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Bulls host 17th annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Bulls host 17th annual Thanksgiving Dinner

The Bulls hosted their 17th annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday at the Pacific Garden Mission. Several members of the organization, coaching staff, and players wearing red “Bulls” aprons and clear plastic gloves, scattered throughout the large cafeteria space to serve the community a warm Thanksgiving meal.

Coach Jim Boylen helped carve one of the four turkeys in the ceremonial turkey carving, while Will Perdue looked like he was vying for his fifth NBA Championship as he balanced almost 10 plates on two trays. Perdue then joyfully shuffled through the room with his wife, assisting his game by handing off plates to the seated guests. And Thad Young brought his two sons, Thad Jr. and Taylor, to help him hand out food. 

Aside from Young, among the eight or so players serving at the event was the recently healthy Chandler Hutchison, who was impressed by the Bulls’ commitment to the community through the annual event, and grateful to be a part of it.   

“The fact that they’ve (The Bulls) done it for 17 years speaks so much to the dedication that they have,” Hutchison said. “I mean, just seeing the look on their face when you’re handing them out food and they're like, ‘Those are actually the people you know that are playing and they're sitting here, helping us out, taking time out of their day.' It makes me feel good inside to be able to do that.” 

Hutchison saw the event as a small way that he was able to show love to others.

“It just takes an hour, maybe two hours out of our day, but to them it could mean a lot," he said.  

Also present at the event, was Tomáš Satoranský, who is new to the idea of celebrating Thanksgiving. 

“First of all, I come from Europe, so I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving that much,” Satoranský said. “But it was amazing to see how much good stuff they’re making and how much work is behind it, to serve such great food like that.”  

Satoranský is in for a surprise when the Bulls celebrate Thanksgiving on the road in Portland. The Bulls haven’t given him much insight into what it will entail, other than that “the Chicago Bulls always celebrate it big time." A team that makes sure his first Thanksgiving celebration is one to remember, among other things, gives Satoranský a lot to be grateful for this season. 

“I’m thankful for being here, being with the team and my new teammates, belonging in a new family, as well as I have a new baby born who's nine months old — that’s what comes to my mind now," he said. 

Hutchison shared several reasons he is thankful to the Bulls’ organization this Thanksgiving, starting with the fact that they drafted him 22nd overall in 2018. 

“I mean really, they drafted me,“ he said. “So, let’s start there. I’m thankful to be in this situation and playing with and meeting people throughout the organization and on my team, who care about me, people that I am going to be spending a lot of time with — just a good all-around situation."

Hutchison was asked what he brings to the Thanksgiving “table,” so to speak, or Bulls organization.

“I just try to be someone that’s light-hearted and always kind of in a good mood, bringing energy," he said. "Someone who’s just going to show up, work hard, and not just do what’s required, but do extra. For me, that’s something that I feel like I bring to the table.”

Pacific Garden Mission is the oldest, continuously-operating rescue mission in the country, and has been a refuge for the Chicago community since 1877.

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Lawrence Cherono outkicks second and third to win 2019 Chicago Marathon

Lawrence Cherono outkicks second and third to win 2019 Chicago Marathon

After 26.2 miles of winding through the packed streets of Chicago on a quintessential day to run, with unbeatable forty-degree fall temperatures, the men’s 2019 Chicago Marathon came down to one second.

Kenyan runner Lawrence Cherono outkicked Ethiopian runners Debela Dejene and Asefa Mengstu in the final 400 meters to win the men’s elite race. After running 26 miles and some change, the top three band of runners looked like they were coming down the home stretch of an 800-meter track race rather than the final minute of their endurance run.

Long-winded, yet determined to fight for first, Cherono, Dejene, and Mengstu finished within three seconds of each other – the closest podium finish in Chicago Marathon history. It was such a close margin that the entourage of people gathering around the finish and crowding Michigan Ave. had to crane their necks to see Cherono cross first. 

Some may have been surprised that British distance runner Mo Farah, last year’s champion, wasn’t in the mix. Farah competed again this year but finished more than four minutes off his winning time last year of 2:05:11.

Leading the men’s elite field this October, Cherono ran a 2:05:45, topping his winning time from April's Boston Marathon (2:07:57). He is the first man since 2006 to win both titles in the same year – the latter, secured in a second.


Three reasons Joe Maddon appears destined to join the Los Angeles Angels

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Three reasons Joe Maddon appears destined to join the Los Angeles Angels

After four years of playing and almost forty years of coaching, Joe Maddon is a free agent.

The last time he held that distinction, Maddon was a 21-year-old trying to make it as a catcher in the big leagues. He ultimately joined the Angels — his first and last professional team as a player – in 1975, then played four seasons of A-ball with the Quad Cities Angels, Salinas Angels and Santa Clara Padres before trading in his catcher’s glove for a clipboard. Maddon went from being a scout in the Angel’s farm system, to a manager in the minors, and then to a coach on the Angels’ staff from 1994-2005, including three stints as an interim manager. Maddon spent a total of 31 years with the Angels before moving to the Tampa Bay Rays’ staff and then to the Cubs.

As Maddon looks for what could be his last MLB team before retiring, the question lingers—will he return to the Angels? His history with the team, along with three other relevant factors, seem to hint at an impending move to L.A.:

Maddon is interviewing for the position

Buster Olney of ESPN and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic/FOX reported earlier today that Maddon has accepted an invitation to interview for the Angels’ gig. As of right now, Maddon is the only candidate whom it's been widely reported will interview with the Angels, and while interviewing for the job doesn’t unequivocally confirm Maddon’s desires, his willingness to take the interview does show a level of heightened interest that he hasn’t displayed to any other teams with open managerial positions.

Maddon has a house in Long Beach

Maddon already has a vacation home in Long Beach, just west of where the Angels play in Anaheim, making the move feasible and sensible. Maddon does not have a home in every state or near every ballpark that is considering him for the 2020 season, so the only 35-minute drive on the CA-22 West is worth noting. 

Maddon may have a hard time turning down the perks that come with the position

In a farewell podcast on 670 The Score with Laurence Holmes, Maddon noted that his favorite food, even after spending years in Chicago, is Mexican food -- potentially a subtle hint that the hole-in-the-wall taco shops of Southern California might be a factor in Maddon’s decision for the future. 

And if the location, food and convenience of having a home in L.A. doesn’t appeal to Maddon, maybe having the best player in Major League Baseball on his roster will. Though he’s only 28, Mike Trout has already firmly established himself as one of baseball’s all-time greats. Trout’s career OPS+, which accounts for his ability to get on base and his ability to hit for power, ranks only behind a handful of players in MLB history, including Babe Ruth. This season alone, Trout had 45 HRs, 104 RBI, and slashed .291/.438/.645. And he’s not going anywhere: Last offseason, Trout signed a $430 million 12-year deal with the Angels.

If Maddon joins the Angels now, the hope is that Terry Smith might have more reason to give his classic call, “Well Anaheim, you can put a Halo over this one,” in the near future.

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