The Cubs had full run of the "home" clubhouse here at Miller Park. Well almost full run. The door to Brewers manager Ned Yost's office is locked, meaning Lou had to use the coaches room.
"That's all right, I'm in the coaches room," Lou said. "Perfect. Nice and roomy in there."
The Astros were none too happy about flying up from Houston today for a pair of "home" games. Looking around at the crowd, it's a sea of blue. Even so the Astros were making the best of the situation. But they did have plenty to say.
First off, the drive wasn't bad. A lot of rain, but not a lot of cars on the construction-riddled Tri-State.
For starters, the Cubs have the Brewers or "home" clubhouse here at Miller Park. I thought that, too, might make Astros owner Drayton McLane mad, but apparently, the Astros wanted the more "familiar" visitors clubhouse. Maybe the Cubs can find a few state secrets in the Brewers' clubhouse. But with the way the Brewers have been going lately, maybe not.
Most of the stadium workers here aren't doing any actual work. They're watching the Packers game on TV out beyond left field, and they yell every time the Packers do something.
Defensive tackle Anthony Adams, who started all four preseason games, was inactive for the second straight week.
An even bigger surprise on the inactive list was backup running back and special teams standout Adrian Peterson, who missed his first game in nearly four years.
The other inactives were defensive tackle Matt Toeaina, offensive linemen Chris Williams and Dan Buenning, wide receiver Earl Bennett, safety Craig Steltz and quarterback Caleb Hanie.
Rode down in the elevator with quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton this morning at 10 a.m. Charlotte time, and it was already 83 degrees with high humidity.
“It's going to be a test of wills today,” he said.
The predicted high today is in the low 90s, which would be warmer than any day during this year's training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Only twice during camp did the temperature reach as high as 91, on Aug. 1st and the 4th, but both days the Bears practiced at night.
It happens every fall. A school district threatens a strike that puts the hopes, dreams and hard work of a lot of kids in some jeopardy.
This year it's Huntley, which saw its football team jump to a 3-0 start with Friday's win at McHenry. On Monday, kids could be scrambling to practice on their own if teachers go on strike.
A lot of athletes would be affected - but what makes football unique is there is no way to make up games that were lost and everyone doesn't automatically make the postseason. Every week is crucial to get the 5 wins needed to make the playoffs.
Coaches often say you play the way you practice. Prospect's Brent Pearlman wouldn't dispute that belief after Friday's 31-12 loss at Barrington.
"We were never in this game," Pearlman said. "We had two horrible days of practice (Wednesday and Thursday) .... and Barrington's a physical team and we didn't match them anywhere.
"Wednesday and Thursday carried over to today. We had no energy and no emotion. The moment the ball went in the air we weren't in the football game."
But don't think Pearlman has given up on his team or a defense that has given up 51 points the last two weeks and faces Schaumburg, with QB Anthony Iannotti coming off two excellent outings.
Barrington clearly made an early statement Friday by jumping to a 31-point lead and taking care of Prospect 31-0 in an MSL crossover. QB Cody Seeger had no trouble running or throwing in the rain, RB Sam Ojuri looked good after missing a week for an injured ankle and there are plenty of other solid threats behind the line of Erik Zentner, Adam Sellner, Trevor Laue, Tyler Sinclair (who went out in the fourth quarter) with a leg injury and Gus Handler.
And so far senior kicker Ryan Murach is delivering field position with kickoffs consistently through or near the end zone as well as points with a first-half field goal. Terrance Terry set up the first two scores with a 27-yard kickoff return and 24-yard punt return.
Barrington and Prospect had not met in football since 2005. But Barrington senior linebacker Cam Good was more than familiar with the Knights since his dad Dave was their Director of Student Activities for years.
Cam Good smiled and said it definitely added to the joy of the Broncos' impressive 31-12 Mid-Suburban League crossover win.
"I know all of the coaches and some of the players so it was good," Good said. "I have a lot of respect for their program and (head coach) Brent Pearlman. I can't say enough about their program."
What took 'em so long? Major League Baseball finally announced tonight that the Cubs and Astros will play single games at Milwaukee's Miller Park tomorrow night at 7:05 and Monday afternoon at 1:05 to make up for two of the games lost in Houston to Hurricane Ike.
A third, game, if necessary, will be played Monday, Sept. 29 in Houston. That game will be played if it affects the postseason.
The Astros will be the home team for both games in Milwaukee. More to come in Sunday's Daily Herald.