Monday, March 30, 2020

WLS Top Ten for the Week of March 30, 1970: "Come & Get It"

That's right, FIFTY years ago!!

1.  LET IT BE--  Beatles
2.  SPIRIT IN THE SKY--  Norman Greenbaum
3.  INSTANT KARMA--  John Lennon

4.  LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES)--  Edison Lighthouse
5.  COME & GET IT--  Badfinger
6.  ABC--  Jackson 5

8.  BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS--   Simon & Garfunkel
9.  HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN--  Frigid Pink
10.  EASY COME, EASY GO--  Bobby Sherman



36.  LITTLE GREEN BAG--  George Baker Selection
37.  FOR THE LOVE OF HIM--  Bobbi Martin

38.  YOU'RE THE ONE--  Little Sister
39.  HITCHING A RIDE--  Vanity Fare

40.  HEY LAWDY MAMA--   Steppenwolf

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Gonna Knock You Right On The Head.  You Better Get Yourself Together.  --Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Instant Karma"

WLS Top Ten for the Week of March 23, 1970 (Hey, Forgot It, You Know "V"): "Let It Be"

1.  SPIRIT IN THE SKY--  Norman Greenbaum
2.  INSTANT KARMA--  John Lennon
3.  LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES)--  Edison Lighthouse

4.  LET IT BE--  Beatles
5.  BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS--  Simon & Garfunkel
6.  RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA--  Brook Benton
7.  COME & GET IT--  Badfinger

8.  THE RAPPER--  Jaggerz
9.  HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN--  Frigid Pink
10.  ABC--  Jackson 5

I don't know about you, but this might be one of, if not the best Top Tens ever on WLS.    One great group of music.



35.  VEHICLE--  Ides of March
36.  THE BELLS--  Originals

38.  REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE--   Marmalade
39.  WHICH WAY YOU GOIN' BILLY--  Poppy Family


Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "When I Die And They Lay Me To Rest Gonna Go To The Place That's The Best."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Spirit In the Sky"

Good Things Coming Out of the Coronavirus (or "V" As I call It. -- Part 1

Whenever something bad happens to me or people in general, I always like to think of "Good" things that come out of it.  And, believe it or not,with all this weirdness, I can see some good things.

**  First is that the dastardly attacks on poor Confederacy seem to have stopped.  Even Virginia has found a bigger enemy.  As such, I have put my Civil War II blog on hiatus until the attacks begin again.

**  Also, the number of shootings and killings in Chicago has dropped as well.

**  Also, we are not having a zombie apocalypse either.



**  I am getting caught up on the piles of mail that have taken over the kitchen counters.

**  I have more time now that we aren't going out to the bars, which we do really too much anyway.  That takes a good 4-5 hours a day.

**  I haven't had alcohol (usually beer) since the day after St. Patrick's Day.  Never hurts to take a break.

And, There Are More Things As Well.  --RoadDog

LAUGHTER HELPS WITH THE "V.":  "My habit of shooting finger guns as a greeting doesn't seem so dorky now, does it?"

By the way, these funnies are compliments of Eric Zorn's column in the March 25, 2020, Chicago Tribune  "Laughter is no vaccine, but in tough times it can be the best medicine."  Right, Eric!!

Still Wondering About the Russia "V" Stats

As of yesterday, March 29, these are the total number of cases and deaths in select countries.The worst hit so far:

United States:  124,697 cases and 2,227 deaths
Italy:  92,472 cases and 10,023 deaths
China:  81,439 cases and 3,300 deaths
Spain:  78,797 cases and 6,528 deaths

Then, there are these countries:

India:  979 cases and 25 deaths
Russia:  1,534 cases and 8 deaths
Mexico:  993 cases and 20 deaths

Looking at the rest of the countries, it appears that the smaller a country is and the poorer a country is, the fewer the cases.  Or, perhaps they just aren't or can't report the cases and deaths.  We know that Russia is extremely secretive.

I sure would like to know the story with Russia and why Mexico and India are so low.

Very Suspicious.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Here Are My Sweet 16 Picks for the 2020 NCAA Basketball Tournament: All the Lil' Dudes (Not Young)

Since it didn't happen and I can't lose any money, I can go through and pick the actual teams I'd like to see make it to the Sweet Sixteen and beyond.  That means all underdogs and Little Guys.  Of course, it goes without saying, every #16 beat every #1.  I would be all smiles if that happened.

So, here we go:


16  Siena
13  North Texas

14  Belmont
15  North Dakota State



16  Robert Morris
13  Akron

14   Hofstra
15  Northern Kentucky



16  N.C. Central
12  Yale

14  East Washington
15  UC Irvine



16  Winthrop
13  Vermont

14   Bradley
15  Little Rock

I'd have to look up some of these to find out where they are.  Remember Gonzaga?  What?  Where?

