Bear Essentials

Bears suspend Tommie Harris

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 15:54
Three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris, who signed a four-year, $40 million contract extension prior to the start of the season has been suspended by the Bears for this week's game for an unspecified breach of team rules. Harris did not play last week because of lingering effects from the off-season arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, and he has rarely practiced at all since the start of the season. In the three games he did play, Harris was a virtual non-factor, recording just 2 tackles plus an additional tackle for loss. Harris has not practiced at all this week.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Start Richard over Vazquez?

Posted by scotgreg on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 15:43
What’s the biggest difference between this year’s White Sox and the team that won the World Series in 2005? You saw it in Game 1 of the ALDS at Tampa Bay Thursday. In the first round of the 2005 playoffs against Boston, the White Sox went with starters Jose Contreras, Mark Buehrle and Freddy Garcia. They swept the Red Sox in 3 games, so they didn’t even need Jon Garland, who was 18-10 during the regular season. And had the series vs. Boston gone longer, Garland was probably going to be skipped. That’s how good _ and fresh _ the White Sox’ starters were. Against the Rays Thursday, the Sox had no choice but to start Javier Vazquez, and the results were predictable.

Suburban Political Recount

OK, I just realized ...

Posted by JP on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 15:39
The Sox are playing in the stadium that was going to be home field had the clock not stopped in the Illinois House all those year ago to buy some time on the new Comiskey financing scheme.

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Palin Bingo: Play it during the Palin/Biden debate tonight(Download your cards here) / Don't Vote!!!!!

Posted by Cj on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 10:36

Palin Bingo: Play it during the Sarah Palin/Joe Biden debate tonight (download the cards here) by Liz Barrett, Celebrity News Examiner

Tonight's debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin could be really entertaining. Or it could be a cringe fest.

We prefer the former. So we're going to watch with friends and play Palin bingo.

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Gams & Gammer
Katie Couric is a tough-talking big city reporter, and Sarah Palin is a moose-hunting maverick governor with real specs appeal.

Wall Street Jagoffs

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Suburban Political Recount

Obama on 'Mike and Mike' show:

Posted by JP on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 08:38
Democratic presidential nominee (and White Sox fan) Barack Obama was a guest via phone on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” show just after 8 a.m. this morning. Hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic noted they’d had Republican John McCain on recently and had little interest in truly focusing on politics. Here’s an overview of the segment. First question was what Obama thought of the Oregon State basketball coaching job. Obama’s brother-in-law is the new basketball coach there. Q: Thoughts of the Sox playoff opener? Obama: “I’m a little worried about our pitching rotation right now. It’s not optimal.” Obama: Why do you have turf in Tampa? Mike and Mike: “They have a dome.” Obama: “Your in Tampa, Florida man.”

Getting Prepped

AP votes this week

Posted by coachbu on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 22:43
8A 1. Maine South 2. St. Rita 3. Lincoln-Way East 4. Bartlett 5. Naperville North 6. Mt. Carmel 7. Fremd 8. Barrington 9. Loyola 10. Brother Rice 7A 1. Wheaton South 2. East St. Louis 3. Geneva 4. Glenbard West 5. Carmel 6. Boylan 7. St. Charles East 8. DeLaSalle 9. Machesney Park Harlem 10. Fenwick 6A 1. Rock Island 2. Cary-Grove 3. Springfield Griffin 4. Bloomington 5. Morgan Park 6. Normal 7. Danville 8. Providence 9. Lemont 10. Joliet Catholic 5A 1. Metamora 2. Montini 3. Nazareth 4. St. Francis 5. Marian Central 6. Decatur MacArthur 7. Washington 8. Cahokia 9. Sterling 10. Geneseo 4A 1. Bloomington Central Catholic 2. Driscoll 3. Aurora Christian 4. Breese Mater Dei 5. Quincy ND 6. Stillman Valley 7. Mahomet-Seymour

Bear Essentials

Don't burn out Forte

Posted by Bob LeGere on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 22:24
I've harped on this before, but I really believe the Bears need to cut back on rookie RB Matt Forte's workload of they want him to be effective in December. Forte leads the NFL in rushing attempts with 92 – 6 more than the Chiefs' Larry Johnson – and he's also caught 18 passes, giving him a league-high 110 touches. At the quarter pole, it's easy to do the math: 368 carries and 440 touches. That's a heavy burden for a 22-year old. It's not as if the Bears don't have any other options. Kevin Jones is a viable alternative who could at least provide an occasional breather for Forte, and whatever happened to getting a few touches a game for Garrett Wolfe?

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Weary Sox get some rest

Posted by scotgreg on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 19:35
The White Sox really needed a break in the schedule on Wednesday. Landing in Tampa Bay at 4 a.m. after gutting out a 1-0 win over the Twins in the AL Central tie-breaker Tuesday night, the Sox looked like zombies while going through an brief workout at Tropicana Field in preparation for Game 1 of the playoffs. “I got to bed around 5 (a.m.),” Jermaine Dye said. During batting practice, backup catcher Toby Hall brought out a cowbell, which have become crowd favorites at the Trop this season. It didn’t seem to wake any of the White Sox up much. With a good night’s rest, the Sox should be ready to go today. They’ll try building on a three-game winning streak.

Suburban Political Recount

The Republican who voted 'Yes' on the bailout

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 17:25
U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk wasn't reachable after being one of the lone Republicans from Illinois to support the controversial $700 billion bailout deal on Monday. But we caught up with him recently to get a better take on why he stuck his neck out to back the plan. Other Republicans in the 'burbs gave the historic proposal a thumbs down, including U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert and U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo. (None of them claimed the speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed them to vote against the plan.) "I think they made an error," says Kirk of Highland Park of the votes against the bailout. Like other congressional members in the region, Kirk said he was swamped with phone calls, letters and emails from voters telling him to vote 'No.' They were mad.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Fukudome bats second

Posted by Bruce on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 17:17
Let's get the lineup out of the way first: Soriano, LF Fukudome, RF Lee, 1B Ramirez, 3B Soto, C Edmonds, CF DeRosa, 2B Theriot, SS Dempster, P "I'd like to stay just the way we are," Lou said. "Fukudome is very capable of having a nice postseason. With the wind blowing and everything else, we went with good defense in the outfield. The fact that DeRosa also had that little strain in the calf, second base is a little easier for him." Lou said they talked long and hard about the decision to keep Felix Pie over Micah Hoffpauir. The Cubs chose "versatilility, the defense, the speed," of Pie. Lou added that the Cubs weren't going to play Hoffpauir in the outfield anyway.