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The Weekend Desk Report

"He might never say so publicly, but in many ways Chicago is still home for Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith," Roy Cummings writes for the Tampa Bay Tribune.

"His wife, MaryAnne, a native of nearby Des Plaines, grew up here; he raised his children here; shoot, he still owns a house here.

"That house is up now for sale, but so much more of what tied Smith to Chicago for 10 years could never be sold."

Yeah, whatever.

Lovie Smith was a bore, and he created a toxic environment at Halas Hall that held fans (and the media) in disdain. The residue of that culture remains, which Marc Trestman is learning.

Forget the Packers; beat Lovie!

* The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #27: The Bears Are Like Butter.

On a roll. Plus: The Game Chicago Going Under; The Ultimate Theo-Era Cubs Headline; Still Okay To Take Blackhawks For Granted; and Jimmy The Butler.

* The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: To The Bearmobile!

Kromer cracks the code.


The College Football Report: Yada, Yada, Sooie
A trademark weekend of Directional Creampuffs and pigs.


Last Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Heavy Times, Carcass, Negative Scanner, Pampers, Marmozets, The Matches, Stevie Wonder, Watsky, Peter Hook & the Light, My Brightest Diamond, The New Politics, Bleachers, Save The Clocktower, The Barr Brothers, Wild Cub, Knuckle Puck, Modern Baseball, Foxing, Somos, Boots, and Neon Hitch.

This Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Huntress, Circa, The Features, Alex Clare, Julian Casablancas & The Voidz, Ingrid Michaelson, and Echosmith.


The Beachwood Radio Hour #33: Save The Spire, Ditch DePaul, Nuke The Luke
Lakefront Legos. Plus: Harold & Slim On Jane; Exercises In Disdain: City Council vs. Board of Ed; Pension Police Powers; Solving The NYT's Middle East Coverage As An Example Of Newspapers' Continuing Failure To Think Digitally First And Let Print Be An Afterthought.


The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "Jim and Greg are joined by legendary Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. Later they review a new album from the New York City band TV on the Radio."


The CAN TV Weekend Viewing Report: Woodlawn Voices and Visions.

"Teens in the Woodlawn neighborhood share the unique life stories of their neighbors with Chicago and the world."

Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on CAN TV21.


* In Secret, Obama Extends U.S. Role In Afghan Combat.

* NYT's Touted Iowa Cookie Recipe Actually From Illinois.

Plus, click through for one of the best comments to ever appear on our Facebook page - or anywhere!


A sampling.




The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Arresting.


Posted on November 22, 2014

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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