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  • Ozzie Guillen unloaded on his entire lineup -- for good reason -- after a dismal, uninspired loss to the Royals. Here, he argues a call against Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko (14) with home plate umpire Jerry Meals, left, in the ninth inning of their baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday.

      Ozzie Guillen unloaded on his entire lineup -- for good reason -- after a dismal, uninspired loss to the Royals. Here, he argues a call against Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko (14) with home plate umpire Jerry Meals, left, in the ninth inning of their baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday.
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Feeling the heat:

Interesting how both of our managers blew their respective tops on the same day.

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Ozzie Guillen unloaded on his entire lineup -- for good reason -- after a dismal, uninspired loss to the Royals.

Mike Quade, who has been mum while some of his veterans have made turning doubles into singles an art form this summer, lashed out at two of his youngest players for simply losing a ball in the sun.

Seems like a case of misplaced anger, but what do I know?

But wait, there's more!

Then Adam Dunn says he'll go home if he's not having fun anymore but quickly assures everyone that there's zero chance of that.

That's followed by Don Cooper hanging up mid-interview on the morning hosts at WSCR after the name Dayan Viciedo is mentioned.

What is going on here?

Easy, easy :

Thursday's off day couldn't have come at a better time.

Owners 52, Players 48:

Great.

Whatever.

Let's get on with some football.

I want to see Bears players walking from their cars to their rooms carrying mini fridges and laundry bags.

Move over, Ranger:

There's a new sheriff in town, and his name is Judd Sirott.

Cubs postgame host = toughest job in town.

Beep beep beep:

Hope that's Tom Ricketts backing up the truck.

One. Enormous. Truck.

And then there were none:

Item: Tiger Woods fires caddie Steve Williams as the purge continues.

Thought: Adam Scott will win a major within a couple of years if Williams stays on his bag.

Just asking:

Is it wrong to root for the Pirates?

Anyone listening?

The 2011 San Joaquin County Fair thoroughbred meet in California offered free admission this year and guess what happened?

The on-track handle was up 16 percent over 2010.

"Our board of directors made a decision to go with free admission, and it worked," board chairman James Jimenez told Bloodhorse.com. "People told us they hadn't seen crowds like this in years."

Hmm.

Still not sure:

Just to be clear: When we have hot days in the summer, we're supposed to stay hydrated and avoid strenuous outdoor activities?

Uncle Lou:

Wouldn't it be fun to have Lou Piniella back just for a day. How exasperated would he be right about now?

Nice:

Some might say the highlight Saturday at Arlington Park will be the running of the Grade III Stars and Stripes Stakes.

Nope.

It'll be the seventh race, which is named after Marine Lance Cpl. James Stack of Arlington Heights, who was killed in Afghanistan last November.

Some 25-30 family and friends will be in attendance.

All aTwitter:

Chris Kluwe rocks.

Rumor central:

Former Edmonton Oilers coach and player Craig MacTavish is said to be in the hunt to become the next coach of the Chicago Wolves.

A little MacTavish trivia: He's the last player in the NHL to play without a helmet.

Question:

If Hunter Pence is available, why aren't both sides of town trying to get him?

Cold steel on grass:

Friday is "Blackhawks Legends Day" at Arlington Park. Denis Savard and Eddie Olczyk will be on hand to sign autographs in the paddock from 4-6 p.m.

The quote:

"Zero. I've not been to bed yet. There's no surprise really, is there? It's now 10 past 9 a.m. and probably won't get any sleep until tomorrow at some stage. Have to enjoy it when you can."

-- British Open champ Darren Clarke the morning after winning on how much sleep he'd gotten.

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