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Random News of the Day: Errors, NFL book smarts

Random News of the Day: Errors, NFL book smarts

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010
3:14 PM

By Joe Collins

Four Errors & 24 Years Ago: September 14, 1986 may not strike a chord with people that follow sports milestones, but if you're a fan of baseball (and in particular, someone who knows Bob Brenly), you will know that on this date, the former San Francisco Giant --and current Cubs broadcaster of course-- committed four errors in the same inning. He then made up for the errors in a most memorable way. Comcast SportsNet will take an in-depth look at one of the more ironic days in baseball history during tomorrows (Wednesdays) SportsNite at 10pm. Luke Stuckmeyer reports.

Number Of The Day (25,471): It might not seem like a big deal, but Northwestern's football home opener drew 25,471 fans against Illinois State. That's good! Thing is, that figure was actually UP more than 40 percent increase over last year's home opener. That's bad (for last years case, anyway). The 25,471 figure is without most of the general student population, as fall classes begin September 21st. That's good! But the 25,471 is still a fraction of attendance at most other Big 10 football games. That's bad.

(jumping up onto soapbox)

It's time to get out to Ryan Field, folks. Pat Fitzgerald has done an incredible job in getting his team to compete at a consistently high level. This team is consistently going to bowl games (try saying that 20 years ago). They are poised to strike again this year with QB Dan Persa at the controls. The defense is solid. Ryan Field is just off the CTA Purple Line. The ticket prices are far below the rest of the Big 10 average. Seriously...what is taking so long? Northwestern is Chicago's college football team, folks. Let's get out there and watch some quality football.
NFL Book Smarts: If you didn't know what NFL Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3, Item 1 of the NFL Rule Book was before this weekend's Bears game --or if you were forced to watch 40 hours of the Lifetime Channel from Sunday afternoon until now-- you should know it know. It states that...

if a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact with an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball after he touches the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone. If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete.

...just ask Calvin Johnson of the Lions. His fourth quarter catch-that-really-wasn't put the exclamation mark on a Bears 19-14 victory over on Sunday. This rule has been the subject of frequent water cooler debates ever since. How about we add some more rules? I have a few:

Rule 56, Section 11, Article 8: If a member of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line gathers more than two (2) holding penalties in the fourth quarter of a nationally televised game when fantasy football points are on the line, his contract shall be promptly and efficiently fed into an IntelliShred PC55 CrossCut 1000.

Rule 11, Section 15, Article 6, Item 4, Addendum 5b: If any "player" insists on dancingstrutting after a touchdown, a tackle for loss or pivotal block when down by more than 20 points, they have to dancestrut in the spirit of one of the gas station workers in Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" video.

Rule 9, Section 5, Article 1, Item 1, Paragraph 2: If a player of "defender" rips the head off a member of the offense or opposition, the "defender" must wait until the "Not Going Anywhere For A While?" voice over is heard throughout the stadium. "Defender" can then chew on Snickers bar immediately afterward.

OK...maybe scratch that last one. But still, the other three should fix a few minor annoyances.

Or something like that.

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

High School Lites had a busy show as it was the final week of the regular season for IHSA boys basketball Class 3A and 4A. The Class 1A and 2A playoffs also tipped in boys basketball as the show has some thrilling regional titles that were decided in the final minute. And finally, the girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals were played on Friday as the state's top teams played in Bloomington.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for the latest news and scores for IHSA basketball.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Richards wrestler Mia Palumbo

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Simeon boys basketball


Marshall shocks Leo in Class 2A regional final

Aurora Christian runs past Harvert Christian for 1A regional title

Buzzer-beater lifts Monticello over Gibson City for regional title

Jacobs goes unbeaten in Fox Valley with win over Dundee-Crown

West Aurora gets by rival East Aurora

Yorkville completes season sweep of DeKalb

Lemont escapes past T.F. North

Marshall needs OT to get past Teutopolis in girls 2A semifinals

Harlan takes down Eureka in 2A semifinals

Stockton runs by Okaw Valley in 1A

Schlarman races by Lebanon

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks hit road to face Blue Jackets

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks hit road to face Blue Jackets

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. One big reunion.

The Blackhawks will square off with the Blue Jackets for the first time since Oct. 7, which was the second game of the season. In that game, they won 5-1 led by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, each of whom scored a goal and added an assist.

Of course, that was the first game since the offseason trade that sent Artemi Panarin to Columbus and Saad back to Chicago, along with Anton Forsberg. Artem Anisimov, of course, was part of the original deal that sent Saad to Columbus in 2015, so there are a lot of emotional ties between the two teams.

Forsberg didn't get a chance to face the Blue Jackets in the first meeting, but there's a chance he will this time with it being the second of a back-to-back and Jean-Francois Berube getting the start in Friday's 3-1 win over San Jose.

2. Panarin and Kane bromance.

The emotions of a difficult break-up have probably died down by now, but Panarin and Kane gave us this moment at center ice during pregame warmups in their first game against each other and it hit Chicago right in the feels:

Panarin has spent enough time apart from Kane for people to realize how big of a star he is in his own right, leading the Blue Jackets in all three scoring categories: goals (17), assists (32) and points (49).

He hasn't gone more than three games this season without recording a point, and is looking to extend his point streak to four games, which would tie a season high.

3. Struggling Blue Jackets special teams.

The Blue Jackets got off to a great start but are barely clinging onto a wild card spot going into Saturday's game, and a big reason for that slide is their lack of success on special teams. Usually one can pick up the slack for the other, but they've been brutal in both departments.

The Blue Jackets are 0-for-9 on the power play in their past five games and are ranked 31st overall, converting on only 14.1 percent of their opportunities. They also have own the 27th-ranked penalty kill with a 76.3 percent success rate.

So if there's an area the Blackhawks can exploit, it's that. But, you know, still be mindful of that Russian winger's one-timer from the faceoff circle.