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Word on the Street: Probert, Duerson had same brain disease

Word on the Street: Probert, Duerson had same brain disease

Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011
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Late Probert had same brain disease as Duerson

Former Blackhawks forward Bob Probert suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Probert died of heart failure last July. CTE is a degenerative brain disease found in people who have had a history of repetitive brain trauma including concussions.

This comes nearly two weeks after former Bears safety Dave Duerson committed suicide and asked that his brain be donated to the same facility. Duerson's family contacted Boston University to examine Duerson's brain for abnormalities related to CTE. (New York Times)

Scuffle in Cubs dugout

Dust was flying in the Cubs dugout after the first inning duringWednesday's game against Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs made three errorsin the inning, which in turn led to three unearned runs. Carlos Silvaappeared to be involved in the scuffle, coming into the dugout angrily. Apparentlysome words were exchanged and players scrambled to break up the incident.

Silva was removed from the game the next inning. Strength coach TimBuss walked Silva to the clubhouse after the top half of the third, butsaid that Siva was "not in the right frame of mind to talk." (CSNChicago.com)

Sox Pierzynski gets speeding before ST game

While making his way to the White Sox's spring training game against the Cinncinnati Reds in Goodyear, Ariz., A.J. Pierzynski was ticketed for speeding. The White Sox catcher's gray and black Sox road uniform eliminated any chance of getting out of the ticket.

Pierzynski was ticketed for going 10 m.p.h. over the speed limit.

His manager, Ozzie Guillen, apparently found the situation hilarious: Whit the uniform on thas funny arizona polices are awesome lol, Guillen tweeted. Please policeman be nice and send insurance card back to aj. 223 tickets in his live lol lol (CSNChicago.com)

Toews to host golf event

It seems Jonathan Toews will have to take his skills to the golf course. TSN is reporting that the Chicago Blackhawks captain was named official host of the Canadian Tour event in his hometown of Winnipeg.

"I'm really looking forward to expanding my role," Toews said in a statement. "It's an amazing Canadian Tour event with a very bright future."

The tournament will be July 14-17 at Pine Ridge Golf Club. (TSN)

Rose's summer text to Lebron

In a long feature story in this week's Sports Illustrated, the transformation of Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose over the summer caught the organization off guard. He emerged as a leader, no longer willing to defer to his teammates.

But this development was best revealed in a text he sent to LeBron James while James was shopping his talents around the NBA. Rose sent the message as damage control because of the assumed ambivalence of James possibly joining the Bulls.

"I'm just hitting you up to kill all the rumors that I don't want to play with you," he wrote. "I'd like to play with you. I just want to win." (Sports Illustrated)

Ex-Bull Hinrich not a fan of guarding Rose

Despite missing Monday's game because of a calf injury, Kirk Hinrich will face his old team, the Chicago Bulls, tonight. But he knows what that will entail: a tough battle against Derrick Rose, who he is matched with.

"It's a nightmare," Hinrich said of trying to cover the MVP candidate. "With his strength and athleticism, it definitely has to be a team effort, that's for sure." (Chicago Breaking Sports)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Are Blackhawks doomed to miss playoffs without Crawford?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Are Blackhawks doomed to miss playoffs without Crawford?

Jesse Rogers (ESPN Chicago), Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times) and Dan McNeil join Chuck Garfien on the panel.

Corey Crawford is reportedly suffering vertigo-like symptoms and there’s a chance he might not return this season. Are the Blackhawks playoff chances gone if he doesn’t come back?

Plus, the guys talk Bears coaches, preview Conference Championship weekend and Jesse discusses if the Cubs are saving their money for next winter’s big free agent class.

Listen to the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast right here:

Why Corey Crawford situation is tricky for Blackhawks

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Why Corey Crawford situation is tricky for Blackhawks

The Blackhawks have been tight-lipped about Corey Crawford's status ever since he was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 27 with an upper-body injury, and it's fueled rampant speculation on social media about what's really going on. That came to an end on Tuesday when Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that there's growing concern within the organization that its star goaltender could miss the remainder of the season with vertigo-like symptoms. (Blackhawks senior adviser Scotty Bowman went on Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Wednesday to clarify it's post-concussion syndrome).

And while there's at least some clarity surrounding Crawford's condition, it's opened up more questions about what the Blackhawks may do going forward.

On Monday we broke down the unfavorable playoff picture for the Blackhawks going into the bye week, which was a glaring concern in and of itself. Add in the possibility that Crawford could be sidelined for the rest of the campaign and those chances absolutely diminish.

So what course of action should the Blackhawks take ahead of the Feb. 26 trade deadline? That's where the tricky part comes in.

Because of the nature of Crawford's injury, the Blackhawks aren't at a point right now where they want to put him on long-term injured reserve because that would require him to miss a minimum of 10 games or 24 days, and they're still holding out hope that he could come back within that timeframe. The problem with it is that nobody really knows. It could be days, weeks or months, and putting a restriction on that doesn't make much sense in the middle of a playoff run even though it would open up significant cap space.

Which brings us to our next point. There are certainly some decent rental goaltenders (Robin Lehner, Petr Mrazek or Antti Raanta, to name a few) on the market if the Blackhawks choose to go that route, but that might not be the wisest thing to do.

Given their spot in the standings and the chances Crawford could return, why risk giving up future assets for a playoff run that may not happen? It would be different if the Blackhawks wanted to add some insurance for the stretch run and postseason, but there's no guarantee it'll happen.

If the Blackhawks did, however, want to go that route, they would need to act quickly because there's no point in waiting closer to the deadline. Every point is crucial from here on out.

Perhaps the best and most logical idea is to stand pat.

Let it ride with Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass and hope they can hold the fort down until a potential Crawford return. Let the young guys continue to grow. Maybe add a defenseman to patch up the back end, but don't empty the tank. There's no reason to. The Blackhawks are hoping to sign highly-touted prospect Dylan Sikura after his college season ends, which would serve as a deadline acquisition by itself.

It will be tempting for the Blackhawks to be aggressive at the trade deadline in the wake of Crawford's injury, and they're surely already having these discussions as they continue to explore the different avenues. But this might be a rare case where doing nothing is the right way to go.