The 5 – Blizzard Drinking

As the snow is falling and your will to leave the house is dwindling, you may need a drink or two to keep your spirits up. And there’s nothing like a warm drink on a cold day. If you’re like me, you’re not looking for an incredible amount of ingredients to make something fancy. You’re looking for just a few things thrown together to get your winter 108ing on.

Mexican Coffee

I know I typically talk up coffee and Bailey’s, but we’ll get to Bailey’s later. For this morning, we’re doing Mexican coffee. Now, you can look up recipes and there is like ice cream and sugar rims and all kinds of other shit. Look, you need 3 things to make this happen: coffee, tequila, and coffee liqueur (Kahlua or Patron XO Cafe will do). That’s it. You might be skeptical of tequila in coffee, but don’t knock it til you try it.

Hot Chocolate and Bailey’s

This is a bit sweet, so be prepared for that. But this is such a simple drink to put together and it never disappoints. If you want to do some weird shit like throwing an entire package of Peeps in there, go for it. It’s not my bag, but if you dig it, do it.


I was super skeptical of this one. But someone left a bottle of Rumchata at my house after a party and what am I supposed to do, throw it away? Fuck that. I’ve seen some really involved ways of doing this drink, but we win’t doing that. Get yourself an espresso and throw some Rumchata in it. Ain’t too complicated and it is surprisingly good.

Hot Toddy

This drink is made a shitload of different ways, so really, do what you like. I’ve even made these with Malort, which was NOT good if you can believe it. However, my go to recipe is simple: black tea + honey + rye or bourbon. Some people replace the tea with hot water and lemon juice, some replace the bourbon with rum, and some people add a lemon wedge. Feel free to try any or all of that, but I’m gonna keep it basic.

Hot Cider

I am not a fan of hard cider, but I can get down with some hot cider with some booze in it. In fact, I only get down with it with booze. If you have a Keurig you can get some apple cider cups and then from there, it’s just add booze. I typically go with a spiced rum like Sailor Jerry or Captain Morgan.

So during this wonderful winter wonderland, grab a mug, and do some 108ing


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Play It Again Bears

As New Year’s Eve has just passed us by, we got to see what is as reliable as the ball drop in NYC.  We once again witnessed Mark Giangreco doing his best Joe Namath impression with Janet Davies acting as Suzy Kolber.  But seeing Janet Davies this year reminded me of something I had not thought about in years.  Probably because most recent years, the Bears’ season was over by 12/31.  But this year it is not and it sparked a memory from the storied 1985 season.  Janet Davies hosted a show on channel 7 called “Play It Again Bears” that was each game of the season to a different music track.  Here’s the clip of their playoff games:

If that doesn’t get you pumped for some Bears playoffs, I don’t know what will.  Unfortunately, I scoured the internet (looked for 5 minutes) and could not find the full show.  You can find most of the clips and they’re pretty bad quality.  So let’s agree to this: If the Bears are still playing at the end of January, Janet Davies should redo this magical show for our current team.

Also, check out that Fencik sack.  It’s not even fair.


12 Days of 108mas: Yule Logs

If you’re anything like me there will be periods of time during the holiday season that people are over, you got the Christmas music going, but the TV is just a big useless pile.  Sure you can throw on the Nobody Gives a Fuck Bowl sponsored by Church’s Chicken, but nobody wants to watch that.

And watching Die Hard with no volume is more of a tease than over the pants hand stuff.  So instead, may I offer you a couple of digital yule logs to burn for your enjoyment.  They need no volume, but are very visually pleasing.

Nick Offerman

Now I know this guy is a Cubs fan, but it’s the holiday season and we can let that slide for the next 10 hours of him sitting by the fire with a glass of scotch.

Darth Vader

Now this is my favorite and is actually currently on in my home as I write this.  I love Star Wars and Darth Vader, so his burning corpse lighting up my living room is just a thing of beauty.

I hope you enjoy these very much.


