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Super Bowl Chicago contd. What will the President say?

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Super Bowl Chicago contd. What will the President say?

The seating capacity of Soldier Field is one thing working strongly against Chicago hosting a Super Bowl. The stadium lost 5,000 seats in the remodeling, which had the feel of a white flag on a Super Bowl at the time, apart from any feelings about the overall revised Soldier Field.

The stadium has increased the seating to about 63,500 since then. But the capacity on the field is a bigger problem.

The Soldier Field turf is a tiresome, repeating annual story. Its 2011 iteration began during training camp last year with the canceled Friday night practice for fans to watch.

The Super Bowl is the NFLs showcase; the Soldier Field turf is an embarrassment to the city. Those are hard to reconcile.

What it suggests indirectly is leverage for the Bears, or rather for the Park District. If Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants the game, the league can be expected to demand a world-class playing surface.

True Chicago politicking would have the situation being a way for the City to kick in for field turf. The Mayor can use the rationale of money brought into the local economy by a Super Bowl would more than offset the Citys share of paying for a pro teams playing surface.

In any case, the overall is a win-win for Emanuel.

If Chicago gets the game, its a catch that would have made Hizzoner proud.

If Chicago doesnt, Emanuel will always be the guy who made the pitch and garnered some attention for the City even with the request itself.

Dont look for Barack Obama to weigh in too heavily with the NFL, even with his Chicago connection.

For one thing, he may not be President by the time the next available game is played (2016). He may not be President when the 2016 game is even assigned by the NFL.

If Obama takes one citys side over, say, Cleveland, Buffalo or Pittsburgh, he may irritate some votes in those towns at a time when Mitt Romney is in a position to make him pay for lost support.

Best guess: POTUS will express his liking the idea of a Super Bowl in Chicago but Commissioner Roger Goodells NFL phone wont be ringing with a push from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

On this episode of SportsTalk Live, Fred Mitchell, Seth Gruen and Jason Goch join David Kaplan on the panel.

The Cubs bats come alive against the Giants while Theo says there have been plenty of trade rumors but no trade talks. Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

Plus, Ray Ratto joins Kap to talk about the Warriors struggles and the guys debate if LeBron is playing his final game in a Cavaliers uniform.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: