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.

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Wed. afternoon update: Still waiting for Gordon

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 14:08
No news as of 3 p.m. on whether Bulls guard Ben Gordon will sign the one-year qualifying offer or agree to a long-term deal. Gordon was at the Berto Center this morning, but left before practice ended. His parting words were, "Be patient." General manager John Paxson said something has to be settled by tonight. From what I understand, Gordon can only become an unrestricted free agent next summer if he signs the qualifying offer. Sitting out or playing in Europe for a year won't change his restricted status. And here's the rule straight from Larry Coon's well-respected Collective Bargaining Agreement FAQ:

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Has Steve Fossett been found? / The Daily Show With Jon Stewart - Kill Bill: Volume 1

Posted by Cj on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 11:55

Has Steve Fossett been found?
by Adam Housley
The call came last night. A story from a friend about a ski shop owner hiking in the mountains off trail above Mammoth Lakes California near the area of Minaret Lake and Minaret Mine. Apparently the man came across what appeared to be some papers lying in a remote path, but what he may have found wasn’t some wayward trash left by a careless camper.
Full Story:

From: AssociatedPress
Halfway through the latest search for famed aviator-adventurer Steve Fossett, missing since Sept. 3, 2007, a 28-member team says they remain hopeful


The Daily Show With Jon Stewart - Kill Bill: Volume 1
The Republicans feign outrage over hyper-partisan rhetoric, and the Democrats congratulate themselves for a job not done.

Suburban Political Recount

Get your latest Obama rap video here -

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 09:46

Back in 2007, Chicago's Big Hit Buda made headlines with their "We Da Bears" tribute.

This time they have put their exceptional talents to elect Obama, with a video aptly titled "Elect Obama (remix)."

It may not go down in history like the Obama Girl video or the spot - and given the that it is rap and features giant gold chains it probably won't be promoted by the campaign - but it is a high-quality, catchy mix.

See what you think:

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Williams salutes Sox fans

Posted by scotgreg on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 23:02
For the most part, Kenny Williams has been staying out of the spotlight during the heated stretch run. After the White Sox sealed a playoff berth Tuesday night in front of a raucous crowd that brought back memories of 2005, Williams took the microphone at U.S. Cellular Field and addressed the fans that remained from the standing-room only, black-clad crowd of 40,354. "We don't do it without you," said the champagne-soaked GM. "Even when we won the World Series, I don't think it was as electric as tonight. Thank you very much." Williams and the rest of the White Sox were stressed out after battling the Twins for 163 games before finally emerging as AL Central champions. It was a great race, right Kenny?


The new classics

Posted by Sean Stangland on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 21:11

A classic movie isn't just a popular movie. A classic movie isn't just an Oscar winner. And it's definitely not just a critical darling. For a movie to truly be a classic, it has to enter our combined moviegoing psyche; we know it and love it, and we're pretty sure our kids and their kids and their kids' kids will love it too.

I arrived at this topic after my earlier musings about my lack of excitement over the rest of the year's release slate, and after watching a PBS documentary on the history of the Warner Bros. studio. The number of truly classic films released by that studio is staggering, and many of them are of recent vintage. "Unforgiven," for example, is only 16 years old, but it feels like a movie that's been a part of the culture forever.

So what are the "new" classics? What films from the last ten years have already achieved this status? Here are five suggestions:

Suburban Political Recount

Everyone makes mistakes

Posted by JP on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 16:11
From a news release emailed today ... Institute for Public Accuracy 915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045 Tuesday, September 30, 2008 Correction: Sierra Club and "Pickens Plan" An IPA news release, sent out on Sept. 22 quoting Tyson Slocum from Public Citizen, implied that the Sierra Club has thrown its support behind T. Boone Pickens' "Pickens Plan" because the Sierra Club has received money from the Texas oilman. This is false. Slocum was quoted as saying, "Unfortunately, some groups, like the Sierra Club, have signed on to Pickens' plan because T. Boone showers money on groups and politicians. That's one of the reasons we at Public Citizen don't take corporate money." The Sierra Club, in fact, has not accepted any money