Suburban Political Recount

Buehrle shutout by Blagojevich

Posted by JP on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 11:42

UPDATE:Asked in an email about the Buehrle oversight, a Blagojevich spokesman said the governor sent Buehrle a personal letter and proclaimed White Sox day after the World Series.

I'm sure that'll satisfy Sox fans' notion of fairness

A reader going by SoxFan83 asked a very good question this morning.

“So when was Buehrle day last April?”

On Sunday, Cubs’ ace Carlos Zambrano threw a no-hitter and Gov. Rod Blagojevich responded by declaring Tuesday “Carlos Zambrano Day” in Illinois.

Last year, Mark Buehrle tossed a no-hitter for the White Sox.
The response from the administration?

(cue the chirping crickets)

Looks like Blagojevich threw a shutout right back at Buehrle.

Joe Sports

Jamar Smith moves on

Posted by Lindsey on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 11:34
The former Illinois shooting guard indicated during a court appearance (he received 18 more months of probation for an alleged drinking incident in late July) that he plans to transfer to Southern Indiana in Evansville. That suggests Smith was looking for the top competition possible while becoming eligible as soon as possible. Southern Indiana, which has made the NCAA Division II national tournament 14 of the last 16 years, plays in the hyper-competitive Great Lakes Valley Conference. The league includes Lewis University, UW-Parkside and Quincy University, so Illini fans will have ample chances to see what might have been if they so choose.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Dye on the hot seat?

Posted by scotgreg on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 22:21
So, who is most likely to heat up as the White Sox head down the stretch? I'm going with Jermaine Dye. The Sox' veteran right fielder is having another big year _ 32 home runs and 88 RBI _ but Dye has been quiet lately. After bouncing back from a dreadful April, Dye hit 7 homers and had 14 RBI in May, 9 HR and 26 RBI in June, 7 HR and 18 RBI in July and 7 HR and 16 RBI in August. In September, Dye is batting a sturdy .278, but he has not hit a home run and is stuck on 5 RBI for the month. With Carlos Quentin and Joe Crede out with injuries and Paul Konerko just coming back from a knee scare, the Sox need to find some big production from one of their established hitters. Dye fits the profile.

All That Glitters - Celebrity news

Same zip code, new kids (and a few familiar faces)

Posted by mipplet on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 21:24
I think it's safe to say that I am officially hooked on the new "90210." I've watched the first three episodes and am actually pretty impressed by it, although I wish the original cast members had a little more screentime. Yes, the show is kind of hokey, but it's "90210!" Hokeyness abounds! A few random comments about the series:
  • With a few exceptions, I like the "new batch" of kids, especially the Wilson twins. Shenae Grimes is adorable as Annie, the girl-next-door from Kansas, and Tristan Wilds is hilarious as Annie's adopted brother, Dixon.


Tuesday night hodgepodge

Posted by Sean Stangland on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 20:01

• The much-maligned "Speed Racer" is now on DVD and Blu-Ray, where the Wachowski brothers' colorful concoction will really impress videophiles. I'm among the few people who liked -- no, loved -- this movie, and I urge all who want to see a virtuoso piece of directing and editing to check it out. Yes, it's a kids' movie, and yes, it's a spectacle almost entirely created in the computer, but I think you'll find the Wachowskis delivered something quite unique, visually. It might even play better on a smaller screen; some of the racing sequences were a bit overwhelming in the theater.

• There are rumblings among the Metallica minions that the new album, "Death Magnetic," sounds better on "Guitar Hero" than it does on the CD. Since all tracks have to be remastered to isolate the guitar parts for the game, I certainly expect that it at least sounds different. Can anyone attest to whether it sounds better? The album is rather loud and distorted.

Getting Prepped

AP votes for this week

Posted by coachbu on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 17:38
8A 1. Maine South 2. Mt. Carmel 3. St. Rita 4. Lincoln-Way East 5. Bartlett 6. Naperville North 7. Brother Rice 8. Glenbard North 9. Fremd 10. York Note: Want to get Barrington in here after seeing them last week against Prospect, but no one in my top 10 did anything last week to warrant dropping out. 7A 1. Wheaton South 2. East St. Louis 3. Geneva 4. Glenbard West 5. Carmel 6. Boylan 7. Lake Zurich 8. St. Charles East 9. Wheaton North 10. DeLaSalle 6A 1. Rock Island 2. Cary-Grove 3. Providence 4. Springfield Griffin 5. Bloomington 6. Morgan Park 7. Normal 8. Danville 9. Lemont 10. Joliet Catholic 5A 1. Metamora 2. Montini 3. St. Francis 4. Marian Central Catholic 5. Nazareth 6. Geneseo 7. Pontiac 8. Champaign Central 9. Washington

Suburban Political Recount

It's official: Happy Carlos Zambrano Day

Posted by JP on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 16:39

Is Ted Lilly hour coming next?

Your tax dollars at work:

WHEREAS,      on Sunday September 14, at Miller Park
                      in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos
                      Zambrano threw a no-hitter for a 5-0 win over the
                      Houston Astros; and

                      WHEREAS,      with this accomplishment, Zambrano
                      became the first Chicago Cub pitcher since Milt
                      Pappas in 1972 to throw a no-hitter; and

                      WHEREAS,      this was also the first neutral-site
                      no-hitter in baseball history. The teams were playing
                      in Milwaukee instead of Houston because of Hurricane

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Alphabet soup: WHIP, VORP and PAP

Posted by Bruce on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 15:28
Here are a few tidbits to hold you over until I get back with the lineup around dinner time: Keep an eye on Cubs reliever Jeff Samardzija. His numbers in September aren't too hot. He's pitched 4 innings this month, giving up 5 hits and 4 walks. That translates to a WHIP (walks plus hits per 1 inning pitched) of 2.25, which is a little feverish. Samardzija's WHIP for the season is 1.24. He just got done doing some work in the bullpen, without a ball (base or foot, although he did throw a football to a teammate). No, he wasn't doing the towel drill.

Suburban Political Recount

Question of the day: Child abandonment. How old is too old?

Posted by JP on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 15:17

For years Illinois has had a law that allows parents of newborns to legally abandon a child, no questions asked, at certain locations, such as hospitals and fire stations. To avoid any charges, the parent must give up the child within 72 hours of birth.

The law was passed in response to horrific instances of unwanted newborns being found dead in garbage dumpsters. In recent years, state lawmakers expanded the places where a newborn could be “abandoned” and did away with the provision that would have sunset the law last year.

Every state now has some kind of so-called “safe haven” law permitting legal abandonment.

Which brings us to Nebraska, the last state to do so.

Bear Essentials


Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 13:28
1. Dallas Cowboys (2-0): It seems like the only thing that can stop this offense is itself. QB Tony Romo just has too many weapons, although the Eagles gave them all they could handle in a 41-37 Monday night offensive orgy. Last week: 1. 2. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1): The way QB Donovan McNabb is playing it makes you wonder how the Bears' offense would look with him under center if off-season rumors of his trade to his hometown team had materialized. Last week: 7. 3. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0): When the offense struggles behind sore-armed Ben Roethlisberger, the defense can shut down even a potent opponent as 10-6 victory over Browns proved. Last week: 2.