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Vallas in an elephant mask?

Posted by JP on Tue, 06/24/2008 - 10:50

Here's a new one political writer Joseph Ryan heard:
Paul Vallas is mulling a bid for governor in 2010 as a Republican.
The former Chicago schools chief unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination in 2002, losing to Rod Blagojevich, who's now in his second term.

Vallas has often been rumored to be considering an Illinois comeback, but has yet to pull the trigger. So take the latest tale for what it's worth.

George Carlin, expired at 71

Posted by Sean Stangland on Mon, 06/23/2008 - 22:36

I'll let the dearly departed George Carlin speak for himself:

• "Older" sounds a little better than "old," doesn't it? Sounds like it might even last a little longer. ... I'm getting old. And it's OK. Because thanks to our fear of death in this country I won't have to die -- I'll "pass away." Or I'll "expire," like a magazine subscription. If it happens in the hospital they'll call it a "terminal episode." The insurance company will refer to it as "negative patient-care outcome." And if it's the result of malpractice they'll say it was a "therapeutic misadventure."

Time for another roundup

Posted by Sean Stangland on Sun, 06/22/2008 - 22:46

• Surprisingly, "Get Smart" pistol-whipped "The Love Guru" at the box office this weekend. This proves that bad reviews can still kill a movie, no matter how popular its star is. By almost all accounts, "Love Guru" is one of the worst movies of the year. I saw neither new comedy this weekend, but caught up with "The Incredible Hulk," which had everything the Ang Lee version didn't have -- namely, exciting action scenes, great acting and "HULK SMASH!" Of course, Lee's stylistic choices and serious handling of the subject make his 2003 "Hulk" a much better film, but I think Louis Letterier has made a better movie.

Ozzie comes clean

Posted by scotgreg on Sun, 06/22/2008 - 20:11
If you ask White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen about puppy dogs in just the right way, he'll go off on the poor little pooches. Same thing with global warming, the media, his future, just about anything. Sometime he goes a little overboard, but Guillen makes most of his wild statements for one reason only _ he's trying to spice up a long, long baseball season. Guillen did the same thing as a player. Before Part 1 of the Sox-Cubs series opened Friday, Guillen went on and on about how he hated the cross-town series, Wrigley, even the rats in the batting cages under the bleachers. Don't believe it for a second. After playing around with just about any topic, Guillen usually arrives at the truth at some point. On the Sox-Cubs series, he finally came clean before Sunday night's game.

Road kill redux

Posted by scotgreg on Sat, 06/21/2008 - 17:21
Random thoughts: *For the record, I was on the radio with Mike Murphy on Wednesday and predicted the Cubs to sweep the White Sox at Wrigley this weekend and the Sox to return the favor at U.S. Cellular Field next weekend. The White Sox were positioned to win the first two games on the North Side, but their pitching staff couldn’t keep the ball in the park. Let’s see if Cubs pitchers have the same problem at the Cell next week. Regardless, the White Sox have lost eight straight away from home, and they're not going to stay in first place for long playing like that. *To repeat, Wrigley is a great place to watch a game. But when the Cubs are on the road, they should be given a trailer to use as a clubhouse and see how they like it.

GNR: Here we go again

Posted by Sean Stangland on Sat, 06/21/2008 - 15:37

A quick hit this Saturday:

I feel like I've written this blog at least twice before, but maybe the third time's the charm. Axl Rose has once again leaked tracks from the "new" Guns N' Roses record, "Chinese Democracy," which has now reached Year 14 of its production.

Click here to hear them in pretty good quality on YouTube. The best song is almost certainly "There Was a Time," although I must say I prefer the earlier demo version that leaked a few years ago. Will we ever get to actually purchase this album in a store (virtual or otherwise)?

Look who's not hustling

Posted by Bruce on Sat, 06/21/2008 - 14:19
Saturday afternoon musings: Anybody see Kosuke Fukudome not get out of the batter's box or run to first base on that popout to short in the fifth inning today? It's not the first time, either. So let's hear no more about Aramis Ramirez and his alleged lack of hustle. All Ramirez did today was hit his third homer in two games in the 9-run fourth inning. Ramirez came into today with an OPS of .907. You don't want that on your team? I'm with the stats people who say there are no born "clutch" hitters. There is clutch hitting, but there are no clutch hitters, per se. Just good hitters. But Ramirez has come up clutch lately, hasn't he?

Blame White Sox' loss on offense

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 06/20/2008 - 18:57
Don’t blame Scott Linebrink for giving up the game-winning home run to Aramis Ramirez in Game 1 of the White Sox-Cubs showdown Friday at Wrigley. Don’t blame Octavio Dotel for giving up 2 solo home runs in the seventh inning, allowing the Cubs to pull into a 3-3 tie. Don’t even blame manager Ozzie Guillen for pulling the plug on John Danks’ brilliant start after 6 innings. Blame the offense, again, for the Sox’ 4-3 loss. How can White Sox hitters be so potent at U.S. Cellular Field and then continually go into the fetal position on the road? The Sox should have beaten the Cubs going away after taking a 3-2 lead in the third inning. But after leading off the sixth inning with a double, Nick Swisher didn’t move.

Friday farming ...

Posted by JP on Fri, 06/20/2008 - 16:51

Catching up around the Capitol

Suburban lawmaker’s DUI trial set for next month.
The Springfield paper has the update.

News?
An untrue rumor fueled by a gossip column about an election that’s more than two years away. You could fill a daily newspaper with untrue Jack Franks’ for governor tales.

Targeting pork
First the demise of the $34 billion construction plan, now this.

It's NOT the 'Crosstown Classic'

Posted by Bruce on Fri, 06/20/2008 - 12:48
Why must people, especially TV people, insist on calling the Cubs-White Sox interleague series the "Crosstown Classic?" Once upon a time, there was an exibition game between the two teams before interleague play came into being. Originally, it was called the Boys Benefit Game, with proceeds going to charity. Then it was the Gatorade Windy City Classic or some such thing, and then it was the Crosstown Classic. It was one game a year, and I guess it had to have a name. But the regular-season series between the two teams are just that _ they're games that count in the standings just like every other game, only the excitement level around town gets turned up to "11" on the dial, as well it should. But Crosstown Classic? Please.