Tommie Harris isn't helping the Bears in his present condition, whatever that is. It's difficult to tell, since the Bears have a policy of shrouding even the tiniest injury in secrecy.
Harris has rarely practiced at full speed since the season opener, and he has made little impact in any of the first three games. He says he's healthy enough to practice, but he's played like someone who either has a legitimate injury or is struggling to overcome the mental aspect of knee surgery.
So why not shut him down for a week or two? Give his surgical left knee a chance to get well and maybe, when he returns, the Bears will have some semblance of the disruptive force who was voted to the past three Pro Bowls.
As you've probably read here, Lou set the rest of his rotation for the NLDS. Following Ryan Dempster will be Big Z, Rich Harden and Ted Lilly. It's interesting to note, as Vin Scully might say, that Lou announced Dempster yesterday and saved news of the rest of the rotation for today. To me, he was saying that Dempster is the ace of this staff and that he's earned the nod for Game 1 of the playoffs, which open next Wednesday at Wrigley Field.
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All around the NBA, ball racks will be rolled onto practice courts beginning Monday. As far as the summer goes, the league didn't generate much buzz beyond the Bulls' upset victory in the draft lottery.
Then again, calm was probably a good thing, since we all needed time to let the patriotic fervor die down after watching the “Redeem Team” squeak past Pau Gasol and a bunch of borderline NBA players from Spain to claim the Olympic gold medal. Or maybe you didn't stay up until 3 a.m. to watch the game live. Trust me, it was inspiring.
So here's a rundown of the NBA off-season activity. Maybe I'm a tough grader, but I found only two teams that took a significant step forward:
As expected, it was pretty quiet in the White Sox' clubhouse following Thursday night's 7-6 loss to the Twins in 10 innings.
With the exception of one inning, the Sox' bats were silent as well.
It's been a crazy season, but it looks like it's coming to an end unless the White Sox rebound and sweep the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field this weekend.
Staying with the crazy theme, maybe the Twins lose one to the Royals at the Metrodome.
We'll see how it plays out.
Tollway board member Ronald Materick of Oak Brook left the tollway without much public fanfare more than a year ago.
Materick was an outspoken board member, which is of course an oxymoron.
Sure some tollway board members will criticize off the record or make measured statements against something blatantly questionable, like those massive Gov. Rod Blagojevich signs across the tollway.
But Materick would actually go through the tollway's laundry list of contracts every month and when he saw something that didn't smell right to him, he would say it - right there in the board meeting in front of the press.
Carlos Zambrano was right: Lou is no Dusty. Instead of enabling and rewarding bad behavior and poor performance, Lou did the right thing today by announcing Ryan Dempster as his Game 1 starter for the NLDS, which starts next Wednesday at Wrigley, where Dempster is 14-3 with a 2.86 ERA. Lou says the rest of the rotation hasn't been finalized.
Mark DeRosa may not play again for the remainder of the regular season because of his strained left calf. He was wearing a boot today and limping noticeably. The Cubs say he'll be ready for the playoffs.
Apparently the governor's no longer impressed with that "monumental" and "revolutionary" reform package he signed during his first year in office.
In fact, he no longer seems to acknowledge it. Consider these two news releases. (I highlighted some of the good parts)
First up …
December 9, 2003
Blagojevich signs monumental ethics reforms into law
Comprehensive package meets goals laid-out in Governor’s spring veto; Gives Illinois real, meaningful ethics reform for the first time
Sure, rookie running back Matt Forte is off to an excellent start.
His 409 yards from scrimmage are second in the NFL only to Frank Gore's 412.
But it might be time to start thinking about cutting back a bit on the 22-year-old Forte's workload and using veteran Kevin Jones a little more. Jones got 13 carries in the season opener but has touched the ball just four times since.
Forte leads the NFL in rushing attempts with 73, which, over the course of an entire season, works out to 389 carries (and 1,621 yards). But no one in the NFL last season carried the ball more times than the Redskins' Clinton Portis, who had 325. Only six players in the league carried more than 300 times.