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In N.Y., Nicholas Parco notes the Titans and Broncos yesterday on Twitter "attempted to show their support" for Mexico in light of the recent earthquake, but they "failed miserably." The teams each sent a tweet with an image of the Mexican flag but did not notice that "replacing the crest with their respective team logos ... made it look like they were showing their love for Italy." The White Sox also sent their "best wishes and thoughts" to Mexico and Puerto Rico. While the White Sox "got the flag of Mexico correct, the team accidentally sent out a photo of the Cuban flag instead of the Puerto Rican one." The club later corrected the mistake (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/21).

POOR SHOWING: In Tampa, Tom Jones writes the biggest ovation Tuesday at Tropicana Field "was not for Cubs manager Joe Maddon," who was returning for the first time since leaving the Rays, but rather when Cubs LF Kyle Schwarber "blasted a home run in the second inning." Most of the 25,046 in attendance "went bonkers." Apparently if fans are motivated, they "will find a way to get to the Trop on a weeknight -- regardless of traffic, regardless of location," regardless of the ballpark. Jones: "Tampa Bay looked bad. It looked small-time. It looked rinky-dink" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 9/21).

FRONT AND CENTER: In Chicago, K.C. Johnson writes Bulls Senior VP/Basketball Operations John Paxson "sits atop the basketball-operations hierarchy." And by title, it "always has been so." But it is "also clear Paxson has returned to replace" GM Gar Forman's "brief run as the public face of the franchise, taking center stage at several straight news conferences." Nobody is "losing a job here," but Paxson's is "as powerful as ever" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/21).
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