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Eddie Olczyk previews the Kentucky Derby

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Eddie Olczyk previews the Kentucky Derby

As the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs get underway, Eddie Olczyk will be taking a break from the rink to be a part of NBC's Kentucky Derby coverage for the first time in his career.

And on Friday, Olczyk joined the Kap and Haugh Show to preview what's to come on Saturday and discussed the kind of competition we'll see in the race.

"It's setting up to be one of the better derbies we've had in a long time," he said. "When you talk to the heart of the people in this sport, this is as deep of a derby as we've had. If you've got an opinion on a horse that's 20/1, go for it. I think it is that deep."

See what else was said in the video above.

White Sox Talk Podcast: SoxFest at Night!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: SoxFest at Night!

Chuck Garfien and White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti host SoxFest at Night live from Sox Fest at McCormick Place. They're joined by Rick Hahn, Rick Renteria, Tim Anderson, Yasmani Grandal, Eloy Jimenez and many more.

Listen here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

It seems like an annual talking point at this time in the offseason: Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman is one of the best yet most underrated players in Chicago. His performance in 2019 continued that career narrative. 

Goldman finished the year making 15 starts with 29 tackles and one sack. He earned the eighth-highest Pro Football Focus grade among all Bears defenders and remained the consistent run-stopping force in the center of Chicago’s defensive line. 

To be fair, Goldman wasn’t as dominant as he was in 2018, when his 89.1 PFF grade was one of the best at his position in the NFL. But in terms of his role with the Bears, he’s irreplaceable. 

Goldman is entering the third year of a four-year, $42 million contract and will quickly become a source of contract negotiations once again. If he has another strong season in 2020, GM Ryan Pace will have little choice but to lock him up on another extension. Sure, that seems like it’s way down the road, but big-time defensive linemen get paid big-time contracts; Pace has to be prepared. There are currently six defensive tackles making at least $14 million per season.

Quality nose tackles are hard to find. They don’t fill up the stat sheet and rarely do they ever become league-wide superstars; but the Bears’ defense simply wouldn’t possess the upside it does without Goldman anchoring the defensive line, and that remained true in 2019.