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Word on the Street: Favre picks the Packers

Word on the Street: Favre picks the Packers

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011
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Favre picks the Packers

Don't worry, NFL fans, he's not coming out of retirement again. At least not yet. But apparently, even though he hasn't played in Green Bay in three years, he hasn't lost any love for his old home.

In an e-mail response to NFL analyst Ed Werder, Favre said that he believes the Packers are "by far" the best team left in the NFL Playoffs and that he will be rooting for them in their NFC Championship matchup against the Bears on Sunday.

"(Packers QB) Aaron (Rodgers) is the best QB and the receiving corps is the best ever, maybe," Favre said in the e-mail. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Singletary joins the Vikings

Less than a month after Mike Singletary was fired from his head coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers, the former Bear great is back among the employed. Singletary confirmed today that he will be joining head coach Leslie Frazier's staff in Minnesota as the Vikings linebacker coach and assistant head coach. (Rotoworld)

Sox avoid arbitration on Pena, Danks, Quentin

The White Sox announced on Tuesday that they avoided arbitration with starter John Danks, outfielder Carlos Quentin, and releiver Tony Pena, signing all three to new contracts.

Danks will earn 6 million in 2011 while Quentin's new deal is worth 5.05 million next year. Pena rounded out the group, agreeing to terms on a 1.6 million contract. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Cubs follow suit; sign Marshall, Garza, Gorzelanny

On the same day that their cross-town rivals avoided arbitration with three of their players, the Cubs signed lefty reliever Sean Marshall, newly acquired starter Matt Garza, and soon-to-be former-Cub Tom Gorzelanny to new contracts.

Marshall's deal is for two years and is reportedly worth 4.7 million while Garza's deal was valued at one year, 5.95 million. Gorzelanny's new contract (which, of course, will be paid by the Nationals once he is traded) is worth 2.1 million. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Lee DeWyze not a wise move?

Does it really matter who sings the national anthem? Apparently, it does to some Bears fans.

Though the reports have yet to be confirmed by the Bears or FOX TV, who will be broadcasting the Bears-Packers NFC Championship Game, it is rumored that American Idol winner Lee DeWyze of Mount Prospect, Ill. will have the honors of singing the national anthem instead of fan favorite Jim Cornelison.

The rumor has set the blogosphere ablaze, with some fans suggesting that choosing who sings the national anthem is part of a team's "home field advantage." (The Daily Herald)

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.