Blackhawks kick off six-game trip vs. Blue Jackets


Blackhawks kick off six-game trip vs. Blue Jackets

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011
11:59 a.m.By Tracey Myers

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Chicago Blackhawks havent had much play or practice in the last few days. Neither has Marty Turco, who hasnt started since Jan. 16.

Still, the goaltender knows he and the Blackhawks need a quick start tonight when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Itll be interesting, but there are plenty of nights where you go into a game and have at it, Turco said. Its important to come out here, myself included, and have a big start and a big game.

Coach Joel Quenneville said the team talked about Turco starting tonight heading into the break. He said Corey Crawfords last game against Minnesota wasnt his best.

The Blackhawks will be in good health tonight; Marian Hossa, who missed last Tuesdays game against Minnesota with vertigo, said hes feeling much better and is ready to go.

I didnt know (what it was) until the doctor told me. I just didnt feel well, but my head was spinning everywhere I was, even when I went to sleep, Hossa said. Its nothing fun, but its behind me so thats good.
Tracey Myers is's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.

At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.

Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.

Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?

Mark Carman, Hub Arkush, Phil Rogers and Will Perdue join Kap on the SportsTalk Live Podcast.

The guys start by discussing Brandon Morrow's injury that he sustained while taking off his pants... what's the craziest cause for an injury the guys can remember?

Plus, should the Bulls move up or down in Thursday's NBA Draft? Does it make sense to take on a bad contract in a potential deal?

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