Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011
Ozzie's job in jeopardy?
In the past year and a half, the Chicago White Sox have made a flurry of moves to improve their roster--adding Adam Dunn, Jake Peavy, Alex Rios and Edwin Jackson and retaining the services of clubhouse leaders Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski. But, according to the Chicago Tribune's Phil Rogers, it's the move they didn't make that is really saying a lot.
The White Sox have not extended the contract of manager Ozzie Guillen, putting him in a position, as Rogers says, is win or go home. Meaning if the Sox don't win the AL Central next year, at the very least, Ozzie could be just yet another former Chicago manager. (Chicago Tribune)
Bears playoff game set
The NFL playoff schedules are out and the Bears are officially playing Sunday, Jan. 16 at Noon. They will host either Philadelphia, New Orleans or the winner of the St. LouisSeattle game, depending on how next week's slate of games winds up. Since the Atlanta Falcons have locked up the No. 1 seed, they will face the lowest seed remaining in two weeks. (NFL.com)
Toews could return Monday
When Jonathan Toews first went down with injury on Tuesday, everybody feared the worst. The Blackhawks captain was said to miss at least two weeks, but now everything has changed.
CSNChicago.com's Tracey Myers is reporting that Toews may very well play Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings.
He obviously means a lot to us in a lot of ways and plays in a lot of situations, head coach Joel Quenneville said prior to the Blackhawks game against Anaheim. Were excited about the chance of getting him back. Hes very tough, very competitive. (CSNChicago.com)
Two more added to Bulls' potential trade targets
There has been much talk about the Bulls possibly adding some outside help at shooting guard before the NBA trade deadline, but now Chicago is reportedly throwing small forwards in the mix as well.
Dorell Wright, a SF for the Golden State Warriors, and Omri Casspi from the Sacremento Kings both fit the perimeter shooting the Bulls are interested in.
Wright, who is shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc this season, is a talented defender and athlete and should be a better fit for the Bulls than O.J. Mayo or J.R. Smith, who both demand the ball a lot more.
Casspi, on the other hand, is also shooting 40 percent from the floor and is only earning 1.25 million this season. (Chicago Now blog, True Hoop blog)
Forte cracks 1,000 yard mark
Matt Forte, the multi-dimensional running back for the playoff Chicago Bears, cracked the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the second time in his three-year career. Forte needed only 22 yards in the season's final game in Green Bay, which he got on his third carry of the game. (ESPN)