Dodgers’ employee stung by scorpion in Arizona

Now that I live in Southern California, just a few hours from the scorpions at Dodgers Arizona complexSox/Dodgers complex in Arizona, I’ve been thinking I would try to make it over there to see a game or two. Would be great to see the New White Sox. Maybe get to see the Sox playing the Dodgers, that would be fun.

Only one thing though… I want to watch the Sox, not the scorpions. It seems the nasty little things have moved into the complex and while the fans are watching the Sox, the scorpions might be watching them.

Dodgers’ employee stung by scorpion in Arizona

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Chicago Happened Slowly

Chicago skyline from the west“Chicago happened slowly, like a migraine. First they were driving through countryside, then, imperceptibly, the occasional town became a low suburban sprawl, and the sprawl became the city.” ~ Neil Gaiman, American Gods

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Don’t you Want to Touch This ?!

Caution sign: Sharp EdgesWhat is it about this sign that makes me want touch it – if not with my finger (gently, gingerly, carefully of course), then with something – a stick, a blade of grass, a piece of  paper, anything just to see if the edges really are sharp and if they are, how sharp are they?

Could I cut my finger on this sign if I just touched it or would I have to do something really stupid, like try to pull it out of the ground or punch it, hard? Could I use it to slice bread, or slice a loaf of lunch-meat or a block of cheese for a sandwich? What if I was walking across this field, taking a short-cut at night and stumbled into this sign? Would they find my mangled body in the morning and say, “Tsk, tsk, we told him not to touch the sign!”

The last thing I’m wondering (well, there are other things I’m wondering, but there’s no reason to go wandering off after them here, after all we are dealing with a sharp-edged sign right in front of us), is are there other signs nearby? Signs just like this one, or maybe signs that say things like, “Do not touch, electrified” or simply, “Do not touch, wet paint,” or maybe something like, “Do not touch,. Touching this sign could metamorphose you into becoming a Cubs fan.” That is a frightening thought!

The White Sox odds to win the World Series are …

Sox logo behind home plateThis is one of those ‘feel good’ stories for White Sox fans. According to Sports Illustrated Fanside, the Las Vegas odds-makers give the Sox 16-1 odds to win the World Series. Those are the same odds they give “the Tigers, Mariners, and the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants.” In other words the odds rank the Sox among the teams with the seventh best chance to take the Championship.

You might be thinking, “16-1 odds don’t sound all that good!” Actually, those are the same odds the Sox got at the beginning of the season in 2005, the last time they won the World Series.

As far as winning the Division and AL pennant the Vegas bookies think the Sox have a about the same chance to win the Division as the Tigers and much better than the Royals, Indians and Twins and a slightly better chance to take the AL pennant than the Tigers (7-1 vs 15-2). However, the Sox (tied with the Seattle) are the third pick to take the AL behind the Red Sox and Angels at 11-2 odds.

Read the full story here: The White Sox odds to win the World Series are ….

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A Chicago Winter Prayer

Since there isn’t much going on in the world of sports or Chicago that I want to write about, I thought I’d turn to something funny.

I could write something about the Blackhawks or Bulls, like maybe about how Derek Rose seems to have turned a corner and is getting back to being the basketball player he was a couple years ago, but you know that already.

I could write about how the Blackhawks are the Chicago team most likely to win a championship this year, but you already knew that too.

I could write about Chicago style pizza, but I’m simply not that hungry right now. SoooooWinter Weather NY

The Chicago Bears Walter Payton Had a Great Sense of Humor

If I had a little money to spare I’d buy this film reel lithographed print of Walter Payton pulling down Matt Suhey’s shorts.

I’ve always thought it was one of the funniest sport pictures I’ve ever seen Walter Payton having some fun with Matt Suheypartly because it’s just funny (I’ve always wondered what happened to Suhey’s shorts when the ball was snapped) and partly because it makes Walter Payton more human.

Mike Ditka called Payton the best overall football player to ever play the game. The argument will go on forever about whether he was the greatest running back, mostly because he sits behind Emmit Smith, second in all-time rushing yards with 16,726. He still holds the records for consecutive starts in a regular season by a running back (170), most games in a career with 100 or more rushing yards (77), and most all-purpose yards in a career (21,803), and the most touchdown passes by a non-quarterback (8).

No matter how hard he played the game, no matter how hard he trained, Payton liked to have fun. Sometimes in practice he would stop in the middle of a play to dance with one of the linebackers. At least once, while lying at the bottom of a pile-up he reached out to untie an officials shoes.

In 1987 I was living in Cary, IL, a little town northwest of South Barrington where Payton lived. I was driving home from a Bears game when I saw a car coming flying up behind me. I moved to the right hand lane to let the ‘crazy driver’ go past in his Porsche, but as he went by I managed to look into the car. The driver looked like Payton, but I doubted that because the game had just ended less than hour before. I wouldn’t have been so doubtful if I had known then that Payton loved fast cars and that he was pulled over more than 50 times for speeding in Chicago). Nevertheless, I knew the driver was Payton when I watched the car speed down the highway and exit at Barrington road. That was about as close as I ever got to him.

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Only a Little Bit a Cubs Fan

Since I’m from Chicago, I should be a Cubs fan too, which I am, but Cubs fannot very much. I really would like to see them win the World Series, but not if they happen to be playing the White Sox. But I’d like to see them win, just because I’m tired of the Cubs being “Loveable Losers.”

I am also tired of Cubs fans being delusional. I would like, just once, for them to think, “This is the year, the Cubs are going all the way,” and for them to be right. After that, they can start counting to 100+ again.

The final reason I’d like to see the Cubs win the World Series is because they will no longer be the underdog. For most of the last 100 years they have been the underdog because #1, the are usually a terrible team and, #2, it’s been so long since the Cubs won the World Series that Cubs fans think it’s called the World are you Serious.