The [Monday] Papers
Just to review:
"A massive rock formation 7 miles below West Salem, Ill., moved just an inch or so at 4:36 a.m. Friday, but that was enough to cause the 5.2 magnitude earthquake that broke windows and cracked walls near the epicenter, shook Chicagoans in their beds and sent shock waves that people felt as far away as Kansas and West Virginia."
A massive rock formation 7 miles below West Salem, Ill., moved an inch, and the result was a 5.2 magnitude earthquake felt as far away as Kansas and West Virginia.
It's a weird world.
"Here's an idea for the Chicago Children's Museum: Move it to Northerly Island and rename the island Children's Island."
"Option 2: Children's Island."
Here's an idea: Children's Museum limericks!
Geez, the guy will do anything to win.
For those who can afford to work for free.
"The top 70 percent of U.S. public high schools are pretty good, certainly better than they have ever been.
"Our real problem is the bottom 30 percent of U.S. schools, those in urban and rural communities full of low-income children."
And it's not the fault of the students - or the parents. Like with the latest outrage at violence in our city, nobody wants to look at the plain economic truth of poverty and suggest an economic solution.
"How long is a five-year contract?
"A. 5 years
"B. 3 years, according to my agent's calendar
"C. Depends if you make NFL history
"D. Length is a relative term
"From 1000 Football Drive in Lake Forest to Phoenix, this contract stuff has to expire soon. Right?
"The Bears have so many players unhappy about their money situation that the team should move voluntary off-season workouts from Halas Hall to Merrill Lynch. Apparently this was the most underpaid 7-9 team in the NFL last season."
Um, he gets paid for the time he played?
"They cut him the next year. What happens if a guy signs an eight-year contract and he plays like crap the first three years?"
Um, he gives some of the money back?
"They cut him. So when a guy plays great five or six years into his contract, what's wrong with rewarding him with a new deal?"
Nothing. On the other hand, demanding a new deal . . .
"Is there a difference?"
Between playing like crap for three years and getting cut and demanding a new deal? Um, yeah. In the first instance, the player takes the money and runs. In the second instance, the player demands more money and runs.
"I do feel like I've outplayed my contract."
Me too! I mean, who doesn't?
"It's not all about the money. I want to feel appreciated."
We could bake you some cookies . . .
"Who wants to be the Bears' executive who tells the public Brian Urlacher won't be playing this season because of a contract dispute?" the Trib's Rick Morrissey asks.
Ooh, ooh! Me! Me!
I'm not sure public sentiment is with Baby Brian on this one.
"That's just a gossip column."
"[Urlacher] laughs when asked about reported trade demands by his agents and reiterated his desire to remain a Bear for years to come," the Trib says.
"Every negotiation opens up with a little bit of posturing back and forth," he says. "My agents are talking with the Bears and I try to stay out of it."
So maybe you don't even know if you've threatened retirement.
Urlacher also told his personal media caddy Jay Glazer that "that's just negotiations."
In other words, Mulligan got it right. Maybe he should demand a new contract for having to put up with the likes of Urlacher.
Cub Scrubs Marty Brennaman's right, although it's neck-and-neck with White Sox fans. Each succeeding generation of Cubs fans (and owners!) get it less and ruin it more, and it's hard to care anymore.
* Guess which Cub Marty just named his newborn son after?
* Guess which spring training injury might be the best thing to happen to the Sox this season.
The Beachwood Tip Line: To be free again.
Posted on April 21, 2008
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