Tuesday, June 16, 2009

White Sox v. Cubs

All-Chicago Team -

Two questions:

1. If you could combine the rosters of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, who would you take?

2. And even if you could do a combo platter of Sox and Cubs, would it be enough to win a pennant in the National or American League?

The first question is a blatant rip-off of the annual all-Chicago team put together by Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune. These are my picks, but the all-Chicago thing was conceived 11 years ago by Rogers.

The second question is the real toughie. As of Saturday, we're talking about two teams with a combined 58-64 record. I figure the Sox/Cubs could win either the AL or NL Central -- you'd hope -- but after that, who knows?


Based on your votes, here is the roster for your all-city team.
Pos Player Team
SP1 M. Buehrle Sox
SP2 R. Dempster Cubs
SP3 Ted Lilly Cubs
SP4 Randy Wells Cubs
RP Bobby Jenks Sox
C AJ Pierzynski Sox
1B Paul Konerko Sox
2B Chris Getz Sox
3B G. Beckham Sox
SS A. Ramirez Sox
LF A. Soriano Cubs
CF K. Fukudome Cubs
RF Jermaine Dye Sox
MGR Ozzie Guillen Sox
GM Ken Williams Sox
Field Wrigley Field Cubs

Series Preview -

The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox were leading their divisions when they met for the first time last season, prompting talk of a Windy City World Series.

No such buzz will surround the crosstown rivals as they meet for the first time this year.

In the midst of disappointing seasons, the Cubs and White Sox look to build off dramatic victories when they open a three-game series Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs (30-30) won their second straight NL Central title in 2008, but a sputtering lineup has them chasing three teams in the division this year. After leading the league in runs (855) and on-base percentage (.354) last season, the Cubs are near the bottom of the NL this year with 253 runs and a .324 OBP. That led to the firing of hitting coach Gerald Perry on Sunday.

The White Sox (30-34) haven't been much better offensively.

Could Bears get Brandon Marshall? -
With Kyle Orton's perceived top target looking more like he wants to play elsewhere, the Denver Broncos brought in a guy who looked like he was on his way to being Orton's top target last season.

Denver reeled in Brandon Lloyd, signing him to a contract Monday afternoon. He's no replacement for Pro Bowl performer Brandon Marshall, but he gives the Broncos someone Orton is familiar with heading toward training camp. Lloyd jumped out last summer in the preseason game at Seattle when Orton went to him repeatedly in the two-minute offense. They continued to work well together through the first four games of the regular season when Lloyd was easily the club's leading receiver. But a minor knee injury in Week 4 put him on the shelf and whatever chemistry they had together fizzled before Lloyd returned six weeks later. It came as a surprise to no one when Lloyd exited at the end of the season after his one-year deal expired.

What also didn't come as a surprise was the report out of Denver earlier today that Marshall told Broncos owner Pat Bowlen "I think I'd like to be traded."

Or Plax instead? -

If the Bears were waiting for Plaxico Burress to appear Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court to help determine what course to take in pursuit of the troubled wide receiver, they may have to keep waiting.

Or, they could act boldly before knowing Burress' legal fate.

Your move, Jerry Angelo. Proceed with caution.

Reports out of New York on Friday indicate Burress' criminal lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, has requested a continuance that will be granted Monday when Burress shows up to face two felony gun charges. Brafman told the New York Daily News that he expects to be in and out of court "in five minutes." It will mark the second continuance, and the next court date could come in September, which technically would make Burress available to attend an NFL training camp.


Tips for success from a very successful man, Mark Cuban -

1. Recognize that its ok to live like a student.

It doesn’t matter where you live. It doesn’t matter how you live. It doesn’t matter what kind of car you drive. It doesn’t matter what kind of clothes you wear. It doesn’t matter. Your biggest enemies are your bills. The more you owe, the more you stress. The more you stress over bills, the more difficult it is to focus on your goals. More importantly, if you set your monthly income requirements too high, you eliminate a significant number of opportunities. The cheaper you can live, the greater your options. Remember that.


5. Start the day motivated with a positive attitude.

You are going to screw up. We all do. I cant tell you how many times I did and do. It happens too often. No matter what happens, every morning, the minute after you wipe away the crust from your eyes, remind yourself that you are going to enjoy every minute of the day. You are going to enjoy the 20 interviews you have. You are going to enjoy waiting in the heat for your roommate to pick you up afterwards. You are going to enjoy realizing how frayed your collar is becoming and how sick you are of your one tie. You are going to enjoy all the bullshit you have to deal with as you chase your goals and dreams because you want to remember them all. Each and every experience will serve as motivation and provide great memories when you finally make it all happen.

Its your choice. What are you going to do ?

Sounds like something a wise man once said:
"Every day should be the best day of your life, because why not?"

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