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Sefolosha's role on Bulls diminishing

I don't understand what Del Negro is trying to do with the team. Sefalosha gets no PT and Tyrus Thomas gets plenty.  (Nov 19, 2008 | post #3)

Chicago Tribune

Tyrus Thomas wants to be more aggressive

Leaping ability and impressive physical abilities and attributes do not a basketball player make. Larry Bird probably had 1/4 the vertical that Tyrus Thomas has, but I think everyone would agree that Bird was a decent basketball player. Everyone seems to be in love with Thomas' ability to dunk the ball, and everyone seems to think giving him playing time over a less physically-gifted specimen like Noce will magically transform Thomas into a Pippen or a Marion. Wake up, people there is no Santa Claus! Tyrus Thomas has been in the league for some time now and he still has not learned how to play basketball. These are the pros. If he stil ldoesn;t have it, the chances of him getting it are pretty slim. Whenever I see LaMarcus Aldridge play I just want to weep.  (Nov 17, 2008 | post #8)

Chicago Tribune

Jump in fast-track deportation orders raises alarm among ...

I don't understand this. An illegal alien, by simply being an illegal alien simply has no right to be here. The illegal could have been here for twenty years or for twnety minutes and still would not have the right to be here. So what is the big deal?  (Aug 4, 2008 | post #32)

Chicago Tribune

Off-duty police officer wounded in shooting

I checked what I wrote and I could not find anything where I said this particular ODP was intoxicated so I do not understand your ire, as it appears to be misplaced.  (Jun 27, 2008 | post #34)

Chicago Tribune

Off-duty police officer wounded in shooting

Off-Duty Police with weapon wounded and not killed in exchange of gunfire. If he had been a law-abiding civilian, he would not have been armed and we would be reading about his demise. If Daley wants to keep the onerous restrictions on gun ownership, he should also restrict off-duty personnel from having guns. When off-duty, cops can drink, party and do normal civilian things. What makes an off-duty cop different from civilians? Off-duty cops carry guns. Cops should only carry while on duty. When they are off-duty they should live by the same laws the rest of us do.  (Jun 27, 2008 | post #27)

Chicago Tribune

Supreme Court strikes down DC gun ban

When a three-year old shoots himself, it could mean that the parents were neglectful in their care. Should we ban parenthood now? Should parenthood only be the arena of the politically connected?  (Jun 27, 2008 | post #1372)

Chicago Tribune

Obama hedges on gun ruling

It depends. Do you consider off-duty police who beat up bartenders and terrorize unarmed civilians as criminals? And aren't these guys allowed to carry their weapons into the courts - even when they are providing excuses for their own misdeeds? Don't get me wrong. I appreciate the efforts of the Chicago Police, and I laud them for their sacrifices. "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"  (Jun 27, 2008 | post #41)

Chicago Tribune

Supreme Court strikes down DC gun ban

How many people are killed or maimed by cars? Maybe we should ban cars from the law-abiding citizenry and reserve their use only for the criminals, the police, and Daley's cronies. What about chainsaws? Bicycles? Since children get hurt playing basketball and baseball and softball or soccer or even playing tag on the street, why don't we ban those as well? In fact, to keep people safe, the purported mission that Daley posits is the reason for the heavy-handed gun control ordinances in the People's Republic, maybe Daley and company should just have everyone stay at home and do nothing but sit in a nice soft chair (buckled in with a five-point harness for maximum safety). Mr Daley, you are someone who lives in the City but probably doesn't face the same issues that the rest of us, the great unwashed mass, do. The cops - on-duty and otherwise - will probably never bully you or beat you up. The criminals will probably not get past the armed cordon around you. You will never have to worry about your safety - or the safety of your family - knowing that the only way to defend them against criminals is by becoming a criminal since guns are illegal or more precisely too much of a burden to register and maintain unless you have someone on staff to take care of the registration. Give us all break and let the people of the People's Republic be free.  (Jun 26, 2008 | post #885)

Chicago Tribune

Wright says criticism is attack on black church

Is Reverend Wright among those who believe that the color of one's skin matters. Why can't a church be a church for all people? Why does have a church have to have a color attached to it? The color of one's skin does not in any way set one's "culture ". Insisting that the color of one's skin matters only benefits the "leaders " who would lose their power bases if skin color were not seen as an issue. The "dominant culture" in the US is American Culture. Do people who consider themselves "African American", say Chicago born and bred "African Americans", really think they have more in common with someone from Nairobi or Mogadishu than they do with someone from any other American City? "American Culture" means, among other things, Walmart, Home Depot, Big Macs, Coca-Cola, ESPN and the Superbowl. Good luck finding that in Africa. "African Americans" are "Americans " first, as are all the rest of us "hyphen Americans" - regardless of how we look like or sound like. We should all accpet that and stop letting "racial group leaders" from continuing to promote racism in order to maintain their own personal power bases.  (Apr 28, 2008 | post #15)

Chicago Tribune

Bulls coach Boylan: "I'm in control"

The team lost its way the second the team allowed the "team rule" exception for Ben Wallace's headband. When the rules don't apply for all, then how can you enforce them? I don't know how Pax can continue to ask players to "be professional" and maintain standards when "professional " and "standards " are seen to be elastic by the current regime. I do not know if Pax wanted to sign Wallace, or if it was Reinsdorf who wanted to sign him, but the Wallace signing put an end to the Paxson Bulls.  (Mar 11, 2008 | post #5)

Chicago Tribune

Illinois rethinks taking driver's licenses for traffic ti...

Hold on, there. The beauty of our system is that if enough people can get together we can change things that we don't like. This is still a democratic state, even if it does contain the People's Republic, and ultimately the people should decide how they want to live.  (Mar 7, 2008 | post #101)

Chicago Tribune

Gordon, Deng lead Bulls past Cavs

You've either got to be kidding, or a Pistons or Cavs fan.  (Mar 7, 2008 | post #15)

Chicago Tribune

Cook tax increase has county border towns steaming

Cook County administration needs to maximize cuts in county administrative costs (salaries and perks) and minimize cut services while keeping the tax base alive by not strangling it. But then we are talking about Cook County, so...  (Mar 5, 2008 | post #150)

Chicago Tribune

Mission impossible

Did I say that the Early-Skiles Era Bulls were championship caliber, or did I say that they were pretty decent? By pretty decent, I meant that they looked like they were interested in winning games, and even when losing, they showed effort and hustle and heart. For fans that suffered through the Post-MJ Era, aka. the Headband Era, these Bulls were pretty decent. My point was that the attitudes that appeared to prevail during that Early-Skiles Era era no longer apply in this Neo-Headband era. And as to the Post-Season win in the Neo-Headband Era, I am in complete agreement with you that a lot of the factors that allowed the Bulls to win were internal to the Heat and not anything that the Neo-Headband Bulls "Designated Shaq-Stopper" Ben Wallace did to stop Shaq.  (Feb 12, 2008 | post #9)

Chicago Tribune

Mission impossible

It is interesting how some people never even consider that the team, with these same players, was pretty decent before a headband-wearing FA was signed. Skiles was not the problem. Boylan and the Bulls will never prosper until a certain headband-wearing player takes his headband and his attitude elsewhere.  (Feb 12, 2008 | post #4)

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