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5 Questions with...Lindsey, The Loop Rock Girl

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5 Questions with...Lindsey, The Loop Rock Girl

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 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...

On Wednesdays, 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 guest ... shes the face of Chicago rock radio giant WLUP 97.9 FM The Loop whose talents beat out hundreds of other contestants to become this years Loop Rock Girl ... shes a local gal who can be seen throughout the summer at just about every major street fest and rock concert in the city and burbs ... here are 5 Questions with... LINDSEY, The Loop Rock Girl!

BIO: Before she was crowned the 2010 Loop Rock Girl, Lindsey Nicole Schendel kept busy by bartending at some of Chicagos hottest bars and clubs. She grew up in Rolling Meadows with mom Linda, dad Bob (a long-time Loyal Looper) and little sister Bayley. Up until she moved to the city, she had lived in the same house her entire life. She went to Rolling Meadows H.S. and graduated one year early and then went on to Roosevelt University, graduating with a degree in advertising. She says she always had a hunch that she was supposed to do more than just sit behind a desk.

Lindsey is no slouch in the athletic world either as she was a gymnast since the age of 3 and a soccer player since she was 5. She now loves to play softball (shes on the Loop softball team, of course) and occasionally still kicks the soccer ball around.

She loves going to different street fests to hear the bands, meet all kinds of people and going to Chicagos best new restaurants as she is a total foodie and willing to definitely try anything once.

1) CSNChicago.com: Lindsey, congrats on being named the 2010 Loop Rock Girl. What compelled you to give it a shot when the search was on and, when you did win the title (and 75,000), also tell us how you felt at that moment when WLUP morning man Pete McMurray announced your name on stage?

Lindsey: My dad actually told me to try out when I was 20 and unfortunately at the time I was too young (you had to be at least 21). I forgot about it over the years and remembered again this year. My dad has been a Loyal Looper for as long as I can remember. Plus, I grew up listening to the Loop in his garage!

It is hard to put in words how I felt when I won. If you look back at the pictures and videos of that moment, it truly says it all. My face showed complete shock and excitement! My heart was beating like I just ran a marathon! I looked out in the crowd and saw so many people that I cared about and it put me at ease. I instantly felt so much pride. Sometimes I even watch the video on YouTube and try and relive it all over again. I am truly blessed to be given this opportunity and I still wake up every day and still find it surreal that I won!

2) CSNChicago.com: With your new gig at the Loop, youve obviously had the pleasure of meeting thousands of other Loyal Loopers, but also some celebrities. Who is the one musician and the one pro athlete youve met so far that completely had you star struck?

Lindsey: I would like to say that I dont get very star struck, but I have met some amazing classic bands like REO Speedwagon, Rush, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cinderella, Ratt, etc. Meeting Vince Neil at the Rock Girl Finals was awesome because he was a genuinely nice guy and super easy to talk to.

I got to meet the entire Chicago Blackhawks team after the Bon Jovi concert, which was awesome ... they also had the Stanley Cup with them so it was an added bonus! I also met Carlos Zambrano at his charity event for the Big Z foundation. Check with me in a year and I am sure to have a longer list of celebrities for you!

3) CSNChicago.com: As you know, Chicago is the greatest summer city on the planet, especially when it comes to our nightlife. Name your top 5 favorite summertime hangouts and tell us why you love each one so much.

Lindsey:

1. Boating on Lake Michigan: You cant beat it! I love going to the play pen and looking at the skyline.

2. Concerts: Lollapalooza, Ozzfest, etc! I love rocking out whenever I can!

3. Bull and Bears Patio: They have the best summer cocktail menu and its great for people watching!

4. Going to Cubs games and hitting up all the Wrigleyville bars!

5. Taking long walks on the lake or just around the city. I love finding new shops and stores! Im a bit of a shop-a-holic!

4) CSNChicago.com: Name the one rock star that you would love to go on a date with and the one that just completely repulses you.

Lindsey: Not to sound clich, but I would have to say Steven Tyler. He is a legend. His music has influenced my life since I was a little girl. Now that I am thinking about it, I would probably be completely star struck if I met him! I would also love to meet the lead singer of Buckcherry, Josh Todd. He is so yummy!

Nobody completely repulses me to be honest. Any man who can rock out and make amazing music is far from repulsive!

5) CSNChicago.com: Youre pretty open about being a die-hard Cubs fan (rumor has it you even own an Im too pretty to be a Sox fan T-shirt!). Any worries that your Sox fan base may not be too happy with that fact?

Lindsey: This goes back to my dad again. He used to take me to Cubs games and teach me the rules and pastimes of baseball. It is more about tradition with me than anything else. I have nothing against the Sox, hell, they always have a better winning streak than the Cubs every season! But yes, the rumor is true, I do own an Im too pretty to be a Sox fan" T-shirt. I made it myself at Strange Cargo. I wanted it at the time because I was bartending in Wrigleyville for the Cubs season and we had to buy our own Cubs gear to wear. I thought most Cubs fans would appreciate it. But I love baseball, so the Sox are fine with me!

