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.

Yoan Moncada 'relieved' to get first White Sox hit out of way

Yoan Moncada 'relieved' to get first White Sox hit out of way

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yoan Moncada can’t complain much about his first hit with the White Sox.

Given all the elements, it rates about a 9 1/ 2 out of 10. Only a homer would have been better.

Baseball’s top prospect continues to look comfortable at the plate and in the field. Two days after he made his team debut, Moncada earned his first hit when he ripped a two-out, bases-loaded triple early in Friday night’s 7-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Moncada finished 1-for-4 with four RBIs.

“Once I got that first hit, I felt relieved,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “First, because it was the first one. And second because of the situation. It was a three RBIs triple. It was a very big moment of the game. I think that from now on I’m going to feel more relaxed and comfortable.”

Moncada has put together a series of good plate appearances in his first two games. He’s looked at ease while in the box and hasn’t panicked even when he gets behind in the count. Moncada said he felt even more comfortable when he stepped in to face Royals starter Ian Kennedy in the third inning. Not only was it his second time facing Kennedy, but Moncada sat in the on-deck circle as Matt Davidson drew a 10-pitch walk to load the bases with two outs.

Hitting left-handed, Moncada fell behind 0-2 in the count but Kennedy hung a 78-mph knuckle curve and the rookie lined it deep into the left-center field gap to clear the bases. Moncada not only showed his power, he also showed off his wheels: his 11.24 seconds from home to third was the fastest time by a White Sox player this season, according to MLB Statcast.

“He's seeing the ball,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He seems pretty calm, composed out there. It's just a couple of days, but in terms of how he's carrying himself, his body language, he seems to be transitioning pretty well up to this point, first couple of days.”

Moncada said Friday was much calmer than his Wednesday debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers when he drew a walk and went 0-for-2. The switch-hitting second baseman had an RBI groundout in his first at-bat Friday to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead. Then he stood in and tracked Kennedy with Davidson at the plate.

All in all, Moncada’s happy with how he’s executed his plan at the plate thus far. He said he choked up on the 0-2 pitch and put a good swing on it.

“That at-bat gave me more time to see in real life his pitches,” Moncada said. “I’ve been feeling very comfortable. In Chicago, that first game, it was a little bit nervous. But overall I feel very comfortable hitting and with my defense.”

Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez rings NASDAQ closing bell

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Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez rings NASDAQ closing bell

As part of the hype for the MLS All-Star Game, Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez and a handful of Major League Soccer cohorts made a trip to New York on Friday.

Rodriguez rang NASDAQ's closing bell. The MLS All-Star Game will take place at Soldier Field on Aug. 2.

Check out the photos from the occasion.