Audio: White Sox fan-in-chief still calling it “Cominskey Park”

posted at 4:10 pm on April 6, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Real Clear Sports. Alternate headline: “Blogger can’t believe he’s still getting content out of the Nats’ opener two days later.” You’d better hope some real news breaks within the next few hours to liven up this slower-than-slow week or else I warn you: Tonight it might be “all iPad, all the time” at ye olde blog homestead.

The “Cominskey Park” reference is indefensible — repeat after me, “kuh-MISS-kee” — but it is a mild improvement over “Cominskey Field,” which is what he used to call their former home stadium. As for him not being able to name any ChiSox players from when he was growing up, while it’s funny to hear him gag on the question, he does say he was an A’s fan at the time. No shortage of greats there — Catfish, Vida Blue, Sal Bando, Gene Tenace, Rollie Fingers, and of course Reggie — but alas, they didn’t ask him to name any. Can you imagine if they had and he blanked on a team that threepeated in the early 70s? Baseball cred gone instantly, and forever.

His approval rating in Illinois is down to 50/42, but after the south side hears about this, net negatives aren’t out of the question.


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LOOLLLOL a walking stick!! can he switch hit with that thing when he dish out some justice?

ted c on April 6, 2010 at 4:41 PM

He’ll just force the Dem Congress to impose a law that makes him look good.

Every ball he misses was inherently racist. Those balls are all white, remember?

I wonder if he can hit better than he pitches.

Liam on April 6, 2010 at 4:46 PM

You think the guy could at least wear some jeans. I know that last year the mom jeans were a flop, but how is he going to go out there in slacks and dress shoes? He is such a putz.

TXMomof3 on April 6, 2010 at 4:47 PM

princetrumpet on April 6, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Okay… apparently, I don’t know how to attach a freakin’ link to this mutha effa.

princetrumpet on April 6, 2010 at 4:48 PM

In the future, it will be easier for him. It will then be called Kruschev Park.

Kafir on April 6, 2010 at 4:48 PM

angryed on April 6, 2010 at 4:46 PM

dude, that misses the point. He went out there, as President, whipped out–yes, WHIPPED OUT, a White Sox hat and put it on in the middle of the field like he was the owner of the friggin team. Then, he botches a grounder like “can you name a White Sox player?”

That’s a narrative…..

ted c on April 6, 2010 at 4:49 PM

princetrumpet on April 6, 2010 at 4:48 PM

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click link
click IE bar that says “allow popups” or “allow scripts” or somefin
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past url in popup box
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booya

ted c on April 6, 2010 at 4:50 PM

I think he’s just not much of a baseball fan.

he is big fan of more intellectual pursuits, like wealth redistribution, central planning, allying with the oppressed to overthrow the evils of capitalism….

runner on April 6, 2010 at 4:50 PM

He is so smart and well-spoken./

CWforFreedom on April 6, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Racist! You forgot ‘clean and articulate’, on purpose didn’t you? Just to denigrate Obama! DIDN’T you???? Well, no Obama money for you!

And he’s good at serving coffee to Bill Clinton, too, you eeeevil racist!

I don’t think I want to talk to you any more, you racist bigoted truth-teller. So there!

Liam on April 6, 2010 at 4:50 PM

he is big fan of more intellectual pursuits, like wealth redistribution, central planning, allying with the oppressed to overthrow the evils of capitalism….

runner on April 6, 2010 at 4:50 PM

All of which come under the general heading of ‘lobotomy’.

Liam on April 6, 2010 at 4:51 PM

I think you guys are all wrong. He is a big fan, nobody can play “who’s on first” any better!

JusDreamin on April 6, 2010 at 4:52 PM

I think you guys are all wrong. He is a big fan, nobody can play “who’s on first” any better!

JusDreamin on April 6, 2010 at 4:52 PM

well yeah, when you can declare “I Won” after the first question then that pretty much calls it….

ted c on April 6, 2010 at 4:53 PM

In the future, it will be easier for him. It will then be called Kruschev Park.

