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.

Getting Prepped

What a crazy weekend

Posted by coachbu on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 22:55
People often believe we care more about one school or team over another. Most of us are primarily concerned with reasonably quick games (especially on Friday nights) and something interesting or something with drama. This weekend certainly fit that bill in two much different ways. First was Rolling Meadows at Wheeling in a matchup of last year's Mid-Suburban East co-champions. Meadows seemed to be in control with a 13-0 lead late in the third quarter. In the past it would have been over for Wheeling. But then the game took crazy twists and turns started by some big plays by Mike Barton. The Wildcats appeared to squander a phenomenal opportunity when it lost a fumble inside the Meadows' 5 with less than five minutes left.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Sox catching some breaks

Posted by scotgreg on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 18:47
There are no curses to curse on the South Side. If anything, it looks like the White Sox have harnessed some weird kind of karma. How else can you explain the Twins losing their second straight game to the Royals on Saturday at the Metrodome? Bizarre. And even if the White Sox lose to the Indians Saturday night (the score is 1-1 in the fourth inning), they don't have to worry about Cliff Lee on Sunday. Lee, who leads the American League in wins (22) and ERA (2.54), was scratched from his start with a stiff neck. Instead, the Sox get to face Bryan Bullington, who is 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA in 2 appearances for Cleveland. The White Sox sure are getting breaks. It’s up to them to exploit them.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Samardzija in; Gaudin out

Posted by Bruce on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 14:57
Lou told us today that Jeff Samardzija has made the roster for the NLDS. With the Cubs keeping only 11 pitchers, including lefties Neal Cotts and Sean Marshall in the pen, the odd-man out is Chad Gaudin, who was ineffective Friday night and who doesn't seem to have confidence in his breaking ball. Of course things could change for the second round, if the Cubs advance. Lou says he'll have word today on the final position-player spots, even if the Cubs don't have to announce it until later in the week. They'll work out Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Lou says Big Z will start Sunday's season finale and pitch 1 or 2 innings. He joked that he might have to hit him fourth in the lineup to get him an AB. Today's lineup: Fukudome, RF Cedeno, SS Hoffpauir, 1B Ward, LF