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2012 Cubs sorely lacking power

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2012 Cubs sorely lacking power

As the old saying goes, chicks dig the longball. I guess that must mean the Cubs aren't very attractive right now.

Last season, the Cubs hit 148 homers, good for 20th in the MLB. They entered 2012 without Aramis Ramirez or Carlos Pena on the roster, who combined for 54 homers in '11.

In their place are Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart. The former hit 38 homers in 129 games in Triple-A in 2011, but had just 195 major league at-bats before '12. Stewart hit 53 homers for the Rockies from 2008-10, but didn't have any last season in 136 plate appearances.

Thus, it should come as no surprise that the Cubs are not trotting around the bases often this season.

But did anybody expect just five homers in the first 16 games? Even the Pirates have seven dingers, and their offense has been historically bad to start the season.

Heck, there are even single players that have as many or more homers than the entire Cubs team. Check out the list:

--Dodgers OF Matt Kemp: 9
--Rangers OF Josh Hamilton: 7
--Yankees OF Curtis Granderson: 6
--Rangers C1B Mike Napoli: 6
--Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran: 5
--Twins OF Josh Willingham: 5
--Orioles OF Adam Jones: 5
--Orioles OF Nolan Reimold: 5
--Orioles C Matt Wieters: 5
--Cubs AAA 1B Anthony Rizzo: 7

Yep, that's right. Anthony Rizzo, one of the Cubs' top prospects, has more home runs by himself than the entire roster of Cubs players in 16 games.

Cubs batters have had 528 at-bats so far this season, which means they are hitting a homer once every 100 ABs.

Wow. Though, maybe that just means they're due and we could expect five home runs alone tonight.

Washington QB Jacob Eason has the confidence Bears need

Washington QB Jacob Eason has the confidence Bears need

General manager Ryan Pace made it clear Tuesday from the NFL Combine that the Chicago Bears will add competition to the quarterback room this offseason. They'll have a chance to accomplish that goal in the 2020 NFL Draft, especially in the second round where Washington's strong-armed gunslinger Jacob Eason is expected to come off the board.

Eason is considered one of the more naturally gifted passers in the 2020 class with an arm that ranks alongside Oregon's Justin Herbert, who's projected to be picked in the first seven selections. So why is Eason more likely to be a second-rounder?

“There are little nitpickers here and there," Eason said Tuesday from Indianapolis. "They nitpick about [my] speed and the pocket awareness, footwork, all of those things. There are things [I] need to work on and there’s always room to improve.”

One thing about Eason's game that there's no debate on is his right arm, which will instantly be one of the strongest in the NFL in 2020. He models his game after another big-armed quarterback who spent nearly two decades haunting Bears fans.

“A guy like Brett Favre. A guy like Peyton Manning. They are both big inspirations,” Eason said. “I like the way they play the game. Their toughness and competitiveness; those are the guys I modeled my game after.”

There's no doubt Eason would offer the Bears more of a pure passer's skill set; there's no comparing his arm talent to Mitch Trubisky, who routinely struggled to place the ball on target on deep throws in 2019. Eason would instantly expand Matt Nagy's playbook and make downfield chunk plays more realistic.

Confidence is important too. Eason, who said he's stressing the confidence he has in his arm during team meetings at the Combine, isn't afraid to take shots downfield. Trubisky, on the other hand, doesn't play with that killer's instinct. And as we saw last season, it impacts the overall effectiveness of Nagy's system.

This Eason discussion assumes, of course, that he's on the board at No. 43 overall. A big week in Indianapolis could skyrocket his draft stock into the first round; there's been some speculation that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could even take him at No. 14.

Adding a player like Eason would create one heck of a storyline for training camp and a quarterback battle that would likely end with the rookie as the victor.

Fan captures exhilarating view of Alex DeBrincat's game-winning goal against Nashville

Fan captures exhilarating view of Alex DeBrincat's game-winning goal against Nashville

Ever sit rinkside for an NHL game? Ever sit behind a goal? Ever get to see a game-winning goal with the goal-scorer rushing right toward you on a breakaway?

A fan captured such a moment on video and put it on Reddit. User nhammer11 had exhilarating footage of Alex DeBrincat’s breakaway game-winning overtime goal against Nashville on Friday.

I know it's a couple of days late but we had some good seats the other night and the gf got an amazing video of Cat's ot goal. from r/hawks

The Blackhawks have lost twice since DeBrincat beat Pekka Rinne on this play, but it is a fun clip to watch.