Chicago's Inside Pitch

Wanted: Complete games for Sox

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 23:19
You thought the White Sox’ bullpen was bad last year? Didn’t think it could get any worse than Ryan Bukvich, Andrew Sisco, David Aardsma, Dewon Day, Nick Masset and Mike Myers? Maybe you missed Friday night’s game against the Indians. D.J. Carrasco, Mike MacDougal, Ehren Wasserman and Horacio Ramirez made last year’s shaky crew look like all-stars while melting down in a game the Sox desperately needed. Hopefully, GM Kenny Williams was looking in all of their eyes Friday, and he’ll act accordingly. Mining bullpen talent is the greatest challenge for any GM. For the second year in a row, Williams has failed miserably in his search for relief pitchers, and it’s probably going to cost the White Sox a playoff berth.

Bear Essentials

What's up with Harris?

Posted by Bob LeGere on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 19:59
Tommie Harris isn't helping the Bears in his present condition, whatever that is. It's difficult to tell, since the Bears have a policy of shrouding even the tiniest injury in secrecy. Harris has rarely practiced at full speed since the season opener, and he has made little impact in any of the first three games. He says he's healthy enough to practice, but he's played like someone who either has a legitimate injury or is struggling to overcome the mental aspect of knee surgery. So why not shut him down for a week or two? Give his surgical left knee a chance to get well and maybe, when he returns, the Bears will have some semblance of the disruptive force who was voted to the past three Pro Bowls.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Lou makes his point

Posted by Bruce on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 18:49
As you've probably read here, Lou set the rest of his rotation for the NLDS. Following Ryan Dempster will be Big Z, Rich Harden and Ted Lilly. It's interesting to note, as Vin Scully might say, that Lou announced Dempster yesterday and saved news of the rest of the rotation for today. To me, he was saying that Dempster is the ace of this staff and that he's earned the nod for Game 1 of the playoffs, which open next Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

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Sarah Palin Disney Trailer

Posted by Cj on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 09:38

First, Matt Damon created this video.

From YouTube Member: AssociatedPress
Actor Matt Damon speaks out on the Republicans' choice of hockey-mom Sarah Palin for VP. Damon compares her rise to a 'really bad Disney movie' and says it's crazy that this woman could become Pres.

Be the first person to see the trailer to Sarah Palin's bad Disney move! :)

From CollegeHumor:
Sarah Palin Disney Trailer
An Alaskan hockey mom becomes Vice President in the wackiest family comedy of the year! Sound familiar?

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Sorting out the NBA off-season

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 01:01
All around the NBA, ball racks will be rolled onto practice courts beginning Monday. As far as the summer goes, the league didn't generate much buzz beyond the Bulls' upset victory in the draft lottery. Then again, calm was probably a good thing, since we all needed time to let the patriotic fervor die down after watching the “Redeem Team” squeak past Pau Gasol and a bunch of borderline NBA players from Spain to claim the Olympic gold medal. Or maybe you didn't stay up until 3 a.m. to watch the game live. Trust me, it was inspiring. So here's a rundown of the NBA off-season activity. Maybe I'm a tough grader, but I found only two teams that took a significant step forward: The winners

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Sound of silence

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 00:02
As expected, it was pretty quiet in the White Sox' clubhouse following Thursday night's 7-6 loss to the Twins in 10 innings. With the exception of one inning, the Sox' bats were silent as well. It's been a crazy season, but it looks like it's coming to an end unless the White Sox rebound and sweep the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field this weekend. Staying with the crazy theme, maybe the Twins lose one to the Royals at the Metrodome. We'll see how it plays out.

Suburban Political Recount

Inside McPartlin's departure from the tollway

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 20:03
Tollway board member Ronald Materick of Oak Brook left the tollway without much public fanfare more than a year ago. Materick was an outspoken board member, which is of course an oxymoron. Sure some tollway board members will criticize off the record or make measured statements against something blatantly questionable, like those massive Gov. Rod Blagojevich signs across the tollway. But Materick would actually go through the tollway's laundry list of contracts every month and when he saw something that didn't smell right to him, he would say it - right there in the board meeting in front of the press.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Dempster and DeRo

Posted by Bruce on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 18:16
Carlos Zambrano was right: Lou is no Dusty. Instead of enabling and rewarding bad behavior and poor performance, Lou did the right thing today by announcing Ryan Dempster as his Game 1 starter for the NLDS, which starts next Wednesday at Wrigley, where Dempster is 14-3 with a 2.86 ERA. Lou says the rest of the rotation hasn't been finalized. Mark DeRosa may not play again for the remainder of the regular season because of his strained left calf. He was wearing a boot today and limping noticeably. The Cubs say he'll be ready for the playoffs.

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Bonus 2 videos today! IT GUY(lmao, omg this is GREAT! I literally laughed so hard I cried!) / Don't Blow off David Letterman

Posted by Cj on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 08:58

This is too funny!!!

From YouTube Member: Smidde

Please watch this video from the beginning to the end! It's worth it!

This video is from YouTube member: 1970oaktree

On the "Late Show," David Letterman talks about John McCain suspending his campaign in order to solve the economic problems.

Suburban Political Recount

Yesterday's 'monumental' ethics reform today's chopped liver

Posted by JP on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 07:16

Apparently the governor's no longer impressed with that "monumental" and "revolutionary" reform package he signed during his first year in office.

In fact, he no longer seems to acknowledge it. Consider these two news releases. (I highlighted some of the good parts)

First up …

December 9, 2003
Blagojevich signs monumental ethics reforms into law
Comprehensive package meets goals laid-out in Governor’s spring veto; Gives Illinois real, meaningful ethics reform for the first time