1. What's your July Fourth sports tradition?
Brian Moore: Watching the Cubs blow up. This is also my Easter, Memorial Day and Labor Day tradition.
Matt Pais: Race around the world, blindfolded on a pogo stick. Round 1 still in progress.
Jim Walsh: Beer, baseball, burgers.
Kat Velez: Looking at the Blackhawks roster and wondering why some are still here past July 1.
Sarah Kustok: Working a baseball game ... doesn't get more American than that.
2. Eating contests are to July Fourth as ...
Brian Moore: ... red, white and blue is to America. They go hand in hand.
Matt Pais: ... regular eating is to all other days. Varies based on definitions of "regular" and availability of all-you-can-eat sushi.
Jim Walsh: ... candy is to Halloween. Nothing more American than gorging.
Kat Velez: ... blowing up stuff is to July Fourth. AMERICA!
Sarah Kustok: Really? Is anyone other than Kobayashi still doing that?
3. How are White Sox fans greeting All-Star manager Ron Washington this week?
Brian Moore: With a one-finger salute. Or, I guess, a 21-gun salute.
Matt Pais: If he's nice enough to meet opposing fans, they can be nice enough to at least not throw any hot dogs.
Jim Walsh: Take Pierzynski's advice: Say hello, wish him luck and that's it.
Kat Velez: Very loudly and angrily.
Sarah Kustok: With a #takejake T-shirt and A.J. Pierzynski's stat sheet.
4. What would you do for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team?
Brian Moore: Is drinking wine a sport?
Matt Pais: Uh, rather than inspire people to write, "The Worst Dive in the History of the Olympics," I'll sit this one out.
Jim Walsh: I’d give the balance beam a shot. Looks easy enough.
Kat Velez: Is drinking while yelling at hockey an Olympic sport? Then I'd do that.
Sarah Kustok: The extremity depends on the sport ...
5. Settle Dusty Baker and Tony La Russa's All-Star feud.
Brian Moore: "The All-Star Game doesn't matter, move along."
Matt Pais: "Come on, guys, let's be adults about this. Just split the pretzel or buy another one. This is pretty juvenile."
Jim Walsh: Here's my advice: "Grow up, guys."
Kat Velez: Fight to the death.
Sarah Kustok: Toss in crazy Cueto and start the millionth reality show. Everybody's doing it.