12 Days of 108mas: A Festivus Miracle

With Festivus just two days away, we’ll be celebrating early tonight at Lo-Rez Brewery and Tap Room at 2101 S Carpenter in Pilsen.  The party goes from 6-9pm and includes everything below.  You should absolutely get your ass there.

White Sox White Elephant

Bring a wrapped White Sox themed present.  It can be lightly used, just don’t bring something that’s trashed.  We’ll have a table full of presents and you can do the old leave a penny take a penny.  The 108ers and SoxMachiners will be left with whatever remains on the table at the end of the night.

Airing of Grievances

We’ll have a roundtable set up with SoxMachine, FromThe108, and NWI Steve from Loop Sports.  We’ll be airing our grievances about the Sox.  And assuming they don’t sign Harper or Machado in the next few hours, there should be plenty.

Lo-Rez Beers

Lo-Rez has some fantastic beers for your #108ing needs.  They also don’t believe that the 108 followers can drink everything they have in stock.  So let’s see if we can prove em wrong.

Taco Burrito King

There will be a grill setup outside where you can buy delicious TBK.  They will start serving around 7pm.


12 Days of 108mas: Christmas Song Covers That Should Exist

Primus – Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

If I told you that Primus was the original artist, you’d probably believe it.

Gorillaz – Christmas Wrapping

The Waitresses do a fine job on this track, but the rapping in Christmas Wrapping is pretty lacking.  Let’s get Del the Funky Homosapien on the job.

System of a Down – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

This song is weird as fuck, so yeah, let’s find an equally weird band to do it.

Reverend Horton Heat – Rockin Around the Christmas Tree

The word “rockin” is in the title of this song and I’ve simply never heard it actually rock.  I got faith in the Rev to do it right.

Slayer – Carol of the Bells

I’m a little fucking tired of hearing the Tran-Siberian Orchestra play this track.  Tom Araya and crew can speed it up a bit and blow out some eardurms real nice like.

R. Kelly and Cardi B – Baby It’s Cold Outside

I don’t know if this actually makes sense.  In fact, I think I’d call the police if I heard this.

Faith No More – Baby Please Come Home

This is mainly just so Beefloaf can hear a real singer perform this song.


12 Days of 108mas: The Night the Reindeer Died

If you’re not familiar with The Night the Reindeer Died, then you have probably never seen Scrooged.  If you haven’t, go watch it immediately.

Because the incarnation of Scrooge in this telling of the story is a TV exec, there are a number of shows they are programming for Christmas.  Some real solid stuff too, like a Robert Goulet Christmas special.  But the movie opens with a movie starring Lee Majors called The Night the Reindeer Died, check it out:

Now, as you know, Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is one of the youngest executives in television history.  The movie implies that it’s because he’s such a cutthroat asshole that he’s backstabbed his way to the top.  However, it appears he was years ahead of his time because all of his shows look like some shit that would be Netflix Originals today.

So I propose, someone actually make this movie.  Of course, Lee Majors is too old to be the action character now as he’s about 80.  But maybe we slot him in as Santa Claus.  Casting for the action lead seems like something that you want a Bruce Willis or Liam Neeson or Jason Statham.  But hey, you can tell this shit was done a smaller budget, so I propose someone just as awesome as those guys but maybe a tier or two down in pay: Danny Trejo.  He makes 600 movies a year, so hopefully he can slot this in.

You’re probably thinking, Danny Trejo in place of Lee Majors, how does that make sense?  Short answer is that it does not, but it opens us up to a much more violent movie.  First off, he handles a gatling gun just as well as Lee Majors, but also is fantastic in an up close fight.  Imagine Danny Trejo as Machete and chopping up all the maniacs that try to ambush Santa Claus.  You can get Tom Savini to do some special effects and have a bad guy’s head get chopped off and fall into a Christmas box and have an elf slam the top down on it.

Also, Cheech Marin is obviously in the cast.