Guitar Hero: Suburbia

Posted by Sean Stangland on Thu, 06/19/2008 - 23:01

With the impending release of "Rock Band" on the Wii, followed one week later by "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, it would seem the musical video game phenomenon is here to stay. "Guitar Hero" is getting a "Rock Band" clone called "World Tour" this fall, and expansion packs are coming for PS2 and Wii "Rock Band" players this July.

The possibilities are endless -- indeed, "Guitar Hero: Metallica" is already pegged for a 2009 release. But what about a "Guitar Hero" game just for us, the suburban Chicago kids?

Walk this way

Posted by scotgreg on Thu, 06/19/2008 - 18:03
As he climbs higher up the all-time home run list, Jim Thome has been collecting the baseball's he’s hit over the fence. Thome has 521 career homers, tying him for 16th place in history with Ted Williams and Willie McCovey. On Thursday, Thome reached another milestone, but it had nothing to do with home runs. In the seventh inning, the White Sox’ 37-year-old designated hitter drew the 1,500th walk of his career, moving him past Sox Hall of Famer Eddie Collins into 17th place on the all-time list. Thome will keep the first-base bag as a souvenir. “All of the home runs are great, but there are other intangibles that are important,’’ Thome said. “I’ve always taken a lot of pride in walking.’’ Thome said walks are overlooked, especially when compared to home runs.

'Zambrano' and 'MRI'

Posted by Bruce on Thu, 06/19/2008 - 08:48
Those are two words Cubs fans never want to see on the same page, let alone the same sentence. But that's what's going to happen today, when staff ace Carlos Zambrano has an MRI performed on his franchise-carrying right shoulder.

Asleep at the Wrigley?

Posted by scotgreg on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 19:32
You have to try pretty hard to tick off Jim Thome. But that's exactly what one reporter did before the White Sox played the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday night. After firing off several questions about this weekend’s showdown at Wrigley Field, Thome had enough after being asked if the Sox will have the advantage since the Cubs play a night game at Tampa Bay Thursday and won’t get back in Chicago until after midnight. “Hey, we’re playing the Pirates tonight,’’ Thome said before walking away. If the Cubs _ or any of their fans _ are going to try to use a lack of sleep as an excuse this weekend, manager Ozzie Guillen thinks it’s lame.

Is that really your name?

Posted by Sean Stangland on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 16:25

I chuckled today when I saw this headline on the front page of Korn named Mt. Prospect mayor pro tem

Can you imagine Jonathan Davis, Fieldy and Munky governing the fine village of Mount Prospect when Mayor Irvana Wilks is out of town? What a story!

Question of the Day

Posted by JP on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 15:39

There’s been no shortage of speculation about Gov. Rod Blagojevich's possible pick to serve out Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate term if the Chicago Democrat wins the White House.

But let’s take it a step further.

One of the names often mentioned as a relief senator is state Comptroller Dan Hynes, who lost to Obama back in the 2004 Democratic senate primary.

Here’s your state government lesson. Under this scenario not only would Blagojevich get to appoint the fill-in senator, but a new comptroller as well.

The Illinois Constitution gives the governor the authority to appoint new executive branch members if there's a vacancy. Article V, Section 7 says the following:

When governors gamble on sports

Posted by JP on Tue, 06/17/2008 - 22:57
Back when the Bears went to the Super Bowl, Gov. Rod Blagojevich made what seemed like a pretty one-sided bet with the Indiana governor. All Illinois put up was deep dish pizza, cheesecake and some candy and nuts. Indiana was scouring the state for unique items and foods. Given the outcome, I suppose Blagojevich took the wiser path. I bring it up only because I agree fully with this blog, that this should be the face of political sports betting.


Posted by Bruce on Tue, 06/17/2008 - 22:12
If it's not one thing with Lou, it's another. Just a week or so after he had been looking for more left-handed hitting _ or "left-hand hitting," as Lou likes to call it _ the Cubs made a roster move tonight. They sent left-hand hitting Eric Patterson to Iowa and called up Matt Murton, a right-hand hitter. We'll see how long this lasts, and we'll see how much patience Lou shows with Murton, who went 0-for-3 in tonight's loss at Tampa Bay. Murton now is hitting .176 in his short time in the bigs this year.

Beckham, Sox a good fit

Posted by scotgreg on Tue, 06/17/2008 - 19:22
Wow. After catching a couple of Georgia baseball games on TV during the NCAA playoffs (it's a lot easier than saying Regionals and SuperRegionals and College World Series), that's my main impression of junior shortstop Gordon Beckham. If the name sounds familiar, it should. Two weeks ago, the White Sox selected Beckham in the first round of the amateur draft (No. 8 overall). After years of taking pitchers that never seem to pan out in the first round, I thought it was a good pick regardless. But after watching Beckham play a little, it's looking more like a great pick. Manager Ozzie Guillen has already compared Beckham to the Rangers' Michael Young, and I don't think that's too much of a reach.

Tim Russert memorial

Posted by JP on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 22:25

You may have noticed in my bio information a mention of making coffee runs for D.C. editors. That was as an intern for the Chicago Tribune's Washington bureau back in the fall of 1992. It was a tremendous experience made possible by Terry Michael via the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism.

This evening, the following arrived in my email in-box from Terry. It's a tribute to the recently deceased Tim Russert written by Michelle Jaconi, a former Washington Center intern who did her D.C. tour of duty with Meet the Press in 1998 and was hired onto the show's staff afterward.

Here's how Jaconi will remember Russert.