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.

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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

NFL POWER RANKINGS - NFC EAST RULES

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.

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Wii Star Wars preview / Makeup Tips For The Joker / Ways to decorate for that big Halloween bash

Posted by Cj on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 11:54

I can't wait to pick up this game today! Duel mode looks like a lot fun and it's going to be cool to use a wii controller as a light saber. :)

From YouTube member gamingbits:

Here are some useful Halloween tips from YouTube members:

From YouTube member: zeke87

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Replacing Devin

Posted by Bob LeGere on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 22:36
Injuries to Devin Hester and Brandon McGowan in the 20-17 loss to the Panthers could give Danieal Manning an increased presence in two phases of the game. McGowan's ankle injury should elevate Manning back to the nickel back job he lost in the preseason, and if Hester cannot recover from his rib cage injury, Manning would assume the kickoff-return duties. Manning has shown an aptitude for returning kicks, and his 36-yarder against Carolina, after Hester was injured, was the longest return of the afternoon for either team. Manning set the school record at Abilene Christian with 6 special-teams return touchdowns, 3 on kickoffs and 3 on punts.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

So long, Yankee Stadium

Posted by scotgreg on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 18:28
Yankee Stadium is located in the Bronx, which makes the White Sox' South Side home look like Lake Forest by comparison. There's always a lot of trash flying around in and outside the ballpark, and the blaring speakers stacked high out in center field are almost guaranteed to leave you with a headache before the third inning. The obvious reaction to Yankee Stadium's demise at the end of the season is: Good Riddance. I've been coming here for 15 years, and "The House that Ruth Built" has definitely seen its better days. Still, it's almost unbelievable to think that this is the last series the White Sox will play at the old place, and that Yankee Stadium will prepare for the wrecking ball after New York plays the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Clincher coming this week?

Posted by Bruce on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 12:55
Don't look now, but the Cubs' magic number for clinching the NL Central is 7, meaning they can clinch as early as this week. One of my regular readers cites a Bill James formula that says the Cubs have virtually clinched. Something about no team has ever come back to win when the square of the number of games behind they are exceeds four times the games remaining. I'll let others do that math, but suffice it to say, the Brewers are 7 1-2 out and 9 in the loss column.

All That Glitters - Celebrity news

Welcome to "All That Glitters"

Posted by mipplet on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 11:35
Greetings, readers! Some of you may have followed "All That Glitters" from it's former home on the Beep Web site, and some of you may be brand new readers. Regardless, thanks for taking the time to check out my blog. I look forward to ripping on celebrities with all of you in the near future! The old "All That Glitters" archives may not have made their way over to the Daily Herald site, but I've actually been writing this blog for about two years now. Here are a few basic things you need to know:
  • We are all welcome to our opinions: I have mine, you have yours and we may vehemently disagree with each other...but that's okay. I'm all in favor of spirited debates in this blog, but let's play nice, okay?

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For everyone who hates the new Microsoft commercials

Posted by Cj on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 10:17

Fast forward to the end where they are walking out of the store:


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Tina Fey glasses

Posted by JP on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 09:32

In case you were doing something else Saturday night ...