CHICAGO -- Standing outside the home locker room following the Blackhawks' playoff victory Sunday night, a contingent of White Sox players sure looked like a contented bunch. They had come directly from the airport, where they had flown in after a 7-4 loss to Cleveland and a weekend sweep by the Indians. But Gordon Beckham, Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski (a combined 1-for-13 with one walk Sunday) and their teammates were smiling and appeared relaxed, not one of them having to be talked out of doing a swan dive off the balcony of their United Center suite.
Perhaps they were just relieved they scored four runs earlier in the day. More than likely, however, they were not exhibiting outward signs of panic because there is nothing to panic about.
The same, of course, cannot be said of many Sox fans who, in no particular order, would like to A) abolish Ozzie ball; B) abolish Ozzie and C) erect bronze statues of Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome for Champions Plaza.