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Word on the Street: Canucks brass seek shelter

Word on the Street: Canucks brass seek shelter

Thursday, April 21, 2011
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Canucks brass seek shelter

Reports surfaced earlier this week that some vocal Blackhawks fans seated near Vancouver execs at the United Center were showering some of the Canucks brass with taunts and foul language. Now, in response, said executives are requesting seats in a protected area of the United Center if the series should go to a sixth game and travel back to Chicago.

We shouldnt be sitting there to begin with, Vancouver GM Mike Gillis said when asked about the incident. You can only take so much abuse for so long, and I took it longer than I normally would.
(The Toronto Globe and Mail)

Bears work at Halas Hall practice field

Well, kind of. Because of the NFL Lockout the Bears weren't able to begin their voluntary workout program as scheduled, but work is still being done at Halas Hall - by landscapers. The natural grass practice fields have been ripped up and a crew is now working to install a new surface. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Less black players in MLB

Major League Baseball is still recognized as the most racially integrated professional sport in the United States. However, despite the diversity of the sport, the percentage of black players dropped to 8.5 percent on opening day this season. That's down from 10 percent at the beginning of last season - the lowest percentage since 2007.

MLB also admits it needs to hire more women into professional positions within the league.

"MLB has made great strides with diversity in who runs the game, and today is one of the best in sports," said Richard Lapchick of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida.. "However, there is clearly room for improvement, especially regarding hiring more women into professional positions." (Associated Press)

Rose a mini-LeBron?

The praise for the Bulls' young point guard, Derrick Rose, continues to grow. He has been called the league MVP by everyone from Charles Barkley to LeBron James. Now, he's even being compared to the latter of those two.

NBA TV analyst Greg Anthony told the Indianapolis Star that Rose is comparable to James - and even Shaquille O'Neal - because of one thing...

"I've likened (Rose) to (Shaquille O'Neal) in his prime and LeBron James in that he physically intimidates his opponents," Anthony said. "Physically, he's as gifted as anybody we've ever had play the position of point guard. He also adds a tremendous skill-set to go along with it." (Indianapolis Star)

Prior back to the DL

After being promoted from single-A to triple-A in the Yankees farm system, things appeared to be looking up for former Cubs phenom Mark Prior. Unfortunately, he now finds himself back on the disabled list; this time for a strained groin muscle. The good news here is that the injury is not in his arm and the Yankees expect he will quickly recover from the pulled groin. If he does, there's a good chance he could see the big leagues this season as a part of the Yankees bullpen. (Hardball Talk)

Can Cairo Santos be the kicker the Bears need?

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Can Cairo Santos be the kicker the Bears need?

Since the Bears inserted Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback, they've had 12 drives end with a field goal — an average of two per game. Connor Barth hit nine of those dozen kicks, which had an average distance of 38.4 yards, but all three of Barth’s misses came from 45 yards or longer. 

Barth’s missed game-tying 46-yarder in the final seconds Sunday against the Detroit Lions was the last straw for someone who hadn’t been consistent in his one and a half years in Chicago. So enter Cairo Santos, who made 89 of 105 field goals (85 percent) from 2014-2017 with the Kansas City Chiefs. More importantly: Santos has made 73 percent of his career field goals from 40 or more yards; Barth made 52 percent of his kicks from the same distance with the Bears. 

(73 percent from long range isn’t bad, but it’s not great, either: Philadelphia Eagles kicker and Lyons Township High School alum Jake Elliott has made 88 percent of his 40-plus-yard kicks; Harrison Butker, who replaced Santos in Kansas City, has made 90 percent of his kicks from that distance. Both players are rookies who were drafted and cut prior to the season.)

Santos was released by the Chiefs in late September after a groin injury landed him on injured reserve (he played in three games prior to being released). The injury wasn’t expected to be season-ending, and Santos said he’s felt 100 percent for about two weeks before joining the Bears on Monday. 

“It was a long and difficult battle, but I was confident that it wasn’t going to be a serious injury, I just needed time,” Santos said. “I dealt with it in training camp, I was kicking really well, I was the only kicker in KC, and I didn’t have the appropriate time to heal. I tried to play the first three games and it got worse, so my main goal was to get 100 percent. I’ve been kicking for about a month now and finally the last week been able to come here and visit with the Bears. The muscle is in good shape to come and take a full load of a week’s practice and games, so thankful the opportunity worked out.”

For Santos, these next six weeks can be an audition for him to stick in Chicago next year. If the Bears can look optimistically at the improvements made by the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams with second-year top-drafted quarterbacks, they’ll need to figure out their kicking situation sooner rather than later. Bringing in Santos provides a good opportunity for that down the stretch. 

“He’s kicked in Kansas City, which is a similar climate,” special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers said. “Their field is similar to Soldier Field. He’s played in some big games, played in some important situations and he’s, by and large, been successful in those situations.”

Another wild twist in the Derrick Rose saga

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Another wild twist in the Derrick Rose saga

We may have seen the last of Derrick Rose on a basketball court. 

According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski, the point guard, who's currently recovering from ankle injury, is away from the Cavaliers organization and contemplating his future in basketball: 

The news may come as a shock considering Rose is still only 29 years old, but the Chicago native has experienced triumphant highs and depressing lows like few others in league history. Undoubtedly, that's taken a toll. 

From youngest MVP in league history to injury-prone backup, the former No. 1 pick of the Bulls has seen it all in his nine-year career. And just last season in New York, his passion for the game was called into question after missing a game without informing coaches, players or staff to attend to a family issue. 

He decided to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland last offseason -- a move that nobody could have predicted five years ago -- on a veteran's minimum contract, and averaged 14.3 points before, you guessed it, being forced to sit with injury. 

Fred Hoiberg, who coached Rose for one season in Chicago, weighed in before Friday's Bulls-Warriors game: 

If Rose ultimately decides to step away for good, eerie parallels can be drawn to Doug Collins' NBA stint. Collins didn't have quite the upside Rose had, but he was a three-time All-Star before foot and knee injuries cut his career short at, yes, also 29. 

It's another sad twist in the Derrick Rose Story. He may be the greatest 'What if' in NBA history.