Getting Prepped

Congrats to "Bogie"

Posted by coachbu on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 22:10
My disappointment of the Sox getting KO'd in 4 games by the Rays (maybe they still are the Devil Rays, 6-6-6 runs in all their wins) was tempered by the fact they lost to a better team and also seem to have a lot of quality people in the organization. One of them is former Buffalo Grove star Tim Bogar, who had a nine-year big-league career and is in his first year with the Rays after a successful stint as a minor league manager.

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Free Wii Game @ Legoland in Schaumburg /Another Drunken Email / AIG execs went on $500K retreat within days of taxpayer bailout

Posted by Cj on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 17:21

This started at 10am today(10/8) and they had 3 left! Good Luck! It's worth the trip, even if you don't win a game. There are other prizes being offered and LegoLand is pretty cool!

Join Melissa and the 9FM Street Team this Wednesday from 10am-1pm at the Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg. We'll be rocking and blocking all morning! If you haven't been to Legoland Discovery Center yet, let Melissa be your guide through one of the coolest places in Chicagoland. Your kids will go crazy for the Four-D Movie, Interactive Building Area and even an enourmous Chicago Skyline made entirely of Legos. To win a Family Four Pack of tickets

New in Labs: Stop sending mail you later regret
Monday, October 06, 2008 6:25 PM
Posted by Jon Perlow, Gmail engineer

Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can't always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we're launching a new Labs feature I wrote called Mail Goggles which may help.

When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?


The SNL bail out skit video keeps on getting pulled off of youtube because of it's content.
I found it on this site, but I'm not sure how long they will be able to host it:

Here is more on information on why it was banned:


The AIG execs really really needed that retreat. Right?

Posted by Mike Carney:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., described what investigators found during a hearing this morning on Capitol Hill:

AIG execs went on $500K retreat within days of taxpayer bailout
After the bailout of AIG last month, the United States government effectively bought an 80% share in the company. That should have caused a fundamental change, you would think, in how the company was spending funds on compensation, bonuses and benefits.

But it doesn't look like that's what happened. The committee learned that shortly after the bailout went through, executives from AIG's major U.S. life insurance subsidiary, AIG American General, held a week-long conference at an exclusive resort in California.

The resort is called the St. Regis Monarch Beach. ... It's very impressive. This is an exclusive resort. The rooms start, gentlemen, at $425 a night. Some are more than $1,200 a night.

... We contacted the resort where AIG held this week-long event, and we requested copies of AIG's bills. We learned that AIG spent nearly $500,000 in a single week at the -- at this hotel. Now, this was right after the bailout.

... Let me describe some of the -- the charges that -- that the shareholders who are now U.S. taxpayers had to pay. Check this out.

AIG spent $200,000 for hotel rooms, and almost $150,000 for catered banquets. AIG spent -- listen to this one -- $23,000 at the hotel spa and another $1,400 at the salon. They were getting their manicures, their facials, their pedicures and their massages while the American people were -- were footing the bill.

And they spent another $10,000 for -- I don't know what this is -- leisure dining.

Between the Circles

Barker to Rockford

Posted by TimS on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 14:31
I hate to be a told you so, but defenseman Cam Barker didn't make the Hawks' 22-man roster for Friday's opener. Barker was assigned to Rockford on Tuesday along with goalie Antti Niemi and defenseman Aaron Johnson. Barker had his $2.8 million cap hit working against him, which is a huge number for a fifth or sixth defenseman. Dale said it was mostly a hockey decision to send out Barker and keep Niklas Hjalmarsson, who will be paired with Brent Seabrook. "It was more defense vs. offense and we felt Hjalmarsson had a better camp defensively," Tallon said. Savvy said Barker needed to go to Rockford and improve his feet. We've heard that for three years.

Suburban Political Recount

Romney is coming to town for Roskam

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 14:27
Former Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is set to swing through the suburbs and raise cash for U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam. The fundraiser is set for Oct. 21. The entrance fee is $150 or $250 with a date. It will run $1,000 per person and $1,500 per couple to get into the dinner and for a photo with the former Massachusetts CEO. "Romney coming to campaign for the congressman is a reflection of the congressman's accomplishments," boasted spokesman Matt Vriesema when asked about the recently announced fundraiser. Roskam was actually an early and staunch supporter in the primaries of Sen. John McCain, who easily took DuPage County and the state. The fundraiser will be held in Oak Brook.

