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The [Friday] Papers

Sorry, Sox fans!

* "As the Twins celebrated in the middle of the diamond, the White Sox slunk off the field, shortstop Orlando Cabrera pulling his shirt out, as the Twins celebrated as if they won the division. Maybe that's exactly what they accomplished," the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

"That,'' Gardenhire said, "was the most intense series I've ever been a part of.''

* "While Twins players rolled around on the Metrodome diamond after an improbable 7-6 comeback Thursday, White Sox players took a slow walk to the visitors clubhouse trying to figure out how to rebound from such a catastrophe," writes the Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III, who grew up on the South Side as a Sox fan.

* "The Minnesota Twins ran circles around the wilting Chicago White Sox in a pivotal three-game sweep," AP reports.

* "Guillen botched this series in two ways: He psyched out his own starting pitcher, Javier Vazquez, before Game 1," Greg Couch writes in the Sun-Times. "And maybe more importantly, he allowed the team to come to Minnesota with exactly the wrong attitude, that they needed to win just one of three games to win the division."

Highway Robbery
"For the second time in less than three years, the executive director of the Illinois tollway is leaving to take a job with a company that does work for the agency, despite a 'revolving door' law that Gov. Rod Blagojevich championed to end cozy relationships between state officials and the people who seek state business," the Tribune reports.

"In both cases, the companies that hired the executive directors of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority were major contributors to Blagojevich's campaign fund."

Revolving Door Tolling brought to you by Gov. Rod Blagojevich!

Runaway Runway
"The newly-extended, 13,000-foot runway will do nothing to bolster flight capacity or reduce delays," the Sun-Times reports.

Identity Politics
I've got news for Deborah Douglas: If Barack Obama were a white guy named Trevor Gustafson with half a brain, he'd be pitching ShamWow or sitting in the Chicago City Council.

Serial Liars
"Two weeks ago, Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign gleefully publicized a spate of news reports about misleading and untruthful statements in the advertisements of his rival, Senator John McCain, "the New York Times reports on its front page today. "Asked by a voter in New Hampshire if he would respond in kind, Mr. Obama said, 'I just have a different philosophy, I'm going to respond with the truth,' adding, 'I'm not going to start making up lies about John McCain.'

"Yet as Mr. McCain's misleading advertisements became fodder on shows like The View and Saturday Night Live, Mr. Obama began his own run of advertisements on radio and television that have matched the dubious nature of Mr. McCain's more questionable spots."

And it's not as if this is something new in this campaign, or in the history of him and his handlers.

I don't care if you vote for Obama, especially considering the alternative - though Democrats holding both the executive and legislative branches of government usually ends in disaster - but don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining.

Nanu Nanu
"Yes, he's funny," the Tribune says. "The only question at a Robin Williams show is, will you hurt yourself laughing?"

Yes. If it's 1975.

Pre-Foreclosure Sale, Calumet City


Programming Note
That's all I have time for this morning, I have to be out the door early. If you are so inclined, I'm scheduled to appear on The Week in Review tonight and on Fox Chicago Sunday on, well, Sunday.

I didn't have time to post much new content elsewhere on the site this morning, but don't forget to waste your day clicking around the Beachwood, because I'm sure you have nothing better to do. And as always, I'll make the occasional posts on Division Street through the weekend.

P.S.: It's not really over, Sox fans. How many times have we seen a situation like this where a team like the Twins drops a game or two to a team like the Royals? It happens. I hate to say it, but it does.

The Beachwood Tip Line: More than we can bear.


Posted on September 26, 2008

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