5 Questions with...Lindsey, The Loop Rock Girl

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5 Questions with...Lindsey, The Loop Rock Girl

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010

By Jeff Nuich
CSN Chicago Senior Director of CommunicationsCSNChicago.com Contributor

Want to know more about your favorite Chicago media celebrities? CSNChicago.com has your fix as we put the citys most popular personalities on the spot with everyones favorite weekly local celeb feature entitled 5 Questions with...

On Wednesdays, exclusively on CSNChicago.com, its our turn to grill the local media and other local VIPs with five random sports and non-sports related questions that will definitely be of interest to old and new fans alike.

This weeks guest ... shes the face of Chicago rock radio giant WLUP 97.9 FM The Loop whose talents beat out hundreds of other contestants to become this years Loop Rock Girl ... shes a local gal who can be seen throughout the summer at just about every major street fest and rock concert in the city and burbs ... here are 5 Questions with... LINDSEY, The Loop Rock Girl!

BIO: Before she was crowned the 2010 Loop Rock Girl, Lindsey Nicole Schendel kept busy by bartending at some of Chicagos hottest bars and clubs. She grew up in Rolling Meadows with mom Linda, dad Bob (a long-time Loyal Looper) and little sister Bayley. Up until she moved to the city, she had lived in the same house her entire life. She went to Rolling Meadows H.S. and graduated one year early and then went on to Roosevelt University, graduating with a degree in advertising. She says she always had a hunch that she was supposed to do more than just sit behind a desk.

Lindsey is no slouch in the athletic world either as she was a gymnast since the age of 3 and a soccer player since she was 5. She now loves to play softball (shes on the Loop softball team, of course) and occasionally still kicks the soccer ball around.

She loves going to different street fests to hear the bands, meet all kinds of people and going to Chicagos best new restaurants as she is a total foodie and willing to definitely try anything once.

1) CSNChicago.com: Lindsey, congrats on being named the 2010 Loop Rock Girl. What compelled you to give it a shot when the search was on and, when you did win the title (and 75,000), also tell us how you felt at that moment when WLUP morning man Pete McMurray announced your name on stage?

Lindsey: My dad actually told me to try out when I was 20 and unfortunately at the time I was too young (you had to be at least 21). I forgot about it over the years and remembered again this year. My dad has been a Loyal Looper for as long as I can remember. Plus, I grew up listening to the Loop in his garage!

It is hard to put in words how I felt when I won. If you look back at the pictures and videos of that moment, it truly says it all. My face showed complete shock and excitement! My heart was beating like I just ran a marathon! I looked out in the crowd and saw so many people that I cared about and it put me at ease. I instantly felt so much pride. Sometimes I even watch the video on YouTube and try and relive it all over again. I am truly blessed to be given this opportunity and I still wake up every day and still find it surreal that I won!

2) CSNChicago.com: With your new gig at the Loop, youve obviously had the pleasure of meeting thousands of other Loyal Loopers, but also some celebrities. Who is the one musician and the one pro athlete youve met so far that completely had you star struck?

Lindsey: I would like to say that I dont get very star struck, but I have met some amazing classic bands like REO Speedwagon, Rush, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cinderella, Ratt, etc. Meeting Vince Neil at the Rock Girl Finals was awesome because he was a genuinely nice guy and super easy to talk to.

I got to meet the entire Chicago Blackhawks team after the Bon Jovi concert, which was awesome ... they also had the Stanley Cup with them so it was an added bonus! I also met Carlos Zambrano at his charity event for the Big Z foundation. Check with me in a year and I am sure to have a longer list of celebrities for you!

3) CSNChicago.com: As you know, Chicago is the greatest summer city on the planet, especially when it comes to our nightlife. Name your top 5 favorite summertime hangouts and tell us why you love each one so much.

