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?


Indiana Jones and the Stupidly Loyal Fanboy

Posted by Sean Stangland on Mon, 10/13/2008 - 16:48

Last week's midseason "South Park" premiere was maybe the single most offensive show in the program's history, and that's quite an accomplishment. (Judge for yourself by clicking here, but please send the kids out of the room. Please.) I thought Matt Stone and Trey Parker could never "top" the unspeakable Lemmiwinks episode, but last week's combination of rape and racism upped the ante.

The episode's B-story involved the SP kids' reaction to "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," which comes to DVD this week. Matt and Trey took an old fanboy saying to the extreme: When "The Phantom Menace" hit theaters in 1999, the unfortunately popular line on sites like Ain't It Cool News was to say that "George Lucas raped my childhood" by making such a bad film; "South Park" went ahead and showed George Lucas actually raping Indiana Jones. Stan and Kyle go to the cops and ask them to arrest Lucas and Steven Spielberg, which leads to celebration and relief the world over.

It's debatable who Matt and Trey were taking aim at with this storyline: Lucas and Spielberg, for making a rather disappointing "Indy" movie; fanboys, for treating a bad movie like it's the worst thing that could ever happen to them; or both. I was one of those weepy fanboys, but I'm planning on buying the "Crystal Skull" DVD tonight after work.

Bear Essentials

Metcalf suspended by NFL

Posted by Bob LeGere on Mon, 10/13/2008 - 15:40
Seven-year veteran guard Terrence Metcalf has been suspended by the league without pay for the next four weeks for violating the NFL policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. The suspension begins immediately, meaning the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Metcalf will be eligible to rejoin the Bears on Monday, Nov. 17, the day after the Bears game against the Packers in Green Bay. Metcalf, a third-round pick in 2002, has started 25 games and played in 84, including all six this season in a reserve role. He went to training camp this year as the starting left guard but missed three weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery and lost the job to Josh Beekman.

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I have a "Man Cold"

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

Thanks to my new twitter friend Rogbark for twitting this to me.

From: trickynho
Sketch comedy from BBC3's Man Stroke Woman. Series 1 Episode 6. Nicholas Burns, Daisy Haggard, Ben Crompton and Nick Frost.

Does anyone else have a "Man Cold"? :)

Between the Circles

Huet to start; Havlat off 1st PP

Posted by TimS on Mon, 10/13/2008 - 12:04
Cristobal Huet starts in goal tonight against Nashville with Denis Savard saying after the morning skate that he might continue to alternate Huet and Khabibulin for the time being. "Why not?" Savvy said. "Probably for a little bit, I might alternate, I don't know that. But tonight, to me, it's the right call to do. I felt it's (Huet's) turn to come out in front of his new fans and go from there." As for the 0-for-8 power play, Martin Havlat will come off the first unit on the left side, to be replaced by the right-handed shooting Dustin Byfuglien. "It's got nothing to do with Marty," Savvy said. "It's just his (left-handed) stick on that side of the ice, he's not a threat. We feel we have a lot more success with Buff in that position.

Suburban Political Recount

Andy Martin Exposed

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Mon, 10/13/2008 - 10:56

Journalists in Chicago know Andy Martin all to well and it would only take a quick news search on the internet to find he is no "journalist."
(But he does like to sue them for pointing out his past.)
Still, somehow, Martin found himself the main source for a 6 minute "documentary" on Fox News' Hannity and Colmes that said Obama was trained by Bill Ayers and Louis Farrakhan to take over the country in some kind of socialist revolution.
In the "documentary" Martin is labeled an "author & journalist."
Political watchers may remember Martin was a gadfly in the Republican gubernatorial primary and U.S. Senate primary this spring. He has run for a litany of offices in several states, including president.

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Weekend leftovers

Posted by TimS on Sun, 10/12/2008 - 22:01
Wonder if Dale's phone rang at all Sunday with some Khabibulin interest after the way Nik played in Washington. Nik was very good, even with the soft Ovechkin first goal... By the way, how good is Ovechkin? He's on his way to being one of the best players ever and has maybe the best personality in the NHL. Just a total package. If you gave me a choice between Sidney Crosby and Ovechkin, give me Alex the Great. Even bought an Ovechkin t-shirt for my son at the Verizon Center... The power play is 0-for-8, but I think it's going to be fine. I think. If it's not after the addition of Campbell to go with Kane, Toews and Havlat, then it's coaching. Assistant coach John Torchetti runs the power play...

Bear Essentials

Vasher out again

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sun, 10/12/2008 - 11:14
Cornerback Nate Vasher was inactive for the second straight game following surgery on his dislocated thumb, an injury that occurred in the second half of the Eagles game in Week Four. Vasher was replaced in the starting lineup by Corey Graham, who started last week against the Lions and led the Bears with 10 tackles. In each of the last two weeks, Vasher told reporters earlier in the week that he would play on Sunday but did not. He missed 12 games last season with a groin injury. Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who didn't practice all week, also missed his second straight game with a sprained knee. Devin Hester started in his place, as he did last week.

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What college football taught us this Saturday

Posted by Lindsey on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 21:05
Illinois, Northwestern and Notre Dame shouldn't want to look in the mirror Sunday morning. It doesn't take much analysis to realize that all three teams knocked themselves out in their losses to Minnesota, Michigan State and North Carolina, respectively. Let's examine the box scores, shall we? Might we find a common thread? First, here's the total yards for each team: Illinois--550 Minnesota--312 Northwestern--459 Michigan State--297 Notre Dame--472 North Carolina--322 Now, here's the turnovers for each team: Illinois--3 Minnesota--1 Northwestern--3 Michigan State--0 Notre Dame--5 North Carolina--0 Now you know why coaches always say the turnover battle, more than any other factor, decides college games.