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.

Widescreen

"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.

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

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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?