this is where plaschke does “around the horn”

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and this is a new feature where almost every night i will link to some la times blog posts that i found interesting or informative or funny. or outrageous. or cute. or crazy. or amazing. or just good.

“OFF SOMALIA: U.S. Navy, Marines patrol for pirates, like the old days” – babylon and beyond

Toyota has sold 30,000 hybrids through their Certified Pre-Owned program, yet no one at the dealership knows about it yet because it’s “new”? (this is the type of reporting in a blog that most bloggers dont do) – up to speed

just cuz its a depression doesnt mean you shouldnt learn about money, in fact now is probably the time to figure it all out. todays lesson is on dividends, example A: MSFT – money & co

“Clinton’s Senate successor is Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand: NY station” – top of the ticket

kevin rose and jay adelson answer the tough questions about Digg (a post rose submitted to digg today)- tech blog

president obama flew in air force one today for the first time today and he ordered a hamburger. i didnt know muslins could eat hamburgers. – daily dish

dark knight snubbed in best picture race – hero complex

happy and adorable two legged dog gets an equally lovable two legged puppy brother – unleashed

hey hey cub fans!

the chicago breaking news blog is reporting that the Cubs have Ricketts!

After nearly two years of intrigue, the billionaire Ricketts family has emerged as the winning bidder to purchase the Chicago Cubs from Tribune Co. for about $900 million, sources close to the situation said this evening.

The family will now complete negotiations with Tribune Co.

The family edged out Chicago real-estate investor Hersch Klaff and New York private-equity investor Marc Utay, a Chicago native, for the chance to follow Tribune Co., the Chicago-based media conglomerate, as owners of the storied yet hard-luck franchise.

The Ricketts family effort, led by Tom Ricketts, who lives in the Chicago area, still has a number of hurdles to cross before taking ownership of the Cubs, including receiving approval from 23 of the league’s 30 owners.

Cubs officials have said they hope to have sale completed by the start of the new season in April.

The deal would represent a return to family ownership for the Cubs. Before Tribune took control of the team in 1981, the Wrigley family, founders of the chewing-gum company, owned the Cubs for 65 years. The clan sold the team and Wrigley Field to the media company, which owns the Chicago Tribune, for $20.5 million.

In Chicago, the Ricketts family is hardly as well known as the Wrigleys, or any of the current owners of the city’s major professional sports franchises, but certainly that would change quickly for the new custodians of one of the country’s best-known teams, as well as one of its most storied stadiums. Along with the Cubs, the Ricketts are buying Wrigley Field, and a 25 percent stake in a regional cable sports network.

when i was a lad i used to think, “one day i will have $20 million to buy the Cubs.” nowadays i wonder if kids are thinking “one day i will have $900 million to buy them”? either way. i hope lindsay ricketts, above, will let me have some free bleacher seats whenever im in town, seeing as her family now has the keys to the friendly confines.

omg lost

pretty girl came over last night but i had to kicker out cuz she kept talking through Lost. not the new lost but the recap that preceded the new episode/season. i was all baby you look good in my pajamas but youre gonna have to peace out if you dont focus up.

she i swear said, wait are you saying that a tv show is more important than this. and she started vogueing. at first i thought she was kidding but she wasnt kidding and i said you have read my myspace and my facebook and even the busblog you know that Lost is my favorite show and ive waited eighteen years to get to season five and all the answers being answered.

long story short i paused the tivo, removed her from my old man pajamas, got her a little bottle of water, and showed her the way to the corner where a cab was waiting for her and clearly i wasnt meant for this world cuz even the cabbie was all dude this girl is all sorts of hot are you nuts. and i was all i pity that you dont get to see Lost in 2 minutes the way im about to.

ran into the house, unpaused and watched the pregame (which was rad) and the new episode and the other new episode and the whole time i was all THANK YOU GOD FOR INSPIRING A FEW PEOPLE TO REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW TO MAKE QUALITY TELEVISION!!!!!

i was patient with lost when nothing was happening. i was patient when everyone bailed. i was patient when things made no sense. i was patient because just like watching baseball, sometimes its about the nuances. sometimes its about character development. sometimes its about the journey and not the results.

and last night so many pieces fit together and now we know how a dinosaur and a polar bear got there. now we know why Ben was so important. now we know why this show is so much different than Gilligans Island. its because Anything can happen and Anything should happen and keep watching cuz its only gonna get better.

but what i love the most is rivers cuomo is so vital to all of this and that was a character they gave us like last week! whoooo hoooo!

i hope you know i love you

yes even you who doesnt blog that much any more

even you with the corded phone

and you with the chewed pen cap

not you with the beemer taking up two spots in the garage

not you with the no fat chicks bumper sticker

but you with the twin children dressed differently.

and you with the muffin top

and you with the clapper.

never change.