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Cubs fans erect shrine to futility / If the Cubs were a bird, I am this poor poor poor reporter

Posted by Cj on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 09:31

If the Cubs were a bird, I am this poor poor poor reporter:

I and most Cubs fans felt like someone just died this weekend, therefore a shrine was built.

Check out the story written by Maureen O'donnell:,CST-NWS-cubsfan06.a...

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder lets his passion for the Cubs shine through in this tribute song to the Chicago Cubs.

Suburban Political Recount

Mark Kirk up in polls, but Seals close

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 23:44
A new poll out over the weekend gives U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk a 6 percentage point edge in his north suburban 10th District race against Democrat Dan Seals. The poll commissioned by the liberal Daily Kos blog shows Kirk of Highland Park with 44 percent and Seals of Wilmette with 38 percent. The poll was conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday among 400 respondents with a 5 percent margin of error. The results are much closer than an earlier poll conducted by the Kirk campaign that puts the incumbent Republican at 51 percent and Seals at 29 percent with 21 percent undecided. That poll was taken on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11. Both polls focused on ‘likely voters’ and they both have relatively high margins of error, calling their validity into question.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Sox look good for Game 4

Posted by scotgreg on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 21:16
I’m still sticking with the original prediction after Game 2 of the American League division series. The White Sox, after dropping the first two in Tampa Bay, win the next two at home before losing Game 5 back at Tropicana Field. The Sox have an obvious advantage in the Game 4 pitching matchup. Gavin Floyd has been a beast this season, and the big right-hander leads the staff with 17 wins. Floyd is 10-3 with a 3.55 ERA at home. Floyd’s mound opponent, right-hander Andy Sonnanstine, is a 13-game winner and 6-5 (4.35 ERA) on the road. Sonnanstine looked like a Cy Young candidate while pitching a complete-game, 3-hit shutout against the Sox at the Trop in April. As the season progressed, Sonnanstine faded. He hasn’t won a game since Aug. 18 and is 0-3 in his last seven starts.

Bear Essentials

Vasher sitting out

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 11:05
Cornerback Nate Vasher, who said after Friday's practice: “I expect to be out there 100 percent,” was 100 percent inactive on Sunday. Vasher suffered a dislocated thumb in Week Four but finished the game and then had a minor surgical procedure but returned to the practice field Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. “I had full practice and I’m looking forward to it,” Vasher said Friday of today's game at Detroit's Ford Field. Instead Corey Graham started in place of Vasher, as he had done in Week Three when the Bears preferred going with a bigger more physical lineup.

All That Glitters - Celebrity news

No, not Helio!

Posted by mipplet on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 10:26
Former "Dancing with the Stars" champion Helio Castroneves, who also happens to be a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was indicted on tax evasion charges on Friday. Helio pled not guilty and is free on $10 million bail. He went on to come in first place in an auto race in Georgia on Saturday. I really hope these tax fraud charges aren't true! Helio is adorable and seems like such a sweetheart. That smile of his is absolutely charming, and I loved watching him on "Dancing with the Stars." Hopefully he doesn't turn out to be just another crook.

Suburban Political Recount

Democrat hopefull takes hits on pay-to-play

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 18:30
Democrat Aurora Austriaco's law firm gave more than $130,000 to Gov. Rod Blagojevich and it has won nearly a $1 million in state contracts over the last four years. Austriaco is a proficient fundraiser in her bid to unseat Republican state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan in the northwest Cook County's 65th District. Austriaco has hit cable TV already with ads that paint Mulligan out of touch and she has been railing against "pay-to-play" on the campaign trail. But Mulligan is now getting started. The veteran incumbent from Des Plaines dropped a mailer this weekend that paints Austriaco as buying state contracts with campaign donations to Blagojevich.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Is it do-or-die yet?

Posted by Bruce on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 17:06
Oh, I think it is. They say it never rains in California, but we had some light showers today, and the tarp is still on the field. I think it's the first time in my 11 years of coming here that I've ever seen the tarp on the Dodger Stadium field. Lou gave us the lineup yesterday. I'll post it here and update it this evening if need be: Soriano, LF Fontenot, 2B Lee, 1B Ramirez, 3B Soto, C Edmonds, CF DeRosa, RF Theriot, SS Harden, P Fontenot's an interesting story. If you recall, he's one of three guys the Cubs got for Sammy Sosa. When he came up early last year and hit a double off the wall at Shea Stadium, it made a big impression with Lou. Now, we'll see what he does in a pressure situation.

Suburban Political Recount

Baseball and taxes

Posted by JP on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 12:37
I was hoping to turn this info into a story but the way things are going, there won't be any Chicago teams in the playoffs next week. While much of Chicagoland dreamed of a crosstown World Series, there's a financial reason as well. It would ensure that all the players are paying income taxes in Illinois rather than some other state. Baseball, and other professional athletes, usually pay income taxes based on the days they are in each state. So if there's a 7-game series between a Chicago team and a California team, those California team players owe Illinois for the days they are in Illinois. To maximize tax revenue for Illinois, you'd want every series to go the maximum and the Cubs and Sox to play high payroll teams along the way.

Bear Essentials

Jones may play bigger role

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 00:37
It wouldn't surprise me to see backup running back Kevin Jones play a more prominent role Sunday against his former Lions teammates. Jones is anxious to put on a good show at his former home field and prove that the Lions gave up on him too soon following last season's knee surgery. He was drafted in the first round by the Lions in 2004 (30th overall) and rushed for 1,133 yards as a rookie, but he was released after the 2007 season.. Jones got 13 carries in the Bears' season opener and gained 45 yards, but he's gotten just 7 carries since them for 26 yards. He's looked surprisingly healthy for someone less than a year removed from a torn ACL.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Do Sox have a chance?

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 22:00
Think the White Sox’ goose is finally cooked? I think the Sox are going to win both games at the Cell to pull even with the Rays in the ALDS, but they’ll go down in Game 5 when the series moves back to Tropicana Field. The Sox have stunk it up in domes this season (4-18), specifically the offense. Even if Mark Buehrle comes back and pitch Game 5 _ which is highly likely _ he’d probably have to pitch a shutout to give the White Sox a chance to win.