Blog after screening

Posted by Sean Stangland on Sat, 09/13/2008 - 19:03

Thoughts that ran through my head before, during and after watching "Burn After Reading," the hilarious new comedy from Joel and Ethan Coen:

Bear Essentials

Vasher could be key

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sat, 09/13/2008 - 17:53
If you're looking for a pick to click Sunday against the Panthers, cornerback Nate Vasher wouldn't be a bad pick. The last time Vasher faced the Panthers and their quarterback Jake Delhomme in a regular-season game, Nov. 20, 2005, he intercepted 2 passes in a 13-3 Bears victory. On Carolina's first possession, Vasher interception and 46-yard return to the Panthers' right-yard line. That set up a 3-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton to Muhsin Muhammad, who is now back with the Panthers. Muhammad has never been one to keep a low profile on or off the field, so Vasher was asked if there would be some words between them Sunday afternoon.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Cubs hold tight Saturday; Sunday games unlikely

Posted by Bruce on Sat, 09/13/2008 - 15:53
Been waiting all day to hear from the Cubs about what they're plans are for the Astros series. Late this afternoon, a Cubs person said the team will not travel today, to Houston or anywhere else. That means it's unlikely the Cubs and Astros will play tomorrow, as teams almost never travel on day of game. The Cubs say they don't know what will happen. The Astros have been clinging to the hope of playing at least two games in Houston by Monday, but the effects of Hurricane Ike may prevent that. A couple days ago, I suggested the teams move the proceedings to Miller Park in Milwaukee, but the Astros wanted no part of it, even if it meant they could get all three games in and not have to worry about playing after the scheduled end of the regular season.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Rain, rain, go away

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 09/12/2008 - 21:25
What a mess. In addition to the White Sox-Tigers game Friday night, five other games were rained out _ including the Twins’ game at Baltimore. More rain is on the way just about everywhere across the U.S., and major-league baseball is going to have to be really creative to get the regular season completed before Halloween. If the season does run long, it should actually benefit the White Sox. Paul Konerko (knee) should be back fairly soon and, who knows, maybe Carlos Quentin (fractured wrist) can return during the final week, whenever that happens to be.

Suburban Political Recount

Who said it?

Posted by JP on Fri, 09/12/2008 - 16:40

"I am distrurbed by the number of single issue voters we have in our party.
"I would just point out that we need to win all the offices this year -- the presidential, the U.S. Senate and majorities in the General Assembly.
"My fear is, that those Republicans may cause the defeat of more Republicans than those they have targeted."
"Illinois needs a Republican senator who represents mainstream values.
"And Illinois most assuredly needs Republicans in control of the state Senate and House.
"It is our duty and obligation to present our vision for Illinois and America clearly and without apologies."

So, you might be guessing GOP chairman Andy McKenna at Republican Day at the State Fair or perhaps House Republican leader Tom Cross at the GOP convention.


The new Metallica, track-by-track

Posted by Sean Stangland on Fri, 09/12/2008 - 05:41

Metallica's "Death Magnetic" is finally, officially here. Oh sure, I've heard the whole thing on YouTube already -- I don't roll with illegal downloads -- but today I can actually go to a store and buy one of those compact disc thingies. (Remember those?)

I had every intention of buying it at the local 24-hour megastore when I got off work, but the A/V department wasn't on their A-game; they didn't bother to put it on the shelves at midnight, and the manager on duty had no interest in searching for it in the back room. So I'm listening to the album right now on streaming audio from metallica.com, and the sound quality is worse than the rips I heard on YouTube. Oh well.

So let's go through this thing track-by-track, shall we?

Getting Prepped

Familiar name Bears coach of the week

Posted by coachbu on Thu, 09/11/2008 - 23:39
Danville's B.J. Luke, a name familiar to football fans in the far western suburbs, was named this week's Bears Coach of the Week. Luke coached 18 years (1987-2004) at Waubonsie Valley and was 105-72 with 9 playoff appearances and a state semifinalist in 2003. Luke returned to Danville, his alma mater, in 2005 and led the program to the playoffs the last two years. The Vikings beat Mattoon 55-14 last week and topped perennial Big 12 power Bloomington in the season opener.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Two paws up for Ozzie's latest gem

Posted by scotgreg on Thu, 09/11/2008 - 18:45
If he ever leaves baseball, Ozzie Guillen should go straight into advertising. “Every time I make up a line, people make money off of me,” Ozzie said Thursday. They sure do, especially up in Minneapolis. In 2006, Ozzie referred to the scrappy Twins as “little piranhas,” and T-shirts up in the Land of the Walleye are still being sold. The White Sox’ manager just might have topped himself on Tuesday. After the Sox dropped both ends of a double-header to Toronto, Ozzie threw out his latest gem: “We have to fight like a cat, paws up.” I almost laughed out loud, just trying to picture a cat with his/her dukes up in the air. Ozzie was wearing a “Paws Up” T-shirt on Thursday, and he was asked about where the line came from.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Why not Milwaukee?

Posted by Bruce on Thu, 09/11/2008 - 18:37
It's seems so simple. That's why Major League Baseball probably won't do it. If the Cubs and Astros cannot play in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Ike, why not Miller Park in Milwaukee? The Astros can be the "home" team, with money from the 40,000 Cubs fans going to the Astros, who seem most worried about losing three gates. On top of that, Miller Park and Minute Maid Park are both retractable domes, so the Astros will be playing on a homefield that's similar to theirs. Problem solved. Bud Selig can send a $50,000 consulting fee to yours truly. Maybe I'll print up some "Chicago's Inside Pitch" shirts with some of the dough.

Suburban Political Recount

Jones won't be rushed

Posted by JP on Thu, 09/11/2008 - 18:11

Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Jr., a Chicago Democrat, informed Senate members that they will not be back in session until Nov. 12, refusing to call any immediate special session to consider restoring budget cuts or ethics legislation -- both of which the House approved just a day ago.

By the time the Senate convenes, two dozen state parks and historic sites will have closed and more than 300 state employees will have been laid off. Plus, numerous social service agencies are cutting staff and programs as state cuts trickle down to those who actually do the treatment and counseling on the state's behalf. An Elgin alcohol abuse and drug treatment center announced it would cut five staff and remove two beds from its programs because of the state cuts.