Lindsey:

1. Boating on Lake Michigan: You cant beat it! I love going to the play pen and looking at the skyline.

2. Concerts: Lollapalooza, Ozzfest, etc! I love rocking out whenever I can!

3. Bull and Bears Patio: They have the best summer cocktail menu and its great for people watching!

4. Going to Cubs games and hitting up all the Wrigleyville bars!

5. Taking long walks on the lake or just around the city. I love finding new shops and stores! Im a bit of a shop-a-holic!

4) CSNChicago.com: Name the one rock star that you would love to go on a date with and the one that just completely repulses you.

Lindsey: Not to sound clich, but I would have to say Steven Tyler. He is a legend. His music has influenced my life since I was a little girl. Now that I am thinking about it, I would probably be completely star struck if I met him! I would also love to meet the lead singer of Buckcherry, Josh Todd. He is so yummy!

Nobody completely repulses me to be honest. Any man who can rock out and make amazing music is far from repulsive!

5) CSNChicago.com: Youre pretty open about being a die-hard Cubs fan (rumor has it you even own an Im too pretty to be a Sox fan T-shirt!). Any worries that your Sox fan base may not be too happy with that fact?

Lindsey: This goes back to my dad again. He used to take me to Cubs games and teach me the rules and pastimes of baseball. It is more about tradition with me than anything else. I have nothing against the Sox, hell, they always have a better winning streak than the Cubs every season! But yes, the rumor is true, I do own an Im too pretty to be a Sox fan" T-shirt. I made it myself at Strange Cargo. I wanted it at the time because I was bartending in Wrigleyville for the Cubs season and we had to buy our own Cubs gear to wear. I thought most Cubs fans would appreciate it. But I love baseball, so the Sox are fine with me!

BONUS QUESTION CSNChicago.com: Any upcoming Loop remote appearances you want to promote Lindsey? Tell us, CSNChicago.com want to hear about it!

Lindsey: I am always super busy but here are a few events that I am excited about:

Sat, Aug. 14: Harley Davidson of Crete. I am doing a poster signing! I recently had a photo shoot on one of their bikes.

Thu, Aug. 19: Golf for the Bear at Seven Bridges Golf Course.

Sat, Aug. 28: Monsters of Mock Series at Durty Nellies in Palatine.

Lindsey LINKS:

Lindseys official home page on WLUP.com

Lindseys blog on WLUP.com

Lindsey on Facebook

Lindsey on Twitter

Click to e-mail Lindsey!

Five takeaways from Blackhawks' shutout win over Bruins

Five takeaways from Blackhawks' shutout win over Bruins

Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks' 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night:

1. A sluggish start.

The Blackhawks have gotten off to some solid starts lately, scoring the game's first goal in the opening frame in five of their last six contests heading into Friday. But they were lucky to get out of the first in a 0-0 tie this time.

They had 15 shot attempts (six on goal) through the first 20 minutes while the Bruins had 30 attempts (17 on goal). Fortunately for the Blackhawks, Scott Darling stopped all of them that came his way.

Boston's third line of Ryan Spooner, Riley Nash and David Backes dominated possession, leading all skaters with a plus-12 Corsi in the period.  

2. Scott Darling steals two points.

Joel Quenneville decided to go with Darling in an effort to give a slumping Corey Crawford a chance to reset, and the Lemont native an opportunity to play in front of his father away from home, where he's used to watching him shine. It's safe to say he made his papa proud by putting on a great show.

Darling turned aside all 30 shots he faced, including 17 in the first period, for his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career. He has now allowed two or fewer goals in eight of his last 12 starts. 

Asked after the game whether he will earn a second straight start Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks, Quenneville responded, "We'll see."

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

3. Special teams not a factor.

In a game that featured only one goal, you'd think the way to crack the scoresheet would be on the man advantage. That didn't happen.

The Blackhawks went 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Bruins failed to cash in on their only two opportunities. Boston entered the contest by going 7-for-17 on the power play in their previous five games, good for a 41.2 success rate.

It was a nice bounce-back game for the Blackhawks' penalty kill unit, which allowed a goal on the man advantage in their previous two games.

