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1. Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame? Why, certainly. And as a good Catholic boy from Chicago whose grandmother once told a college roommate he'd "burn in hell" if he didn't back the Irish, I'm ecstatic over the news that former ND receiver/recent Cubs callup/pride of Valparaiso Jeff Samardzija could possibly make a start for the Cubs this weekend at Wrigley Field. 'Specially since I hold tickets to Saturday's affair. [Sun-Times]
2. As far as I'm concerned, the guys at The Onion can take the rest of the year off after penning this classic (with accompanying photos): "C.C. Sabathia, Prince Fielder Keep Imagining Each Other As Giant Talking Hot Dog, Hamburger" [The Onion]
3. If I would have been able to remember my ESPN Insider password yesterday, I would have been able to read the rest of Rob Neyer's column about George Brett's pine tar incident, including a strange passage where Neyer brings up cocaine use. [Bugs & Cranks]
5. The last pictures ever taken of Harry Caray at Wrigley Field? [Home Run Derby]