The 34 or so hours between now and the next pitch for the White Sox will feel longer than that, now that they are in first place and set to open Part II against Minnesota.
Last night’s Matt Thornton hiccup notwithstanding, the break has given expectations a chance to rise.
Their sudden, historic acceleration to quality has outpaced our ability to adjust hearts and minds to their new status as contenders — how good are we supposed to think they are, now?
The remaining slate of games against the Twins and Tigers will decide the division, as the 12 remaining weeks appear loaded with high highs and low lows for all involved.
[photogallerylink id=20484 align=left]Second Half today at 3:30, Terry’s Roar of the Day at 5:30. We’ll be discussing the moves around the NBA (Orlando seems increasingly likely to match the Redick offer sheet. Fine.), and the future of Antti Niemi.
Football preview is creeping onto the radar as well, with beat-writer puff pieces floating around as they often do this time of year: deposits into the access-bank are made ahead of the season (note the ridiculous slobber-job about Tim Ruskell in the Trib), so dumb fans get outsized dreams during warm weather.
Stop saying that Jay Cutler is trying to cut down on his interceptions. Mike Martz QBs throw a lot of picks, and that will continue. Cutler will make the exact throws called for per each play — to specific spots at specific times, without “trying” to do anything other than exactly what Martz wants. When he doesn’t, there will be fireworks.
We will do “Who You Crappin?” tomorrow after a one-week hiatus, and Friday finds us in Northbrook on the Bud Light “Who Needs Two?” Tavern Tour. We will be at the Buffalo Wild Wings — 1018 Willow Rd, for an afternoon of cold beer and ticket giveaways.