Articles by Diane McDonald

All-Star Pro Bowl

The All-Star Break No One Has Been Waiting For

The NFL’s Pro Bowl game is this Sunday in Honolulu, Hawaii. The NHL All-Star Game is also being played this weekend in Nashville, TN. Although game is probably a loose-term for what actually happens in both instances. Last year at the NHL All-Star game a record-high 29 goals were scored, further exploiting how un-competitive the game has become. This year the NHL has to deal…


Rams

St. Louis Rams to relocate to Los Angeles

After months of vague rumors, we now know that the National Football League has indeed voted to relocate the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles. If that were not enough for the United States second largest city, the NFL has also given the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders the option to join the Rams there. The stadium would be located in Inglewood and…


Utley Still Gets to Play Today Despite Suspension

With baseball’s playoff run reaching fever pitch in the division series, Major League Baseball finds itself in a tough situation with Los Angeles’ Chase Utley hard slide into New York’s Ruben Tejada. The Dodgers’ Utley tried to break up a double play with the slide and, while he successfully broke up the play, he also broke the second baseman’s leg. Utley was suspended for Games…


The Chip Card Is Here

Credit Card with microchips now the new standard. Starting today most consumers will have to adjust to new payment methods as the deadline to transfer to a more secure credit card has arrived. Stemming from the Target security breach at Thanksgiving in 2013, credit card companies started requiring a new chip card, a credit card with a microchip embedded into the plastic that creates added…


Redskins’ Morris Sporting Unique Ride to Practice

Expecting running back Alfred Morris has proven time and time again he is an extraordinary player on the field, but this season he is also turning heads off of the field by his unique ride he brings to practices in our nation’s capital. Instead of following the trends of other NFL stars like Calvin Johnson driving a first generation Porsche Panamera – valued at $107,572…


Three Dots & A Dash: A Chicago Bar Experience

Having a go-to bar in Chicago is a must, and Three Dots & A Dash makes it a must from the moment you set out finding it. When visitors come to town there is a list of go-to places people have: favorite restaurants, tourist sights, quirky monuments. My go-to place meant to wow friends and family is a Chicago bar, a tiki spot actually, called…


Microchip Technology to the NFL?

New microchip system would enable higher accuracy in determining ball location and confirm touchdowns. A German microchip company is currently in talks with the NFL to bring its technology system to the American football organization. Cairos Technologies originally designed the system for soccer – football to the rest of the world – to help referees know when the ball crossed the line and whether it…


China, Chicago At Odds Over Sculptures

China has recently revealed a new sculpture in the northwest town of Karamay, Xinjiang on August 11, 2015 that some say looks almost identical to another iconic sculpture located in Chicago, Illinois. The Chinese sculpture called “Big Oil Bubble” is drawing numerous complaints of being a copy cat replica of Chicago’s Cloud Gate, more familiarly known as “The Bean” located in downtown’s Millennium Park. Though…


Pro Football Hall of Fame An Experience to Behold

Pro Football in America is truly the nation’s modern pastime. This was reinforced when I visited the NFL Draft festivities in my hometown of Chicago, held the weekend of April 30 this year. From the electric excitement and atmosphere of the NFL Draft Town – a new addition to the three-day event – to the camaraderie of all the fans celebrating every of NFL team…