Bear Essentials

Injuries might not hurt so bad

Posted by Bob LeGere on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 20:24
Euphoria over the 24-20 victory Sunday night was somewhat tempered on Monday by the injuries to leading receiver Brandon Lloyd (knee) and cornerback Charles Tillman (shoulder), in addition to questions about the health of defensive tackle Tommie Harris' left knee. “We’re evaluating them, hoping they’ll be ready to go this week and all of that,” coach Lovie Smith said unconvincingly late Monday afternoon. “Nathan Vasher also had a wrist/thumb injury. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go also.” Smith seemed confident that Tillman wouldn't be out long. “He hurt his shoulder last night,” Lovie said, “and luckily it wasn’t anything serious.”

Chicago's Inside Pitch

1,012-1,012: That's how even Cubs and Dodgers are

Posted by Bruce on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 16:12
Matchups. In baseball, position-by-position matchups don't tell as much of a story as they do in, say, basketball. It's the batter-pitcher matchups that count. But position-by-position matchups are fun, and they're a good way of comparing rosters. So let's see how the Cubs and Dodgers compare, position by position, as they get ready for the NLDS, which begins Wednesday at Wrigley Field. The two teams have never met in the postseason. Since 1890, they’ve each won 1,012 games against the other. That’s 1,012-1,012 over 119 years of Cubs-Dodgers baseball. Catcher The Dodgers have used Russell Martin as a leadoff hitter and just about everywhere else in the order. Martin's numbers have dropped a bit from last year, but he wound up with 13 homers and a .385 OBP.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Update from the Cell

Posted by scotgreg on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 12:47
It’s just after noon, and it’s raining at the Cell. The White Sox and Tigers are going to play today, even if they have to wait until midnight. There’s a rumor the game won’t start until 5 p.m., but it looks like the rain is moving through at a pretty good pace. Obviously, the Sox have to win today if they want to stay alive. If they do beat Freddy Garcia and the Tigers, they host the Twins tomorrow to decide the AL Central title. That game would start at 6:35 p.m. and be broadcast on TBS. John Danks (11-9, 3.47) would start for the White Sox against Minnesota right-hander Nick Blackburn (11-10, 4.14 ERA). Here are the starting lineups for today: Tigers Granderson, CF Sheffield, DH Ordonez, RF Cabrera, 1B Thames, LF Raburn, 2B Inge, 3B Ryan, C Santiago, SS

Suburban Political Recount

Saturday Night rewind ...

Posted by JP on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 10:14

In case you missed it, here are the political highlights from Saturday Night Live.
That Obama impersonation needs some work.

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Why the Bailout Bill Failed! / Tina Fey portrays Gov. Palin again on SNL. / Tribute to Paul Newman

Posted by Cj on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 09:22

Why the Bailout Bill Failed

From: Ben Pershing
House Republican leaders gave a press conference right after the vote, and they have strongly suggested that Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) floor speech toward the end of the debate was at least partly to blame for the loss. "I do believe we would have gotten there had the Speaker not made this partisan speech on the floor of the house," Boehner said.

It's too early to know whether Pelosi's speech, which laid much of the blame for the whole financial crisis at the foot of the Bush administration, really made much of a difference. But if several House Republicans actually did switch their votes on a momentous piece of legislation just because they were irritated by a speech, what does that say about them? As Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) mockingly characterized the GOP's argument: "Somebody hurt my feelings, so I'm going to punish the country."

It's possible despite weeks of warnings, and a stock market that is cratering as we speak, that a lot of members still aren't taking any of this seriously enough. And that, ultimately, may be the real reason for today's vote.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Confidence is key for Sox

Posted by scotgreg on Sun, 09/28/2008 - 18:10
The White Sox aren’t looking at this like they’ve lost five of their last six and are a woeful 10-15 in September. Understandably, the Sox are looking at this like they’ve got a one-game winning streak. After beating the Indians Sunday, the White Sox’ confidence level was sky high, which is again understandable. They think they can beat the Tigers at home Monday, the Twins at home Tuesday and then go to Tampa Bay and deal with the Rays in the playoffs. We’ll see about that, but confidence is just as important as talent in major-league baseball. The Sox lost it for much of the month. They think they’ve found it again at just the right time.

All That Glitters - Celebrity news

Paul, Scarlett and Heather

Posted by mipplet on Sun, 09/28/2008 - 16:41
I very sad when I heard that Paul Newman passed away on Friday following a quiet battle with cancer. One of the most highly acclaimed actors of all time, he had more than 80 films and TV performances to his credit, and was equally well-known for his philanthropic work and successful food company. Paul was also one half of Hollywood's most successful relationship: he and actress Joanne Woodward were married for more than 50 years. My favorite Paul Newman film is "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," but every performance he gave was truly memorable. I also admired his devotion to charity work.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Hey, it's a somewhat regular lineup

Posted by Bruce on Sun, 09/28/2008 - 12:56
With the Cubs facing CC Sabathia today, Lou trots out some of the regulars: Soriano, LF Theriot, SS Lee, 1B Ramirez, 3B Johnson, CF Hoffpauir, RF Cedeno, 2B Blanco, C Guzman, P Lou says DeRosa will try running tomorrow at Wrigley Field. When Lou was asked whether DeRo would be ready for Wednesday's Game 1 of the NLDS, he first said, "He'll be ready Wednesday." Then, he added, "We think he'll be ready Wednesday." Fukudome isn't playing. Lou says he wanted to leave Fukudome with a positive feeling after yesterday's homer. It's gotten to that with a $48 million player? Big Z is still boycotting us. Oh, well. He's supposed to throw tomorrow after not wanting to pitch today.

Bear Essentials

Bears bargain paying off

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 23:50
Sometimes shopping the bargain racks really pays off. After three weeks it seems the Bears made the right decision by declining to get into a bidding war for Bernard Berrian, who cost the Vikings $42 million over six years. Instead the Bears signed Redskins castoff Brandon Lloyd for $645,000, the league minimum plus a $40,000 bonus. So far, Lloyd has far outperformed Berrian. While neither offense has been very productive this season, Lloyd has still managed to catch 13 passes for 216 yards and 1 touchdown, while Berrian has 6 catches for 117 yards and no touchdowns. If he maintains the same pace for 16 games, Lloyd will finish with 70 receptions for 1,152 yards, which would be the fifth-highest yardage in franchise history.

Getting Prepped

The crystal ball

Posted by coachbu on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 23:06
Predicting the fortunes of teenagers is definitely a fool's game. But since we're all pretty foolish, we do it anyway. Football, basketball, even baseball (which most are smart enough to avoid). We try to forecast what's going to happen and when we're off people definitely don't forget. Few coaches want to be picked first. No coaches want to be picked last - but a lot like the middle of the pack since it seems to give their kids an apparent motivational boost. I've certainly had my share of kids, parents and coaches willingly bring it up when my picks are as off the mark as Javier Vazquez's pitches.