White Sox

Random News of the Day: Let's Go Bowling!

Random News of the Day: Let's Go Bowling!

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010
9:45 AM

By Joe Collins

There's a scene in "The Blues Brothers" where a few of the former bandmates end up playing in a sleazy hotel lounge to make ends meet. The spinoff group now calls themselves "Murph and the Magic Tones" and belt out songs like "Cuando Cuando Cuando" to a sparse, apathetic crowd. Their outfits--raspberry-red tuxedos--look like something out of a prom at Hand Me Down High School. It's a sad getup and it serves as the benchmark for how far the band had fallen from the glory days.

Boise State? Let me introduce you to Murph and the Magic Tones.

The battling Broncos, media darlings since the hook and ladder play against Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, were always the David to certain college football Goliaths: the BCS and muscle conferences like the SEC to name a few. They won 24 straight games over the last two years, prompting the obvious question: "Should Boise State, a team from the scrappy WAC, be allowed to eat at the adults table and play for a national championship, even though their conference schedule might not be as daunting as some of the other big boys like Auburn, Oregon, Ohio State...etc?

We found out over the weekend as Nevada shocked Boise State 34-31 in overtime, sending the Broncos into the "Cuando Cuando Cuando" tier of bowl hierarchy. Get this: not only will Boise State not play for the BCS championship, but here are two possible bowl games where the Broncos might land: the Humanitarian Bowl-- their home field (nothing says postseason fun like a 22 degree day in Boise) and the...wait for it...Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Who needs the BCS Championship when there's the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl? Here's hoping that Boise State can put the band back together for a stellar run in 2011.

I feel for Boise State. I really do. I think we should do something to make the Broncos feel better. How about we just let every team bust a move in the postseason dance? Heck, by comparison, it'd make Boise State look bigger. Seriously, college football is already playing the "everybody gets a trophy day" card with endless, meaningless bowl games as it is. Let's liven it up even more! Your team went 2-10 this year? You're in. Winless in conference? Step right up. Program on probation? Bowl game elation! Set your DVRs for the following:


Duke (3-9) vs. Kansas (3-9)

Basketball megaphone Dick Vitale finds another way to plug Duke and Kansas basketball by having their football teams play each other at Tropicana Field. Game is shown with a continuous picture-in-picture of the Cameron Crazies jumping up and down.

CRAIG T. NELSON BOWL (Minneapolis, MN)

Minnesota State (12-0) vs. Minnesota (3-9)

Minnesota State head coach Hayden Fox finally got a winning squad! Fox, with his outstanding coaching staff comprised of Luther Van Dam and Michael "Dauber" Dybinski, will play a pesky Golden Gopher team fresh off an upset of Iowa. Brett Favre, who is scheduled for the coin toss, will also make an announcement of his playing status in 2011.

MO MONEY MO PROBLEMS BOWL (Minute Maid Park--formerly Enron Field, Houston TX)

Southern California (7-5) vs. Any SMU team from the early 1980s

USC and SMU exchange pleasantries on a field that is trimmed to look like a 100 bill. The winner of the game gets to pick one of 26 gray suitcases a'la "Deal or No Deal." One suitcase has "NCAA death penalty" on the inside. All the others have various amounts of prizes, including cash and the phone numbers for blue chip prospects. Howie Mandel is the special guest referee.


Maine South (12-2) vs. Akron (1-11)

Welcome to Hollywood! Matt Alviti, the sophomore quarterback of the IHSA 8A state champs, gets his first crack at becoming a rags-to-riches celebrity story. He has to face competition that is a bit older, though. If he is victorious, he gets a full-ride scholarship to the school he just beat in this very bowl game: Akron-- a program that actually lost to Gardner-Webb in 2010. Early line: Maine South (-7)


South Central Louisiana State University (6-6) vs. Louisiana Cougars (12-0)

It's a breakout year for the 6-6 Mud Dogs, who are paced by a water boy-turned-linebacker named Bobby Boucher and----- err..... wait...this has already been done. Next.

AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL BOWL (Anywhere in New England)

Colgate (7-4) vs. San Jose State (1-11)

I love this game for a lot of reasons. First, it gets a brain school into a bowl game. Good luck finding a Patriot League or an Ivy League team in this year's bowl lineup. I dare you. And it also matches the school with the best graduation rate among athletes --Colgate is 100-- with the worst in college football's bowl subdivision: San Jose State chimes in at only 53 (Source: NCAA and USA Today-- Average four-year graduation rates for players entering school from 2000-03). The halftime show: the last 20 minutes of "Stand And Deliver."

Maybe we don't need a playoff system at all. Maybe all we need is a couple of NCAA suits and television executives who are willing to listen for 20 minutes.

Or something like that.

White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey


White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

The White Sox freed up a spot on their 40-man roster Sunday, outrighting pitcher Dylan Covey to Triple-A Charlotte.

Covey pitched in 18 games last season, making 12 starts for the South Siders. Things did not go well, with Covey turning in an 0-7 record and a 7.71 ERA in 70 innings.

While there was an outside chance that Covey could have provided at least some starting-pitching depth heading into the 2018 season, the team's recent additions of Miguel Gonzalez and Hector Santiago — not to mention Covey's results from last season — wiped out that idea.

At the moment, the White Sox starting rotation figures to look like this by Opening Day: James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Gonzalez and Carson Fulmer, with Santiago seeming like a good option to provide depth as the long man in the bullpen.

Public League champion Simeon remains clear No. 1 in latest Preps Power Rankings

Public League champion Simeon remains clear No. 1 in latest Preps Power Rankings

The Class 1A and 2A regionals begin this week and the regular season is finishing up for every other team in the state. We're getting that much closer to state titles being decided in Peoria. Simeon remains the clear No. 1 in the latest Power Rankings after beating No. 4 Whitney Young and No. 2 Orr by double digits on the way to earning a third straight Public League Playoff title, while a couple of familiar faces are back in the tail end of the rankings.

1. Simeon (25-3, 9-0) (1) -- Simeon stays at No. 1 after winning the Public League Playoffs for the third consecutive year. The Wolverines have now defeated teams No. 2 through No. 6 in the Preps Power Rankings for a 6-0 record on the season in which the average margin of victory has been 14.5 points per game. The clear No. 1 in the state of Illinois, Simeon has the week off before the Class 4A playoffs.

2. Orr (22-4, 9-0) (2) -- Orr put up a good fight but they ultimately fell short to No. 1 Simeon in the Public League Playoff title game. The Spartans did gain revenge on No. 3 Curie, however, with a big semifinal win on Friday. Orr has to forget the title loss ahead of the Class 2A Playoffs that begin this week as the Spartans try to repeat as champions.

3. Curie (23-4, 8-1) (3) -- The Condors have only lost to No. 1 and No. 2 when it comes to in-state losses as they remain one of the most complete and balanced teams in the state. Curie has the week off before the IHSA Playoffs.

4. Whitney Young (22-7, 7-2) (4) -- Whitney Young earned a huge quarterfinal win over Morgan Park before falling to Simeon in the Public League Playoff semifinals. The Dolphins also have the week off before they attempt to repeat as Class 4A champions. 

5. Morgan Park (18-9, 7-2) (5) Disappointing result for the Mustangs as they lost on a buzzer-beater in the Public League Playoffs to Whitney Young. Defending champions in Class 3A, the Mustangs will rest this week before the playoffs begin.

6. Fenwick (18-7, 8-0) (8) -- The Friars earned two wins during the week as they beat Marmion while also getting a huge conference road win at Loyola. Fenwick will battle Taft during the week.

7. New Trier (22-3, 8-1) (9) -- New Trier had one of the best weeks of any team in the area as they picked up wins over Maine South and Evanston. Now the leaders in the rugged CSL South, the Trevians have some more tough games against Niles North and Glenbrook North this week. 

8. Evanston (20-5, 8-2) (6) -- Evanston's red-hot recent play was finally slowed down as they fell to rival New Trier. The Wildkits will try to bounce back when they play Vernon Hills in a Central Suburban crossover this week.

