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5 Questions with... WTMX 'The MIX's' Kathy Hart

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5 Questions with... WTMX 'The MIX's' Kathy Hart

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

By Jeff Nuich
CSN Chicago Senior Director of CommunicationsCSNChicago.com Contributor

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 weeks special guest on the ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of 5 Questions with: shes the co-host of the No. 1-rated and wildly-entertaining morning radio show in Chicago who can be heard weekdays from 5:30-10 a.m. on 101.9 FM WTMX The MIX ... shes a devoted wife, a proud mom of three kids and a huge Chicago sports fan who can also pretty much kick anyones behind with her expert knowledge in martial arts ... shes a true Chicago original, here are 5 Questions with... KATHY HART!

BIO: Growing up, Kathy Hart wanted to be a detective and despite fantasies about being Sydney Bristow from "Alias, she is glad to be on the air at The MIX, close to her hometown of Crystal Lake. After years of working in radio in Rockford, Phoenix, and Raleigh, she decided to quit her job and move home. Kathy enjoys the perks of her position such as meeting celebrities, but is happiest when she's on a massage table. You may be surprised to know that Kathy was in the chess club and her family was in the Clinton Fencehoppers Snowmobile Club.

1) CSNChicago.com: Kathy, first up, congrats on the massive success for the Eric & Kathy show on The MIX. You and your on-air partner Eric Ferguson, who happened to be the very first guest interview for CSNChicago.coms 5 Questions with... exactly one year ago, are just simply dominating the Chicago morning airwaves these days. How does it feel to be a co-host of the No. 1-rated radio show in a huge market like this and how much pressure is there for you and your entire morning team to maintain that No. 1 status going forward?

Hart: Having grown up in the area, I was a Chicago radio geek, almost bordering on "groupie" status, requesting songs, trying to win contests and crushing on Bob Sirott, so I recognize the significance of being successful in this town. We try to never forget who our audience is and never forget to just have fun. Our industry is constantly evolving. There is pressure not only to be aware of our on-air competition, but also satellite radio, CD's, mp3's, etc. We know if we keep our listeners as an active part of the show, stay local and reinvent ourselves, we'll do OK.

2) CSNChicago.com: Who were some of your favorite in-studio celebrity guests ever to appear live on the Eric & Kathy show and what made their appearances so much fun for you personally ... and, a follow-up question, tell us whos the one guest that left you a little disappointed?

Hart: Ive answered this question the same way for years and Im still waiting for something to top it. When Lenny Kravitz was at his height of popularity (and I was a HUGE fan) he came into the studio. I had read that he was braggin on his grilled cheese sandwich and no one could make one better. We challenged him to that. I got two of my favorite things that morning: Lenny Kravitz and the best grilled cheese sandwich Ive ever had.

As for a guest who disappointed us ... one of the first that comes to mind is when Mark Wahlberg hung up on us. He's very private and we were instructed to not ask any personal questions. In a somewhat indirect way, we asked what could be construed a personal question, so he immediately hung up on us. Other guests in similar situations occurred when Nick Lachey had broken up with Jessica Simpson, we were told to "not go there." We asked him who his favorite Simpson was ... "Bart, Homer or Marge? He laughed and was totally cool about it.

3) CSNChicago.com: As a mom with children involved in competitive sports, what advice do you have for those parents out there who take their kids participation in sports a little too seriously?

Hart: Its important to teach kids a competitive spirit, however, its just as important to teach them to be a good sport and a gracious loser. Fortunately, my kids are following in my footsteps and are not at the top as far as skill level, so I dont have to worry about travel teams and the drama that sometimes goes with it. For that reason, as far as sports go, I embrace mediocrity in my kids!

4) CSNChicago.com: Your popular Web site, www.HealthywithHart.com, is devoted to helping both adults and their children live a healthier lifestyle on a daily basis. In a society where, unfortunately, more adults and kids are becoming increasingly overweight, tell us your basic thoughts on what people need to do to simply get the ball rolling on a healthier lifestyle track.

Hart: Being healthy is a simple equation that every one of us already knows. Eat right and exercise. Unfortunately, convenience is killing us. Its too easy, inexpensive and convenient to buy food that is not healthy. It takes a conscious effort to break the bad habits and eat healthy. As for exercise, we all know we should do it but its just too easy to be lazy!

A fact that shocked me was when was I read former Surgeon General C. Everett Coop said, "Nearly 75 percent of all deaths that occur in the U.S. each year are from diseases that could've been prevented through proper nutrition. Holy crap! That's a wake-up call to pay attention to what we put in our bodies. My mom recently went through treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma and I learned a lot about how toxic our everyday environment is not only with the foods we eat, but household products, etc. All that said, there are days I HAVE to have a cheeseburger or a Rosati's pizza!