This Would Sure be One Fun Tournament With the Big Guys All Gone.  Just Little Dudes, You Know.  RoadFun

LAUGHTER HELPS WITH THE "V":  "Can't wait for this coronovirus thing to blow over so I can stop washing my hands  again."

Saturday, March 28, 2020

How I Pull for NCAA Basketball Tournament Teams

Regardless of my picks, I always pull for the Little Guys in the games.  Like Siena vs. Kansas or Stephen F. Austin vs. Ohio State.  This regardless of whether or not I like the Big Guy team.

As far as Big Guy teams, in the past my big two teams were North Carolina and Duke.  However, North Carolina  students pulled down the Silent Sam Confederate statue a couple years ago, plus they are getting a lot of the one-and-done freshmen players.  That is the same with Duke.

I also liked Virginia a lot, but not now since its town Charlottesville is so intent on pulling down its Confederate statues.

Of course, I have never liked Kentucky, Ohio State or Michigan in the Big Guys.

Go Little Guys.  --RoadDog

LAUGHTER HELPS WITH THE "V.":  "Dance like nobody's watching. Wash your hands like everybody is."

Hey, Here's Your NCAA Basketball Brackets-- Part 2

Today we would be in the Elite 8 with two games to determine the first two entrants into the Final Four.



1.  Gonzaga
16  N.C. Central

8  LSU
9  Oklahoma

5  Michigan
12  Yale

4  Oregon
13  New Mexico State

6  BYU
11  Indiana

3  Seton Hall
14  East Washington

7  Arizona
10  Texas Tech

2  San Diego State
15  UC Irvine



1  Baylor
16  Winthrop

8  Saint Mary's
9  Rutgers

5  Ohio State
12  Stephen F. Austin

4  Louisville
13  Vermont

6 Virginia
11  Cincinnati

3  Michigan State
14  Bradley

7  Illinois
10  USC

2  Creighton
15  Little Rock

Make Those Picks.  --RoadPick

LAUGHTER HELPS WITH THE "V."--  Your grand were called to war.   You're being called to sit on your couch.  You can do this."

Friday, March 27, 2020

Hey, Here's Your NCAA Brackets-- Part 1: Sweet Sixteen

This was in the March 22, 2020, Chicago Tribune under "Fantasy basketball" by Shannon Ryan.

These are thanks to ESPN's Joe Lanardi who projects the bracket throughout every season.  So this is very likely what it would have looked like.

And, remember, had the tournament been on this year, we would have been in the Sweet Sixteen games.


1  Kansas
16  Siena

8  Houston
9  Marquette

5  Auburn
12  Liberty

4  Wisconsin
13  North Texas

6  Iowa
11  East Tennessee State

3  Duke
14  Belmont

7  Providence
10  Arizona State

2  Kentucky
15  North Dakota State


1.  Dayton
16  Robert Morris

8  Colorado
9  Florida

5  Butler
12  Texas

4  Maryland
13  Akron

6  Penn State
11  UCLA

3  Villanova
14  Hofstra

2  Florida State
15  Northern Kentucky

Make Your Picks!!  --RoadDog

LAUGHTER HELPS WITH THE V:  "This quarantine is affecting everyone in the workforce, but it especially sucks for men.  We are losing a dollar for every 79 cents women are losing."

Still Got Our CB&C for St. Patrick's Day-- Part 4: Last CB&C and Bar Beer


No more drinking in bars or eating in restaurants in Illinois anymore.  You can get delivery or take out at the restaurants, but that's it.

At least we got to visit two of our favorite places, Stucky's and Sunnyside yesterday.

But, today is St. Patrick's Day.  Celebrating at home just doesn't feel right and we didn't think the virus was here yet, so what to do.

Hey, Wisconsin bars and restaurants are still open.  And since we live just a few miles south of the Wisconsin-Illinois border, let's go visit Cheesehead Land.  And, what better place to go than our fav Wisconsin bar, Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes.  And, they are serving cb&c (corned beef & cabbage) as well.

Went in and bartender Barb was on the phone and we heard that they too, were closing bars and restaurants in Wisconsin at 5 o'clock tomorrow.  Well, at least we got one last trip in.  But, a few minutes later, she talked to someone else and found out that the 5 o'clock closing referred to today.  Now, that sure wasn't much warning from the governor.

Oh, well, one last time.  Donovan's always fills up at the onset of happy hour when all drinks are half price plus 25 cents, but, as people learned of today's closure, the place really filled up with last-nighters.

We took our cb&c to go and finished it (as well as some of yesterday's cb&cs this past Friday).

