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You heard it right! Last night, the Cubs played like a bona fide Major League Baseball team. Good pitching, good hitting, good fielding. Is this one of those games that turns things around, or is it one of those games we point to as maddening after another four-game losing streak to the Pirates? Let's find out where Jim Hendry stands on the issue.

"We need to start playing good baseball the next two or three weeks. Fortunately, as poorly as we've played the last couple weeks, you're still 71/2 games behind. If you just have a good two or three weeks, you can find yourself 31/2-4 back in two weeks.


"Things change fast in this game, but we need a good two or three weeks to get it going. It's not early anymore. It's not disastrously late, but it's time to play better baseball. You can't play baseball like we have the last two weeks and think you're going to be a contender."

If Jim Hendry still has hope, then by golly, we should too!
Rudy Jaramillo wants us to know that he's not a miracle worker. I'd like Rudy to know that Mother Theresa, who was, in fact, a miracle worker, never got paid what he's getting paid by the Cubs.

'I knew it wasn't going to be easy coming in,'' he said, ''especially when you have a program that I've been successful with, and you try to get people to buy into it by them having results.

''But different people catch it sooner than others. I'm not going to quit on anybody. I came here to get a job done, and right now my mental toughness has to really take place and show these kids that I'm not giving in one inch. I'm here to work and try to help them get better. And we are.''

Rudy's been hearing it from the fans at the ballpark, and it seems to be taking its toll. He's begun talking to himself.

''Some days it's tougher than others,'' he said. ''But I've got to game-up, too. Every day. I talk to myself going home and during the day, that I've got to be positive and work and try to get to these young men to better themselves.''

Considering what he's done with Soriano and Byrd (not to mention Tylermania!), he may have already earned his money. And I'm not sure there is a magic wand for players like Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez.

Lee, who entered Wednesday's game against Oakland hitting .225 and 0-for-his-last-10, stirred to life with his first two-hit game in almost two weeks, including a home run.

And Ramirez, who's on the DL getting his sore hand and head clear, made his biggest strides toward recovery yet on Wednesday and looks like he'll be ready to return from the DL, when eligible, for the opener of next week's series in Seattle.

''He had a great [batting practice] today,'' hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo said of Ramirez before Wednesday's game. ''He drove the ball to right-center, left-center, used the whole field. His hand's ready to go. He's going to get it, there's no doubt about it. He's a big part of this ballclub, and the guys look up to his hitting ability.

''I'm looking forward to him finding himself and starting to help us get where we need to get.''

Lou Piniella agreed with me about Derrek Lee's quote after Tuesday's game.

In response to Lee's comments that the Cubs' played like a ''single-A'' team Monday night, Piniella said, ''I didn't know Class A teams played that bad.''

And finally, buttheaded lefty reliever Jerry Blevins is probably lucky he'll never step to the plate with Carlos Zambrano on the mound.

A's reliever Jerry Blevins on Carlos Zambrano's claim Blevins was lucky he popped up to end the sixth inning: "Yes, I did get lucky. Any time they don't pinch-hit for a pitcher to face me, I'm lucky. I've gotten a lot better hitters out than him. He's a good hitting pitcher, but he's still a pitcher."


Don't forget about this Saturday's LOHO meetup at Wrigley. Grab a bleacher ticket for the game and meet the crew at Rockit Wrigley beforehand. Bleacher tickets are going for about $60 on StubHub at the moment.

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MillsChC said:

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Saw this last night, and since this site is the only place in my life where soccer gets brought up, I thought some here might enjoy it.

Why it's called "The Beautiful Game"

Teebob2000 said:

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That's freaking brilliant.

There's also this, just in...
http://www.theonion.com/video/soccer-officially-announces-it-is-gay,17603/

JulieDiCaro said:

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ahahahahahahahaha!!

I am head over heeels in love with Craig Ferguson.

berselius said:

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I laughed. And then I cringed.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I only cringed when it got to Beckham. His genes should be collected and preseved for posterity.