BONUS QUESTION CSNChicago.com: Any upcoming Loop remote appearances you want to promote Lindsey? Tell us, CSNChicago.com want to hear about it!

Lindsey: I am always super busy but here are a few events that I am excited about:

Sat, Aug. 14: Harley Davidson of Crete. I am doing a poster signing! I recently had a photo shoot on one of their bikes.

Thu, Aug. 19: Golf for the Bear at Seven Bridges Golf Course.

Sat, Aug. 28: Monsters of Mock Series at Durty Nellies in Palatine.

Lindsey LINKS:

Lindseys official home page on WLUP.com

Lindseys blog on WLUP.com

Lindsey on Facebook

Lindsey on Twitter

Click to e-mail Lindsey!

Cubs Talk Podcast: Checking in with Joe & Theo at the Winter Meetings

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Checking in with Joe & Theo at the Winter Meetings

Tony Andracki goes 1-on-1 with manager Joe Maddon at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. The Cubs manager touches on his efforts to put art back into the game, his biggest challenge in 2019, the Cubs' sense of urgency and his thoughts about Matt Nagy and the Bears (:30).

Plus, we catch up with Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, who discusses internal team leadership, whether or not the Cubs are close to a deal and how Maddon is changing up his coaching style (5:45).

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

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Where do Javy Baez and Anthony Rizzo fit in Cubs leadership equation?

Where do Javy Baez and Anthony Rizzo fit in Cubs leadership equation?

LAS VEGAS — All this talk about the Cubs' desire for more leadership on the roster has raised several questions and chief among them is wondering what it says about the core players already on the team.

If the Cubs have a leadership void — as Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said this month — does that mean players like Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and Javy Baez are not leaders?

Epstein confirmed Tuesday afternoon at the MLB Winter Meetings that the Cubs feel they have plenty of leadership on the roster, but they're looking more for that one guy — a veteran who has been around the block and isn't afraid to call somebody out or hold teammates accountable. The David Ross or Jon Jay mold, as Hoyer said Monday.

Rizzo is the face of the franchise and the driving force in the lineup every day, but he's still only 29 and developing as a leader. 

Heyward isn't real vocal, but when he does speak up, it carries a lot of weight — as the famous Rain Delay Speech indicates. 

Zobrist can talk hitting for hours and it's easy to see him becoming a coach whenever his playing career is done. But he isn't super vocal by nature, either.

Baez is an interesting case as he is quickly becoming an impactful leader for this team. In the process of putting up a huge breakout 2018 campaign that earned him a second-place finish in NL MVP voting, Baez became one of the most outspoken players in the dugout and clubhouse.

His instincts and baseball IQ are off the charts and he sees the game on a whole other level, which lends a different viewpoint to the squad. 

When the Cubs were handed a disappointing and abrupt early offseason, it was Baez that stood at his locker for nearly a half hour, ranting about how the team lacked urgency and an edge for most of the year.

Baez is starting to emerge as a true leader, but March 28, 2019 will only represent his third big-league Opening Day and he still has played in just 527 games at baseball's highest level.

"Javy is as respected as anyone in that clubhouse and is just starting to find his voice," Epstein said. "That's probably the next step for him — speaking up a little bit more. But by the way he plays the game, how much he cares about winning, how tough he is, he's got everyone's respect and attention."

Epstein said Rizzo is making it his personal mission to take his leadership to another level.

Epstein and Hoyer and the rest of the front office are taking responsibility for the "miscalculation" that the 2018 Cubs did not need — or have room on the roster — for one of those leaders.

Now they're trying to fix that for 2019 by attempting to add the right guy into the mix.

But what type of leader are the Cubs seeking?

"It's really certain leadership you need from the right bench guy who's not expecting a ton more playing time, who's content at where he is in his career — he's just completely invested in winning, invested in his teammates," Epstein said. "Those little difficult conversations that you have to have sometimes. Or bringing energy on a day where the everyday guys are dragging.

"That's an important role on a club, but please don't take it the wrong way that we think there's some deficiency with our position players. We have incredible guys and a lot of character there and some leaders — they're just continuing to grow into it."

What is it that Ross provided this club that they haven't been able to duplicate since he left?

Here's a perfect example:

"David was unusual, because Dave would grab guys walking off the field after a play," Joe Maddon said Tuesday. "And I would be entertained in my corner watching this whole thing unfold. I would address it afterwards. There's nothing wrong with that. I know that some of the guys were afraid to come in the dugout. And still that's OK, because they knew David was on their side.

"Yes, we want that. I would say that every team out here wants that and they're hard to find."