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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.


Ridley Scott: A couch potato's best friend

Posted by Sean Stangland on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 19:04

Ridley Scott has been directing landmark films ever since I was born, and his latest movie, "Body of Lies," will be released on Friday. His first big splash on the international scene, "Alien," hit theaters three months after I was born in 1979, and it loomed large over my childhood. I had known of it from a very early age as the movie that made my mom leave the room whenever my dad was watching it. (We had a Betamax and a library of movies that I'm pretty sure weren't actually available on the market ... but enough about that.) By the time I saw actually saw it, James Cameron's far more spectacular sequel had pretty much killed it for me -- why watch a movie with one alien when you can watch a movie with many "Aliens"?

My opinion of "Alien" is much higher today, of course, and Scott is one of those directors whose films I will always pay to see. (The others are Spielberg, P.T. Anderson, Fincher, Zemeckis, Nolan and, begrudgingly, Burton.) In the last 26 years, Scott has given us acclaimed films like "Blade Runner," "Thelma & Louise," "Gladiator," "Black Hawk Down" and "American Gangster," underrated gems like "Matchstick Men," "A Good Year" and "G.I. Jane," and misunderstood epics like "Hannibal" and "Kingdom of Heaven."

But as a film buff and a couch potato, I mostly love Ridley Scott for his DVDs.

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No Easy Way To Hear Bad News, Unless It Is Delivered From One... / Are you ready for tonight's debate?

Posted by Cj on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 17:23

Really if your going to hear that the dow dropped 800 points, you might as well hear it from one of these top newscasters.

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And to take your mind off our Chicago basesball teams:

A couple videos to get you ready for tonight's debate.

Vice Presidential Common Man-Off
Sarah Palin and Joe Biden participate in an old-fashioned common man-off.

The Word - Maverick Without A Cause
If you want real candidates of change, go with the team that is so committed to a brighter tomorrow they won't discuss what happened yesterday.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Ready for Game 4

Posted by scotgreg on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 15:52
It's football season in most parts of the country, but there is some great baseball weather on the South Side for Game 4 of the ALDS. It's do-or-die for Gavin Floyd and the White Sox today, so we'll see what happens. Here are the lineups for the game, which you can catch at 4:07 p.m. on WTBS: Tampa Bay Iwamura, 2B Upton, CF Pena, 1B Longoria, 3B Crawford, LF Floyd, DH Navarro, C Gross, RF Bartlett, SS Sox Cabrera, SS A.J., C Dye, RF Thome, DH Konerko, 1B Griffey Jr., CF Ramirez, 2B Wise, LF Uribe, 3B Note: Floyd is making his first-ever appearance vs. the Rays today. Only five Tampa Bay hitters faced Floyd when he was with the Phillies. DH Cliff Floyd (3-for-11) had the most success, hitting a home run off Gavin.

Suburban Political Recount

Duckworth campaigns for Obama in Wisconsin

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 10:25
Tammy Duckworth’s recent brush with Illinois ethics laws hasn’t put her out of favor with Barack Obama. The Illinois veteran affairs chief is campaigning for Obama in Wisconsin today, hitting events in Fond Du Lac, West Bend, Kenosha and Whitewater. Obama previously granted Duckworth, who lost both her legs in the Iraq war, a primetime speaking roll during the Democratic convention in Denver that positioned her as the party’s spokeswoman on veterans’ issues. But in mid-September Duckworth hit an ethical snag when she showed up to a Wheeling campaign event for Democratic congressional challenger Dan Seals in a state car.