SMACKDOWN: BILL VS. THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS!

Wild Times at the Allstate Arena

 

 

It’s been a very busy year and a rollercoaster of excitement at every turn. We can barely keep up and we know that it has been the same for you!  We here at Upscale TV and Sportsaholic want to wish you a very, very happy and outstanding New Year’s! Upscale TV has been on hiatus but is coming back in Spring of 2010 – we will keep you posted on air dates. It’s all hush-hush – but I can promise you that William J. Kelly’s  BACK and wilder than ever before.

BREAKING NEWS: ATTENTION SPORTSAHOLICS! POPULIST FOLK HERO WILLIAM J. KELLY’S JUST BEEN DRAFTED BY THE WASHINGTON GENERALS TO PLAY AGAINST THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS AT THE ALLSTATE ARENA!

Kelly’s mission? To help the Generals beat the legendary Harlem Globetrotters, for the first time in three decades. In a sly move, Bill’s tapped two top Globetrotters – Flight Time and Big Easy – to help him train in the wildest practice ever.  Rocky this ain’t!  Tonight, he’ll go head-to-head with the Globetrotters at Chicago Allstate Arena. Will Kelly survive or die trying? Will the Trotters see the error of their ways and add Kelly to their roster? Get ready for mischief and mayhem – Bill Kelly-style with the legendary Curly Neal, Herb “Flight Time” Lang, and “Big Easy” Lofton. And, watch and you’ll see Kelly get the biggest smackdown of his life! Hint – Big Easy is 6’9″ and Bill is 6’2″.  One thing is for sure…Kelly’s in trouble. Big time.

Find out tonight (and Sunday) at 12:30 late night on your crash course in sports reality – William Kelly’s Sportsaholic! Comcast Sportsnet, DISH, and Direct TV!

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LIFE OF THE GOP PARTY: ME & CHEAP TRICK’S RICK NIELSEN!

As the saying goes….all politics is loco. And…believe me, it doesn’t get any more loco than this!

Watch me belt out “I Want You to Want Me” with music legend, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen at an impromtu set at Piece Pizza in Chicago.Nielsen to Bill: You’re drunk…but in a good way. Kelly smiles and shrugs: Is there any other way?! Another wild fine moment of mine…CAUGHT ON TAPE!

What can I tell you, I’m going after the beer and pizza vote!!!!

Me & one my all time favorite rock legends - Rick Nelson!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JIM: BEHIND THE SCENES AT JIM MCMAHON’S WILD B-DAY ROAST

In case you missed this wild Sportsaholic moment, here it is…for all of Jim McMahon’s many, many fans. Cheers, brother!

Get the full story…about what DIDN’T MAKE IT INTO THE EDIT…below in my blog about the roast!

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NEWS! KELLY’S CHICAGO CAMPAIGN HQ BURGLARIZED!

ABC 7 story

ABC 7 story

BREAK-IN AT KELLY’S CHICAGO CAMPAIGN OFFICE

Police Search Scene at GOP Candidate for Comptroller’s Office

 (CHICAGO) – At 3:30PM on Sunday, William J. Kelly, candidate for Illinois comptroller and his campaign manager, Steve Ruggiero, arrived at their campaign office at 1000 N. Milwaukee to discover it had been forcibly broken into. 

 Missing items of political relevance include ward maps with campaign strategy, volunteer information and lists. Other missing items include fax/modem equipment, champagne and cigars. Kelly has filed a police report and the police have dusted for fingerprints and are searching for possible suspects.

 Kelly has been an outspoken critic of U.S. Senate candidate and Obama money man, Alexi Giannoulias. Kelly produced an ambush video on Giannoulias and his ACORN-tainted SEIU endorsement that has irked members of the Giannoulias campaign. Video clip available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aedjhXvRa5c

 ”The police are conducting an investigation; we don’t know if the break-in was politically motivated, however, politically sensitive items were removed from our office. Regardless, this campaign is and always has been a campaign of reform vs. corruption. If anyone thinks that this break-in will intimidate me, they don’t know me very well. It will only make me campaign harder,” said Kelly.

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ME AT JIM MCMAHON’S WILD ROASTED B-DAY PARTY!

No Rules, Just Life...That's Jim.

No Rules, Just Life...That's Jim.

Jim McMahon is one of a kind. He’s kind of a wild man. What can I say, I can relate to the guy. Rowdy…check. Doesn’t give a hoot for authority…check. Has a penchant for hij-jinks…check. See…what’s not to like? No rules, just life…that’s Jim McMahon.