Joe Sports

PURPLE OUT and "Rock the House"

Posted by Lindsey on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 14:16
Received a nice e-mail from Lori Wootton, the mother of stud Northwestern defensive end Corey Wootton. She, along with others, are organizing a "Purple Out" for Saturday's home game against Michigan State that features two teams in the Top 20 of the unofficial BCS standings. "We're trying to do this the old-fashioned way -- by word of mouth," she said. Consider it done. Incidentally, if you're familiar with the concept of genetics and DNA and were wondering how Corey Wootton grew to be 6-foot-7, the start of Lori Wootton's e-mail address gives it away: thequeen6ft4. Not to be outdone, Illinois has issued a news release designed to whip up even more enthusiasm for Saturday's homecoming game with Minnesota. Entitled "Rock the House," Illinois' intentions are simple:

Bear Essentials

Week 6 power rankings - NFC East on fire

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 11:38
1. New York Giants (4-0): Eighth straight win – 44-6 over Seahawks -- was almost too easy. Offense is hitting on all cylinders, and defense is allowing just 12 points per game. Last week: 1. 2. Tennessee Titans (5-0): Stingiest defense in the NFL. Offense struggled in tough, 13-10 road victory over Ravens, but veteran QB Kerry Collins engineered late, game-winning drive. Last week: 2. 3. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1): Third-string RB Mewelde Moore rushed for 99 yards, and QB Ben Roethlisberger finally got passing game off the ground with 3 TD throws in mettle-testing victory on the road against Jaguars. Last week: 3.

Between the Circles

Khabibulin on the ice

Posted by TimS on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 11:22
Interesting developments at Hawks practice Tuesday. Khabibulin is on the ice and Cam Barker is not. There has been no official word from the Hawks on any roster moves. Barker appeared to be the odd-man out on defense all along based on his $2.8 million cap hit, which goes off the books should he be traded or sent to the minors. Also missing from practice are free agents Kevyn Adams and Keith Carney, both of whom came to camp on a tryout basis. As for lines, Jonathan Toews is centering for Martin Havlat and Andrew Ladd while Patrick Sharp is between Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien. The third line is Dave Bolland, Jack Skille and Kris Versteeg. On defense, Duncan Keith is paired with Brian Campbell; Brent Seabrook with Niklas Hjalmarsson; and Brent Sopel with Jordan Hendry.

Bear Essentials

Bradley was barely a blip

Posted by Bob LeGere on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 22:44
The release of 2005 second-round pick Mark Bradley two weeks ago barely registered on the radar because the wide receiver's contributions were barely noticeable after a promising rookie season. Bradley caught 18 passes for 203 yards back in '05 and started four games before the season was halfway over. But in what proved to be his career game, the seventh of that season, he caught 5 passes for 88 yards but shortly before halftime suffered a torn ACL. Bradley never started another game. He caught 14 passes in 2006, just 6 the next year and none before he was cut this season. He was picked up on waivers by the Chiefs, who are desperate for help in all areas.

Suburban Political Recount

Is Dan Seals beating Mark Kirk?

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 22:20
After weeks of polls showing U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk leading Democratic challenger Dan Seals, a Roll Call poll taken over the weekend shows Seals ahead - by a lot. The poll paid for by the respected Washington publication shows Seals leading the Highland Park Republican 52 percent to 44 percent. The SurveyUSA poll drew from 600 surveyed voters and had a reported error margin of 4 percentage points. This is going to turn heads, but it doesn't fall in line with any previous poll, including one paid for by liberal blogger Daily Kos that showed Kirk with 44 percent and Seals of Wilmette with 38 percent. The Kirk campaign will likely call this latest poll into question because of the political makeup of those surveyed.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

They gone

Posted by scotgreg on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 21:03
Well, that's it. The White Sox' season is over, but the mood was actually pretty jovial in the postgame clubhouse. The Sox didn't get out of the first round of the playoffs, but they had a better season that expected. And GM Kenny Williams had that look in his eye Monday night. Without getting into details, Williams said he's going to look for some speed at the top and bottom of the order. This year, Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye, A.J. Pierzynski and Ken Griffey Jr. really clogged up the bases, and so did Juan Uribe and Joe Crede (when he was healthy). The White Sox stole just 67 bases, and only the Tigers (63) were worse. Is Williams preparing to pull the plug on all the power? I'd say no, but the White Sox clearly need more balance.