Teebob2000 said:

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Clearly, Colvin's trying to 'pants' Soriano. Oh, those whacky outfielder hijinks!!

AndCounting said:

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I figured that since the game was over, the mythical "fat lady" was singing and all the outfielders gathered to give her a big ol' hug.

flyball said:

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I think its funny that they don't win enough to know how to do the victory jump

JulieDiCaro said:

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post of the day

Umbra said:

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I loved this as well.

Edelweiss said:

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Better than trying to "pants" Baker.

Teebob2000 said:

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Get ready for a win today, folks, as my streak of wins on games-attended-by-me will continue unbroken since 1982!! (Of course, having said that now...)

Teebob2000 said:

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Oh yeah, and prepare your best bid offer for my Theriot 'Ahm Jes Fishin Not Fieldin' bobblehead giveaway from today's game!

(I'm looking at you, CJ!)

jarowcliffe said:

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Ive got this 3 yr old McDonalds monopoly piece for a free small drink

cadarnell said:

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your streak is safe ... we'll win today and the hope will be ignited again ... it's a pattern.

JulieDiCaro said:

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is this going to wind up involving props?

Teebob2000 said:

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Trapeze and Reddi-Wip.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Sportcenter.com emailed me today for my thoughts about the giant noodle. I expect my banning from Wrigley to occur shortly.

Doc said:

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You love giant noodles...and you know it.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I don't think I knew that.

flyball said:

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how is that worse than the Toyota sign though? or is it just kind of the final straw?

and if its where that photo makes it looks like it is its not like the noodle is taking away from a beautiful part of the park, the Clark "facade" is ugly (I cannot in good conscious actually call it a real facade, maybe an elevation? anyway I digress) I say we fill up the empty lot of cracked concrete where the triangle building is supposed to go with a whole forest and then you can pretend you're walking through a bowl of mac n cheese

flyball said:

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also, with the TOyota sign everyone wanted "local" companies, I definitely know people who work for Kraft in Chicago, and I know that there is a plant in Champaign that makes cheese and pizza and stuff

JulieDiCaro said:

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well a) it's just very disney and totally looks to me like something that would be in that horrible section of River North with Hard Rock and Rain Forest Cafe, which I hate; b) i don't love Kraft Mac & Cheese, and the implication that I'm somehow trying to hide the fact that I DO is obnoxious; c) it's ugly and had no context, it's just a giant noodle sitting there; d) it IS kind of last straw, i think.

i don't know--the whole thing just makes me mad.

flyball said:

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but its clearly a temporary gimick for whatever new marketing campaign they are going to do, do I like it? not really, but it just doesn't bother me, to me its the least offensive version of marketing, the giant billboards are way more annoying

on non game days that whole area at Clark and Addison and most of Clark isn't exactly colorful, there is a lot of gray, a lot of pavement, little grass, few tress, there are a few interesting buildings but a lot of boring architecture, the shock of yellow is just not bothering me, it'll be there for a little while and then gone

Umbra said:

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a) You think Rain Forest Cafe is tacky? Your taste in restaurants is so refined! You probably pronounce the name of your wine all fancy-French like.

b) Come on, Kraft Mac & Cheese is friggin' delicious. Should you persist in your heresy, I shall subject you to...the comfy chair. Confess! Confess!

c) Is it ugly and does it have no context? Perhaps it is geometrically intriguing and the fact that it stands out is in its favor- it catches the eye, which is the entire point of advertising.

Cool buildings that blend organically into their surroundings are called 'boring'. Terrible, ugly, no-good, very-bad buildings designed jointly by Frank Gehry and whoever controls my nightmares are called 'refreshingly daring' and 'innovative'.

d) This is the last straw just like when the last last straw was the private rooftops, the balloon-things to block said rooftops, the Budweiser mural, the lights being installed, the green screen behind home plate, all the way back to naming it Wrigley Field.

Weeghman Park forever!

