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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.

Ahh:

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.

Why?

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:

Ripple.

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.

Kudos:

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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