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Twinkie Roadtrip!

Certainly it can't get worse!  Can it???

A few comments before heading to Minnesota for Saturday night’s game: 

Mark Buehrle’s horrible performance Friday helped to prove that he should have gone for the big bucks when the Sox game him the opportunity.  He would have been guaranteed $11 million over the course of the contract.  If his performance so far this season is indicative of future performance this year, Buehrle made a huge mistake.  Even the most player-friendly arbitrator won’t side with a 2-7 pitcher.   

 • Prof. Chaos’s attack on the media during his one-hour monologue last week was completely off-base.   

Regular readers of this column are aware that we aren’t the most supportive voice on the media’s side, and we love to point out the all-too frequent examples of media bias and outright factual errors in reporting.  But this time, Williams was wrong. 

Prof. Chaos is a public figure.  If a public figure’s offspring allegedly stray from the straight and narrow path, it is news, if only because those of us who aren’t making the kind of money that these folks are love to feel that we are somehow superior.  Just ask any politician about media scrutiny. 

So as a parent whose offspring has flown the coop and has not committed any major felonies thus far, I can sympathize with the professor.  However, that’s not the point. 

The point is that the reports I heard were simply statements of fact.  Williams’s sons were allegedly in possession of stolen property when arrested.  Unless the likes of Mike North had anything else to say about the situation, the media has done very little to publicize the incident.  Since the entire “Fallen Arches” staff refuses to listen to North, we can’t comment on anything he might have said. 

However, unless Prof. Chaos was confusing coverage of his kids with the video of the Glenbrook North powder puff game or the house trashings in DuPage County, there wasn’t very much written about what transpired in Durham, NC at all. 

The most interesting thing about the developing situation with Prof. Chaos is that readers of the WSI and AOL message boards as well as other fan sites knew about his possible resignation “for family reasons” almost a week before Williams’ sons were arrested.   

A couple of sources “close to the White Sox” posted that Prof. Chaos was indeed negotiating with the Sox to be transferred to another position.  Of course the deal wasn’t done during the time frame expected, but the rumors stated that the reason to be given for the transfer would be “family reasons.” 

We’re off to Minneapolis in just a few minutes to see Jon “Big Disappointment” Garland battle against “Cy” Mays.  This obviously proves the inherent masochism involved with being a Sox fan.  We’re just a small part of a much larger contingent heading up to the Twin Cities by land and air to support our sacrificial lambs.  (By the time this gets published, I could be eating my words.  I certain hope so, but based on Friday night’s non-performance, I think I’m on pretty safe ground.) 

It’s sad when you think about it.  Sox fans are so desperate for a winner, they actually thought that this week’s sweep of the Orioles was the start of a turnaround.  Instead, it was just confirmation that we can indeed beat bad teams whose managers are taking a leave of absence.


Editor's Note: Hal Vickery has been a White Sox fan since 1955 when he was five years old. For much of that time he also had a secondary rooting interest in the Cubs, which he has shown the good sense to abandon. When not cheering for or writing about the Sox, Hal teachers chemistry and physics at North Boone High School, in Poplar Grove, IL. Hal commutes there daily from Joliet, where he lives with his wife Lee, and their dog, Buster T. Beagle. Hal's opinions are not necessarily those of North Boone High School, his wife, or Buster T. Beagle. You can write Hal at hvickery@svs.com.

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