Getting Prepped

Kudos to "Superfan"

Posted by coachbu on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 18:38
The more than 6,000 that filled Chic Anderson Stadium for Friday's Fremd-Palatine cross-town clash included Bob Umpleby, who was dubbed "Superfan" by Bob Frisk. Umpleby used to live in the area and was a fixture at local HS events before moving to Quincy a few years back. Umpleby, who is 82, still tries to make some of the bigger games in the area and we were pleasantly surprised to see he made the long trek from western Illinois to Palatine. The game definitely made the trip worthwhile.

Getting Prepped

More votes from the AP

Posted by coachbu on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 18:36
8A 1. Maine South 2. Naperville North 3. Bartlett 4. Bolingbrook 5. Lincoln-Way East 6. St. Rita 7. Mt. Carmel 8. Loyola 9. Brother Rice 10. Hinsdale Central 7A 1. WW South 2. East St. Louis 3. Geneva 4. Glenbard West 5. Carmel 6. Rockford Boylan 7. Machesney Park Harlem 8. Belleville West 9. Prospect 10. St. Charles East 6A 1. Rock Island 2. Cary-Grove 3. Springfield Griffin 4. Bloomington 5. Normal 6. Lemont 7. Joliet Catholic 8. Oak Forest 9. Peoria Richwoods 10. Danville 5A 1. Metamora 2. Montini 3. Nazareth 4. St. Francis 5. Washington 6. Cahokia 7. Sterling 8. Marian Central Catholic 9. Decatur MacArthur 10. Geneseo 4A 1. Bloomington Central Catholic 2. Driscoll 3. Aurora Christian 4. Breese Mater Dei 5. Quincy Notre Dame

Getting Prepped

Playoffs!!!? Playoffs?!?!

Posted by coachbu on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 18:20
Less than two weeks before Selection Saturday, the announcement of the state football playoff pairings, which has become one of the biggest nights in the high school sports season. Here's a look at the prospects for the Mid-Suburban League, St. Viator and Leyden with the current record and probable playoff points. The probable points are based on what's likely to happen with the qualifying or potential qualifying team's opponents the last two games. Five wins are needed for an at-large berth in the 256-team field but no guarantee for inclusion (see Barrington last year). WELCOME BACK Barrington (6-1, 43-46 points)

Suburban Political Recount

Must See Political TV

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 17:43

Here is a look at some of the latest political ads in the suburbs and a few you may have missed.
Democrats and Republicans will likely end up spending millions of dollars on local cable TV ads in a dozen or so heated races as they battle for power in Springfield and Washington, D.C.

In the heated 10th Congressional District race, the national Democrats are running this new ad against Republican Mark Kirk of Highland Park:

Joe Sports

College Hoops Countdown, Part Deux

Posted by Lindsey on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 17:14
Greetings from Champaign, where Illinois held its media day 72 hours in advance of its first official practice. Of course, it's a misnomer to say Friday will be the Illini's first practice. They've been able to work two hours per week as a team since Sept. 25...and they were allowed to work four at a time for two hours per week since school began...and they took it upon themselves to have a much more structured summer plan than in years past. Instead of just showing up at the Ubben Basketball Complex and having an "And-1" run, as soph PG Demetri McCamey described it, the Illini actually broke down into position groups and did some fundamental work before scrimmaging.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

R.I.P. Kevin Foster

Posted by Bruce on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 14:54
I wish I'd have gotten to know Kevin Foster a little better. The former Cubs right-hander from the mid- and late-1990s died Saturday at 39 from renal cell carcinoma. In my first spring training on the Cubs beat, in 1998, I walked into the Fitch Park locker room on my first full day, and the first guy I saw was Foster. He was looking to come back from a shoulder ailment that shut him down for two months in 1997. I remember asking Kevin about the shoulder.

Bear Essentials


Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 11:55
1. Tennessee Titans (5-0): Probably didn't need off week to prepare for road game vs. Chiefs this week. They've won 8 straight regular-season games and have two-game lead in AFC South. Last week: 2. 2. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1): Another team coming off bye and going on the road to face a supposedly inferior opponent in winless Bengals, but Pitt is dangerously thin at RB. Last week: 3 3. Buffalo Bills (4-1): Third team to benefit from off week, as each of the top eight teams who played last week were defeated. Coach Dick Jauron's team is coming off 41-17 loss to Cardinals in Week Five, but QB Trent Edwards (concussion) is expected back. Last week: 8.

Between the Circles

Positives? Havlat played well

Posted by TimS on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 02:13
It's only three games, but if the Blackhawks don't watch out this can all of a sudden snowball into something ugly. Wednesday's game against Phoenix can't be a must-win already, can it? Well, let's put it this way: If the Hawks don't win they are 0-4 going to St. Louis on Saturday to face a Blues team that has shown it can score goals. Then it's a stretch of five games against Vancouver, Edmonton, Detroit, Minnesota and Dallas. The Hawks could be staring at a heap of trouble. There wasn't a whole lot to like in Monday's home opening 3-2 loss to Nashville in a shootout. Havlat played his best game, but too many of his teammates weren't crisp. Huet was OK, but he was beaten twice in two tries in the shootout. A turnover by Kane led to Nashville's second goal.

Joe Sports

College Hoops Countdown, Part Uno

Posted by Lindsey on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 01:25
At 5 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Friday, college basketball teams across the country can kick their practices into high gear. Right now, teams can work together 2 hours a week...but that jumps to 20 hours per week when the official NCAA season starts on Friday. To try to capture this excitement, we'll take sneak peeks at our local hoops squads one or two at a time. Let's start with the Northwestern Wildcats, who can (and will) go nowhere but up after finishing 8-22 and 1-17 in the Big Ten last year. Chatted with Bill Carmody on Monday and here are a few of his observations (mixed in with mine from when I saw the squad have one of their unofficial runs a few weeks ago).

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How to be a sexy Sarah Palin for Halloween.

Posted by Cj on Mon, 10/13/2008 - 19:06

Hmmm does anyone want to take the over/under on how many sexy Palin's there will be this Halloween?