Party platforms for the sports masses

Party platforms for the sports masses

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010
2:21 PM

By Frankie O
CSNChicago.com

Finally its over! Well, sort of. While we wait for the final votes for governor to be counted, we can be thankful that we dont have to watch any more political commercials! When I think of the amount of money wasted by these ads, it boggles my mind and makes me wonder about a system gone mad. Talking politics is one of those areas that I try to avoid while behind the bar, but especially in the last ten years, it is something that is hard to avoid. The reason why you dont want to go there is that you can have an opinion that someone doesnt agree with and that makes them hot. So whats a bartender to do? Change the subject to the Bears offensive woes to calm them down? Are the conversations any less animated when the topic is Jay Cutler as opposed to Blago? The thing is, in the bar, lively debate is going to happen and the topics of the day are hard to avoid. So if people at the bar want to talk politics, I will, but as always, Ill do so with a decided slant on sports.

TERM LIMITS: Sounds to me thats about a certain elderly quarterback in Minnesota. Enough already!
DONT ASK, DONT TELL: Easy, thats Jay Cutler at any press conference. Has there ever been anyone who so openly shows his disdain for the whole process?
HEALTHCARE REFORM: The NFL has taken the very public lead in combating head injuries and while its very late to be taking that stand, everyone can agree its the right thing to do.

ABSOLUTE POWER: Nothing corrupts like absolute power and nothing corrupts a football mind like working for Daniel Snyder. Schottenheimer. Spurrier. Gibbs. All solid coaches whose reps were driven into the ground while working for Snyder. The latest is Mike Shanahan, and with his handling of Donavan McNabb at the end of the game against the Lions, it looks like its his turn to have a career melt-down.

ALONG PARTY LINES: Thats how I work every shift behind the bar. BOO-YA!

ARE YOU BETTER OFF THAN YOU WERE FOUR YEARS AGO?: Thats the question Bears fans ask every day. And Cubs fans. And Sox fans. (And Philly fans!!)
ITS THE ECONOMY STUPID: The price of taking your family to a game is out of control. I wonder at what point that we just watch every game on TV to save the 500 bucks.
WEDGE ISSUE: What Tiger Woods has after Thanksgiving dinner, during a leisurely drive.

FOUR SCORE, AND SEVEN BEERS AGO: AS all of my customers at the bar know when they hear that phrase, Frankie O is about to go on a rant!
READ MY LIPS: Sounds like Lovie or Angelos press conferences of the last couple of years. Even as the house crumbles, dont dare ask them, why? Just take their word that they know what they are doing.

THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR: Is Jay Cutler taking another seven-step drop.
I SHALL RETURN: More Favre!!

IT DEPENDS ON WHAT THE MEANING OF THE WORD IS IS: Is that like an offense that is offensive? (Insert Bears, Cubs or Sox joke here!)

OH,THE VISION THING: Gotta love W. Is it any wonder that among his accomplishments was being an owner of a professional sports team?
I AM THE DECIDER: Isnt that Scotty Bowmans title with the Hawks?

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: That would be the Stanley Cup in Chicago. See, Im not always a smart aleck! And those of you who know me, know how hard it was to type that!

ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU: After watching what I thought was the most talented Phillies team of my lifetime gag a shot at a second World Series title in three years, I began to question whether my rooting for my teams was good for my health. The Phillies (twice!), Eagles and Flyers have all ripped my heart out in the last year. But, I still come back for more. My sports addiction is an affliction, and Ive come to terms with that. I wont quit. So when a new season begins, Ill be ready for the roller coaster to begin. Or as Ronnie said in my favorite debate quote of all-time: (Read with a Reagan voice in your head.) Well, there you go again!

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Tracy Abrams pours in career-high 31 points as Illini cruise past Central Michigan

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Tracy Abrams pours in career-high 31 points as Illini cruise past Central Michigan

Tracy Abrams lost each of the last two seasons before they even got started, his would-be senior year wiped out with preseason injuries. Healthy for the 2016-17 campaign, though, Abrams is making the most of his senior season, now that it's finally arrived.

Saturday, the Illinois point guard exploded for a career-high 31 points, going 7-for-8 from behind the 3-point line as the Illini cruised to a 92-73 win over visiting Central Michigan in Champaign.

It was also a career day for forward Leron Black, who scored 21 points in the victory.

The Illini burst away from a 16-15 deficit with 17 straight points — eight from Abrams and six from Maverick Morgan — to build a huge 16-point edge midway through the first half. That lead hit 19 before Central Michigan rattled off 13 straight points to chop it down to six, but Illinois had a double-digit edge at halftime and opened the second half on a 22-6 run to reach its biggest lead of the game at 26 points. Abrams and Malcolm Hill each accounted for five points during that 22-6 spurt. It was a waltz to the finish line from there.

Illinois was hot shooting the ball, hitting on 53.1 percent of their shots from the floor. Abrams and Black were the stars, going 10-for-12 and 9-for-13, respectively. The Illini held a big rebounding advantage, 49-25, and scored 34 points in the paint, statistical positives that helped atone for the 15 turnovers, which led to 20 Central Michigan points.

Abrams' 31 led the way, and Black was next with his 21. Morgan finished with 11 points. Hill had 10. And Mike Thorne Jr. was a basket away from a double-double with eight points and 11 rebounds.

The win sent Illinois to 8-3 on the season and extended its winning streak to four. It was the second-highest scoring output of the year for the Illini, who have two non-conference games remaining against BYU and Missouri before the beginning of Big Ten play.