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Lou here through 2010 (and other news)

Posted by Bruce on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 16:06
GM Jim Hendry said today he has picked up manager Lou Piniella's 2010 team option. It's worth $4 million, and to hear Hendry talk, it's worth every penny. "We've proven we're OK together," Hendry said. "We like each other, from a business end and personal point of view, so it's not a hard call for me at all." Lou actually is signed longer term than is Hendry, who has until Dec. 30 to exercise his own option for next year, something he'll no doubt do. Beyond that, he says he's not worried. He also thanked Trib tsar Sam Zell for allowing the Lou extension.

Bear Essentials


Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 12:17
1. New York Giants (3-0): Last year's No. 1 is now this year's No. 1 after NFC East foes Dallas and Philadelphia both lost while they enjoyed an off week in preparation for what should be an easy win at home vs. Seahawks. Last week: 4. 2. Tennessee Titans (4-0): Best start in 48-year franchise history thanks to opportunistic group that scored 21 points off 4 turnovers. Expect a physical slugfest when they visit the Ravens this week. Last week: 3. 3. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1): Offense is struggling with multiple injuries at RB, and QB Ben Roethlisberger is hardly playing like a $100 million man, but defense has been stout enough to pick up the slack. Tough trip to Jacksonville up next. Last week: 5.

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200MPH Radio Controlled Jets

Posted by Cj on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 09:28

I wish I had this 200 MPH radio control jet when I was kid.


The September doldrums

Posted by Sean Stangland on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 02:37

"They just don't make 'em like they used to."
-- every moviegoer, ever, in history

Oh, if only that were true. Technology has changed the process of filmmaking and given us spectacular things to look at, but most Hollywood movies are the same as last year and the year before that and the year before that and the decade before that.

This half-depressing, half-comforting notion has slowly dawned on me over the last few years as my attendance at the movie theater has steadily declined. I still love the movies -- very much so -- but I find I'm lacking the urge to see new movies when I'm so comfortable with the ones I already know and love. Of course, it doesn't help that September is pretty much the worst month at the movies.

Do I need to see "Eagle Eye" when I could just watch "Disturbia" on cable? Must I shell out $9.75 for "Righteous Kill" when I already have "Heat" on DVD?

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.