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posted: 7/6/2012 5:30 AM

Thoughts on La Russa, the White Sox and Blackhawks

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I don't know how Fox Sports is going to do it, but you know somehow, some way they're going to paint a warm and fuzzy picture of National League guest manager Tony La Russa during Tuesday's All-Star Game.


The magic of television.

Getting out the vote:

I kinda like when the White Sox have a Final Vote candidate, like they did this year in pitcher Jake Peavy.


Because then they break out the creative.

And man, are they creative.

Just look ...:

at the Gordon Beckham video.

That's really good stuff.

Meanwhile, across town:

Enough already, Matt Garza. We notice you. We notice you.

The choices are:

Continuous loop of the Home Run Derby or continuous loop of that commercial with the guy who licks his co-workers' keyboard?

Tough call.

Sheldon Brookbank:


Lake Michigan.

I know he'll probably be solid, but the Blackhawks have to do more.

A lot more.

Zach Parise:

Would've been a derecho compared to Brookbank.

That's right, a derecho.

Learn from the masters:

Maybe the Hawks would've had better luck with Parise had they sent Tommy Hawk and a dixieland band to the airport to greet him.

What the?

Did anyone else find it borderline strange that Stan Bowman held a conference call with reporters to talk about not landing Parise and/or Ryan Suter? Why? Just to show they were trying?

Now for something different:

The history of rock-n-roll in 100 quick guitar riffs ... and done in just one take.

It's 12 minutes of pure joy. YouTube it.

Good and bad:

Over 37,000 attended Arlington Park on the Fourth of July.

Too bad only about half of them actually wagered on the races.

Good and bad, Part II:

Only about a tenth that many people showed up for Thursday's rare 5 p.m. first post.

But, they saw things run at a crisper-than-normal pace, not the dreaded 25 minutes between races.


To former Blackhawks media relations whiz Paul Kennedy, who is moving on to Northwestern University to head its sports information department.

The Wildcats got a good one.

He said it:

"Hey, a cloud!"

-- Parking lot attendant at Arlington Park, celebrating a brief respite from the extreme heat on the Fourth of July.

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