And no rules is what I got and then some at his wild 50th B-Day celebration. It was pretty damn cool – I got to hang out with Jim, his wife, his parents, Willie Gault, Frank Stallone, Joe Tory and all of Jim’s sweet obnoxious friends at Harry Caray’s. Too bad for the FCC – because we had to edit out most of the jokes from the edit on Sportsaholic tonight…TOO HOT FOR TV! Jim’s still as wild as ever. The only time they made our cameraman put the camera down was when Jim held up a enlarged photo of his 50 year-old butt in a thong…to prove he still had it. Yep, we probably wouldn’t have been able to air that. SuperbowlShuffle

What Jim knows that few today do is this…Rules are designed by those who want to control the lives and dreams of other people. The powerful elites are the ones creating the rules. And if you believe in them, then you’ve bought their version of the story. Jim McMahon did things his own way. He believed in himself and he didn’t give a hoot what anyone had to say about it. Hell, it’s his life and hell be damned if anyone was going to tell him how to live it. That’s what a winner believes.

That’s what a champion believes.

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Hope you enjoy Sportsaholic tonight at 12:30 late night on Comcast Sportsnet!

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WHAT I DID NOW: See what all the fuss is about…

Geez, what a little camera work will do to get the mainstream media mad at you. Hey, can’t a guy have some fun…at the expense of a privileged and corrupt rich kid who lost $85 million for Illinois families and is running for U.S. Senate?

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HEROES AMONG US: MIKE DITKA, LECH WALESA, RONALD REAGAN AND WHAT THE URF MEANS TO ME

Inspiration can come in many forms. You can watch a mother and her child – and be inspired. You can watch a teacher in her classroom, imparting the wisdom of the ages – and be inspired. You can watch a construction worker pounding nails day after day – and be inspired. You can even watch a football game – and be inspired. A lot of things have inspired me. Among them: an injured Jim McMahon in 1984 against the Los Angeles Raiders, limping to the huddle with a lacerated kidney; a tackled Walter Payton forever reaching, straining over his head to score that precious extra inch on the field; a tireless, proud, and tough-as- nails Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka always demanding more and more from you than you thought possible – leading the team of legend, the Chicago Bears, to Super Bowl XX with style, grace, and courage. I got a chance to meet Mike Ditka recently and interviewed him for Sportsaholic. Ditka, who talked about the 2010 governor race, is as inspiring as ever. “I’m not a saint, but I know how to lead,” he said to me with conviction. “Politicians when they are elected, they are elected to serve the people, not themselves,” he said critically of today’s politicians. Indeed, leaders – not saints – are what America needs right now. We need leaders – whether ordinary or famous – to inspire us to good in the world , to be better, to get stronger, and to never give up. Inspiration is a funny, powerful thing.

However, some of my biggest inspirations have come from my political heroes; perhaps, even more so, because I have been afforded an amazing opportunity to meet some of them. Too many years ago to count, I studied baroque and renaissance art and architecture in Rome. I would jog past the

Inspirations...

Inspirations...

Colosseum every day, seeing the sun rise and set behind it, and think about the emperors of Rome and the brutal gladiator games thousands of years in the past. I’d walk through the Papal Gardens in Vatican City and be awed by its history. It was here, by happenstance – actually three times to be exact – I encountered Pope John Paul II. He was a Pope for the people and, though he would go on to do such great things, he had no air of importance or ego. When we met yet again, crossing paths as he was flanked by attendants, I

The People's Pope

The People's Pope

could see the humor in his eyes that said: “What, you again, eh?”  This was the man that helped bring down the Soviet Union and freed the people of the Communist bloc. Faith is a funny, powerful thing.

When I was working as a writer for a local newspaper, I also had the opportunity to meet Lech Walesa at Chicago’s Polish Embassy. He was the Polish electrician-turned-brash union organizer that stood up to the Kremlin.

From small things, great things often come...

From small things, great things often come...

From small things, great things often come. Poland’s revolution was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the Soviet Union and set off a domino effect across Eastern Europe. There is something about finally meeting a man like Walesa – a man who changed history. By even shaking his hand, his seemed to impart some wisdom, some bravery, some stamina, some persistence of will and the understanding that freedom is worth it – no matter what the cost. To be free is a funny, powerful thing.

Working as a volunteer for the United Republican Fund, I also got to meet my other political heroes: Barry Goldwater and, of course, Ronald Reagan. I met President Reagan in the lobby of the Four Season Hotel and said to him, “Thank you for your service.” To which he replied, “Well,” and smiled in his

A Reagan for the ages...

A Reagan for the ages...

naturally genuine comedic way. This was Barry Goldwater who made Republicans understand what it meant to be a conservative. This was Ronald Reagan, who laughed with us, inspired us, and made us – and America – love being a conservative. With a strength of heart now unknown in politics, Reagan went fearlessly head-to-head with Communism and beat back the Soviet Union, leaving only a broken wall in Berlin as a happy memorial to that oppressively evil empire. I will never forget Ronald Reagan and I will always cherish the United Republican Fund and people like Denis Healy others who used to make  it possible for young conservatives to be involved in politics and meet the heroes who inspire them.

Passion and principles are funny, powerful things….aren’t they.

NOTE: If you would like to see my full Mike Ditka interview – its on Sportsaholic tonight on Comcast Sportsnet at 12:30 late night. Repeating on Sunday!

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