5) CSNChicago.com: Name five songs on your iPod that listeners would never hear on The MIX.

Hart: U2: Out of Control; Franz Ferdinand: No You Girls; 3 Days Grace: Break; LL Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out; Dixie Chicks: Not Ready To Make Nice

Hart LINKS:

101.9fm The MIX Eric & Kathy home page

Kathys blog on wtmx.com

Kathys Healthy with Hart official Web site

Kathy Hart on Facebook

Kathy Hart on Twitter

Why the Bears' gameplan for Mitchell Trubisky is working well

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Why the Bears' gameplan for Mitchell Trubisky is working well

The Bears’ gameplan for Mitchell Trubisky was controlled against the Baltimore Ravens, with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains only calling 20 passing plays on Sunday. And that’s hardly a problem. 

Not only did the Bears win with Trubisky mostly handing the ball off, but the gameplan accomplished a goal just as important for the future of the franchise. It was part of the slow, deliberate development of a rookie quarterback who only started 13 games in college and doesn’t have a big-time receiving target or two (like DeAndre Hopkins or Will Fuller) on which to lean. 

“I think they’re giving him a chance to develop,” Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “They’re not throwing him to the wolves. You can get out and have him throw 45 passes and get crushed, or you can do what you’re doing right now and be very methodical and very direct.

“…  If you ask a young guy to throw the ball 40 times and you expect to win, that’s going to be very difficult. So I think what they’re trying to do and how they’re trying to develop this guy, shoot, believe me, I think the young man’s got a chance.” 

Beyond the playcalling Sunday — 50 runs between Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen — the design of the offense gave Trubisky the best chance to win the game. No quarterback had more time to throw in Week 6 than Trubisky (3.49 seconds, according to NFL Next Gen Stats), which makes sense given the rollouts and boots called for him. But for a rookie in Trubisky who needs improvement with blitz recognition, Loggains found a way to give him more time to scan the field and make a decision than any other quarterback last week. 

And what Trubisky did with all that time was not force anything. Only Green Bay’s Brett Hundley threw a lower percentage of aggressive passes (defined by NFL Next Gen Stats as when a defender is within one yard or less of a receiver at the time of completion or incompletion) than Trubisky, who only threw one of his 16 passes into tight coverage. That was a point of emphasis for the rookie six days after Harrison Smith baited him into a crippling interception. 

“Sometimes the best play is a throwaway,” Trubisky said. “So it’s just coming down to me learning, continue to stay aggressive; wanting to get a completion every time, but being smart and knowing when I need to throw the ball away and live to play another down.”

Loggias, in describing Trubisky, used the “M” word: 

“I thought he did a really good job managing the game and playing like he had to,” Loggains said. “He was still aggressive. He wasn’t, and I hate the term ‘manage’ but he was playing the way he needed to play to win that game.”

The Bears hoped Mike Glennon could be a game manager, of course. But the offensive strategy they’re deploying now isn’t necessarily the same as they one they used with Glennon — Trubisky has the ability to be a playmaker, as he showed when he evaded pressure and found Kendall Wright for a pivotal 18-yard completion in overtime. That was that aforementioned one pass he threw into tight coverage against the Ravens. 

But the Bears’ best skill position players are running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, unless a receiver emerges from the group of Tanner Gentry, Tre McBride, Josh Bellamy, an injured Markus Wheaton and Wright (the latter of whom Loggains said is at his best when he’s taking 25-30 snaps per game). The offensive line has improved with continuity over the last few weeks. This is a team that’s strength is in running the football, not in its quarterback play. 

Eventually, the Bears will open up the offense for Trubisky (getting a big-bodied receiver who can win against tight man coverage would help) as he gains experience, and the strength of the offense can be in its quarterback play. But if the goal is to bring a young quarterback along while giving the team a chance to win, then the offensive gameplan is working. 

“As a quarterback, you want to be throwing the ball, but as a competitor and leader of this team, you're going to do whatever it takes to win,” Trubisky said. “And if it's running the ball, if it's passing the ball, whatever it is, that's what we're going to do. I didn't feel any type of way at all about how many times we ran it, how many times we passed it, just excited to come away with the win and how we stuck together, and came away with that win, so it was awesome to see.”

Underdogs? Not so fast: Reliving the Bulls' dominance over the Raptors

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Underdogs? Not so fast: Reliving the Bulls' dominance over the Raptors

Here’s something you’re going to hear quite a bit this season: the Bulls are underdogs tomorrow night. The official start to the rebuild begins as the Bulls travel to Toronto to face the Raptors tomorrow night on NBC Sports Chicago. Pregame Live begins at 6 p.m. with Mark Schanowski, Will Perdue and Kendall Gill.

