An introduction of key players after they put their talents on display would be stunning. If the announcer called Derrick Rose's name <em>after</em> he dropped 45 to beat the Miami Heat? You wouldn't go hoarse screaming your lungs out?</p><p>You can visualize it, can't you. And as a fan, that would make the experience so much sweeter.</p><p>Imagine the NBA, or imagine Major League Baseball. All these sports could benefit from letting the fans shower the players with love and appreciation. It would add $20 to the value of an overpriced ticket.</p><p>Would the players like it? Ask rookie Ben Smith. I'm sure he would have good things to say about it.</p><p>So I'll look forward to the post-game festivities the next time I drop $100+ on a ticket at Soldier Field.<br> <br> Here are some other quick non-hockey observations from last night's broadcast:</p><p>Hahah! Did you notice (of course you did) the 'Technically Difficulty' Comcast had during the game? The last one was kind of eerily awesome, in a way that if it lasted a minute longer, people would have lost their sh*t.&nbsp; I jumped up and got my phone to take a picture, but by the time I found it and framed it up, I only caught the end of the technically difficulty and the exact first frame back in the game. Look, this is a millisecond after the technically difficulty screen went away.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-25/photo%2812%29.jpg" style="width: 396px; height: 514px;" title=""></p><p>The Chevy commercial that features Toews and Kane skating around new cars is really one of the worst commercials I've ever seen. But for Kane and Toews, that had to have been easy money. EASY MONEY. You know that had to be shot in a rink in less than two hours and they probably made tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) for it. Come on, advertisers need to come up with better than this, right?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/F1lMWxo0N7U" title="YouTube video player" width="500" frameborder="0" height="311"></iframe></p><p>Man, I could really go for a liquor store. I'm just sitting watching the OT pre-game session and I am just getting this feeling....I dunno...that I need to go get a bottle of Grey Goose and a bag of Vitners. I wonder why that is? Cause the Binny's logo is bigger than the name of the show? Calm down.</p><p>Was I the only semi-hockey fan who got a laugh out of watching Robert Luongo (goalie) come into the game after an injury to the other Vancouver goalie and warm up? I wish I had video of that. He looked like a drunk dancer at a Poi Dog Pondering concert. But with much less intensity.</p><p>Finally, Twitter was fun to watch during the game last night. If you are looking for a Game 7 follow, Try <a href="http://www.twitter.com/jcgreenx">Jimmy Greenfield</a> from Chicago Now/RedEye/Trib fame. He's a huge hockey fan and hilarious as well. And whenever something happened in the game that I didn't quite understand, Jimmy was quick to explain.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-25/who-dont-other-sports-adopt-hockey-post-game-celebration-85640 Sports update: don't count Blackhawks out from play-off play yet http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-25/sports-update-dont-count-blackhawks-out-play-play-yet-85634 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-25/Blackhawks Getty Jonathan Daniel.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The defending-Stanley Cup champions were recently on their way to being swept out of the playoffs. But now the Chicago Blackhawks have won three in a row to force game 7 with the Vancouver Canucks. The game on Sunday, April 24, was extra intense, with wounded goalies, penalty shots and a dramatic win in overtime.<br> <br> To discuss the comeback, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to Cheryl Raye-Stout.</p><p><em>Music Button: The New Mastersounds, "Return To Gijon", from the CD 102%, (One Note)</em></p></p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-25/sports-update-dont-count-blackhawks-out-play-play-yet-85634 Blackhawks on verge of being swept out of playoffs http://www.wbez.org/story/brent-seabrook/blackhawks-verge-being-swept-out-playoffs-85320 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-18/112290546.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The reigning Stanley Cup champions are on the verge of being swept out of the NHL playoffs in the first round. Home rink advantage at the United Center wasn't enough for the Chicago Blackhawks. They lost their third game in a row to the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2.</p><p>Blackhawks' Coach Joel Quenneville said a turning point in the game happened when Vancouver's Raffi Torres laid out Brent Seabrook and got away with a 2-minute interference call. Quenneville said the refs got the call wrong.</p><p>"Brutal. Major. Absolutely," Quenneville said. "They missed it. Could've scored four goals on that play."</p><p>Seabrook got up soon after the hit and said he's undergone tests to check for a concussion. Coach Quenneville said, despite the call, the team is still disappointed with its performance.</p><p>"We're in an awful spot right now and I don't think you want to look any further than just trying to get something positive going in our direction," he said.</p><p>Game four of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night at the United Center.</p></p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 11:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/brent-seabrook/blackhawks-verge-being-swept-out-playoffs-85320 Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 in the first-round playoff http://www.wbez.org/story/news/vancouver-canucks-beat-chicago-blackhawks-2-0-first-round-playoff-85185 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-14/112164374.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chris Higgins and Jannik&nbsp;Hansen scored in the first period, Roberto Luongo made 32 saves,&nbsp;and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 in the&nbsp;first-round playoff opener on Wednesday night.</p><p>Corey Crawford made 31 saves in his first playoff start as&nbsp;Chicago opened its defense of the Stanley Cup with a loss.</p><p>The Canucks are the top seed in the Western Conference and the&nbsp;Presidents' Trophy winners, but the Blackhawks aren't the average&nbsp;No. 8 seed. Chicago knocked the Canucks out of the playoffs the&nbsp;previous two seasons and was formidable again in Game 1.</p><div>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 14 Apr 2011 15:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/vancouver-canucks-beat-chicago-blackhawks-2-0-first-round-playoff-85185 NPR virtually uncut by federal budget. Now who wants to throw an expensive, lavish party? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-13/npr-virtually-uncut-federal-budget-now-who-wants-throw-expensive-lav <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-13/marc-rich-party-415x275.