Is there anything more exciting than the day your team’s schedule is released for the upcoming season? Well, in a word: Yes. If you answered with a “no,” you might want to consider readjusting priorities in your life (assuming you have a life; if you don’t, then perhaps answering “no” might be an indication you might want to get one).
All that said (or written, for those who do not read out loud), the NBA released its 2012-13 schedule on Thursday (July 26).
For the Chicago Bulls, the season starts Oct. 31 at home against the Sacramento Kings. The regular season ends April 16 at hoe against the Washington Wizards. Whether there’s a postseason for the Bulls? Some optimistic types see the Bulls winning 50 games. In which case there’s no question the Bulls are in the playoffs. With Derrick Rose out for an undetermined duration and Luol Deng possibly having post-Olympic Games surgery that would sideline him for more than a few games, it’s unclear what the Bulls will have to be competitive minus two starters. That’s for someone else to worry about. In July, it’s a bit early to be overly concerned.
Let’s check back after training camp starts.
Christmas Day games will feature five contests: Boston at Brooklyn (the forme New Jersey Nets), New York at the Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City at Miami (the first rematch of the 2012 Finals teams), Houston at the Bulls (Chicago time) and Denver at the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Bulls have a New Year Eve’s game (that would be Dec. 31 for those of us who are calendarily — is that a word??? — challenged) at home against Charlotte that starts at 2 p.m. If the Bulls can’t celebrate that night in the aftermath of beating the Bobcats, it’s going to be a really lonnnnnnnnnnng season.
The Bulls also will be among four national TV games on Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with the Lakers visiting the United Center.
Preseason home games: Oct. 9 vs. Memphis, Oct.m 16 vs. Milwaukee, Oct. 19 vs. Minnesota and Oct. 23 vs. Oklahoma City. All of the preseason home games are 7 p.m.
As long as we’re talking Bulls, we might as well include some Luvabulls to brighten up things. For a link to Alyssa of the Luvabulls, you can click here.
And a reminder that Luvabulls tryouts are Aug. 25. For information about the auditions for the female dance team, you can go click here. Yes, this is what this space like to think of as a public service.
For those of you who missed Thursday’s “Sports & Torts” show with co-hosts David Spada and Elliott Harris, it was a great program — thanks to the guests. Ruth Riley — of the WNBA Chicago Sky and a gold-medal winner at the 2004 Olympic Games — and former big-league pitcher Tommy John were on the show with Ruth being an in-studio guest. She also will be at an event — related to quadrennial games that are being held in London — Friday (July 27) at Rockit Bar. The event is to run from 6-8:30 p.m. To see the show featuring her and Tommy John, you can click here.
Also available is the July 19 program (so are all the others, but the one featuring Lori Hess of divaexchange.com and former big-league ballplayer and broadcaster Jerry Coleman was posted a little later than usual — which is why it’s being included today). To access the July 19 effort — which, of course, also is a great one (then again, aren’t they all?) — you can click here. No doubt some of the skeptics in the audience here might think the only reason we are running information about the July 19 show is so that we can use the accompanying photo of Lori. After much introspection, the editorial staff at elliottharris.com thinks that actually might be a consideration, although not necessarily the over-riding one in any decision-making.
The other day this site ran video of Playboy Playmate Jaime Edmondson — a favorite around here — trying her hand on Animal Planet’s “Hillbilly Handfishin’.” Or at least we attempted to do so. The link to the video on Playboy.com doesn’t seem to be working. Consequently, the video-research department at elliottharris.com tracked down the video on YouTube. We are pleased to provide it:
Speaking of Playboy, Celeb TV’s Kelli Zink recently caught up with Jenny McCarthy, who is in the magazine and talks about the possibility of being in it when she’s 50:
Speaking of the Lakers (well, we were a little while ago — and even if we weren’t the following video would run), adult actress Raylene was among the participants at the recent Exxxotica Chicago 2012 event at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. Raylene is a Lakers fan.
During her visit to Chicago, she was gracious enough to take some time to chat with your humble correspondent.
Among her remarks, Raylene — who has her own web site at raylene.com (NSFW, unless you work somewhere that does not frown on porn sites) — lamented not being able to make it to Wrigley Field to attend a Cubs game.
Sometimes work gets in the way. Anyway, here’s the video:
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