Frankie O for F.I.R.S.T.!!

Frankie O for F.I.R.S.T.!!

Friday, Aug. 27, 2010
9:32 AM

By Frankie O

In life, like sports, some very unexpected things can happen. One such thing for me was when my son was born seven years ago. Any child will change the path of your life, with Ben it was even more so. Ben was born with an ichthyosis. Whats an ichthyosis? How much time do you have? An ichthyosis is part of a family of genetic skin disorders characterized by dry, thickened, scaling skin.

There over twenty types that differ by their underlying genetic cause, outward appearance andor mode of inheritance. They are as common as occurring during 1 in 250 births, to happening in 1 in 100,000. Epidermolytic Hyperkeratosis (EHK) is what my son has and is one of the more rare ones. Why am I telling you about this? Well when a disease or disorder is very rare in occurrence, there tends not to be enough money or resources available to combat it. For me and my family, and many more in our situation, our savior has been the Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types: F.I.R.S.T. This organization provides medical services, research, social networking and HOPE for those affected by these diseases. I cant stress how much this organization has meant to me and my family. Again, how does this affect you? Well, theres a way you can help and maybe have the time of your life too.

Frankie O presents:


If youre a fan of Notre Dame football, (and honestly, who isnt? Did I say honestly or ironically? Enough about my rooting interests later!) this is your ultimate dream package!

For the Notre Dame vs. Michigan football game on September 11th at 3:30 PM (game 2 of the Kelly era!!)

I have a package that includes:

4 game tickets

A certificate for 4 pre-game sideline passes

A certificate for a Tour for 4 of the Football Stadium Locker Room

A certificate for a football personalized and autographed by ND Head Coach Brian Kelly

How do you win? I will be conducting a raffle with 100 tickets. Thats it 100! When have you been in a raffle with that kind of package with those good of odds? Tickets are only 50.00!

Tickets will be sold, by me, on a first come first served basis. Also, you can buy as many as you would like. I will arrive an hour before my shifts (I will also sell them at any other time, just e-mail me for details) in the next two weeks to sell them until they are gone.
The raffle winner will be announced on my Twitter account (@realfrankieo) on Wednesday, September 8th. I will contact the winner directly by e-mail at that time. We together will make all the necessary arrangements on Thursday the 9th to ensure a fantastic time at the game and in South Bend.

At any time you can e-mail me with any questions at:

My shifts at the bar will be: Sat 828 4-cl, Sun 829 4-cl, Tues. 831 4-cl, Wed 91 4-cl, Friday 93 10-6, Sat 94 4-cl, Tues 97 4-cl and Wed 98 4-cl.

Come in and say hello, and buy some tickets!

SportsTalk Live Podcast: How hot is John Fox's seat?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: How hot is John Fox's seat?

Seth Gruen (Bleacher Report/”Big Ten Unfiltered” podcast), Chris Emma ( and Matt Zahn (CBS 2) join Kap on the panel. If the Bears lose badly to the Lions, should Sunday be John Fox’s last game? 

Plus Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill joins the panel to talk Bulls as well as the Niko/Portis cold war.

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here:

Collecting some final thoughts on if Tarik Cohen isn't getting enough snaps for the Bears

Collecting some final thoughts on if Tarik Cohen isn't getting enough snaps for the Bears

John Fox on Friday sought to clarify some comments he made earlier in the week about Tarik Cohen that seemed to follow some spurious logic. Here’s what Fox said on Wednesday when asked if he’d like to see Cohen be more involved in the offensive game plan:

“You’re looking at one game,” Fox said, referencing Cohen only playing 13 of 60 snaps against the Green Bay Packers. “Sometimes the defense dictates who gets the ball. I think from a running standpoint it was a game where we didn’t run the ball very effectively. I think we only ran it 17 times. I believe Jordan Howard, being the fifth leading rusher in the league, probably commanded most of that. I think he had 15 carries. 

“It’s a situation where we’d like to get him more touches, but it just didn’t materialize that well on that day. But I’d remind people that he’s pretty high up there in both punt returns, he’s our leading receiver with 29 catches, so it’s not like we don’t know who he is.”

There were some clear holes to poke in that line of reasoning, since the question wasn’t about Cohen’s touches, but his snap count. Cohen creates matchup problems when he’s on the field for opposing defenses, who can be caught having to double-team him (thus leaving a player uncovered, i.e. Kendall Wright) or matching up a linebacker against him (a positive for the Bears). The ball doesn’t have to be thrown Cohen’s way for his impact to be made, especially if he’s on the field at the same time as Howard. 

“They don’t know who’s getting the ball, really, and they don’t know how to defend it properly,” Howard said. “… It definitely can dictate matchups.”

There are certain scenarios in which the Bears don’t feel comfortable having Cohen on the field, like in third-and-long and two-minute drills, where Benny Cunningham’s veteran experience and pass protection skills are valued. It may be harder to create a mismatch or draw a double team with Cohen against a nickel package. It's easier to justify leaving a 5-foot-6 running back on the sidelines in those situations. 

But if the Bears need Cohen to be their best playmaker, as offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said last month, they need to find a way for him to be on the field more than a shade over one in every five plays. As Fox explained it on Friday, though, it’s more about finding the right spots for Cohen, not allowing opposing defenses to dictate when he’s on the field. 

“We have Tarik Cohen out there, we're talking about touches, not play time, we're talking about touches so if they double or triple cover him odds are the ball is not going to him, in fact we'd probably prefer it didn’t,” Fox said. “So what I meant by dictating where the ball goes, that's more related to touches than it is play time. I just want to make sure I clarify that. So it's not so much that they dictate personnel to you. Now if it's in a nickel defense they have a certain package they run that may create a bad matchup for you, that might dictate what personnel group you have out there not just as it relates to Tarik Cohen but to your offense in general. You don't want to create a bad matchup for your own team. I hope that makes sense.”

There’s another wrinkle here, though, that should be addressed: Loggains said this week that defenses rarely stick to the tendencies they show on film when Cohen is on the field. That’s not only a problem for Cohen, but it’s a problem for Mitchell Trubisky, who hasn’t always had success against defensive looks he hasn’t seen on film before. And if the Bears are trying to minimize the curveballs Trubisky sees, not having Cohen on the field for a high volume of plays would be one way to solve that. 

This is also where the Bears’ lack of offensive weapons factors in. Darren Sproles, who Cohen will inexorably be linked to, didn’t play much as a rookie — but that was on a San Diego Chargers team that had LaDanian Tomlinson, Keenan McCardell and Antonio Gates putting up big numbers. There were other options on that team; the Bears have a productive Howard and a possibly-emerging Dontrelle Inman, but not much else. 

So as long as Cohen receives only a handful of snaps on a team with a paucity of playmakers, this will continue to be a topic of discussion. Though if you’re looking more at the future of the franchise instead of the short-term payoffs, that we’re having a discussion about a fourth-round pick not being used enough is a good thing.