Getting Prepped

St. Francis' Purnell gets Bears honor

Posted by coachbu on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 20:51
The Western Suburbs have an early monopoly on Bears Coach of the Week honors this year as Greg Purnell of St. Francis in Wheaton got it this week. Week 1 was Montini's Chris Andriano and Week 2 was former Waubonsie Valley coach and current Danville coach B.J. Luke. Last week St. Francis pulled a 27-7 stunner of Driscoll, which has won seven straight state titles, to improve to 3-0 as it has outscored its foes 129-20. Purnell's first St. Francis team was 3-6 but it's clear what he accomplished in Iowa (3 state titles, 2 runner-up finishes, 144 wins and induction into Iowa Coaches Association Hall of Fame) has started to play well in Illinois. Interestingly enough, this week will be a battle of Bears honorees and a huge Suburban Catholic Conference matchup with unbeaten Montini.

Suburban Political Recount

Question and answer time with the gov's spokesman

Posted by JP on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 17:28
I sent Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero some questions about the timing of the governor's special sesson orders for Monday and got a voice mail back with answers. Q: Does this means the Senate President and governor aren't working together? A: "I don't know what that means." Q: What does the governor want to be acted upon? Is it Hoffman's HB6699? (When the House overrode the governor's ethics changes, his chief ally -- Collinsville Democrat Jay Hoffman -- took them and filed new legislation) A: yes Q: That's still on first reading in the House. Constitutionally, that plan would need three days in the House and another three in the Senate. So, is the governor going to call daily special sessions until it's approved?

Widescreen

Calling all movie buffs:

Posted by Sean Stangland on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 17:04

"The Silence of the Lambs" is playing this weekend at the AMC 20 at Streets of Woodfield, and it's not one of those crummy DVD things where they beam it in via satellite. According to the person I talked to on the phone today, Jonathan Demme's Oscar-winning classic will be shown on film. Rich, glorious celluloid. So if you want to see a classic on the big screen this weekend, get thee to Schaumburg!

The excitement doesn't end there: The theater is planning more weekend bookings of old favorites, including "The Fifth Element," "The Professional," "Poltergeist," "Aliens," "Psycho" and "The Omen." Stay tuned ...

Click here - Tech

Sarah's F@#$ing Matt Damon and.....

Posted by Cj on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 15:39

This is what started it all:

Sarah's F@#$ing Matt Damon

and...

Suburban Political Recount

The twists and turns of ethics reform

Posted by JP on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 15:11

First the news:
Gov. Rod Blagojevich has ordered a special session of the General Assembly for 1 p.m. Monday to address "real ethics reform."

From there it gets confusing:
Lawmakers teamed up this spring to come up with a plan that focused primarily on banning business with state contracts from helping finance the campaigns of the officials who award those contracts.
The governor has time and again lined his campaign warchest with donations from those doing business with the state.
It's generally referred to as pay-to-play.
Back when a coalition of lawmakers announced this deal, they said they were unified and if the governor dared veto or change the deal, they'd quickly override his move.
Well, that happened.

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

The Empire finally strikes back

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 14:49
To tip off the Daily Herald's Bulls blog, we'll take a look at a great day for basketball in Great Britain. In fact, it's probably the first great day in the history of English basketball. For decades, England was the only major European country where basketball never seemed to catch on. The United States probably has a more illustrious history in team handball than Britain does in basketball. But that has changed, thanks to Bulls forward Luol Deng. He led Great Britain to a 67-63 victory over the Czech Republic on Wednesday in Pardubice, C.R., which earned the Brits a spot in next year's European championships for the first time ever. Great Britain clinched the Group D title with one game left to play. The other countries in the group are Israel and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bear Essentials

Hester has torn rib cartilage

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 13:38
Devin Hester's injury has finally been revealed as torn rib cartilage. It did not originally occur on the last kickoff he returned before leaving the game in the third quarter, but it was aggravated on that play. “Earlier in the game I landed on it kind of funny on a tackle and it knocked the wind out of me a little bit, but I didn’t show (it),” Hester said Thursday afternoon. “I got up and played it off. Later on in the game, I tried to make a move on the sideline and it popped. It was some kind of awkward way I turned in trying to avoid a tackler and get out of bounds. I just felt it pop.” Hester said he'd like to play Sunday, but it might be wiser to take a game off and allow the injury to completely heal.

Joe Sports

Northwestern's injury report for Ohio

Posted by Lindsey on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 12:31
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has been touting his team's depth at offensive line. Now the Wildcats can prove if they have seven, eight or even nine quality O-Linemen. Starting right tackle Kurt Mattes (knee) and backup guard Keegan Grant (ankle) are listed as out Saturday against Ohio. That means junior Desmond Taylor, who has started the last two games at right guard, will shift back to right tackle where he started the opener. Senior Joel Belding, who started the opener at right guard, should start there again.

All That Glitters - Celebrity news

Paging Dr. Ross--stat!

Posted by mipplet on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 22:13
I haven't watched "ER" in ages, but this is the last season of NBC's hit medical drama, and a lot of former stars are returning as guest stars this year. Noah Wyle and Anthony Edwards have already signed on, and rumors continue to build about the possibility of George Clooney returning as Dr. Doug Ross! In a recent interview, Anthony Edwards claimed that the show's producers are doing their best to get "everyone" back for the final season...and "everyone" includes George! I really, really, REALLY hope he returns to the show, and I think there's a good chance that he will. Remember when Juliana Margulies finally left the show?

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Sox' offense really missing Quentin

Posted by scotgreg on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 22:07
If Carlos Quentin is able to tolerate some pain in his fractured right wrist and rejoin the White Sox at some point next week, this is going to be a team that should probably be feared in the postseason. Without Quentin, though, the Sox don't figure to scare anyone, assuming they hold off the struggling Minnesota Twins and win the AL Central. As the White Sox again showed in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Yankees, they are very vulnerable when not hitting home runs. The Sox have scored nearly half of their runs this season on homers, the highest percentage in baseball, and Quentin is still leading the AL with 36 HR even though he's missed the last 15 games. Get him back, and the White Sox have a shot. If not, it's going to be a real struggle to make it out of the first round.