4. Third line steps up at crucial moment.

The Blackhawks' third line of Vinnie Hinostroza, Marian Hossa and Tanner Kero had the worst possession numbers among all skaters, each registering a 24 percent Corsi or below. But when their team needed them the most, they stepped up.

With 1:26 left in regulation, Hossa ended his 10-game goal drought by burying home a terrific feed from Kero to snap a 0-0 tie and give the Blackhawks their second consecutive win. It's Hossa's 17th goal of the campaign, which ties Artemi Panarin for second on the team, and his fifth game-winning goal of the year. His 83 career game-winning goals now ranks 24th in NHL history, surpassing Mike Bossy, and remains fifth among active players.

Hossa's goal also moved him within a tie of Pierre Turgeon for 37th on the all-time goals list with 516.

Kero has six points in his last six games, while Hinostroza has two goals and one assist in his past two.

5. Despite recent struggles, Bruins in good hands with Claude Julien.

It seems like this is a discussion every year, but firing Julien would be a huge mistake for a Bruins team that fell to 3-5-2 in their last 10 games. They're still the No. 1 possession team in the NHL, controlling 55.42 percent of the even-strength shot attempts, and give up the fifth-fewest high danger scoring chances with 326, according the naturalstattrick.com. They average the second-most shots on goal per game at 33.9, and allow the second-fewest at 26.5.

To back it up, their PDO is 97.5 percent, the sum of a team's even-strength save percentage and shooting percentage that usually works it way toward 100, which indicates they're due for a fairly large correction. They're not getting bounces right now, but they're playing the right way and a change behind the bench would be a step in the wrong direction, considering Julien is easily a top-five coach in the NHL.

Bulls lifeless in Atlanta despite fourth quarter rally

Bulls lifeless in Atlanta despite fourth quarter rally

The bus was warm before the game started, as the Bulls looked like they wanted no parts of the Atlanta Hawks.

It was evident from the jump that playing with a full and healthy squad for one of the few times this season wasn't enough to arouse their competitive juices, as they put together arguably their worst 48-minute showing in a 102-93 loss at Philips Arena, dropping them to 21-23.

Fred Hoiberg, fed up with the starters, ran with the reserves for the fourth quarter and outscored the Hawks by nearly 25 points, bringing the lead to 95-90 with a minute left before a Dennis Schroeder jumper restored order with 52.6 seconds left.

Four Hawks scored in double figures led by Schroeder's 25 points and six assists and Paul Millsap scored 14 while making all four of his shots in just 22 minutes of run.

Perhaps it's the Hawks being the same kryptonite to the Bulls that the Bulls are to the Toronto Raptors — except the Bulls simply frustrate the Raptors, not embarrass them.

The Hawks shot over 60 percent for most of the night until the game devolved into what amounted to a pickup game late. After all, the Hawks seemed to be battling boredom by half, leading 65-36 and shooting 68 percent from the field and hitting 67 percent from three.

The Bulls weren't about to make it any more suspenseful than it had to be, as they started off missing their first 11 3-pointers, often missing multiple open looks on the same possession.

It wasn't relegated to just shooting as the Bulls squandered easy opportunities in easy situations, like Denzel Valentine turning a three-on-one fast break into an airballed finger-roll attempt that he caught himself — a violation, of course.

This one was over a few minutes into it, as the Bulls looked like a lifeless squad with no direction and very little fight, short of a minor dustup between Dwight Howard and Robin Lopez in the third quarter.

At that point, though, all Howard had to do is point at the scoreboard, where a 30-point lead did all the necessary talking.

The Bulls trailed by 20 even before Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a 35-footer to end the first quarter, sending the Hawks off on a high and seemingly demoralizing the Bulls.

Even Jimmy Butler's 19-point night, hitting six of his eight shots in 29 minutes, rang hollow. The Bulls could've trotted out a D-League team for the second half to gear up for Saturday's game against the Sacramento Kings and been better off than how they performed Friday night.

And for the Bulls, they can’t simply just go back to the drawing board. There looks to be something fundamentally wrong with this bunch — either that, or the Atlanta night got the best of them Thursday.