JulieDiCaro said:

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i never complained about the rooftops, the budweiser mural, the lights, or the screen behind home plate.

i just the freakin' noodle.

flyball said:

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I find it hilarious that the noodle has become the object which caused your frustration to finally boiled over

JulieDiCaro said:

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heh heh. me too.

Umbra said:

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It's like you can't get pasta it.

No? No? I'll show myself out.

JulieDiCaro said:

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i hate to admit it, but i laughed. and subsequently choked.

Umbra said:

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You are on a roll today, fb. I would give you a 'FTW', but I understand that only unenlightened people do that. So bravo.

thisyearcub said:

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Yeah, beware the internet lingo police. While they sometimes break their own rules, they're out there.

JulieDiCaro said:

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i suppose this is referring to me.

flyball said:

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but see I read FTW as WTF mixed up, so really the reference doesn't work when I'm involved

JulieDiCaro said:

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i used to read it that way, too.

flyball said:

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I like it better

thisyearcub said:

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We've spoken too much about this already today! Sirens in the distance...

flyball said:

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hey, be nice, there will be no fighting today or so help me I'll wikipedia on the lot of you and bore you to tears

unless we're arguing about chemical cheese products, thats ok

flyball said:

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shoot, a threat doesn't really work when you forget a word

please insert go before wikipedia when you read that :)

Umbra said:

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It's like you're Jean Valjean and Julie's Javert.

flyball said:

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are you comparing a lifetime of looking for redemption and the ultimate win of self sacrifice and compassion over vengeance to anything related to internet lingo?

can we compare Shakespeare to lol next?

JulieDiCaro said:

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I'm not Javert. I'm a liberal, for crying outloud. I'll be Enjolras.

berselius said:

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Question I've always wondered about - were they the only ones who went to the barricades that day? I'm leaning towards yes.

JulieDiCaro said:

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who? there were a ton of people at the barricades.

berselius said:

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I mean around the city. My gut tells me this just ended up being a futile and easily-crushed gesture from those disconnected idealists

MillsChC said:

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It wasn't until this discussion a week or so back that I finally went and looked up what FTW meant... I can't tell you for how long I thought it meant Fuck The World. After learning it means For The Win... I now think the people that use it are just as douchey as when I thought it was Fuck The World.

thisyearcub said:

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I guess a good half of the internet are douches then. I always thought it was on par with Fail, etc. but I guess I am but just one opinion.

sloan peterson said:

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1. Maybe it's a trial balloon to prep Chicago for their new Chicago Cubs mascot,"Cheesey"!
2.Maybe there are cameras in the noodle taping passersby for the new reality show,"Smile and say Cheese."

It's early & I'm sleepy-that's the best I can come up with now...

JulieDiCaro said:

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wait until you see the game diary today.

MillsChC said:

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A few years back, right across the street next to the McDonalds, there was this humongous egg as an advertisement for something that I can't remember now, but this noodle thing seems just as ridiculous.... but I don't remember anyone getting all upset over it back then.

berselius said:

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it was for egg mcmuffins

JulieDiCaro said:

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Good God. Does anyone advertise REAL food around the park? Like a helmet-full of nachos?

berselius said:

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lol. slathered with cheez

JulieDiCaro said:

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from a tube, no doubt.

flyball said:

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a vat, there has to be cheese from a vat at some point

berselius said:

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no - from a frozen yogurt-like dispenser

flyball said:

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hehe, cheese is awesome

AndCounting said:

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The official Cubs twitter account (@CubsInsider) just posted a pic of the Theriot bobblehead with parodied "I'm on a Boat" lyrics. I vote awesome.

plamorte said:

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yea that tweet got a thumbs up from me, if it were facebook, I'd "like" it

cadarnell said:

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he's on a boat ya'll ... LOL

thisyearcub said:

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No doubt. I second that awesome. Still a classic from LI. That whole album is actually really good.