The Raptors bring back Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and a host of other talent that helped Toronto earn the No. 3 seed in the East last year. They’ll be there this season, so the Bulls open the season with a daunting opponent. But fear not! The Bulls are underdogs, but there’s no opponent they’ve had more success against the last four seasons than the Raptors. The Bulls have won 11 of their last 12 games against Toronto, including 11 straight victories before last season’s late loss in Toronto.

Take a trip down memory lane and see how they did it, and then check back tomorrow night and see if they can get back to their winning ways against Dwane Casey’s group.

1. Feb. 19, 2014 (94-92)

The streak of 11 straight wins begins with an almost-awful collapse. The Bulls lead by as many as nine in the fourth quarter before a frantic comeback from Lowry and DeRozan, who combined for 14 points in a 4-minute span to pull within two points late. But DeRozan can’t close the deal, missing two shots in the final 3 seconds, securing a Bulls win.

2. Nov. 13, 2014 (100-93)

A back-and-forth first half includes five ties and nine lead changes. Then the Bulls decide in the third quarter they don’t care much for see-saws and take over. They close the quarter on a 17-5 run and lead by double-digits until late in the fourth quarter. The Raptors pull within five in the final minute but five Bulls free throws ice the game. Pau Gasol (27), Jimmy Butler (21) and Derrick Rose (20) combine for 68 points.

3. Dec. 22, 2014 (129-120)

Let’s just cut right to the fourth quarter. That’s when the Bulls erupt for a franchise-record 49 points to take the come-from-behind win. Ironically they miss their first three shots of the period. After that? Tom Thibodeau’s group goes 14-for-17 and also makes 16 free throws. Derrick Rose goes 6-for-6 for 15 points in the stanza. Who said Thibs’ offenses don’t score?

4. Mar. 20, 2015 (108-92)

The two teams enter this late-season matchup just one-half game separating them. But the Bulls make a statement, taking the lead late in the first quarter and holding it the rest of the way. Rookie Nikola Mirotic continues to put a bow on his remarkable month of March, scoring 29 points on 11-for-21 shooting and grabbing 11 rebounds. He even blocks a career-high four shots in the win.

5. Mar. 25, 2015 (116-103)

The Bulls continued pulling away in the East standings less than a week later. Mirotic is solid off the bench, scoring 15 points, but it’s reserve Tony Snell who makes the most noise. He erupts for 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting in just 18 minutes, including nine points in a fourth quarter that sees the Bulls outscore the Raptors 39-21 to secure the win.

6. Dec. 28, 2015 (104-97)

The Bulls’ bench continues to star against the Raptors. This time Snell, Bobby Portis and Aaron Brooks combine for 51 of the Bulls’ 104 points. The five starters score 53 points. The trio of Snell/Portis/Brooks shoots 20 for-37 from the field, outscoring the Raptors’ reserves, 51-27.

7. Jan. 3, 2016 (115-113)

Jimmy Butler struggles in the first half, scoring just two points. But the second half is a different story, to say the very, very, very least. Butler scores a franchise-record 40 points after halftime, leading the Bulls all the way back after they trailed by as many as 14 midway through the third quarter. When you play for the Bulls and accomplish a scoring feat that Michael Jordan never did, that’s says something.

8. Feb. 19, 2016 (116-106)

Doug McDermott can't match Butler’s heroics, but he puts together a career night nonetheless. The sharpshooter goes off for 30 points, making 13 of 17 from the field in 31 minutes. Fourteen of those points came in the fourth quarter, his last coming on a 3-pointer after the Raptors had cut the deficit to just three.

9. Mar. 14, 2016 (109-107)

Dwane Casey begins having nightmares of Doug McDermott (probably). That’s because the Creighton legend goes off once again, scoring 29 points on 9-for-11 shooting and somehow getting to the free throw line eight times. The Bulls nearly collapse (just like their first win in the streak), but DeMar DeRozan is blocked by Jimmy Butler in the closing seconds (just like their first loss of the streak).

10. Jan. 7, 2017 (123-118)

Jimmy Butler lives at the free throw line in the only overtime game of the streak. The Bulls, like plenty of these games, make a wild comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Ratpors 33-21 to force the extra period. Butler plays hero with seven points in overtime, and Jerian Grant ices the game with a pair of free throws.

11. Feb. 14, 2017 (104-95)

The Raptors do not ask Doug McDermott to be their valentine. That’s because he once again goes off, scoring a team-high 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Jimmy Butler adds 19 (with 15 coming on free throws) and adds 12 assists and five steals in the wire-to-wire victory.