By Jeff Nuich
CSN Chicago Senior Director of CommunicationsCSNChicago.com Contributor
February 24, 2010
Want to know more about your favorite Chicago media celebrities? CSNChicago.com has your fix as we put the citys most popular personalities on the spot with everyones favorite weekly local celeb feature entitled 5 Questions with...
Every Wednesday exclusively on CSNChicago.com, its our turn to grill the local media and other local VIPs with five random sports and non-sports related questions that will definitely be of interest to old and new fans alike.
This weekthe second installment of a special two-part edition of 5 Questions with as we interview one of the nations top film critics and media personalitieshes an author, TV star, sports enthusiast, pop culture expert and an incredibly-popular syndicated columnist who appears on page 11 locally in the Chicago Sun-TimesChicago is proud to call him one of its very ownhere are 5 Questions withRICHARD ROEPER Part II!
BIO: Richard Roeper is a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and the author of eight books, including Bet the House, to be published in 2010. He hosts "Starz Inside" on the Starz channel, and is a regular contributor to the Reelz Channel. Each week, his exclusive online, on-camera reviews appear on richardroeper.com, Starz, hulu.com, YouTube and other sites.
1) CSNChicago.com: Rich, thanks for joining us for a second-straight week. Simply put, 5 Questions just arent enough when we have you as our guest. Lets talk sportsyou played baseball in your younger days and are a huge supporter of 16 softball to this day. Off the top of your head, tell us your finest Little League moment and your top career highlight in softball?
Roeper: Little League? Pitching my first no-hitter at the age of 11. I walked probably five or six guys, but still a no-hitter! I was in heaven. Softball? Still playing at my age and avoiding any serious injury since I had rotator cuff surgery about a decade ago. At this point, I'm content to have made the move from shortstop to second base, and I'm happy to be a spray-hitter. My hitting role model used to be Dick Allen; now it's Ichiro.
2) CSNChicago.com: Youve never hid your love affair with the Chicago White Sox. Regarding the 2010 White Sox, outside of starting pitching, what would you say is their biggest strength going into the seasonand their biggest weakness?
Roeper: There's no doubt the starting staff is the strong point, if they stay healthy. Peavy could win 20 games, Danks and Floyd might win 17, and let's say Buehrle wins 16. You just don't see that type of production from your front four any more. Weak spots? Let's just say I'm CONCERNED about a few players staying healthy. Do we get Carlos Quentin all year, or for a couple of months?
3) CSNChicago.com: Name the Top 3 greatest sporting events youve witnessed in person?
1. The White Sox winning Game Two of the World Series: that's the moment when I realized they weren't going to be stopped.
2. The Bulls clinching their first NBA Championship: I was fortunate enough to be part of the Sun-Times team covering many of those playoff runs in the 1990s, and I've never seen a competitor more talented AND more determined than Michael Jordan.
3. Evander Holyfield defeating Mike Tyson in the first fight at the MGM Grand in Vegas: I've never been in a sporting arena where the atmosphere was so charged. When Holyfield sent Tyson sprawling to the canvas, the place just erupted.
4) CSNChicago.com: Our state has seen its share of black eyes over the past several years (the latest being Lt. Gov. hopeful Scott Lee Cohens sex scandal). If you were in a position to change anything about Illinois politics right now, whats the first thing you would do?
Roeper: Invent a time machine, find Abraham Lincoln and bring him to the here and now so he could give us a lecture on what it means to represent the great state of Illinois.
5) CSNChicago.com: As a pop culture expert, you have seen and heard just about everything from the news and entertainment world (more often bad, than good). Whats your current Now Ive seenheard everything moment?
Roeper: John Mayer, a talented musician and a man who has dated Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jennifer Aniston, giving one of the most self-destructive interviews in modern history. Mayer needs to remember the wisdom of "Broadcast News," when William Hurt says, "What do you do when real life exceeds your dreams?" and Albert Brooks hisses, "Keep it to yourself!"
CSNChicago.com: Thanks again Rich, well certainly be reading your coverage leading up to and following Oscar night on March 7. Also, a reminder to all CSNChicago.com readers: make sure to check out Richs highly-anticipated new book Bet the House: How I Gambled Over a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports, Poker, and Games of Chance when comes out on April 1st.
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