The Chicago White Sox lost once again to the Kansas City Royals on Friday (Sept. 7) at U.S. Cellular Field. The good news for the Sox: Detroit, which is second in the American League Central to them, also lost. The even better news: The Sox won’t have to face the Royals — who are 9-4 vs. the Sox this season — in the postseason. Well, assuming the Sox get the far. It might depend in no small part in how the Sox fare in their four remaining games vs. K.C.
* Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to make his final start of the season Saturday. The team will shut him down for the rest of the season. Much like the Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg. The only differences being the Nationals will be in the postseason and Strasburg didn’t play football at Notre Dame. Oh, and Strasburg has Hall of Fame potential.
* Cubs center fielder Brett Jackson had to leave the team’s 12-2 victory at Pittsburgh after he ran into a fence in making an outstanding catch. Any prolonged time out of the lineup could impede Jackson’s chances of being in the top five on the team in strikeouts. Only Alfonso Soriano (130), Bryan LaHair (115), Starlin Castro (89) David DeJesus (79) and Darwin Barney (49) have more than Jackson (48), who has reached that total in 94 at-bats.
* Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is listed as probable for the season opener Sunday vs. the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field. Judging by his off-field performance this week, he also should be listed as unquestionable for providing curt comments after the game.
The second installment of Derrick Rose in “The Return” saga from adidas came out Friday. Chronicling the Chicago Bulls guard’s dealing with the aftermath of offseason knee surgery is the topic:
Speaking of basketball, the WNBA Chicago Sky defeated the New York Liberty 92-83 Friday in Newark, N.J. Epiphanny Prince had 30 points and Tamera Young a season-high 19 for the Sky (11-16), which holds a half-game lead for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot over the Libery (11-17).
Earlier in the week, the Sky put playoff tickets on sale. Not being cocky or anything. After all, a postseason berth would be the team’s first in its seven seasons. Tickets ($15 and up) are available at ticketmaster.com or by phoning 866.SKY.WNBA.
The best-of-three first round of the playoffs starts Sept. 27. Conference finals are best-of-three with the WNBA Finals best-of-five.
“If you have the opportunity to put playoff tickets on sale at this stage of the season, it means your team is in the mix,” Sky president and CEO Adam Fox said. “We look forward to our fans coming out and supporting us as we go for our first WNBA title.”
The latest installment of “Sex House,” the reality-show spoof from the fine folks at The Onion. Among the cast is former Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew member Ashley Lobo, who portrays Tara:
Speaking of the Ice Crew, squad director Wynne Lacey is broadening her sports sphere.
The newest sports pro team on the Chicago horizon is the Chicago Soul, a Major Indoor Soccer League team that will play its games at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Even better, the team will have cheerleaders, dancers and promotional models — of the female persuasion.
Overseeing the lovely ladies (you have to be 18 or older) will be Wynne (full disclosure: Wynne is a friend, as is the aforementioned Ashley; as are many of the lovely ladies who appear around here).
To register for a chance to be part of the Soul entertainment forces, females may click here. Dancer prep classes are Sept. 19 and 21 (dancers need to attend at least one class to learn the choreography) with interviews for cheerleaders, promotional models and sports entertainers to be Sept. 23. Final auditions for all team members are to be held the first week in October.
With a little luck (and an invitation from Wynne), this site will be able to provide some coverage of the team members.
Speaking of cheerleaders, a reminder that most NFL teams have them. The Chicago Bears do not. Their cheerleaders, the Honey Bears, last roamed the sidelines in the 1985 season, the only time the Bears won the Super Bowl. The Miami Dolphins do have cheerleaders. Thankfully. Here is some video evidence:
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