Preps Talk

And starting at quarterback for the Cardinals... who?


And starting at quarterback for the Cardinals... who?

The Arizona Cardinals started their season 4-0, then lost nine straight before defeating the Detroit Lions last weekend. Part of their troubles lay in difficulties at the quarterback position, something that has plagued the organization since Kurt Warner took them to the Super Bowl after the 2008 season and to the NFC West title and divisional playoff round the next year.

But now theres a new guy under center. That would in fact be the third new guy running the Arizona offense as the starting quarterback. Indeed, the Cardinals have changed starters five times in the span of 14 games, beginning with John Skelton, then to Kevin Kolb and back again.

And finally to Ryan Lindley, who was inactive for game one this season, a sixth-round draft choice this year and did not play at all in the first nine games.

Which means that what the Bears know about him is:

Nothing, said defensive tackle Henry Melton.

How about his name?

Nope. I dont want to know his name.

It has been a forgettable name after all.

Lindley has started three of the last for games and thrown zero touchdowns and six interceptions, for a passer rating of 45.0.

I dont even know his number, Melton said. Thats all Im going to aim for.

Morgan Park senior guard Ayo Dosunmu commits to Illinois


Morgan Park senior guard Ayo Dosunmu commits to Illinois

Morgan Park senior guard Ayo Dosunmu ended his recruitment on Thursday night as he picked Illinois over his other finalist of Wake Forest.

Regarded as the top overall prospect in the Illinois senior class, the 6-foot-4 Dosunmu is a monster coup for new head coach Brad Underwood and the Illinois coaching staff as it signifies that the top player in the state of Illinois is staying with the Illini in back-to-back classes.

With Underwood and Illinois landing Illinois Mr. Basketball Mark Smith from Edwardsville in the Class of 2017, now Illinois has a great backcourt for the future that should be among the best in the Big Ten.

Dosunmu's commitment also signifies a major victory for Underwood and his staff when it comes to recruiting the Chicagoland area and the Public League as the Illini are hoping to continue to keep top city talent at home.

A first-team NBC Sports Chicago All-Area selection as a junior, Dosunmu averaged 18.3 points per game last season as he helped Morgan Park capture a Class 3A state championship.

Eddie Olczyk delivers motivational message to Cubs fans


Eddie Olczyk delivers motivational message to Cubs fans

Eddie Olczyk had a special message for the Cubbie faithful ahead of Game 5 of the NLCS.  

The Blackhawks color commentator passed along some inspiring words that were played on the Wrigley Field jumbotron right before first pitch:

“It’s not how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get up,” Olczyk said as North Siders cheered.

Olczyk’s motivational pep talk had extra meaning given that he’s in the midst of his own fight. The Chicago legend was diagnosed with colon cancer in August and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment ever since. His resilience is unmistakable, though. Olczyk returned to the broadcast booth this week and will continue announcing as his health allows.

Even with all that’s happening in his own life, Olczyk is still putting on for his hometown teams.