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Word on the Street: Rose makes SI cover

Word on the Street: Rose makes SI cover

Thursday, April 14, 2011
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Rose makes his first SI cover

Bulls fans will see something they haven't seen in over a decade this week; one of their players on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Derrick Rose is on the cover of this week's magazine, the first Bull to do so since Michael Jordan. And if he keeps playing the way he has been, it's unlikely that this will be his last time on the cover of the magazine. However, it will be a while before he catches up to Jordan's record 57 cover appearances. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

MLB instant replay on the way?

HardBall Talk is reporting that Major League Baseball may be expanding the use of instant replay starting with the 2012 season. The expansion would include fairfoul calls down the lines and trap calls - as when an outfielder dives and traps the ball under his glove instead of catching it. (HardBall Talk)

Bear (jersey sales) down

Bears jerseys are not selling. At least, not in comparison to the sales enjoyed by certain Bears in the past. Over the last decade Brian Urlacher has sold more jerseys than almost any other player in the NFL. However, this year, not a single Bear cracked the top 15 in jersey sales.

The league leader in jersey sales was Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, followed by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Despite not having a top-selling jersey, though, the Bears still came in fourth in total merchandise sales behind the Packers, Steelers, and Cowboys. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Ex-Bears QB arrested

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Bobby Douglass, who was behind center for the bears from 1969-1975, was arrested in Lake Forest on Wednesday night and charged with criminal trespassing and criminal damage to property.

Officials said that the charges against Douglass, 63, stemmed from an incident involving his on-again, off-again girlfriend. (Chicago Tribune)

Bulls favored to win East
According to DonBest.com, a sports betting website, the Bulls are a plus-130 favorite to win the Eastern Conference title. They are followed closely by the Miami Heat and then, slightly more distantly, the Boston Celtics. Apparently, now that the Bulls have clinched the NBA's best record, people are starting to take notice. (www.donbest.com)

Sox getting some respect

Capperspicks.com, an online betting website, lists the Chicago White Sox as number six on their MLB power rankings. The Sox sit behind the Rangers, Indians, Rockies, Reds and Phillies in the rankings. In case were wondering...the Cubs were number 25. (CappersPicks)

Three Things to Watch: Bulls dance with Warriors

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls dance with Warriors

Is there any better way to break in your new Black Friday television than Bulls-Warriors tonight? We think not. Coverage starts at 9 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live, and the game is also available to stream via the NBC Sports app

Here are three things to keep your eye on: 

1. Not the score. Let's be honest: the Bulls probably won't sneak out a win at the Oracle. In fact, ESPN's matchup predictor only gives Fred Hoiberg's young squad a 2.9 percent chance to come up victorious. UIC has three times better odds against juggernaut Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Sunday, in case you needed some context.  

With the talent gap in mind, though, it will be important for the Bulls to come out with high energy. The Warriors will likely take the contest lightly in the first half, so starting off strong reflects well on the coaching staff and starters. Stay within 10 points by the half, and that's considered a massive triumph. 

2. Lauri Markkanen vs. Draymond Green? Assuming the Dubs start out with Green on Markkanen, this will be rookie's biggest test of the season. Green is an elite defender, capable of wrecking gameplans from the tip. He's physical, quick and athletic. 

Markkanen is coming off two duds on the West Coast trip, but his aggressiveness hasn't wavered. It'll be important for him to continue to attack even with the reigning Defensive Player of the Year hounding him. 

3. Steph, KD and Klay doin' work. The Bulls offense hasn't exactly been a thing of beauty through the first 16 games. Their offensive rating is a brutal 94.4, ranked last in the NBA. Golden State, on the other hand, sits at the top with a rating of 113.1. 

Take some time to admire the skills of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson because when it comes to working cohesively on offense, they've set the gold standard. 

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

On the second (turkey) leg of a back-to-back, the Bulls didn't bring much energy in a 110-80 loss to the Utah Jazz. 

Instead of diving into the nitty-gritty of the uninspiring effort, though, we decided to just serve you up a Thanksgiving meal of highlights. Here are the top blocks from Wednesday's game: 

5. Derrick Favors is no Rudy Gobert -- that we know -- but imitation is the highest form of flattery. 

4. Are Bobby Portis chase down blocks the new LeBron James chase down blocks? Let's not get carried away... yet. We'll chalk it up to just a real nice hustle play by Bobby. 

3 and 2. Speaking of hustle plays... Jonas Jerebko isn't exactly known as a dominant defender. He sure made it hard for the Bulls on what should of been an easy fast-break bucket in the third quarter, though. First, he silenced Kris Dunn's reverse. Then, he met Lauri Markkanen at the rim and sent the rookie packing. The Baby Bulls 2.0 can blame it on fatigue, but they just handed Jerebko a highlight tape for years to come.   

1. In fairness, Jerian Grant had to get up a shot as the quarter was coming to a close. It is as vicious as it looks, though.