To most people, the news of former Bulls guard B.J. Armstrong recently being named to the board of the Chicago Park District by Mayor Rahm Emanuel is simply a nice feel-good story. Armstrong, a vice president at major sports agency Wasserman Media Group, will be involved with a project to renovate 100 outdoor basketball courts in the city.
Again, all good stuff to hear. But when the fact that Armstrong is Derrick Roses agent is considered, its more than just good for public relations.
At the press conference announcing his five-year, 94-million contract extension, Rose talked about wanting to do more for his neighborhood, Englewood on the citys South Side. Everybody has a theory about how to tackle crime and poverty, but in his typically understated manner, Rose spoke of wanting to create more options for kids in his old stomping grounds.
Now, with Armstrong in a position to make that happen directlynot that Rose couldnt do so himself, but at 23, political red tape isnt the easiest thing to navigateexpect him to truly make an impact. Following the Bulls Monday-morning shootaround, Rose briefly talked to CSNChicago.com about Armstrongs influence on him and how the decision bodes well for the citys parks.
B.J., I look at him as more of a mentor, a guy thats professional all around the board, always trying to better himself as a person and being around him, its kind of rubbed on me. Thats the same thing that I try to do, but B.J. is someone thats extremely intelligent, knows what hes doing and willing to help others, he said. We havent talked about anything yet, but I know in the future, with him having that position there, were going to do something tremendous for the parks everywhere in Chicago .
Eloy Jimenez is wasting no time endearing himself to the South Side. His game-winning, broken bat homer against the team that traded him away, in his first time back, is the stuff of legend. The Quintana-Eloy trade still probably has 10-15 years of barguments ahead of it, but it's quickly becoming one of the more fascinating storylines in recent memory.
There's apparently baseball going on outside of Chicago, though, and as it turns out, the teams that were still really good last week are still really good this week. The Astros and Yankees are actually probably getting better. The Orioles are not.
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School: West Aurora
Head coach: Nate Eimer
Assistant coaches: Tony Melchiori (DC), Patrick Stremel (LB), Bob Fowler (DL), Charlie Graves (DB), Tim Phelps (OL/DL), Mike Runge (OL), Ron Murphy (QB), Alex Shaw (WR) and Joe Howell (RB).
How they fared in 2018: 9-2 (8-1 Upstate Eight Conference). West Aurora made the 8A state football playoff and beat South Elgin in the opening round. They lost to Edwardsville in second round action.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 vs Plainfield South
Sept. 6 @ Plainfield East
Sept. 13 vs Joliet Central
Sept. 20 @ Romeoville
Sept. 27 @ Yorkville
Oct. 4 vs Oswego
Oct. 11 vs. Plainfield North
Oct. 18 @ Minooka
Oct. 25 vs Oswego East
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Biggest storyline: A new home in the Southwest Prairie Conference. Can the Blackhawks fare well and keep up their winning ways with a step up in competition?
Names to watch this season: QB Will Tammaru (Sr.) and DE Matt Johnson (Sr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Blackhawks will welcome back 13 returning starters (seven offense, six defense) and feature several multi-year starters. Standout defensive lineman Denver Warren has transferred to Brother Rice. How will roster depth play a role? Overall numbers can be better for every high school program-- including West Aurora.
EDGY's Early Take: Coach Nate Eimer's Blackhawks depart the Upstate Eight and enter the Southwest Prairie. The program has had great success the last four seasons (all playoff berths), with 30 wins to their credit. The program had 30 wins total between 2005-14. West Aurora is pretty stacked with talent and is expected to challenge the upper tier of the newly-realigned league. They look to get back into the state playoff field for the fifth straight season and make a deeper run come November.