Monday meanderings: There’s nothing quite like a Chicago White Sox sweep of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field to lighten the load for Sox rookie manager Robin Ventura. Or to increase the burden on Cubs rookie manager Dale Sveum. And you thought the lowering of Cubs fans’ expectations were supposed to have been completed before the regular season started.
* Speaking of the Sox sweep, just guessing Sox first baseman Paul Konerko isn’t the only one suffering a black eye over the weekend — even if his is more visible. Changes will be coming to the Cubs — whether for the better remains to be seen. Based on what has been seen, things probably won’t get worse. Well, unless it’s possible for the Cubs to be lower than last place in the National League Central.
* Speaking of the Cubs struggles, the retirement of pitcher Kerry Wood means Randy Wells is back with the team — as a right-handed arm in the bullpen and a beloved figure whose accomplishments may never match fans’ infatuation with him.
* Well, President Barack Obama did make it to a Chicago sports venue while he is in town for the NATO Summit. Turns out he went to Soldier Field for a dinner Sunday and found time — as well as a football — to practice his passing on the field. In an effort to maintain equal time for presidential candidates (with Mitt Romney the presumptive Republican nominee), let the record show Romney knows NFL owners.
* Speaking of NFL owners, Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots is scheduled to be in town for the Cubs-Boston Red Sox series at Wrigley Field and will take in a game from Wrigley View Rooftop, where word is ESPN Boston will be holding a party. Something says former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein might be able to provide Kraft with tickets if he wants inside the ballpark.
* Congratulations to all the competitors in the Chi-town Showdown event Saturday that featured figure, bikini and bodybuilding men and women. The first show promoted by Heather and Joe Perez ran smoothly at Bolingbrook High School. We will run some video from the event today, and if things go according to plan (occasionally they do), there will be more Tuesday with bikini winner Maxine Chaikouang and others featured. If need be, we will run even more video on Wednesday. And, yes, this is what some of us call work.
* Please forgive the videos if they make it appear as if the lovely ladies are wearing less than they actually area. It was purely unintentional (not to mention, the video staff at elliottharris.com isn’t smart enough to figure out how to create such an effect). For some reason, the camera had trouble adjusting to the lighting for some of the videos:
IFBB figure pro Alicia Harris, a recent guest on “Sports & Torts” with co-hosts David Spada and Elliott Harris on talkzone.com, was gracious enough to show David some pointers from the wonderful world of posing. Thankfully, David was not attired in a bikini.
For those who are slightly more serious about this posing stuff (presumably females), Alicia is holding a seminar May 26 at 2streme Fitness, 260 S. Schmidt Rd., Bolingbrook. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing and bring heels (as in shoes, not the human variety). All levels of participants are welcome. The session, which runs from 10-11:30 a.m., costs $35.
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Not particularly sports-related, but so what. Robin Gibb of the iconic Bee Gees died Sunday. He was 62. His twin brother Maurice died in 2003. Along with their brother Barry, the Bee Gees (as in Brothers Gibb) created music in the 1960s and ’70s that is unforgettable. Anyone who has seen the film “Saturday Night Fever” — or at least listened to the soundtrack — would be hard-pressed to argue otherwise.
Bee Gees fans will have a tough time mending their broken hearts over the loss of Robin:
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