Kafir on April 6, 2010 at 4:48 PM

But can he spell it three times the same way and be right only once?

Liam on April 6, 2010 at 4:53 PM

In the future, it will be easier for him. It will then be called Kruschev Park.

Kafir on April 6, 2010 at 4:48 PM

I was thinking Comintern Park.

malclave on April 6, 2010 at 4:53 PM

I think he’s purposely making a mockery of our nation. He could care less about anything American. The Air Force One incident over NYC is another good example of him having his own sick fun.

pixelman on April 6, 2010 at 4:42 PM

I agree. And I have no doubt he’ll move out of the US once he’s out of office and his star power is fading.

Probably some Euro-trash country where he can walk around like a superstar.

ButterflyDragon on April 6, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Typical frontrunner, claiming he rooted for the A’s.

Why not be a Padres or Dodgers fan?

This dude is a fake, phony, two-bit fraud.

JammieWearingFool on April 6, 2010 at 4:55 PM

All of which come under the general heading of ‘lobotomy’.

universal healtcare

runner on April 6, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Probably some Euro-trash country where he can walk around like a superstar.

ButterflyDragon on April 6, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Is there any other kind? Euro and trash? This is redundant. /

CWforFreedom on April 6, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Perhaps a little contrast would be good. Here is President Bush last year http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBH5NBriO1c
For an even better pitch, watch President Bush throw out the first pitch during the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium. At least he throws a decent ball–even with a bullet-proof vest. I really do not understand why President Obama did not at least practice a little since last year’s All Star game in which he looked ridiculous.

duggersd on April 6, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Allah, did you write this from your iPad?

Joel, has your opinion of the iPad changed?

rihar on April 6, 2010 at 4:56 PM

healthcare that is …

runner on April 6, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Come on now… You know BHO isn’t a sports fan is it runs counter to his ideological beliefs/goals. After all we really can’t encourage any competition in which the winners (i.e. the most productive/efficient) reap their rewards while the losers must improve themselves to have a shot at reaping said rewards. These truths simply cannot exist.

Therefore, I expect to see legislation shortly that requires all runs produced to be immediately redistributed evenly among all teams, and every game end in a tie. He may as well destroy “America’s Pastime” while he’s busy nationalizing every other industry.

Neo-con Artist on April 6, 2010 at 4:57 PM

The Archies’ Sugar Pie Honey Bunch turns into Sugar Pie Honey Butts.
EconomicNeocon on April 6, 2010 at 4:26 PM

The “ARCHIES?” – Was it a “B” side?

The Four Tops hit #1 for 2 weeks with that song (I Can’t Help My Self) in the summer of 1965. – But I have no recollection of the Archies doing it.

Just sayin’

Oopsdaisy on April 6, 2010 at 4:57 PM

great view of downtown when you land at O’Harra

runner on April 6, 2010 at 4:58 PM

great view of downtown when you land at O’Harra

runner on April 6, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Well-played, sir…

Neo-con Artist on April 6, 2010 at 5:00 PM

A smart politician would know better than to talk himself into a corner like that.

” Am’a, Am’a Southside kid … Well, I wasn’t a Sox fan until I moved to Chicago…”

This man is not the brilliant being the MSM claims he is.

chimney sweep on April 6, 2010 at 5:04 PM

angryed on April 6, 2010 at 4:46 PM

I see your point. But then again, didn’t President Pantload say he was going to lower your taxes when he was still Senator Pantload?? Seems to me that he was promising all kinds of things that turned out to be lies.

If he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, why not just say so??

Yes, he is a turd.

BigWyo on April 6, 2010 at 5:05 PM

A smart politician would know better than to talk himself into a corner like that.

” Am’a, Am’a Southside kid … Well, I wasn’t a Sox fan until I moved to Chicago…”

This man is not the brilliant being the MSM claims he is.

chimney sweep on April 6, 2010 at 5:04 PM

well, that little interlude is the cost of the media failing to toughen up a politician with tough questions. He doesn’t have the mental depth or agility to handle anything quicker than a wiffle ball grounder from a 3yr old. For crying out loud, he whipped out a Sox hat in front of the entire Nats crowd and then can’t toss the ball worth a damn or name his favorite player?

