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?

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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

Bear Essentials

Forte working overtime

Posted by Bob LeGere on Wed, 09/24/2008 - 23:59
Sure, rookie running back Matt Forte is off to an excellent start. His 409 yards from scrimmage are second in the NFL only to Frank Gore's 412. But it might be time to start thinking about cutting back a bit on the 22-year-old Forte's workload and using veteran Kevin Jones a little more. Jones got 13 carries in the season opener but has touched the ball just four times since. Forte leads the NFL in rushing attempts with 73, which, over the course of an entire season, works out to 389 carries (and 1,621 yards). But no one in the NFL last season carried the ball more times than the Redskins' Clinton Portis, who had 325. Only six players in the league carried more than 300 times.

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'Outsiders' anger Ozzie

Posted by scotgreg on Wed, 09/24/2008 - 23:13
Ozzie doesn't mind being criticized by reporters he actually sees at the ballpark, but he's quick to blow his stack when outsiders start taking shots. ESPN and Fox got under his skin for questioning Guillen’s motivational strategy with starter Javier Vazquez, who was shelled by the Twins on Tuesday. “I was trying to motivate him,” Guillen said. “If people think it was the wrong way, (bleep) them. They don't know me; I don't know them. They can say whatever they want about me. I've know Javy since he was a baby. I know Javy’s family, I know Javy’s kids, mother-in-law, father-in-law, everybody. That’s between Javy and me.” It was widely reported Ozzie said Vazquez was not a “big-game pitcher.” The Sox’ manager said that was taken out of context.