In recent weeks Barack Obama played basketball with the North Carolina Tar Heels. Apparently he could use a lesson in defense.
Yesterday, the Democratic presidential frontrunner was playing a pickup game against Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias that got a bit rough.
For those unaware, Giannoulias played college ball at Boston University and then briefly for a pro league in Greece.
Animal Farm caught up with Giannoulias and here’s his version of the way things went:
Giannoulias: “You’re the first person I’ve talked to about this.
The game was competitive. We were playing pretty hard.
I was going to the basket on the right side (Giannoulias is a righty, Obama is a lefty)
He could have let me go but he decided to jump.
The Illinois House just voted to rejected the latest round of recommended pay raises.
State Rep. Fred Crespo, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, sponsored the push to reject the raises. That's by design as Crespo is likely to be squarely in Republicans' political crosshairs this fall.
The objections to the rejection and desire to get more money came from other Democrats.
Now attention turns to the Illinois Senate, which must vote on the EXACT same rejection otherwise the raises automatically take effect. State Sen. Susan Garrett, a Lake Forest Democrat, is pushing the raise rejection in the Senate.
Best day ever
Bruce Miles reminds us all that May 6, 1998 was a very special day in Cubville.
It didn't take long for the men broadcasting Cubs baseball on May 6, 1998 to figure out something special was happening at Wrigley Field.
Maybe it was after Kerry Wood struck out the first five Houston Astros he faced on his way to 20.
Unfortunately, the last decade hasn’t been as kind to Kerry Wood. Here’s the link to the entire story: http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=185683
And since this is supposed to be a political blog – you can find the sports stuff here: http://blogs.dailyherald.com/blog/18 -- we’ll thrown in some political perspective.
Consider, for instance, how the last decade has changed the top Democratic presidential hopefuls.
In 1998 …
I always feel a little burst of excitement whenever a movie or TV show name-drops one of the Chicago suburbs; it's like finding out that, yes, famous people do know there's more to life than L.A. and NYC.
Wheaton is the latest regional town to earn this distinction, although in a rather dubious manner: The gunman who took Trauma 2 hostage on last Thursday's "ER" told Dr. Archie Gates (Scott Grimes) he was from the DuPage County bastion of sobriety.