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Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005

When the facts contradict the legend, print the legend.

This Sports Illustrated writer/blogger is absolutely clueless.

The White Sox were “number 1″ on his recent list of the “Top five worst teams to root for.”

Though they haven’t won the World Series since 1917, the Sox can’t win for losing. The Cubs, who have been title-less almost as long, are lovable, the Sox are overlooked. The Cubs have Wrigley, the Sox have a character-less barn. The Cubs had Harry Caray, the Sox have Ken Harrelson.

This journalistic cretin is living in the past. The Cubs aren’t “lovable.” They’ve so jumped the shark. You can only play people for chumps for so long, and last year was the worst yet. Good idea forcing Steve Stone out just because he told the truth about what a bunch of pathetic losers that team was last year.

The team’s fan base is mostly comprised of suburban tourists who go to the stadium for the “experience.” The truth is, Wrigley Field is a crumbling dump that ought to be bulldozed into Lake Michigan before somebody gets hurt. Sox Park is spacious and clean, and the ownership has done a good job lately of remodeling what was admittedly a drab stadium (apparently, SI has no travel budget).

And Harry Caray is dead. I liked him, too, but he’s gone to that great press box in the sky. What do they have now? A couple of colorless nobodies who can’t speak their minds because of what happened to their predecessors last year (although the team’s radio play-by-play guy is the best in the business). Hawk has his problems, sure, but he’s a living legend, not a dead one.

Has this sports writer actually watched a White Sox game this year? They are, right now, one of the most exciting teams in baseball.

What an idiot.

(PS: I don’t really hate the Cubs or Wrigley that much. “Most hyperbole inserted for effect.” I do, however, absolutely despise hack writers who refuse to notice when the world changes.)

- Posted by Rich Miller   16 Comments      


Looking ahead

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005

Now that the governor and his administration have been thoroughly raked over the coals regarding the disastrous CMS audit, I wonder how long it will be before editorial writers demand that the Senate not confirm Paul Campbell, the governor’s choice to become the new CMS director.

It’ll definitely be a heckuva floor fight. But this could be decided before the nomination even reaches the floor.

Does the governor really want this confirmantion fight? Does he want the committee hearings? The rancorous floor debate?

I kinda doubt that the governor relishes subjecting himself to this very public meatgrinder. Campbell could wind up telling the guv he wants to, “Spend more time with my family.”

More in tomorrow’s Capitol Fax.

- Posted by Rich Miller   20 Comments      


Question of the day

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005

I’m going to be pretty busy today. A speech this morning, session this afternoon, TV appearance later and maybe a radio interview on top of all that. Blogging will be light, but I’ll try to get some posts up later. (Message to the Comment Posse: please watch the comments closely today - I deleted a couple of bad ones last night.)

The question today is, do you think that yesterday’s CMS audit will have any real impact on the state’s political world? Why or why not?

Have fun.

- Posted by Rich Miller   40 Comments      


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