"F*** land!"

plamorte said:

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"Sax man" is one of my favs, its just quick and hilarious if you listen closely

JulieDiCaro said:

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I don't know why this is, but these Jimmy Dean breakfast commercials, where the sun, moon, planets, rain, rainbows, etc all work in an office building just CRACK me up.

"Okay, Mars is down. Uh . . . it's only 10:00. . ."

MillsChC said:

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I swear that's freakin Charles Nelson Reilly playing the "Did somebody call for rain" part.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I just love it when Mars falls down. I also love the one where he's making brakfast at home and everyone is telling him not to burn it.

berselius said:

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My favorite one was when they were talking with Jimmy Dean employees, and they finished the ad with. "So look in your local grocer's freezer for Jimmy Dean sausage. And then buy some."

JulieDiCaro said:

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A long time ago, Umbra posted a photo of Jimmy Dean Sausage On a Stick and cited it as one of the reasons terrorists hate America. I laughed for days.

berselius said:

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It wasn't just sausage, it was PANCAKES AND SAUSAGE ON A STICK. lol. I still see it sometimes at one of the grocery stores here and laugh.

MillsChC said:

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I seriously almost bought some two days ago, but decided to go with just regular pancakes.

JulieDiCaro said:

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aside from the obvious problems with the product, why the need for the stick? are there a lot of people eating and running these days?

Umbra said:

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You don't have to waste precious hours slaving away washing a knife and fork. It's always satisfying to throw something away when you're done with it.

Like Jim Edmonds.

Edelweiss said:

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Theriot eats and runs a lot.

Umbra said:

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I think I was retelling an old Daily Show or Stephen Colbert joke. (Not what I remember, but close)

It's like a corndog, but instead of bread the outside is like a pancake and the inside is a sausage link and you dip it in maple syrup and eww eww eww.

JulieDiCaro said:

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see to me, that is less-gross than powdered cheese.

berselius said:

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me too

flyball said:

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yeah, I'll take the powdered cheese

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hilarious tidbit from Wrigleyville23:

the Cubs warmly welcome new employee - but not really #mlb http://bit.ly/9PME6g

Dmband said:

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Ive had just about enough of the mac and cheese bashing around these parts.

Its boarderline unamerican.

Sure its probably partly responsible for increased heart disease, diabetes, and childhood obesity, but its noodles and liquid cheese people!

Umbra said:

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What really gets me is the Easy Mac. As if boiling water, adding noodles, waiting 10 whole minutes, straining the noodles, then adding milk, butter, and the enclosed cheese packet was an arduous time sucker.

flyball said:

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yes, but there are people in this world that should not be operating a stove, and for allowing them to enjoy processed powder cheese and elbow noodles EasyMac should be thanked

berselius said:

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Not if all you have is a microwave - I think 90% of their business is college students.

Umbra said:

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I lived in Ogg (not the new shiny one) and just used the communal kitchen for this. 900 people in that building, the communal kitchen was never used ever.

I wish I had taken a picture to send to passiveagressivenotes.com after somebody stole the communal cooking sherry and the original owner was very sad.

berselius said:

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There was no kitchen in Kronshage when I lived there. There was one in Adams but it was in the basement of one of the other buildings, so I had to haul all my crap outside and over there. The smoke alarm in that kitchen had a hair trigger too.

flyball said:

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college students who are craving mac n cheese usually should not be around kitchen appliances

JulieDiCaro said:

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but see. . what so hard about making a roux and dumping a bunch of shredded gruyere in it. hell, that's easier than making the crap out of the box.

Umbra said:

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What's so hard? How about the pronunciation?

(USA! USA!)

JulieDiCaro said:

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Speaking of grammar police, I just love those t-shirts that say "Just try and burn this one, asshole."

What do you call it when you completely omit a much-needed infinitive?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Wow--Congressman Joe Barton is "ashamed" of the way BP had been treated by the White House and just apologized to them. Methinks we know were someone gets most of his campaign contributions. . .

