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Bulls’ Drive Is Definitely One for the Books

March 9, 2012 @ No Comments

The Chicago Bulls’ 99-96 loss to the Orlando Magic on Thursday was a textbook example of how it is not advisable to give up 37 first-quarter points and expect to win.

Speaking of books (oh, isn’t that a clever segue?), the Bulls are teaming with Rush University Medical Center for a children’s book drive on Saturday (March 10) before the Bulls game against the Utah Jazz at the United Center to benefit Bernie’s Book Bank. You don’t have to be at the game to donate. There will be a virtual book drive at and eight other locations to drop off new and gently used children’s books (suitable for infants through 13-year-olds).

Read all about it -- in an item below -- with MMASF ring girl Melissa.

Fans at the United Center may drop off book at any admission gate before the 7 p.m. game. Fans who do donate to the book drive will be entered into a raffle for an autographed Derrick Rose jersey.

Donations also are being accepted through March 12 at eight other city and suburban drop-off locations.

* United Center – Gate 4: 1901 West Madison Street, Chicago (M-F 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
* Rush University Medical Center – 1st floor lobby of the Atrium Building: 1650 West Harrison St., Chicago (M-F 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
* Rush University Medical Center – 4th floor of the Armour Academic Center: 600 S. Paulina St., Chicago (M-F 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
* Sheri L. Berto Center: 550 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield (M-F 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
* Bulls/Sox Academy Locations:
6200 River Bend Dr. (M-F 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
536 East Ave, La Grange (M-F 3 p.m.–9 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
800 Charles Rd., Glen Ellyn(M-Th 3 p.m.–9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m.)
221 US HWY 41, Schererville, Ind. (M-F 3 p.m.–10 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.)

You should see more of bikini amateur overall champ Ashley Kaltwasser soon.

Elsewhere in the world of the Bulls, the team will wear wear “Los Bulls” red road uniforms on Monday (March 12) as part of the NBA Noche Latina (Latin Night), when the Bulls host the New York Knicks. Other scheduled Noche Latina highlights include:

* The National Anthem performed by Vagando, a Chicago-area Latin band
* Local Hispanic dance groups — including Los Magnificos and the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council — performing during the game
* The Roberto Clemente Community Academy and Thomas Kelly High School bands performing at halftime
* Bulls entertainment teams wearing “Los Bulls” gear

The Bulls also will wear their “Los Bulls” uniforms on March 19 as part of the Orlando Magic’s Noche Latina.


Basketball legend Oscar Robertson, former NBA player and coach Gene Shue and bikini competitor Francine Slobodnik (listed in order of appearance on the program) were the guest on Thursday’s “Sports & Torts” program with attorney David Spada and Elliott Harris on

Francine Slobodnik was a great guest for David Spada and Elliott Harris.

As is the case with every show, it is available on podcast. To take in the program, click here. Francine won the Class A amateur division at the 2012 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio, in her first competition. Not sure how you improve on that — other than by also winning the overall crown. That title went to Ashley Kaltwasser.

If things go according to plan (and every once in a while around here, they actually do), Ashley will be featured soon with a video from her post-Arnold photo shoot with Don Bersano.

Persons interested in becoming an advertiser on “Sports & Torts” may contact David Spada at


You were expecting to see a mixed martial arts fighter? So sorry.

Putting the fox in the Fox River area: The Fox River Harley-Davidson in St. Charles will be the site for an MMA Sports Federation ring-girl contest Saturday (March 10). Twelve lovely ladies will be chosen to be in the 2013 MMASF Ring Girl Calendar. Of the 12, three will be pickd to be official 2013 Ring Girls. The contest, which is to begin at 1 p.m., also features prizes for the three winners.

All this is part of the preparations for a MMASF card on March 17 at the Kane County Fairgrounds. For information, click here.

Here is a video with Melissa, one of the 2012 ring girls:


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