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.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Back in black

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 18:17
The White Sox are still talking about how impressive Tuesday night’s “blackout’’ crowd was at U.S. Cellular Field. Fans were asked to dress in black, and they were given black towels to wave. I’ve never been too big on crowd stunts, but hey, whatever. Anyway, the Sox gave the crowd a lot of credit after they beat the Twins 1-0 in the AL Central tiebreaker. Now that they’re in the playoffs, the White Sox want to do a “rolling blackout,” where fans continue dressing like Johnny Cash for all October home games. The first one is Sunday at 3:07 p.m., Game 3 of the ALDS vs. Tampa Bay.


Preaching to the choir

Posted by Sean Stangland on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 15:36

Let's get this out of the way: I am an atheist. If that revelation means you'll never read my blog again, or that you believe I'm condemned to Hell, that's fine. I'm OK with not being a bold fresh piece of humanity beholden to an imaginary man in the sky.

So Bill Maher's "Religulous" is right up my alley: An acerbic comedian travels around the world, asking people of faith why they believe in the nutty things they believe in. Surprisingly, the dude playing the role of Jesus at an Orlando theme park has more satisfying answers than many of the lawmakers and religious figures in the film.

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A Costume Idea and Many Ways To Carve a Pumpkin

Posted by Cj on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 14:12

Nice Costumes!!

Real transformers
From: kndx

A couple more.
Pumpkin carving photos from the book Extreme Pumpkin..
From: priveco

Suburban Political Recount

Do the panic!

Posted by JP on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 09:59

Yeah, I know, it's supposed to be a politics blog.
After watching/listening to yesterday's Sox and Cubs games I've got a new theme song. At least Phantom Planet kinda makes panicking sound fun.


Musings of an insomniac

Posted by Sean Stangland on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 07:41

"Fringe" is really starting to hit its groove. This week's episode was easily my favorite so far, thanks mostly to the addition of an antagonist (or is he?) in the form of the bald man in black, The Observer. He's played by Michael Cerveris, who told the tale of Sweeney Todd in the minimalist Broadway revival that cleaned up at the Tonys a few years back. The episode's final scene between Josh Jackson and John Noble gives me hope that Jackson's character will finally settle down and stop being so smarmy and screamy all the time. Can't wait for the next one, which comes in two weeks thanks to the second presidential debate.

• The new so-called Coppola Restoration print of "The Godfather" is playing this week at the Music Box Theatre near Wrigley. Next week they show "The Godfather Part II." No love for Part III, though...

Getting Prepped

Prowling Cougars

Posted by coachbu on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 00:02
Conant-Fremd games traditionally were some of the most competitive and dramatic in the area with a lot at stake. And tonight on Fremd's new turf there are some unexpected high stakes with Conant winning its MSL West opener over Palatine. "Like every week we have to play well to have a shot," said Conant coach Bill Modelski. "For this group, which had no success on the lower levels and no success last year, hopefully this was a breakthrough game for us." It certainly was for Conant senior QB Sean Smith, who showed the damage he can do running and throwing the ball in what is becoming the year of the dual-threat quarterback.