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The Pro’s & Con’s Of Tucson


As I endure a five-hour stint at the Tucson International Airport (con) I figured I’d provide some rankings on the trip. Overall, Tucson is a lovely place especially when I had no responsibilities.

-The Good
Scenery: Really beautiful stuff. Took a hike, a few runs and strolled through an old movie set. Good stuff.
The accommodations: The JW Marriott Starr Pass was for real. It had a pleasant feel all-around. From the pool and lazy river to the workout room, bars and restaurants it was five-star all the way. Our room was fanstastic and it’s listed at $170 regularly.
In ‘ N Out Burger: My first chance at the famed burger joint resulted in a tasty meal and solid company with Chris H. from the Horizon League and her guy Brad. Loved the simplicity of the menu, the old school feel and bun. Really good, but Five Guys wins the battle of the burger.
47 Scott: This restaurant downtown seemed right out of Wicker Park. Fantastic bread, delicious mac ‘n cheese and bad ass brownie. If you’re in Tucson, visit the friendly folks at 47 Scott.
The tequila: At the hotel bar Salud, there’s a daily, complimentary tequila toast with the best tequila I’ve ever had. They create the tequila right there on the grounds.
The weather: Some were complaining about the 70-degree temps, but it was good with me.
HL Folks: I really enjoyed meeting and catching up with our friends from other Horizon League schools and the league office. Good people.

-The Bad
Environment: Although gorgeous in scenery, I’m not a fan of the dust, lack of grass and the fact that everything looks alike out here. Don’t think I could live here, but will make a return visit.
No son: We definitely missed Liam. Skype is great, but can’t wait to get back to hang out with him.
D-Bags: Ran into an over-served gentleman one night. No altercation took place, but there’s no need for grown men to want to fight in a nice hotel bar. Next time, send me a rude Twitter message guy.
Rental car: Dodge Avenger. Not terrible, but Molly looked a little funny driving what she described as a “high school teenage boy car.”
Downtown Tucson: Not impressive, dirty and fairly desolate. But when you live in Chicago I doubt many places would compete.

-Really Good
I’m hoping my 50-min layover in Vegas is a bounty of cash.

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There’s An App For That: Liam’s Walk Of Shame


This is a simple play on words.

The title of this post makes little sense.

But in my short time as a dad, watching Liam walk – actually full out big-kid walk – toward me with a huge smile on his face is one of the cooler feelings I’ve ever had. There was no shame in this walk. That phrase was used to increase readership. He has come leaps and bounds in his walking career over the last 10 days.

Watching Liam walk around the SulliCondo is a reality TV show. He’s not the first one-year old to look funny walking, but I love it. Congrats to Liam!

More congrats is in order for SulliMom who joined her intelligent husband in the world of iPhones last night. I hope she doesn’t drop it – no insurance. Like an infant, I’ve started her with the sippy cup of iPhones, the 3Gs. (I have the Nuk of iPhones, the 3G) We’ll see if she “walks” before she crawls.

READ IT: My good friend and birthday boy John Jaramillo has done what I’ve lobbied for for many years – begin blogging. The Stockyardsman will be the start of a professional blogging career for J-JAR. Mark my words – there’s no one better at humorous, fun and insightful writing than this guy. Follow him now while he’s still meat and potatoes. Happy Birthday John!

LISTEN TO/WATCH UIC SOFTBALL: Congrats to UIC softball – they’ve advance the Horizon League semifinals today at 1:30 PM. Check out Marathon Man on HLN live from Rogers Park. Good luck Flames.

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Final Four Video/Photo Fun Is Awesome


Just call me Marty Scorsese/Steve Woltmann.

Lucas Oil Stadium - Final Four

SulliMom and SulliDad at Lucas Oil. Molly is sporting BU gear while I'm representing the HL.


Evidence that SulliBaby enjoyed the Final Four experience and remained in his/her home despite SulliMom's excitement.

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SulliMom Is Elite Like ‘Dawgs And Wins Pampers Too


SulliMom ignoring prenatal education to check on her Bulldogs. I didn't blame her.

We swaddled that baby so good it rained diapers

Much was discussed about the Childbirth class-BU hoops game conflict.

In the end, the correct decision was made. SulliParents attended class, learned a few things with fingers close to PDAs at all times and took home some winnings of their own while Butler took care of business in Salt Lake City, advancing to its first Elite 8.

SulliDad’s predicted final of 60-59 nearly came to fruition despite the Bulldogs not needing OT to evacuate the Orange from the dance floor, 63-59. (Cascada reference)

As we watch the replay on DVR, I have a ton of feelings:

-I’m very happy for Molly. I know how much she loves her alma mater.
-I’m also ecstatic for SulliCousin Erin and her husband Paul–both BU grads–who were big-time runners for the ‘Dawgs distance crew.
-I’m happy for my HS pal Eric Yates who pitched for BU when the Bulldogs were excelling in the MCC/HL during the late ’90’s.
-How about Maureen Cassidy–beloved wife of my guy Mike Cassidy–who is a very proud Butler grad.
-And, even someone I don’t know, Dave Juday, ESPN Radio 1000 personality who attended BU and introduced the Cassidy’s. Very happy.
-I can’t imagine how great it must feel to be the BU staff–a ton of great people who reside in Hinkle.
-All of Molly’s BU pals (many of whom have blogs; links to the right) who are fervent Butler fans. I’m humming the Butler War Song for you.
-Last but not least–SulliBrother-in-Law Patrick Stearns who knows the game and respects the Butler Way.
-Pure jealousy. I’m jealous.
-I feel a little bad for Marathon Man Adam Levinson, but since his Yankees have won 27 championships and he’s witnessed a ‘Cuse title, not too bad. But I applaud his sportsmanship.

This is an awfully big deal and I can’t say I’m surprised. What’s scary is that BU hasn’t played its best ball yet during the tournament. I think there’s a very good chance they return to Indy as part of the Final Four. This also makes Butler an automatic preseason Top 5 team in the fall. Do you think it’s good karma that the actual floor to be used at the Final Four next weekend was at Hinkle Fieldhouse today?

Plus, each win means a ton of $$ for the Horizon League and in turn, UIC and our student athletes. So yes, I’m pulling for them.

Lost in the hoopla of the Butler win was our win during a swaddle and diaper changing contest that coincided with halftime of the BU-SU tilt. We used the SulliWay as members of our team to do our part. We won 20 diapers for our efforts.

IRONIC STORY: We learned why some babies enter the world with a cone-shaped melon tonight. This reminded of a story I read about Scoop Jardine, the exciting Syracuse guard from Philly. He became Scoop because when he exited the womb his head resembled an ice cream scoop according to his grandmother.

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