Bob Verdi provides fans a lesson in Blackhawks history


Bob Verdi provides fans a lesson in Blackhawks history

Tonight marks the second viewing of a Blackhawks classic since the NHL lockout began, and this time, Comcast SportsNet is taking viewers back to 1971. To help re-live the Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull era, insider Tracey Myers spoke with Mikita about his experiences with the team, including what it was like to be alongside seven other future Hall of Fame inductees in Chicago.

In addition, Blackhawks historian Bob Verdi also takes a look back on the historical game between Chicago and Toronto. Here's a preview of Verdi's article on the Blackhawks' website, which also details important facts about the 1971 team:
Do not adjust your television set, because the program you are about to watch will not be broadcast in color.

But dont touch that dial, either. Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Tony Esposito star in throwback theater when Comcast SportsNet presents another edition of  Chicago Blackhawks Classics at 7 p.m. Friday:

Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs in Maple Leaf Gardens, Dec. 11, 1971. Its a must-see in black and white, an Original Six matchup featuring eight future Hall of Famers, including the aforementioned three icons, now ambassadors for the Blackhawks.

You can read all of Verdi's article on the Blackhawks' website.

Trubisky: 'I'd definitely like to catch some touchdowns'

Trubisky: 'I'd definitely like to catch some touchdowns'

The Chicago Bears are counting on Mitch Trubisky to have a breakout season in 2018. His rookie year was strong, but for the Bears to emerge as a playoff contender, the second-year passer must enjoy a Jared Goff-like advancement.

There's no doubting the talent Trubisky possesses in his right arm. And with a plethora of new weapons at his disposal, his production should make him appealing to fantasy football owners. But he may do more than just throw touchdowns.

"I'd definitely like to catch some touchdowns and some passes, that would be cool," Trubisky said at Halas Hall after Wednesday's OTAs. "The sky's the limit with this offense, just the creativeness that these coaches bring, there's going to be a lot of fun plays. We get the base ones down first and hopefully, we can have some fun trick plays."

Trey Burton was signed in free agency to provide a weapon for Trubisky at tight end, but he may end up throwing a few passes before the year is out. He was on the quarterback end of the famous Super Bowl LII touchdown pass (the Philly Special) to Nick Foles and spent time at quarterback as a freshman at the University of Florida.

Don't forget about Tarik Cohen, either. He attempted two passes in 2017, completing one for a touchdown (21 yards) to Zach Miller.

Trubisky is the kind of rare athlete at quarterback who an offensive coordinator can legitimately devise a few trick plays for, adding just another wrinkle in the new-era of Bears offensive football set to launch in September.

Charlie Tilson gets another chance with White Sox after Leury Garcia hits the DL


Charlie Tilson gets another chance with White Sox after Leury Garcia hits the DL

Charlie Tilson is finally back in the major leagues. And this time, he’s hoping he can stick around for more than one game.

Tilson, currently ranked as the White Sox No. 15 prospect, was brought up from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, joining the active roster after the team placed Leury Garcia on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee sprain.

Tilson, a Wilmette native and New Trier High School product, came over to the White Sox from the St. Louis Cardinals in a midseason trade in 2016 and got a hit in his first big league at-bat. But in the same game, he suffered a season-ending hamstring injury while trying to make a diving catch in the outfield. The following spring, he suffered another serious injury, a stress fracture in his foot, and was forced to sit out the entire season.

He missed out on an Opening Day roster spot this year when Adam Engel outperformed him during spring training. But the White Sox hope Tilson will be able to provide some production in an outfield that has struggled in that department this season. Engel, even after a four-hit night on Wednesday, is batting just .212. Trayce Thompson is hitting well under .200. And Avisail Garcia and Nicky Delmonico are dealing with their own significant injuries as Leury Garcia joins them on the DL.

Tilson batted .248 in 39 games at Charlotte this season prior to Thursday’s call-up. He had three hits in Wednesday night’s loss.