Hell, even Rainman’s dad let him back the car up and down the driveway–dad said, dad said, he was a good driver….

Sports fans.

ted c on April 6, 2010 at 5:09 PM

I heard this clip this morning, and the whole thing was just weird.

He couldn’t name one favorite player from his team, so then he claimed the Cubs as a favorite team as well, and dropped some sort of bizarre class warfare bomb (those white-color Cubs players/fans sipping their wine at Wrigley Field?!).

What’s doubley goofy, is that he seemed to back himself into a self-inflicted corner with the Cubs, because he couldn’t name one of their players either, so then he threw out his third favorite team (while still, apparently, unable to name a single player from any of the teams): the Oakland A’s.

And why did he like them…well, because he grew up in Hawaii, of course!

???
o_O

BlueCollarAstronaut on April 6, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Yeah, and he’s not a Marxist either…/

d1carter on April 6, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Perhaps he is not really thinking “Cominsky”, but instead is thinking of one of his heroes, Bronislav Kaminski. The name is pronounced the same.

Henry Bowman on April 6, 2010 at 5:23 PM

He’s not from here. We all know it. We can spot a phony a mile away. When he said “nosebleed seats” in the old whatever he called it…(we all just call it Sox Park, old building or new) there weren’t any nosebleed seats there. He was never in that old building.

And the wine comment about the mushbrain cub fans? They’re just all drunken fratboys…like he was.

F’n poser.

LtE126 on April 6, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Many south siders in call it “Cominski Park”, thinking that Charles Comiskey is Polish and not Irish. There is a large Polish population here,and a street call Komensky. I’d cut the President some slack on this one.

Sheerq on April 6, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Ghaaaah Get out of my game!

zomg Who doesn’t remember the incident with Nolan Ryan & Robin Ventura – then of the White Sox? He can’t name Robin Ventura or Frank Thomas? Or how about last years Perfect Game pitcher Mark Buehrle… he threw a friggin perfect game and Obama called him afterwards – He talked to the guy & he can’t name him?

Get this tool out of my game.

batterup on April 6, 2010 at 5:24 PM

“many south siders in call it “Cominski Park””

No we don’t.

LtE126 on April 6, 2010 at 5:25 PM

I’ve heard it called that for years.

Sheerq on April 6, 2010 at 5:26 PM

No, it’s not like Bush and “Nukular.” I was 18 until I learned the word wasn’t pronounced Noo-cue-lerrr. It’s a Southern dialect thang.

di butler on April 6, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Typical frontrunner, claiming he rooted for the A’s.

Why not be a Padres or Dodgers fan?

This dude is a fake, phony, two-bit fraud.

JammieWearingFool on April 6, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Which leads to a more important question. If you’re a sports fan in Hawaii, what team would you naturally follow? I’m guessing the Dodgers in baseball, 49ers in football, and Lakers in basketball, but those are just guesses.

YYZ on April 6, 2010 at 4:39 PM

See my post at 4:34. And yes, the 49ers are the NFL team of choice in Hawaii.

BTW in the early 70s a lot of people in Hawaii also started to follow the San Diego Padres as a MLB team, especially after the Islanders became the Padre’s farm club.

Del Dolemonte on April 6, 2010 at 5:31 PM

No, it’s not like Bush and “Nukular.” I was 18 until I learned the word wasn’t pronounced Noo-cue-lerrr. It’s a Southern dialect thang.

di butler on April 6, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Jimmy Carter pronounces it the exact same way, but is always given a pass because of the (D) after his name.

Del Dolemonte on April 6, 2010 at 5:33 PM

What a weak arm.. it’s no surprise he’s a lefty either… I’d rather have a president that can throw strikes… And maybe launch a few strikes when the need arises…

sacfly on April 6, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Did Air Farce Won fly into chicago O’Harrah to let him pose for this ordeal?