AndCounting said:

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That's the funny/sad thing about the BP mess. I doubt there's a single politician on a national level that is remotely close to being financially independent from Big Oil.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I suspect Joe Barton was planted by the Cubs to redirect my rage away from the nooodle.

Dmband said:

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Umbra-

They also just came out with a new "bake-able" version of mac and cheese...

Oh happy day. And here I was thinking it was going to be years until the next major advancement in mac and cheese. Thank you technology.

Next up, plug the oil gushing geyser beneath the surface of the ocean with cheese.

Step 1) Simply poor powdered cheese into the hole
Step 2) Enjoy!

JulieDiCaro said:

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that is so gross. but, unfortunatley, not wholly unforeseeable.

Umbra said:

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Step 3) Put crushed potato chips on top of it and take it to the lutheran church potluck.

JulieDiCaro said:

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i'll bring the banana pudding & nilla cookies thingamajig

Umbra said:

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Don't forget to add tiny pieces of ham or bacon that are impossible to remove. That way, the vegetarians can't get their mitts on it.

JulieDiCaro said:

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tiny pieces of ham in the banana pudding thing?

Umbra said:

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When I last visited, my home congregation had a potluck. There was bacon mixed in the salad and ham in the beans. My mother made a nice salad dish using wheatberries, broccoli, ramen noodles, and white vinegar dressing. I was the only one who had any.

JulieDiCaro said:

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my mother-in-law makes this famous broccoli salad with broccoli, pineapple juice, mayo, raisins, shredded cheese and bacon.

back when i was eating it, it was phenomenal. sounds like kinda the same thing.

JulieDiCaro said:

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there's another one with cous-cous, cherries, and green onions. it's unbelieveable.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Step 4) Place it next to the orange jello with shredded carrots and chopped celery.

Umbra said:

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I knew I could count on your Missouri Lutheran childhood. Thanks, Carl.

berselius said:

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you forgot to include marshmallows

berselius said:

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Step 5) Make sure you don't put it on the table that is entirely cold pasta salads (ugh)

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I suppose we should expect some monument to Suddenly Salad! pasta salad in a box.

sloan peterson said:

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Growing up. at potlucks, there were always 2 or3 jello salads, 2 or 3 pasta salads, and 1 misely bucket of KFC. Good times.....

Dmband said:

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Sadly, there's probably at least 10 congressmen that would green light that project.

Im sure Kraft is making some kind of monetary contributions to someone.

abe frohman said:

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Can someone help me with the math here? 31/2-4 back?
31 divided by 2-4. So, I guess that's 31 over negative 2. By my calculations, that's negative 15.5.
But if you're -15.5 games BACK, then the two negatives cancel each other out, so that becomes a 15.5 game LEAD in the central.
Woo hoo! First place, everybody!!

JulieDiCaro said:

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I was told there'd be no math.

MillsChC said:

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I'll guess that along with cutting back on sending their beat reporters to road games, the Daily Herald has begun cutting back on how many times their reporters can hit the space bar when typing stories.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Stupak is trying to get Hayward to admit mistakes under oath, no doubt for admissions in lawsuits later. Smart. THAT'S a congressman working for the people.

thisyearcub said:

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I still can't believe the comment "all the small people."

Umbra said:

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I can't believe the fake outrage over it. He's from Sweden, we all knew exactly what he meant, people won't accept apologies because actions speak louder than words, and I grow increasingly exhausted by the entire thing.

JulieDiCaro said:

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especially given how vertically-challenged he is himself.

JulieDiCaro said:

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MSNBC just reported that Joe Barton got $1.4 million in campaign cash from big oil. What does it take for people to get to this point?

Teebob2000 said:

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I knew you were an MSNBC watcher, CJ. If possible I love you even more now.

thisyearcub said:

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Kraft has definitely accomplished what they set out to do. That guy should get a raise.

Maybe Velveeta will be next and there will be a big shell. Or Spaghetti-Os

berselius said:

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They own Oscar Mayer - they should just blitz wrigley field with Wienermobiles

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