Someday I hope that Chicago gets over its complex about how so many people think of its city as the mentally challenged older brother of Milwaukee.
I, for one, am tired of carrying Chicago on my shoulders.
The latest example of this thoughtless (and I mean that in the literal sense, "without the ability to think") comes from Dan Bernstein who works at the CBS radio station in Chicago.
Bernstein wrote a column today. You can read the whole thing here, but this is the part that really reinforces that reputation of being a city without either a conscience or a brain.
"…the standing ovation yesterday for Ryan Braun at Miller Park was a shock," he wrote. "What is the message being sent by Brewers fans, and more importantly, what are the underlying emotions that caused such a misguided response? Braun isn’t returning from injury or illness, nor did he serve a stint in the Marines overseas. The disconnect here is jarring, and it’s not really about the fact that he used steroids.
"I’m having a difficult time accepting the superficial explanation from some corners that Wisconsinites are just pleasant, forgiving types, leaning more toward the idea that those celebrating Braun are just stupid saps."
Beside the fact that this Bernstein guy doesn’t have a clue about how decent people behave, he resorts to name-calling.
"Stupid saps," my ass.
I know one of the guys at the CBS empire in Chicago and he outranks Bernstein by about a thousand notches. I called him, and he said wanted to stay out of this piece. I wouldn’t want to be involved with this either. But I know a lot about Bernstein now.
He’s the kind of guy who spits on homeless people as he walks past. When he comes to a four-way stop he always goes first, even if it’s not his turn. He is the breed of sports talk hosts who think if they just shout loud enough and say stuff that nobody really believes, they will get good ratings.
I’d like to ask Bernstein what he thinks the Brewers fans ought to have done on Opening Day.
First of all, everybody was happy that baseball was back. Except of course in Chicago where it meant the Cubs were still in the major leagues.
Secondly, the sun was shining. The prospects for the Brewers were pretty good. There was good food and beer. There was also beer.
Does he think we should have booed Braun? Should we have thrown our souvenir programs at him? Should we have cast stones upon his visage?
Of course not.
Take this example.
A guy goes to prison for armed robbery (certainly more serious than taking steroids). While in prison the guy keeps his mouth shut. He finishes his high school education. He gets an associates degree in retail management. He gets a job with Kohl’s department stores the day after he gets out.
So, on his first day on the job should the rest of the retail crew throw belts and socks and shoes and home goods at the guy?
Of course not. We clap for him. We recognize that he did something bad, but he paid his price. He kept his mouth shut. He said he was sorry. And he said it again. And again. And again.
Enough already. Stop telling us you are sorry. We get it. Let’s just all just move on. Looking at tomorrow is a lot more fun than looking at yesterday.
And so, Dan Bernstein, get over it. We know you are the No. 2 city in this region (maybe even No. 3 of you count Minneapolis).
But you don’t have to act like an idiot just because you feel small.
Put your big boy pants on now and try to act like an adult. Just like the we do here in Milwaukee.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Dave Begel
Published April 25, 2015
The final show for the Milwaukee Rep this season is a spectacular prequel to the story of Peter Pan, the boy who would never grown up. It's a show that will remind you of all the great bedtime stories you have ever heard.
Published April 24, 2015
The young Milwaukee Bucks have done well against the Chicago Bulls, but the game Saturday could be the last of the series. The team knows it needs fans to crank it up and will try to send the series back to Chicago for a game 5.
Published April 24, 2015
The Neil Simon play "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" is supposed to be a funny, semi-autobiographical tale set in the golden age of television. The play itself is funny but the current production at Theatre Unchained squeezes all the humor out of it.
Published April 23, 2015
The far right wing of the Republican Party is filled with wacko ideas. Here's the top 10 things that Republicans should be ashamed of, according to Dave Begel.
Published April 22, 2015
The Milwaukee Bucks played great basketball for three quarters in game two of the playoffs. But in the fourth quarter they got away from what they do best and the result was a win for Chicago. Game three is Thursday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Published April 21, 2015
Numbers and statistics can be misleading in all sports. But the numbers for the Milwaukee Brewers this season are absolutely frightening. Nobody expected this kind of performance.
Published April 20, 2015
Derrick Rose was a force to be reckoned with but the Bucks need to get back to the kind of team that got them into the playoffs before the second game of the series tonight.
Published April 19, 2015
"The Pillowman" at Soulstice Theatre is a powerful play, full of gruesome tales of the abuse and murder of children. But behind all the shock is the enlightenment of how powerful and precious stories are to all of us.
Published April 18, 2015
The adaptation of the P. G. Wodehouse books about the stiff upper lip butler and his boss, Bertie Wooster, comes alive at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. It's a night filled with laughter and more laughter.
Published April 16, 2015
Nobody expected the Milwaukee Bucks to be in the playoffs this year, but they surprised the world by being the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks open the playoffs against the Chicago Bulls Saturday night.