Major League Baseball is having a promotional contest called the Franchise Four, where you can vote for the four most impactful players who best represent the history of each MLB franchise/team.
Just go to http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2015/franchise_four.jsp and select a team.
You can also vote for the top 4 Negro League players, MLB Pioneers, and Greatest Living Players.
Top vote getters will be announced at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14th.
My 4 Greatest Living Players were Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds and Johnny Bench. I get that some may not like or approve of Barry Bonds because of his ties to PEDs, so you can have your opinion and cast your own vote.
My hometown votes were:
Cubs: Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams. (Sorry, Sammy Sosa, but the PEDs did effect my decision here.)
Sox: Frank Thomas, Harold Baines, Minnie Minoso and Paul Konerko.
I also voted for franchise players for the Yankees, Red Sox and Reds. I may vote for other teams soon.
Cast your vote today, and see if your candidates win at the All-Star Game this summer.
Who will your choices be? Feel free to share your selections in the Comments section below.
As a touching ending to my recent blog posts about Bella Mia being featured on Chicago’s Best restaurant review TV show, I wanted to share this story.
I recently posted that I Might Be On TV This Sunday!
Subsequently I posted that I Was On TV! Did You See Me?
To see the full episode of Chicago’s Best feature of Bella Mia, go to: http://chicagosbesttv.com/2015/03/23/chicagos-best-of-the-southland-bella-mia-ristorante-147/ There is about a 4 minute video feature of Bella Mia. In the video, I appear briefly – very briefly – don’t blink or you’ll miss me.
I updated my comic depiction of the Chicago’s Best coverage that I had made previously to more closely resemble the actual experience. In it, Elliott Bambrough and Bella Mia restaurant owner, Randy, enjoy a drink over their food.
Here is my depiction of the event:
In the comic you see Elliott and Randy dining and toasting, and you see my famous Ed character from Edventures With Ed and Ed Novick Comics in the distance at the top of the image wearing a red shirt as I had the night we dined there during the taping of Chicago’s Best.
Here is an actual photo from the actual video coverage of the restaurant….in it I’ve circled where I was dining with Leslie and caught for just a brief moment on TV.
Anywhoooo….for this final related story….
So, I wanted to gift the comic that I had created to Randy to commemorate his TV debut and featuring of his Bella Mia restaurant on Chicago’s Best. I printed the comic on photo paper, signed it “To Randy, Best Wishes, Ed”, and put it in a new frame for safe keeping.
This past Saturday night, Leslie and I returned to Bella Mia for dinner, and I brought the framed comic with us.
Once seated, I asked the waitress if she would ask Randy to stop by our table, which he did.
Randy recognized Leslie and I as regular patrons – and as the most romantic couple that dines at Bella Mia.
I told Randy that I am an amateur comic artist, that we were happy to see him and his restaurant, our favorite restaurant, featured on Chicago’s Best…and to commemorate it, I had made a comic of the event, and gave it to him.
Randy received it graciously, looked it over, smiled, thanked me for my kindness, gave me a hug, gave Leslie a hug, then told me he needed to go as he was getting choked up, and departed us. Leslie said she saw Randy wiping his eye as if to wipe a tear from it. I can’t tell you that my gift made Randy cry, but evidence seems to point to it. Leslie told me later that she thought that genuine random acts of kindness and thoughtfulness, such as the gift I gave Randy, really connects with people and touches them deeply emotionally.
Leslie then said she observed Randy showing the comic to other staff members at Bella Mia. Within a few minutes, both our waitress and server, Tony, had stopped by to say they saw the comic and appreciated the artwork. I told Tony, our regular server there, that he was featured in the comic and he seemed to beam with pride. You can see Tony pouring a glass of water in the comic in the upper left corner of it.
Leslie and I enjoyed our dinner as we usually do.
Then, and as we left the restaurant, I was so pleased and proud to notice that Randy had chosen to display the comic proudly at the entrance of the restaurant along with a plaque dedicated to Randy, and a framed note from Chicago’s Best. I took a photo of the display at the entrance of the restaurant, and I imagine that you may find it similarly displayed if you went to Bella Mia today. My comic is in the upper left had corner of the photo.
