50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Dave Wischnowsky

This is just what the name implies: Each week, I ask someone interesting a question and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

Dave WischnowskyToday I’m excited to be joined by Dave Wischnowsky, a native of Bourbonnais, Ill. (Summer Home of the Chicago Bears), resident of Wrigleyville (Summer Burial Ground of the Chicago Cubs—his words, not mine, Cubs fans), and 1998 graduate of the University of Illinois.

So yeah, he’s a big fan of The Prairie State.

A former Chicago Tribune Metro reporter and blogger, Dave currently works as a copywriter for a West Loop ad agency and writes a sports blog for CBSChicago.com. His weekly “Wisch List” newspaper column runs in The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Ill.) and The Times (Ottawa, Ill.), and he is the author of the 2004 book Northern IlliNOISE. Dave’s writing can be found at wischlist.com, and he’s on Twitter as @wischlist.

When you have a Chicagoland native who writes sports drop by your blog at the start of baseball season, there’s really only one question to ask:

Are the Cubs, in fact, cursed?

The Cubs aren’t cursed in the way that an evil entity looms over Wrigley Field. But the team is burdened by more than a century of pressure, which through crowd reactions does manifest itself into something truly tangible for Cubs players when things go awry—especially in the playoffs.

See Bartman, Steve:

But that’s the best part about this time of year: Hope springs eternal. And I know both Dave and my brother-in-law, Joey, will be among those celebrating when it does finally pan out for the Cubbies and Bartman can once again be associated with a Simpsons character.

Huge thanks to Dave for jumping into the awesome-sauce this week (no, that didn’t sound any better in my head), and happy baseball season, everyone.

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know. Also, feel free to check out the archive of past guests. But no pressure.

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