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-13/marc-rich-party-415x275.jpg" style="width: 415px; height: 275px;" title="Who's up for a federally funded yacht party????"></p><p><strong>Top story</strong>: Today is a big one for Chicago politics. It's the first City Council meeting since the April runoffs. So what's on the agenda? Um...um....wait...um....nothin'? Affordable housing? No. Pushed off. Food trucks? No. That's old. Cleaning horse urine? Already done. The only thing that really stands out is hyper-local. There is debate about a new development on the old Lincoln Park Hospital site (the hospital is closed). Alderman Vi Daley (outgoing) supports the development and newly-elected Michele Smith is against it. So Daley (Vi) is trying to push it through before Smith can start. Is that high drama enough for you?&nbsp;</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: Yo Rahm, <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/emanuel-seeks-donations-up-to-50k-for-inaugural/">I want to go to your inaugural jam</a>! It sounds awesome! But I don't have $50k right now. Is there a list?&nbsp; Can I get on it, plus +3 (roommates)? What's the dress code? Can I wear jeans? If Rahm were smart, his office would give away VIP tickets to radio stations to be given to the 90th caller. That would be so much better than tickets to a beach bash. I kind of know Eddie &amp; Jobo, so I could help make that happen.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Ah, we should have tried to shake down "Source Code" like <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110412/news/704129798/">Metra allegedly did</a>. Maybe <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-12/wbez-swag-cut-source-code-should-we-blame-dunkin-donuts-85094">WBEZ wouldn't have been cut from the movie</a>.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: If you were wondering, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/npr-public-television-wont-get-budget-ax/2011/04/12/AF5CtwSD_story.html">NPR and public broadcasting were virtually uncut by the new federal budget</a>. Shakespeare wrote a play about this, didn't he? Something about nothing? Wait, maybe I'm thinking Seinfeld.</p><p><strong>E story</strong>: Damn! <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/adler-planetarium/no-shuttle-adler-85092">We lost out on getting the space shuttle</a>. Didn't we learn anything from the 2016 Olympic bid? STOP LIVE BROADCASTING DISAPPOINTMENT! WE CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!! Adler Planetarium loses out, but they still have my son's love, who asks me daily to go to the "pwanatarilium." Because he saw the ad in the back of Time Out Kids. The Adler president was quoted as saying that the shuttle would been a "game changer." Colleague Ed Keegan retweeted "If having a relic of 1970's technology would be 'a game changer,' perhaps the Adler needs to reconsider their game." SNAP.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Stay breezy, Chicago.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: I'm starting to get ramped up for the Blackhawks game tonight. You realize the 'Hawks have <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-0413-blackhawks-chicago--20110412,0,1212749.story">bounced the Vancouver Canucks</a> from the playoffs two years in a row? To quote that wacky Beatle, "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dHUfy_YBps">Keep playing those miiinnnnd gammmmes forever...</a>"</p><p>Sox fans got chippy last night. The Sox outfield has been dropping a ton of fly balls. Well, five. It's really unheard of in baseball to have that happen. So last night, when Alex Rios caught a fly ball, the crowd sarcastically cheered. <a href="http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/sports/cbsports-guillen-not-happy-with-fans-sarcasm-20110412,0,1845189.story">Ozzie didn't like that</a>.</p><p>And Derrick Rose is going to be the first Chicago Bull to grace the cover or <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/cbsports-rose-first-bull-since-mj-to-grace-si-cover-20110413,0,1812519.story">Sports Illustrated since MJ</a>. That seems historic, but, really, you have to be pretty damn good to be on the cover of SI, right? Here's a funny story - one our national networks called our newsroom to help with an interview. When asked who the interview was with, the producer said it a guy named "Derrick Rose?" Wow! Then when our reporter pressed for more details, the producer said "Oh, sorry, the interview is with a Chicago reporter talking about Derrick Rose." Oh. Never mind.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Congrats to my former colleague <a href="http://feder.blogs.chicago.timeout.com/">Robert Feder</a> for being one of the "100 Powerful Chicagoans" listed in Michigan Avenue Magazine!!!!! He is one of the only non-millionaires featured (it's not online). They give him mad props for his role in exposing Trib management last year (on Vocalo blogs, thank you very much). I'm surprised, though, that such a high end, social magazine would be into Feder. Michigan Avenue magazine is about the finer things in life like fashion and jewelry. Not necessarily the Feder I know. But then I saw his picture. Man, he's changed since he moved to Time Out Chicago:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-13/male-model copy.jpg" style="width: 499px; height: 338px;" title=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 14:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-13/npr-virtually-uncut-federal-budget-now-who-wants-throw-expensive-lav Bulls, Blackhawks turn to post-season http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-blackhawks/bulls-blackhawks-turn-post-season-85119 <p><p>The Chicago Bulls are wrapping up their regular season Wednesday night. They'll end their season at the top of the Eastern Conference, maybe even the league if they win their ninth game in a row tonight against New Jersey at the United Center. The Bulls haven't lost since March 28. Tuesday night, they beat the New York Knicks, 103-90. Derrick Rose walked away with 26 points and Luol Deng with 23.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Blackhawks begin their first game of the playoffs against their top-ranked rivals, the Vancouver Canucks. Earlier this week, Jonathan Toews told reporters he thought the Blackhawks have been playing playoff-calibur hockey; nevermind that they barely made it into the post-season.</p><p>"I think a lot of people can argue that we're a playoff team," Toews said. "If you get there, you never know what can happen."</p><p>The Blackhawks look to defend last year's Stanley Cup championship Wednesday night in Vancouver.</p></p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 11:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-blackhawks/bulls-blackhawks-turn-post-season-85119