Random thoughts while wondering how soon the Chicago White Sox will start chilling the clubhouse champage — OK, at least order some — now that they have a three-game American League Central division lead after defeating Detroit 5-4 on Monday (Sept. 17):
* What the Sox victory means (other than ending their series vs. Detroit with the Tigers holding a 12-6 advantage) is if the Sox go 8-8 in their 16 remaining games, Detroit would have to go 11-5 to tie for the division lead.
* OK, so if the Chicago Cubs are going to bother to play a rain-delayed game Monday that began at 10:40 p.m., the least they could do is score a run. Instead they scored the least possible in a 3-0 loss.
* What? No “Cubs Postgame Live” on Comcast SportsNet Chicago after the game that ended at 1:28 a.m. on Tuesday? Well, that’s one way for newcomer Nicole Darin to have solo anchor duties. Guess Luke Stuckmeyer needed his beauty rest — or has a better contract.
* Some of the more cynical in the audience just might be curious whether that $10 million anti-Barack Obama presidential ad campaign funded by Joe Ricketts (you may recall him as the father who made the money that allowed his offspring to purchase the Cubs from Tribune Company) will include commcercials decrying goverment handouts. Not that the Cubs ever would be looking for anything like that. Right? OK, more like far right.
* Speaking of the Ricketts family, you have to give chairman Tom Ricketts some credit for spending some time in the bleachers for at least the early part of the game. Then again, maybe he was hoping to add to the crowd numbers. Attendance for Monday was 33,017. Well, paid attendance. By the time the game started, most had departed.
* Speaking of attendance, unless there’s a late-season rally (at the gate, if not on the field), the Cubs will fall short of three million for the first time since 2003. They’re on pace for about 2.93 million. If it’s any consolation to the Cubs bean counters and others in the upper tier of the organizaton (and the guess is that there might be some), the Sox are hoping to surpass two million for the season.
* For those keeping up with Playboy Playmate Jaime Edmondson’s NFL picks, she did take the Denver Broncos over the Atlanta Falcons for Monday night. Well, nobody’s perfect — when it comes to pigskin picks. And, yes, we have met the daily minimum requirements for running Jaime’s photo. OK, so there’s no minimum requirement — daily or otherwise — for running Jaime’s pics.
While some of us still are lamenting the demise of the Chicago Bulls Matadors (the larger-than-life male dance team), there is one dance squad that will be back this season: The Swingin’ Seniors. That’s the coed team that features members 62 years old or older.
The Swingin’ Seniors will hold auditions on Friday (Sept. 28) at Franciscan Omni Health and Fitness Connection, 221 S. Route 41, in Schererville, Ind. Tryouts are to begin at 6:30 p.m. Aspiring Swingin’ Seniors have to submit a completed application available at Bulls.com/swinginseniors. Information is available from Catherine Core at (630) 668-7915.
Rather than run any Swingin’ Seniors video, the editorial staff at elliottharris.com overwhelmingly figured running a video of the Luvabulls rookies for the 2012-13 season might be a better idea:
There’s always room around here for NFL cheerleader videos:
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