So, We Sure Got Our CB&C and Last Drinking In.  --RoadIrish

LAUGHTER HELPS WITH V.--  "Who else is self-quarantining alone?  I'm this close to naming a volleyball."

Music Deaths: Steve Martin Caro, Member of Left Banke


Died January 14, 2020

Lead singer with pop group baroque group Left Banke who had 1966 hit single with "Walk Away Renee."  Went by the name Steve Martin while with the group, but later added his family name so as to avoid confusion with the comedian.

Big hits:

"Walk Away Renee" (#5-1966)
"Pretty Ballerina"  (#15-1967)

They sure had a sound like no other group.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Still Got Our CB&C for St. Patrick's-- Part 4: Corned Beef & Beer


This is the last day for Illinois restaurants and bars to be open.  Restaurants, however, can have take out or delivery (just no one other than workers inside).

We figured to take one last fling and in the afternoon went to Stucky's in Johnsburg to enjoy their $1.50 draft pints and we both ordered corned beef and cabbage (CB&C) meals ($11.99 each).  So, we finally got our Irish food.

The closings were  the big topic of conversation at the bar.  Stucky's will be offering take out as well as delivery the next two weeks.

We then went to Sunnyside where we also enjoyed the Monday $1.50 pint drafts.  Most of the regulars were in and out during the time we were there.  That something like this could be happening to us just is amazing and unexpected.

Sunnyside serves no food other than a few frozen items, so it will be completely closed for the next two weeks or longer.

We generally always say goodbye when people leave, but even more so and more emphatically today, as it will be awhile before we see each other again.


TOP TEN COUNTRY SONGS:  "You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly"  Real song by Loretta Lynn.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Why Don't We Hear More About Russia and the Virus?

I just got some figures from the CDC on some Russia-United States Virus stats.

RUSSIA:   658 cases   2 deaths

UNITED STATES:    61,062 cases   838 deaths


Beware, there just might be a Japanese fleet out there somewhere.

Things that make you go HHhhMMMmmmNNnnn.  Either that, or they're doing one of their secretive things again.


Still Got Our CB&C for St. Patrick's-- Part 3: St. Patrick's Then the News

Corned Beef & Cabbage


First, we went to the McHenry American Legion where Mark made up one of his famous Bloody Marys, and they are only $2.75 on Sundays.  He does a great job and, of course, at that price I'm a fan.

The Legion had Shepherd's Pie for free so we had some of that.  I liked it and Liz surprisingly liked it.  So, we had seconds.

There was a good crowd coming in.  We heard that downtown McHenry had a whole lot of people ambling up and down the streets to all the bars yesterday. Cancel our parade, well, we'll go ahead and have a good time.  It might not be long before we're essentially quarantined at home.  The Virus seems not to have really hit Illinois yet.

While there, we heard that all bars and restaurants in Illinois were to be shut down at the end of business tomorrow and for at least two weeks, maybe more.  Sure was a lot of grumbling and Gov. Toilets would sure not have liked to hear the names applied to him since he was the one who ordered it.

I am figuring Illinois will be hit hard in the next week, so this is a good idea.  One that we will have to accept for public safety.  Believe me, had we had hundreds of cases and a bunch of deaths already in Illinois, we wouldn't have been out the last several days.

Last stop was at Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg where the shutdown was also the main topic of conversation.  We now understand that restaurants can still do delivery or pickup outside, but no customers are allowed inside.

The sad thing is that a lot of restaurant people and bartenders will be laid off and many are living paycheck to paycheck.  As people were leaving, everyone was saying goodbye as if it might be a while before we're together again.

This is going to be a rough going.


TOP TEN COUNTRY SONGS:  "You  Done Tore Out My heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat"

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Still Got Our CB&C, St. Patrick's Day-- Part 2: It's All Green to Me


Bob Stroud got us in the mood with his Rock and Roll Roots show  from 9 to noon on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive.

He saluted anything green.

Here are his green songs:

GREEN RIVER--  Creedence Clearwater Revival
LITTLE GREEN BAG-- George Baker Selection

GREEN EYED LADY--  Sugarloaf


GREEN ONIONS--  Booker T. & the MGs
LEAVES THAT ARE GREEN--  Simon & Garfunkel

Hey, Anyone Want Some Green Beer Now?  --RoadO'Dog

Music Deaths: Bobby Comstock, R'nR Singer


Died January 9, 2020

Solo singer and member of Bobby Comstock & the Counts.  Toured nationally with Bobby Vinton and Freddie Cannon and was on Dick Clark's American Bandstand.  Most successful 1959-1963.

Had four top 100s, but no Top 40s.

Biggest hits "Tennessee Waltz"  (#52-1959) and "Let's Stomp" (#57-1963).

I listened to a lot of his songs on You Tube.  If you like early Rock and Roll, give him a listen.