The [Tuesday] Papers
After his playing days are over, he'll make a championship coach too.
* "Coach Dungy told us only 18 players are left from the team that lost the AFC championship game three years ago."
Sports is a management game now.
* The Indianapolis Star has a "Super Bowl in 3 minutes" time-lapse that's kinda cool.
* "WE STILL LOVE OUR BEARS . . . BEARRY MUCH!" says a highly paid grown woman with a column in what used to be a major metropolitan newspaper.
* "Thank You for a SUPER Season!"
- Print ad by Channel 5 calling itself "teammates" with the Bears.
I'd be more irritated if anyone watched local news anymore.
* The caller from Indy to Salisbury & Rosenbloom got it right: San Diego, Baltimore, and New England are also better than the Bears. Salisbury is right when he says blame whoever you want, the Colts are just a better team. Salisbury says five teams in the AFC are better than any team in the NFC, maybe six depending on Kansas City.
Crime and Punishment
Will attempt to retire debt by harnessing good feelings.
"[T]he Rev. Al Sharpton told CNN that [Emil] Jones 'could offend peole by saying you got to unite just because someone is your race,'" Sweet writes today.
"Sharpton noted that Obama endorsed Mayor Daley for re-election over two black candidates, so it would not follow to ask blacks 'to do something for Obama that he himself is not doing at home.'"
Sweet notes that Jones (D-ComEd) is Obama's "political godfather."
Jones is also the guy who manipulated the system to bring us state legislative pay raises. Don't remember Obama speaking out then about fighting cynicism with hope - nor during the eight years he worked loyally for Jones.
- From Christopher Hayes' profile of David Axelrod in The Nation
"He thinks I'm going to let them pick me off? I'm telling you right now I'm going to fight hard to keep everyone I've got. We're just as good as the NYT."
Everyone except Dean Baquet, that is.
Tribune Company likes to preach nobility, citizenship, courage, and all-around do-the-right-thingness to everybody else, but they're not much for practicing those things themselves.
Taken For a Ride
Character is often revealed in what people will do to win.
Some go so far as to endorse the likes of Richard M. Daley, Todd Stroger, and Joe Lieberman.
Q. Your views on the Iraq war?
A. I'm not sure that it was the right thing to do. You might say removing Saddam from power was a right thing to do. Maybe it was, but was that necessarily then our responsibility to do that? And was it our responsibility to do that by invading a country that had no way declared any war on us?
Q. You voted for the resolution to go to war.
A. I did, and I'm not happy about it. The resolution was a resolution that authorized the president to take that action if he deemed it necessary. Had I been more true to myself and the principles I believed in at the time, I would have openly opposed the whole adventure vocally and aggressively. I had a tough time reconciling doing that against the duties of majority leader in the House. I would have served myself and my party and my country better, though, had I done so.
Character is often revealed when it comes time to show some courage and step to the plate. Hillary Clinton's vote for the war remains untenable - as does John Edwards', as much as he now admits to being wrong. It's about judgement, and past is prologue.
"The contract with Huntington Press for the publication of my next book was signed. Now that the deal is completed, I can provide some more details about the project. The working title of the book is Cullotta. It is the biography of Tony Spilotro's former lieutenant-turned- government-witness, Frank Cullotta. The one-time master thief, arsonist, enforcer, and hit man, is my co-author. He has chosen this venue to tell his life story, from growing up on the streets of Chicago to running Spilotro's Hole in the Wall Gang in Sin City.
"It's a fascinating look into the life of a career criminal. Many of Frank's escapades were daring. Some were humorous, while others were violent and deadly.
"The publisher is targeting a release in May, to coincide with the start of the Chicago trials of those indicted in April 2005 for murdering Tony Spilotro and his brother Michael, the airing of the National Geographic special about organized crime in America and Las Vegas, and Las Vegas Channel 8's four-part special 'Mob on the Run.'"
The Beachwood Tip Line: Beating the spread since 2006.
Posted on February 6, 2007
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