Aks him how to spell White sox.

seven on April 6, 2010 at 5:42 PM

He cleverly pulls out a White Sox cap and gives the crowd the ear-to-ear grin, but can’t name a single player who played for them?

At least Kerry could name Manny Ortiz.

Girly man, meet girly man.

fogw on April 6, 2010 at 5:46 PM

I agree. And I have no doubt he’ll move out of the US once he’s out of office and his star power is fading.

ButterflyDragon on April 6, 2010 at 4:53 PM

We can only wish.

James on April 6, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Cominskey. Alinsky. There’s the connection.

TXUS on April 6, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Dude never played the game…

… It is like Hillary saying she was named after that guy who climbed Mt. Everest, after she was born.

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2010 at 5:59 PM

LMAO@ the comments here. You guy are funny.

He can’t be fooling anyone at this point, and it was in serious bad form for him to wear that hat to that game – especially since it’s obvious he’s not a real fan.

Esthier on April 6, 2010 at 4:38 PM

It’s little things like wearing a White Sox cap to throw out the ceremonial first ball at the Nationals home park that show what an asshole Obama is. He likes to piss on tradition, specifically, American tradition and history. You’re right that he’s not fooling anyone, yet they go along with it, giggling and grinning and egging him on and covering for him and defending him. He’s the emperor with no clothes and they’re the stooges admiring the crease in his slacks.

fitzsweetpea on April 6, 2010 at 6:08 PM

I am waiting for a reaction from Curt Schilling, but he hasn’t posted anything yet. Too bad he linked to a YouTube vid of our dear Zonation and it was taken down. I guess it was way too controversial or something.

ProudPalinFan on April 6, 2010 at 6:09 PM

He does not know any better.

Terrye on April 6, 2010 at 6:10 PM

BTW I know he played with the Red Sox, just baseball reaction, that’s all.

CoMINskey???

Allah, here’s a better sports-gem that deserves an ‘Update from the comments:’

Obama: “Penn State NITALLY Lions”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQLTekcur-E
*FACEPALM*

battleoflepanto1571 on April 6, 2010 at 4:16 PM

NO HE DIDN’T!!!!

ProudPalinFan on April 6, 2010 at 6:11 PM

..Nellie Fox, Luis Apricio, Klu, Larry Doby? Only made it to the “World Serious”.

Eh, that was a tiny bit before his time.

Allahpundit on April 6, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Luis’ name is misspelled. It’s Luis Aparicio.

ProudPalinFan on April 6, 2010 at 6:16 PM

I’ll bet you he sucks at basketball too.

Out loud.

BigWyo on April 6, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Whoever followed for two years in a row his college basketball bracket thru ESPN, eh, er, well…What was he sayin’? Can’t wait for ESPN’s NFL Fantasy Football!!!

ProudPalinFan on April 6, 2010 at 6:21 PM

As for him not being able to name any ChiSox players from when he was growing up, while it’s funny to hear him gag on the question, he does say he was an A’s fan at the time.

He couldn’t mention Frank Thomas or Jack McDowell or Robin Ventura? Good Lord. “Who’s your favorite White Sox player?” “Well did I mention I’m a Cubs fan too?” LOL

ddrintn on April 6, 2010 at 6:22 PM

To say he throws like girl is an insult to little girls, even those from his home country of Kenya where baseball isn’t played.

TXUS on April 6, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Just gets commie-sky in his brain and can’t get it out.

tarpon on April 6, 2010 at 6:23 PM

as a lifelong SouthSider and fervent White Sox Fan – I still like my President, no matter who he his, wearing the Sox hat at every opportunity. Still – only this guy can find a way to make himself look stupid while he’s doing it.

moc23 on April 6, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone

And so he did. High, and to the outside.

