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Word on the Street: Granger calls Noah 'dirty player'

Word on the Street: Granger calls Noah 'dirty player'

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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Granger calls Noah a 'dirty player'

Danny Granger was ready to get into it with Joakim Noah after the Bulls finished off the Pacers on Tuesday night. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau intervened and told Granger to cool off.

Then Granger turned his attention to the media and didn't hold back on his feelings towards Joakim Noah.

"Joakim Noah, he's a dirty player," Granger said. Honestly. He elbowed two of my power forwards. One got kicked out. The other got a tech and nothings called on him. I dont think theres a place in the game for it."

Noah didn't spend too much time worrying about Granger's complaint.

I play dirty? Noah said. OK. Im just trying to win basketball games, man. Its the name of the game." (Daily Herald)

Thrashers heading to Winnipeg?

Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz said he believes the Coyotes will end up staying in Glendale. He said because of contractual and financial obligations the Coyotes have to Arizona, the team wouldn't be able to make the move to Manitoba.

But the people of Winnipeg should not have to worry about missing out on an NHL team relocating to their city: the Atlanta Thrashers, who are also for sale, are a possibility to acquire and move to Manitoba.

The clock is ticking on the deal between Winnipeg buyers, the NHL (which currently owns the Coyotes, and the city of Glendale. (Phoenix Business Journal)
Is Tyler Colvin being demoted?

Well, not officially, but it is looking more and more like Tyler Colvin could be demoted to AAA Iowa.

Colvin has struggled (.128.196.319) during his split time with Kosuke Fukudome (.458.552.479) and has been pushed to the back of the bench. The young fielder has only started one of the last ten games.

Could Mike Quade be transitioning Colvin from the majors to the minors? We'll just have to wait and see. (Cubs Billy Goat Blog)

Bulls unveil new license plate

Joining the likes of the Bears, Cubs and Blackhawks, the Chicago Bulls are the latest team to offer fans the opportunity to support their team with an Illinois license plate. Sec. of State Jesse White and the Bulls unveiled the new Bulls permanent plate.

The plate is striped black and red, and features the Bulls logo. Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and team president Michael Reinsdorf joined White in unveiling the plate at the Thompson Center. (My Fox Chicago)

Bears' Dent owes IRS over 1 mil

The IRS has filed a more than 1.1 million tax lien against Chicago Bears great Richard Dent for failing to pay federal taxes. According to public records, DeKalb County Superior Court in Georgia filed a 1,160,056 tax lien against Dent about one month after Dent was elected for Pro Football's Hall of Fame.

Dent is heading to the NFL Draft on Friday as he is scheduled to be the Bears' guest representative for their second-round pick. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Canucks fans fail at burning Blackhawks jersey

After the Blackhawks heartbreaking loss to the Vancouver Canucks in overtime on Tuesday, Canucks fans took to the streets to celebrate the victory. Among the fans, a group decided to torch a Chicago jersey in celebration.

They had a bit of a tough time igniting the Blackhawks sweater, so eventually they decided to just jump on it. Classy celebration, indeed.

You can watch the 'celebration' below:

(Vancouver Sun)

Can the Bears make enough plays to beat the Carolina Panthers?

Can the Bears make enough plays to beat the Carolina Panthers?

Everything changed for the Bears after going up 17-3 last week against the Baltimore Ravens. Mitchell Trubisky’s 27-yard touchdown to Dion Sims was immediately followed by Bobby Rainey running a kickoff back 96 yards for a touchdown, then the offense was bogged down with three fumbles (two lost) on three consecutive possessions. 

But Adrian Amos seemed to seal the game with his 90-yard pick six — that is, until Michael Campanaro ran Pat O’Donnell’s punt back 77 yards for what wound up being a game-tying touchdown after a two-point conversion.

The point is the Bears should’ve cruised to a comfortable win last week; a few critical mistakes didn’t allow that to happen. The Bears haven’t led at the end of the fourth quarter this year, a pretty strong indicator they haven’t played a complete game yet despite having two wins. 

The Carolina Panthers have road wins over the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots this year, and only lost to the Philadelphia Eagles by five points last week (despite Cam Newton throwing three interceptions). The bet here is the Bears keep things close on the backs of a strong defense, but either can’t make enough plays or make too many mistakes to win. 

Prediction: Panthers 20, Bears 16

Offseason of change begins with Cubs firing pitching coach Chris Bosio

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Offseason of change begins with Cubs firing pitching coach Chris Bosio

"Of course," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said in the middle of the National League Championship — he would like his coaches back in 2018. Pitching coach Chris Bosio told the team's flagship radio station this week that the staff expected to return next year. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein didn't go that far during Friday afternoon's end-of-season news conference at Wrigley Field, but he did say: "Rest assured, Joe will have every coach back that he wants back."

That's Cub: USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale first reported Saturday morning that Bosio had been fired, the team declining a club contract option for next year and making a major influence on the Wrigleyville rebuild a free agent. Epstein and Bosio did not immediately respond to text messages and the club has not officially outlined the shape of the 2018 coaching staff.

Those exit meetings on Friday at Wrigley Field are just the beginning of an offseason that could lead to sweeping changes, with the Cubs looking to replace 40 percent of their rotation, identify an established closer (whether or not that's Wade Davis), find another leadoff option and maybe break up their World Series core of hitters to acquire pitching. 

The obvious candidate to replace Bosio is Jim Hickey, Maddon's longtime pitching coach with the Tampa Bay Rays who has Chicago roots and recently parted ways with the small-market franchise that stayed competitive by consistently developing young arms like David Price and Chris Archer.

Of course, Maddon denied that speculation during an NLCS where the Los Angeles Dodgers dominated the Cubs in every phase of the game and the manager's bullpen decisions kept getting second-guessed.

Bosio has a big personality and strong opinions that rocked the boat at times, but he brought instant credibility as an accomplished big-league pitcher who helped implement the team's sophisticated game-planning system.

Originally a Dale Sveum hire for the 2012 season/Epstein regime Year 1 where the Cubs lost 101 games, Bosio helped coach up and market short-term assets like Ryan Dempster, Scott Feldman, Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija. 

Those win-later trades combined with Bosio's expertise led to a 2016 major-league ERA leader (Kyle Hendricks) and a 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner (Jake Arrieta) plus setup guys Pedro Strop and Carl Edwards Jr. and All-Star shortstop Addison Russell.

Bosio helped set the foundation for the group that won last year's World Series and has made three consecutive trips to the NLCS. But as the Cubs are going to find out this winter, there is a shelf life to everything, even for those who made their mark during a golden age of baseball on the North Side.