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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.

Joe Sports

NIU quarterback update with a dash of Larry English

Posted by Lindsey on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 22:01
After checking Northern Illinois' practice Wednesday afternoon as the Huskies prepare for Saturday's home opener against lowly Football Championship Subdivision squad Indiana State, there weren't many answers to the starting quarterback question. Here's what we know for sure: Redshirt freshman Chandler Harnish, who looked so good in the close season-opening loss at Minnesota, won't play. He needed crutches to get around on his sprained right foot, which was in a boot. Senior Dan Nicholson, redshirt freshman DeMarcus Grady (whose brother plays RB at Michigan) and junior Ryan Morris each took turns running with the first unit. Here was coach Jerry Kill's take after practice:

Chicago's Inside Pitch

'I'm not using him right now' (Fukudome)

Posted by Bruce on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 18:45
Kind of a mish-mosh of stuff with Lou before the game today. He started talking about the whole idea of clinching and then stopped himself. "I don't like all this talk of clinching until we clinch," said Yogi, er, Lou. Well, with a magic number of 4 heading in to tonight's game, they'll do it soon enough, and Lou will be able to get rest of guys who need it, like Ryan Theriot. The couple days off because of the hurricane did a world of good for Derrek Lee. Theriot, who wore down last year, is sure to benefit from a few days off in the final week.

Between the Circles

Kane beefs up

Posted by TimS on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 18:38
Saw Patrick Kane at the United Center today and he has bulked up. Big time. He said he is at 175 pounds, up 10 or 12 from last year, and it looks to be all upper body muscle. Kane wants to score more goals, setting his sights on 35 to 40 after bagging 21 as a rookie. The kid is going to be a monster player... Dale (Tallon, the GM, and it's going to be just Dale from now on in this space) confirmed Geoff Sanderson won't be coming to training camp on a tryout basis. Sanderson wanted a contract and the Hawks are in no position to offer him one being about only $1.5 million under the NHL's salary cap... Kevyn Adams is coming to camp as a tryout and likely will be signed at some point to add depth at about $600,000...


Redux II

Posted by Sean Stangland on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 17:59

Don't worry; last week's enlightening exchange hasn't inspired me to go easy on this week's episode of "Fringe."

The second installment of this "X-Files" wannabe posted huge overnight ratings and looks to be another hit from the J.J. Abrams sci-fi factory. The season premiere of "House" was a good lead-in for the scary series, and "Fringe" likely hooked much of that show's audience with last night's lurid teaser.

Donnie Pfaster meets "Species II" in an opening sequence featuring a hooker in her skivvies interrupting a syringe-wielding serial killer by violently giving birth to a genetically hyperactive baby. It's the kind of audacious gross-out that "The X-Files" flirted with in its early years but didn't truly achieve until Season 4, when Mulder and Scully met the Peacock family.

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Bulls blog is coming

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 16:23
Here come the Bulls!

Between the Circles

Blackhawks blog launches

Posted by TimS on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 16:15
With the season just around the corner, here comes a blog about the Hawks.

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.