The One.

juanito on April 6, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Even if he didn’t become a fan until he moved to Chicago in the mid-80′s, how could he not come up with Harold Baines (’80-’89), Ozzie Guillen (’85-’97); or even Carlton Fisk, who despite being remembered for playing his first 11 seasons for the BoSox, played for the ChiSox for 13? Other players for shorter stints during his so-called fan years includes Ron Kittle, Luis Salazar, and Scott Fletcher. Obama is a phony Sox fan and phony Southsider.

Roc on April 6, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Faker than fake.

SouthernGent on April 6, 2010 at 6:35 PM

I still call it Comiskey Park and had to look it up to remember it was US Cellular Field, but even as a geeky kid in Northern IL I never called it ComiNskey.

LifeTrek on April 6, 2010 at 6:45 PM

I really wonder if Obama “pitches”?
Larry Sinclair could clear that up.

Oh no I di’int!

carbon_footprint on April 6, 2010 at 6:49 PM

BO doesn’t know sh#t about anything Chicago. Heck, he orders his pizza from a St Louis restaurant!

jbh45 on April 6, 2010 at 7:23 PM

No, it’s not like Bush and “Nukular.” I was 18 until I learned the word wasn’t pronounced Noo-cue-lerrr. It’s a Southern dialect thang.

di butler on April 6, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Jimmy Carter pronounces it the exact same way, but is always given a pass because of the (D) after his name.

Del Dolemonte on April 6, 2010 at 5:33 PM

I’m kinda liking the Bostonites (Kerry, Barnacle etc) pronunciation of O’Bomber.

jpmn on April 6, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Um…the Sox have played at US Cellular Field since 2003. Their old park was CoMISKey though.

metric on April 6, 2010 at 7:40 PM

He later said the only Chi baseball player he was a fan of was Dick Butkus…

right2bright on April 6, 2010 at 7:42 PM

To a Marxist, it is irresistible to say ‘insky’. So many ‘inskys’ on the left side of the fence. so his brain was wired to say it like that.

keep the change on April 6, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Just taking 1974 for example, the White Sox finished 80-80 and had some well-known players including: Pitchers Francisco Barrios, Goose Gossage, Jim Kaat, Wilbur Wood; Catchers Brian Downing, Ed Herrmann; Infielders Dick Allen, Bucky Dent, Bill Melton, Tony Muser, Jorge Orta, Ron Santo; Outfielders Jerry Hairston, Ken Henderson, Pat Kelly and Carlos May.

bw222 on April 6, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Comiskey, Cominskey,–all those Eastern Europeans look the same to him.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 6, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Since I’m mostly Slovak and Polish, thanks for the warning.

Bigfoot on April 6, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Baseball cred gone instantly, and forever.

That pretty much occurred the first time he tried to talk intelligently about the game. Fail.

He is not a very good golfer either. I wonder how good his basketball game really is or if it is all hype too.

I imagine all the secret service agents playing with their hands down and instructed to maintain an arm and a half distance when guarding Barry. “Nice drive to the basket, Sir. Don’t worry. It’ll fall next time.”

Mallard T. Drake on April 6, 2010 at 7:47 PM

bw222 on April 6, 2010 at 7:44 PM

And who could forget the immortals Pete Ward, No-neck Williams, and Hoyt Wilhelm?

Mallard T. Drake on April 6, 2010 at 7:49 PM

dude, Levin led off with this clip last night. I was effing howling. “so who was your favorite player?” Ummmm…uhhhh….holy crap I just got caught as a baseball fan poseur and can’t remember anyone who plaid for the team that I’m a poseur fan of right now that helped me establish my Chicago street cred….

and in the next breath says he was a Cubs fan too!! I betcha that went over like a fart in church at all those Sox fan hangouts in Chicago…

Politician posing as sports fan to get him black street cred to assuage his upbringing by non-Sox fans.

ted c on April 6, 2010 at 4:19 PM

I grew up in Chicago and I KNOW that anytime a politician (or anyone for that matter) says ‘I like the Cubs and the Sox’ eyes go ROLLING faster than you can blink.
That is one thing even Mayor Daley’s most ardent opponents (like myself) always have given him some credit for. When asked what he thinks about the Cubs he essentially says he hates them. (well as close as a politician would use such language)…it’s also coincidentally yet another thing Daley and I disagree on.
So yeah. Pick one. Even Blago was a straight up mark for the Cubs and had no love for the Sox. You pick one in Chicago and that’s it. You can’t have both.

