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

WEEK 7 POWER RANKINGS – TOP TEAMS TUMBLE

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).

Click here - Tech

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?

Widescreen

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.