Tim Raines is the Second Greatest Leadoff Hitter of All Time

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Who’s the greatest lead-off hitter of all time?

Well, almost certainly Ricky Henderson, but Tim Raines, enshrined this weekend in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, is right up there with him, likely number two. Others in this group, at least from the past 50 years, include Kenny Lofton, Craig Biggio, Maury Wills, Ichiro Suzuki, Vince Coleman, Lou Brock, Chuck Knoblauch, Pete Rose, Bobby Bonds, well we could go on and on.

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12 Potential Chicago College Football Bowl Game Names


With the idea of bringing a college football bowl game to Chicago gathering steam, we penned an op-ed on this idea for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition. You can read it in full over at this link, and we excerpted part of the introduction below:

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Stick to Sports? Not Anymore, not with the SERIOUS Concerns We Have


Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to acknowledge the passing of the phrase “stick to sports.”

It has now passed on into the great abyss.

Of course, to be honest with ourselves, we must first acknowledge

a.) that “stick to sports” only existed as a phrase conveniently leaving off the second, more important, self-defining portion of the expressed sentiment.

b.) that it was impossible for stick to sports to ever really exist in the first place.

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NIU Football at White Sox Park: How it all Turned Out


Whether it’s Comiskey Park or U.S. Cellular Field or Guaranteed Rate Field, the song title changes, but the melody remains the same. It was college football not Major League baseball at Sox Park tonight, but it didn’t help ticket sales. This was the very first event, a NIU football game versus MAC conference rival Toledo, held under the new name Guaranteed Rate Field, but attendance was just as poor as it usually is for White Sox home games.

It was a very entertaining and exciting contest, in which NIU led an overwhelming majority, but went on to lose 31-24.

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NIU Football vs Toledo at White Sox Park: Game Preview


All season and pre season we looked ahead to this one. On the 2016 NIU football schedule, it’s “circle the date” time and it comes Wednesday. Yes, the day after tomorrow, November 9th, the Huskies will take on MAC powerhouse Toledo, in their only game this season that has its own brand name- the “Chi-Town Showdown.”

It’ll be at U.S. Cellular Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Chicago White Sox.

By the way, Twitter really had a lot of fun at the expense of the White Sox and their stadium name change. You can see the best those over at this link. 

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Donald Trump Campaign Was Essentially the Political Version of 1919 White Sox


(Editor’s note: as we head into the final hours preceding the U.S. Presidential Election, we revisit and republish some of the sports and pop culture stories we ran in 2016 relating to the electoral process) 

As unstable and non-intellectual as GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump is, he is not AS insane and THIS LEVEL of stupid as he is conveying this week. While the Republican nominee to lead the free world isn’t as wildly successful a businessman as his brand signifies, he’s also not dumb.

You know the old saying- a fool and his money are soon parted, and if Trump were truly as dumb as his behavior has been this week, he’d be penniless.

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Cubs vs White Sox World Series is Coming Believes Pat Fitzgerald


It did actually happen in 1906, and thus it could happen again in future years- an all Chicago World Series.

Following his team’s 21-7 loss to the #8 Wisconsin Badgers, Northwestern Wildcats Coach Pat Fitzgerald opened his postgame press conference with a nod to the 2016 World Series-winning Cubs:

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Cubs Celebration Reportedly Largest Gathering in American History (Photos)

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I’m not sure I really believe this, but the Chicago Cubs celebration of their 2016 World Series victory was reportedly the largest gathering of people in American history. It’s also the seventh biggest collection of human beings in one place in world history. (Then again aren’t we all still in a bit of disbelief that we even get to have a Cubs celebration as World Champions in the first place.

It’s hard to fathom how they can truly count these things with true accuracy, but I imagine they know what they are doing. Here are the top ten, via WFLD FOX 32 Chicago:

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Cubs vs Indians Produces Highest Rated World Series Since 2004

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It was a once in a lifetime World Series and it ended up attracting huge viewership. It ended in what will go down as one of the greatest baseball games ever played. The 2016 Chicago Cubs closed the book on the franchise’s 108-year championship drought with a thrilling 8-7, extra-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series, Wednesday night on FOX.

The Cubs’ finally removing the oversized monkey from their backs attracted the highest ratings for a World Series since the Boston Red Sox did the same 12 years ago.

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ESPN SportsCenter Omits 2005 White Sox World Series Title


Good job, good effort ESPN SportsCenter. The ESPN stats and information team dropped the ball on this one.

Take a look below:

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With Cubs in World Series; White Sox Fans Should Bury the Hatchet

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Certain groups of Chicago White Sox fans need to finally “get over it.”

It’s time to “move on,” because hey, you’ve “already got yours.”

The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox are not truly rivals. This faux rivalry exists only in the minds of a meathead subset of Chicago baseball fans, and there are way more of them on the Soxside than Cubs side. I spent the first 18 years of my life in Sox Country. Born and raised there. I’ve lived the last 14 years in hard core Cubs Nation.

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White Sox Have Awful New Ballpark Name; Best of #BetterSoxStadiumNames Tweets


For the first time since the Adam LaRoche debacle in spring training, the Chicago White Sox are nationally relevant. Once again it’s not because of anything that anyone could consider “good.” Comiskey Park II opened in 1991. It became U.S. Cellular Field in 2003. Today it was announced that the venue will be renamed again, to Guaranteed Rate Field, effective November 1st.

Basically going from U.S. Cellular Field to Guaranteed Rate Field is like a teenage girl telling her parents that her 25 year old boyfriend left his mall kiosk job; and now works as a credit default swap salesman.

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