I was so pleased and touched that Randy appreciated my gesture and gift, and took pride in displaying it with his other awards and treasures.
And I was tickled that my act of kindness seemed to touch the man, make him feel good, and make us a friend.
I received much more in the giving than I had given away.
That’s how kindness works. You get more in the giving than the giving costs you. It is SO worth the effort.
What kind and thoughtful gesture could you do for someone else today?
It’s about time Ed got a little recognition.
I’ve been making comic strips for nearly a full year. I started the comics blog June 19, 2014, and since then have posted over 200 comics. In that time I’ve created a handful of comic strips series, dozens of characters, and made hundreds of comics. What started with The Lord and Me, soon blossomed into a Blessed Endings series, then a very fun Private Parts character and series, and then most recently taken off with my Edventures With Ed.
Ed is an “edventurous” character who finds himself in all sorts of recognizable scenes, situations and places in history. He then enhances each of them with his own lovable and humorous personal touch. There is no limit to where Ed will go to bring you a smile or laugh to start your day.
I’ve stayed committed to the concept and process, and built a comic franchise with skill, creativity and humor that could one day have as much household recognition and lovableness as the best of them.
Still, for all the work and notice, my comic blog has only 6 followers. 6!?!?!
Ed needs some love.
Isn’t it about time? Ed has waiting a long time for some love. He needs some love now. Please let him have some love.
How can you show him the love he craves?
Go to Ed Novick Comics at https://ednovickcomics.wordpress.com/ and click on the Follow Ed Novick Comics button in the right hand column to sign up to receive Ed Novick comics by email each weekday.
It’s about time Ed was free to get the love he deserves and needs. Help Ed feel like the Person of the Year with a little love from you.
It’s about time.
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Did you see me on TV tonight?
I wrote in my prior blog post that I Might Be On TV This Sunday! And I was!
Chicago’s Best episode covering restaurants in the Chicago Southland featured Bella Mia restaurant in Midlothian, my favorite restaurant, filming while I was dining there with Leslie, and I was captured in the background of the shot showing Elliot sitting in the dining room.
And, if you didn’t blink, you could have seen me on TV too.
But in case you did blink, here is what you would have seen had you not blinked. I was behind Elliot for part of the shot, but when the camera moved – BAM! There I was!
See the image below for the money shot. Just to the right of Elliot’s head…his nose knows No. That hairline is unmistakably moi.
What are the chances?
Actually it kind of reminds me of the chances of getting caught on film as I did in my prior blog story What Are The Chances?
If you happened to record the show tonight, maybe you can freeze frame it and get me a better shot, possibly one with Leslie on screen for a split second too. If you would, I’d appreciate it if you could send me a copy of it.
Otherwise, I’ll have to be content with the 15 milliseconds of fame that tonight’s episode, this photo and this story have brought me…at least until Ed Novick Comics makes Ed Novick a household name, character and celebrity.
A few weeks ago, I walked into my favorite restaurant, Bella Mia in Midlothian, IL, and as I was waiting to be seated, noticed that there was TV lighting and a camera man setting up in the middle of the restaurant. I asked Randy, the owner, what was going on. Randy said that Chicago’s Best was there to cover his restaurant. I was excited for him. Chicago’s Best is a TV show that features the best restaurants in Chicagoland. Bella Mia has long been my favorite restaurant since it opened a few years ago, and it is very deserving of recognition as one of Chicago’s best restaurants.
Randy asked if I wanted seating away from the commotion of the TV crew, but I said no and asked for a table in the back near the fireplace – a favorite cozy corner where Leslie and I could feel away from the crowd of the restaurant.
We dined in the back of the restaurant by the fireplace while the TV crew did their thing.
At one point I turned and realized that the TV camera was pointing right at the table we were dining at. I wondered if I might have been caught on tape while we were dining.