9. Oak Park-River Forest (21-5, 12-0) (11) -- The Huskies finished the West Suburban Silver season unbeaten following wins over York and Proviso West. OPRF gets a great test right before the playoffs when they face Hinsdale South in the West Suburban championship game.

10. Benet (21-4) (6-1) (12) -- Two wins for the Redwings this week when they beat Joliet Catholic and Stevenson. Things aren't easy for Benet this week as they head to Marian Catholic before hosting Carmel in two tough ESCC games. 

11. West Aurora (19-4, 8-0) (13) -- The winning streak is now 11 for the Blackhawks after beating South Elgin. West Aurora will play Bartlett and crosstown rival East Aurora this week as they try to keep the momentum going into the playoffs. 

12. Marist (23-4, 6-2) (15) -- Marist picked up a double-digit win over St. Patrick during the week as they prepare for the Class 4A draw. The RedHawks will have an ESCC game against Marian Central this week. 

13. Niles North (22-4, 5-4) (8) -- The Vikings fell to CSL South rival Maine South and followed that up with an overtime win over a tough Wisconsin team in St. Catherine's. The Vikings get a crack at conference leader New Trier this week before playing Maine West in a tough Central Suburban crossover. 

14. Marian Catholic (20-4, 5-3) (16) -- Three wins for the Spartans during the week as they knocked off Nazareth, Rich Central and Marian Central. Marian Catholic gets a tough test this week when they host Benet in its final ESCC game.

15. Naperville North (23-2, 14-1) (17) -- The Huskies have won eight straight games as they clinched at least a share of the DuPage Valley Conference with a win over Waubonsie Valley this week. Naperville North hosts Wheaton-Warrenville South this week to decide the DVC title.

16. DePaul Prep (20-6, 5-3) (19) -- Picking up a convincing double-digit win over Mount Carmel, the Rams got back on track after the loss to Brother Rice. DePaul Prep will host Montini during the week as they prepare for Class 3A. 

17. Loyola (21-6, 5-3) (10) -- Tough recent stretch for the Ramblers as they fell to St. Joseph and Fenwick to fall out of the Catholic League Blue race. Loyola hosts Steinmetz for a tune-up this week. 

18. Hillcrest (21-5, 13-0) (21) -- Hillcrest survived a tight win over T.F. North before winning convincingly against Oak Forest. The Hawks have the week off as they prep for Class 3A. 

19. Leo (19-5, 8-0) (22) -- Finishing the regular season with a big win over Marmion, the Lions will be one of the area teams to watch in the Class 2A playoffs as they are in the Marshall Regional. 

20. Homewood-Flossmoor (16-6, 7-1) (23) -- Another huge win for Homewood-Flossmoor as the Vikings took down Bolingbrook to keep a lead in the SouthWest Suburban Blue. Homewood-Flossmoor goes on the road this week to battle Sandburg and Lockport. 

21. Hinsdale South (20-5, 10-2) (24) -- The Hornets stayed hot with wins over Addison Trail and Proviso East as they clinched the West Suburban Gold. Hinsdale South has a tough battle against Oak Park-River Forest in the West Suburban championship game this week. 

22. St. Viator (22-5, 8-0) (25) -- The Lions picked up some wins against Carmel and Bartlett. St. Viator will try to close out the ESCC with an undefeated record when they play Nazareth this week. 

23. Bolingbrook (17-6, 5-3) (18) -- Bolingbrook fell out of the SouthWest Suburban Blue conference race when they lost to Homewood-Flossmoor. The Raiders still have some tough games to close out the regular season when they play Lincoln-Way East and Stagg.

24. Maine South (20-7, 6-4) (NR) -- Huge win for Maine South as they knocked off Niles North after losing to New Trier in overtime earlier in the week. The Hawks close out the regular season with a Central Suburban Crossover against Highland Park.

25. Willowbrook (22-5, 9-3) (NR) -- Willowbrook is back in the rankings by earning three double-digit wins over Morton, Leyden and Downers South. The Warriors have only lost to ranked teams like West Aurora and Hinsdale South lately as they've been playing well.