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..
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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.

Getting Prepped

Starting a different streak?

Posted by coachbu on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 23:45
After ending a 15-game skid last week, can Hersey start a run in the other direction when it visits Buffalo Grove? Even though the Huskies are still young, they believe they can do some more damage right now. "I think we have a shot this year to make some noise and be competitive," said Hersey coach Mark Gunther, who received a congratulatory e-mail from former head coach Bruce Glover. That was the expectation coming into this season with a lot of experience and a lot more depth. But the schedule didn't help in the win column as it faced Fremd, Schaumburg and Palatine in its MSL crossovers. It did help in preparation as the Huskies' 30-28 loss to Schaumburg looks a lot better considering its successful start.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

'There's no curses here'

Posted by Bruce on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 19:45
Lou was nice and loose before tonight's game. Rightfully, he said "this isn't life and death," although he'd have a hard time selling that to a lot of Cubs fans. Anyway, all that silliness about a "curse" came up, and Lou was told a Greek Orthodox priest, apparently at the behest of Cubs chairman Crane Kenney, sprinkled holy water in the Cubs dugout yesterday. Final score in Game 1: Dodgers 7, Cubs 2. Lou reacted in typical fashion. "There's no curses here," Lou said. "I don't know how many times I have to answer about curses. Who did it? Crane graduated from Notre Dame. He might have had somebody from South Bend."

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Fukudome back in there

Posted by Bruce on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 17:36
Lou has stuck with Fukudome, but he's batting him eighth and Theriot second: Soriano, LF Theriot, SS Lee, 1B Ramirez, 3B DeRosa, 2B Edmonds, CF Soto, C Fukudome, RF Zambrano, P As I've harped on all week, the Dodgers are game-planning the Cubs exactly the way the D'Backs did last year. And the Cubs are biting. Once Soriano figures it out to lay off the low-and-away sliders, the better off the Cubs will be.


"Two for 'Eagle Eye,' please." / "That'll be $70."

Posted by Sean Stangland on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 16:35

The first in what is supposed to be a 50-location luxury cinema franchise opens Friday in South Barrington. The Village Roadshow Gold Class Cinemas offers eight screens with no more than 40 seats per theater. The seats are big and plush, and come with a table for the food and drink you can order from a waiter, whom you can summon with the push of a button. You can read more about the theater's amenities in this story by Daily Herald staff writer (and fantasy football guru) Chad Brooks.

You're probably thinking this sounds familiar to the VIP seating at the Muvico 18 in Rosemont -- my choice as the best movie theater in the suburbs -- or the AMC Premium Cinema at Yorktown Shopping Center.

But here's the difference: It costs $35 to get in.