Now I don’t know whether the camera captured me on film or not. The camera might have been pointed at a downward angle toward the table, in which case I wouldn’t make the screen being just out of view at the top of the screen.
HOWEVER … IF the camera was pointed up just enough, I might be on TV!
Bella Mia’s signage out front of the restaurant has been promoting that it will be featured on Chicago’s Best this coming Sunday, March 22nd.
SOOOO…if you get the chance, watch Chicago’s Best this Sunday at 10PM on Chicago’s Very Own, WGN-TV, and look for me and Leslie at the top of the screen when one of the show’s hosts, Elliot, is seated at the table, possibly interviewing Bella Mia owner Randy. See the red circle in the illustration below for where I anticipate I just might possibly be seen on TV.
Chicago’s Best airs Sunday nights at 10pm on Chicago’s Very Own, WGN-TV and replays at various times during the week on CLTV. So even if you miss the original broadcast you might catch it on a rerun.
Whether I make it on TV or not, our dinner at Bella Mia was wonderful, as usual, and I highly recommend you try dining there sometime. You might even see me there in person when you go. If you do, I’ll be glad to give you my autograph if you ask nicely…now that I’m a big maybe-on-TV star and all.
For Bella Mia’s web site, go to: www.bellamia147.com
For Chicago’s Best web site, go to: www.chicagosbesttv.com
See the Chicago’s Best promotional video of their upcoming episode covering restaurants in the Chicago Southland including Midlothian:
View video full screen: https://fbcdn-video-o-a.akamaihd.net/hvideo-ak-xpa1/v/t43.1792-2/10992460_10152787472752945_1968387148_n.mp4?efg=eyJxZSI6InZpZGVvX3ByZWZlcnJlZF90YWdzXzIwMTUwMTIxLDIwMTUwMTAxIn0%3D&oh=d14c275f5b82e96430374cf9c0aceac2&oe=550D2660&__gda__=1426928939_2f8fbadc92542d71be54d23f25e87bde
Two years ago today I made the bravest and best call I’ve ever made. It was just a simple call, but the start of something beautiful and wonderful. It went something like this.
I can appreciate a good joke. But I’m not a joke teller. I seem to quickly forget just about every joke I’ve ever been told.
But one joke I first heard from my drinking buddy, Jerry, back in college, I’ve never forgotten. I guess it’s my favorite joke. So I thought I’d share it. It goes like this:
One day, the Lone Ranger and Tonto were out on the range. Suddenly, a band of Indians in war paint came over the ridge in front of them. The Lone Ranger and his trusty companion turned their horses around to race away from the Indians, but as they turned they noticed another band of Indians in war paint charging at them from the ridge they had just come over. They looked right, then left, and noticed more charging Indians in war paint bearing down on them from those directions too. They were surrounded. There was nowhere to run.
The Lone Ranger said, “Well, Tonto, we’re surrounded by hostile Indians. It looks like we’re finished”. Tonto looked around, and replied, “What you mean “WE”, white man?”
What do you think? Do you like it?
Why is that my favorite joke?
Not to get too analytical, but it is surprising. You know a punch line is coming, but you don’t know what it’s going to be. You never suspect what comes in the punch line. And when you hear it, it is unexpected. The last thing I was expecting when I heard that joke was for trusty Tonto to turn on his “kemosabe”.
Wouldn’t it be awful to be the Lone Ranger in that joke? Not only are you about to die, horribly, but the person you trusted completely betrays you when you need that person most.
I know what that feels like. I’m divorced.
You probably weren’t expecting that connection or punch line either.
But I know the feeling of The Lone Ranger in the joke, and it’s a lot like the surprise betrayal that The Lone Ranger was confronted with in the joke.
I imagine that if the Lone Ranger was fortunate to survive that day, finding some way to fend off the Indians, (maybe the Calvary arrived in the nick of time or something), he could never trust that traitorous red face again. He could choose to live out on the range alone for the rest of his days. Or he could find another truly trusty companion – one with integrity.
Who knows? Maybe The Lone Ranger in the story even lives to have the last laugh…if there can be one.