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Rod Blagojevich: So-so politician, stellar sports enthusiast

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A look through the Sun-Times photo archives paints a picture of arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich as quite the sports enthusiast.

We thought we'd celebrate a few of Blago's finer sporting moments from the past six years.

Blago jogging in Galesburg, Ill. in 2003. That's jogging -- with a silent 'j'.

With President-elect Barack Obama looking on, Brian Urlacher crushes Blago's bill-signing hand. In this instance, Blago signed a bill to ban the sale of Ephedra in Illinois.

Gov. Blagojevich surprises even himself in 2003 with his ability to spin a basketball given to him by Vienna High School students

Blago tosses out the first pitch -- undoubtedly the elusive gyroball -- before a game against the Detroit Tigers in April 2003.

Blago assures Cub great Ron Santo in 2007 that he'll be inducted into the Hall of Fame if he can come up with a $25,000 campaign contribution. 

Blago tosses his hat to throngs of Wrigley faithful after belting "Take Me Out To the Ballgame" during a 2003 Cubs-Sox game. As per Cub tradition, they threw it back.

As punishment for winning the World Series in 2005, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and owner Jerry Reinsdorf were forced to meet with Blago in Springfield.  

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This page contains a single entry by Kevin Allen published on December 9, 2008 2:01 PM.

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