Monday meanderings: The Chicago White Sox have their biggest game of the season Monday (Sept. 17) when the Detroit Tigers visit U.S. Cellular Field for a game postponed last week because of rain. Thanks to a Sox victory Sunday at Minnesota and a Tigers loss at Cleveland that featured a blown save, the Sox have a two-game lead in the American League Central. Which should enable Sox fans to breathe a little easier, although not as easily as if the Sox had a two-game lead with one game left in the season rather than the season series with Detroit.
* Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn went 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .213. He has 90 runs batted in. Something says the chances are greater of him reaching 100 than hitting .200. Although Sox fans no doubt will not rule out the possibility of achieving both levels of success (if hitting .200 or so can be considered success).
* By hitting a grand slam in the sixth inning of a 13-9 victory vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo won an automobile for one lucky fan. Not to be confused with the truck that the team’s front-office has backed up and been using much of this season.
* With all the teams in the NFC North sporting 1-1 records, the Chicago Bears are tied for first place. Or last place, depending whether your cup is half-full or half-empty. Or something like that. Oh, wait, the Bears have a plus-7 point differential, better than any other team in the conference, so that makes them tops, right? And Green Bay has yet to play a road game. Guess that means it’s almost time to pop the champagne. Check back in about 12 weeks or so, so we all can have a better idea.
* Time to make an analysis on which conference in the NFL is better. Well, the NFC has one team with a losing record — and that’s the New Orleans Saints (0-2), who have an excuse because they are without their coach thanks to a bounty program that caused the franchise to be shaken to its roots. The AFC has teams with losing records: Cleveland, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Kansas City and Oakland.
* The best thing about the Bears having Sunday off? They couldn’t lose a game, and some of us could do some chores. Or watch football games that didn’t involve the Bears. What some of us like to think of as research, although The Wife probably regarded it more as goofing off.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari and football greats Paul Hornung and Otis Wilson are among the 2012 inductees of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame scheduled to attend the event Wednesday (Sept. 19) at Hawthorne Race Course.
Calipari will receive the Ray Meyer College Coach of the Year Award. Hornung will receive the George Connor Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the sport.
Bo Jackson, who starred in baseball and football, is to receive the Gale Sayers Award. Among the other inductees: NFL veterans Mark Donahue, (Michigan, Brother Rice), Napoleon Harris, (Northwestern, Thornton Township), Bob Thomas (Notre Dame), Wilson, (Louisville and 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears) and the late Johnny Barrett (Georgetown, Fenwick).
Also to be inducted: Jay Blunk (Executive VP Chicago Blackhawks), Jennie Finch (Olympic Games, Chicago Bandits), Sarah Kustok (DePaul, formerly Comcast SportsNet), Bill Madlock (Cubs), Jimmy Piersall (former baseball player, sports broadcaster), Ron Rubenstein (Senn High, University of Louisville, Prominent Athlete), Bill Weick (Olympic Wrestling). Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times sportswriter Ira Berkow (Northwestern), will be the recipient of the Jack Brickhouse Media Award.
Also in the 2012 class: Saint Xavier University basketball coach Bob Hallberg, with over 800 wins, and all-American track star Elzie L. Higginbottom, (Wisconsin, Bloom High) and Jack O’Callahan (1980 Olympic ‘Miracle on Ice” hockey gold medalist.
Corey McPherrin will emcee the event that benefits the Father John Smyth Standing Tall Foundation. Tickets ($125) are available at chicagolandsportshalloffame.com or by calling Howie Fagan at (708) 780-3679 or (708) 426-5212. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.
Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck won in his home debut with a 23-20 victory vs. the Minnesota Vikings. Peyton Manning, his predecessor, started off his career 0-4. If all this doesn’t suffice as reason for running Colts cheerleaders photos and/or video, then the editorial department at elliottharris.com doesn’t know what does. Then again, the editorial department around here doesn’t know a lot of stuff.
To show the video-research department at elliottharris.com really did do some work Sunday, here is a video that has nothing to do with any sporting event. This is Playboy.com Cyber Girl Molly Shaw:
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