For Republicans in Illinois, 2006 was not a year to remember. The only consolation for a Redbird fan living in enemy territory was the shiny gold thing on my right in this photograph, taken over the weekend in suburban St. Louis. A cellular phone company is taking the World Series trophy on a tour of its various St. Louis area stores.
It was not as big as I thought, but well made. Couldn't tell how heavy â€” started to pick it up until I got the evil eye from a security goon.