A funny thing happened, but we wouldn’t know it

Where did our senses of humor go?

We used to have them, you know, but they’ve suddenly disappeared and been replaced by the thinnest skins found outside of a peach orchard. No longer can we laugh at ourselves or snicker at the lampooning of one’s heritage, background or personal traits.
Done without malice, jokes of that nature are comical, not cruel. There’s nothing wrong with cultivating humor from such subject matter.
Or at least there wasn’t once upon a time.
During a recent trip to a retailer that sells DVDs I ran across one for the “Dean Martin Roasts.” Individuals old enough to recall those shows no doubt remember their popularity, and like any roast insults were the norm. But because TV censors in the 1970s were far stricter, coarseness was avoided.

Community sports news

St. Laurence seeking JV hockey coach

 St. Laurence is seeking an individual to serve as its junior-varsity hockey coach.

Interested candidates must have previous high school coaching experience or an equivalent and must meet all AHAI and Archdiocesan requirements to be considered. St. Laurence does not presently have a varsity team, so the JV coach will head up the entire hockey program. The goal is to begin varsity play in a few years, with the JV coach being an integral part of the process.
Applicants should send a resume and letter of interest to athletic director Tim Chandler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Queen of Peace sponsoring fundraiser
Queen of Peace will sponsor its "Swing for Peace" fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 14, beginning with a 9 a.m. check-in.
The event is for individuals 21 and over to participate in a softball game that will benefit the Pride's athletic programs. Play starts at 10 and a barbecue will be held afterward.
The cost before Aug. 31 is $35 per person, $400 for teams numbering no more than 15 members. Those prices become $40 and $480, respectively, after Aug. 31. T-shirts and food are included.
For more information, visit at
Tryouts to be held for Southside Shooters
Tryouts for the Southside Shooters boys' basketball club will be conducted Sept. 2 at Moraine Valley College.

Tryout times are as follows: 4th- and 5th-graders 6-7 p.m., 6th-graders 7-8 p.m., and 7th- and 8th-graders 8-9 p.m. Eight 6th-grade players are sought for a new team, while 5-to-7 players are needed to fill out teams at the 7th- and 8th-grade levels. New teams are forming at the youngest level.

For more information, contact Bill Finn at 508-0170 or


Are you ready to pick some football?


Our roster is almost finalized, but we are still looking for more.
The second year of our Football Forecast is getting ready to roll for the 2014 season starting with games on Friday, Aug. 29, and most of last year’s gang is back so far. But we welcome any readers to challenge our experts.
If you are interested in taking on our boys for the next nine weeks of the regular season and five weeks of the postseason, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday.
Sports editor Ken Karrson was last year's regular-season king with a 73-14 mark while freelance photographer/writer and former Reporter editor Jason Maholy was the postseason MVP with a 37-16 record.
Those two had matching 109-31 overall ledgers while reader Wally Findyz was 106-34, Reporter editor Jeff Vorva was 105-35 and correspondent Anthony Nasella was 98-42. Overall, the gang was 527-173, which was 75.3 percent — a C average in most circles.
If you think you can help boost that percentage, send us an e-mail.


One strike and they were out

Remember 1994?
It was the year of O.J. Simpson’s infamous leading of police on a slow-speed chase on one of southern California’s freeways, the bizarre act of a supposedly innocent man who went on to beat a double-murder rap before committing the truly heinous crime of memorabilia theft. The latter, of course, did what Marsha Clark and Christopher Darden couldn’t: put Simpson behind bars.
1994 was also the year Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa and Michael Jordan discovered that hitting a curveball was more difficult than defying the laws of gravity on a basketball court. Jordan eventually returned to the NBA, in part because baseball abandoned him first.
Twenty years have passed since baseball’s most crippling work stoppage, one so sweeping that even the 1994 World Series got wiped out. Not coincidentally that was also the moment when an awful lot of fans finally decided to abandon the sport, at least the major league version of it, for keeps.
There were no sides to take in the squabble between millionaire athletes and billionaire owners because there were no good guys involved in the fight. Both groups were greedy, but the owners didn’t stop there — they also had stupidity on their resume.

Rago named SXU cross country, track coach

New boss arrives from Olivet Nazarene after successful 6-year stint

SXU-XCTY-PHOTO----KYLE-RAGOSubmitted photo: Kyle Rago, a former assistant cross country and track coach at Olivet Nazarene University, is the new head coach of St. Xavier's men's teams in both of those sports.To find its next men’s cross country coach, St. Xavier University turned to one of its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rivals.
  Kyle Rago, who spent the past six seasons at Olivet Nazarene as a recruiting coordinator for both cross country and track, officially succeeded Ed McAllister as Cougars boss in each sport this past Monday. While in Bourbonnais Rago helped the Tigers’ overall roster numbers grow from 60 to more than 140.
  He also served as the strength and conditioning coordinator for all distance athletes. With Rago playing a pivotal role in their development Olivet runners produced several strong seasons.
  The Tigers’ women’s cross country squad finished among the top six in NAIA each of the last three years, the men’s team wound up sixth last fall, and between them the two programs have claimed seven CCAC titles since 2008. Track and field successes include five conference championships apiece for the men’s and women’s teams since 2009.
  During Rago’s tenure Olivet has had 32 NAIA All-Americans and 121 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
  Being a proven commodity with a highly respected program was what made Rago an intriguing coaching candidate to SXU athletics director Bob Hallberg.