MannyT-vA on April 6, 2010 at 8:13 PM

If you’re a podcast downloader, check out Howie Carr’s show from WRKO in Boston. He was cracking some really good ones about this interview on Monday’s show.

TugboatPhil on April 6, 2010 at 8:15 PM

You mean they haven’t change the name of the place to Obama Field?

chickasaw42 on April 6, 2010 at 8:43 PM

You know what I DEMAND for the 2011 calendar? A daily pocket edition of “Obamaisms” and “Bideisms”. You know why? Because companies sold “Bushisms”, one for each day of the year.

At this rate, there’s enough material to cover the whole year.

ProudPalinFan on April 6, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Comminsky Park is where the Chicago Comintern play. Also known as the Red Stars.

Noel on April 6, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Betcha Obama can name Beck & Rush’s first, middle, last names, which networks they’re on, and how many daily audience members…

TN Mom on April 6, 2010 at 10:42 PM

Somebody ask him a question about the first commissioner of baseball.

I want to see how he pronounces Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

tuffy on April 6, 2010 at 11:55 PM

I’d like to say this says something about Obama and the grand socialist conspiracy, but honestly, I just don’t think it has anything to do with anything other than the fact that Obama doesn’t give a crap about baseball. Newsflash: I don’t either.

I gave a crap about the strong pitch Bush gave after 911 for one reason and one reason only: a nation that cannot abstract its pastime to a larger scope in the face of present existential danger cannot survive.

If Bush’s competent pitch after 911 was an indication that our nation has not yet descended into untethered Caligulan indifference to our heritage, Obama’s emasculated girl-throw is only an indication that we’ve fragmented our definition of American virtue. I wish the President were the kind of man that could throw a heater as an afterthought between negotiations with a proto-nuclear Iran, but at least there aren’t any Grecian columns.

spmat on April 7, 2010 at 1:55 AM

But he didn’t grow up in Chicago. No, I’m not a Birther, but he really didn’t go to Chicago until after college.

Okay, let’s cut him some slack and re-phrase the question…”who were some of your favorite players when rooting for the Sox after moving to Chicago, Barry”? He likely couldn’t even answer that question. Did he even ever go to a game as a regular fan? Doubtful. I mean, hell, if he’s even a casual baseball fan living in Chicago he surely could have pulled name Frank Thomas out of his ass. I mean, he moved there around 1985, right? So, he’d been living there since 1985. Again, how hard would it be to mention Frank Thomas? MVP in ’92 and ’93. Ozzie Guillen? Bobby Thigpen? Jack McDowell? Those were all big time names. For God’s sake, Bo Jackson played for the Sox during that time frame. SURELY he would have known that! Anyone with even a casual interest in baseball back then knew that!!!

As for being an A’s fan while living in Hawaii…it’s likely Honolulu was inundated with Hawaii Islander games. Barry lived in Hawaii until around ’79. So, Honolulu likely got a steady stream of California Angel and San Diego Padre games, as the Islanders were the farm team for those franchises during that period. Maybe he was an A’s fan, but probably only because he just turned in to watch the World Series, but not because he was a fan.

Fed45 on April 7, 2010 at 2:11 AM

Yep. What a tool the prezdent is.

Sherman1864 on April 7, 2010 at 2:26 AM

The One was struck out by this underhand, slow-pitch softball question. Haaaarrrrrrr!

That’s some good bacon!

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 7, 2010 at 7:58 AM

Had he just called it Comiskey it would have been cool. Even though it’s not the original, any ballpark at 35th and Shields will always be Comiskey in my book.

Still, I haven’t been able to bring myself to wach a game in Comiskey II. It just wouldn’t be the same without a rusty I-beam obstructing my view. :)

Venusian Visitor on April 7, 2010 at 10:24 AM

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