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Dozer Park logo unveiled

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The Peoria Chiefs and Caterpillar Inc. on Wednesday unveiled the official logo of Dozer Park, the new name of the downtown Peoria baseball stadium that is home to the Chiefs.

As one might expect, the logo incorporates several elements, including a drawing of a yellow Caterpillar bulldozer, a baseball and home plate.

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Baseball: What's in a payroll?

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baseball-moneyWe are about six weeks into the 2013 Major League Baseball season. But I've been hit hard with major writer's block every time I've tried to write something about this season.

Last week I started writing a piece about how I think the Texas Rangers and the St Louis Cardinals will end up in a rematch of...

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Nature or Nurture? What is in the Cards for Brady?

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cardsbabyThe nature vs. nurture debate has raged in American culture since Francis Galton coined the term while discussing heredity and environment in 1869. I've often wondered which, if either, was the cause of the differences in people, or if it was some combination of both.

Most people use this term when discussing social issues...

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Baseball: fathers playing with sons

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Russell1The Cubs' home opener is hours away as this is written, a time of hope and memories of the National Pastime and of fathers and sons.

Opening Day means everything's fresh and new (if cold and dormant); everyone has an equal chance (depending on off-season acquisitions and injuries); and endless possibilities (at least through...

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Rebuilding Greatness: A Look at the Career of Shaun Livingston

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Very few NBA stars have risen so quickly -- and so young -- as Peorian Shaun Livingston. In 2004, the Los Angeles Clippers made him the #4 pick in the NBA draft, the highest ever a high school guard had been selected. And immediately this young man who just a year earlier was running the IHSA tournament was making his presence felt in the NBA. Then, just as quickly as his star rose, a devastating knee injury -- some say the most gruesome they've...

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"One Shining Moment" Part 2 - Our Sweet Sixteen Picks

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With the NCAA tournament well underway, we polled some of our writers here at The Peorian to see who they think will make it to the Sweet Sixteen (a couple of these thoughts have already proven to be wrong [thanks a lot, Harvard!]). Next week, we'll reveal our Final Four and NCAA championship picks which are currently in a sealed envelope being protected by The Peorian's vicious commado cyborg attack plant named Craig.

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Batter up! A new season is set to begin

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buschIf you live in central Illinois, and are even half as passionate about the game of baseball as I am, then you can relate to this quote by one of the games greatest players, Rogers Hornsby.   

"People ask me what I do when it's winter and there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait...

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"One Shining Moment" Our Favorite March Madness Moments

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Hey, guess what? Not sure if you heard about this but the nation’s college (and high school) basketball teams are engaging in their annual end-of-year tournaments.

Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of these tournaments. Even though there are a lot of them, they kind of keep ‘em hush-hush promotionally speaking. They really don’t like to draw attention...

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In the spring an old man's fancy turns to thoughts of Cubs

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The heck with Alfred Lord Tennyson.

True, the renowned poet died in 1883, so when he wrote "In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love," it was a lot closer to when the Cubs last won a World Series (in 1908) than today – 104 years since.

However, it's preferable for many of us to think, "In the spring an old man's fancy turns to thoughts of Cubs."

The Cubs beat the Angels 11-2...

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