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Hossa upset, 'still not feeling like myself'

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Hossa upset, 'still not feeling like myself'

Marian Hossa is recovering from the concussion-inducing hit Phoenix forward Raffi Torres put on him last month, but the Blackhawks forward said he's "still not feeling like myself."

Hossa is back in his native Slovakia for the summer, as he recovers from the hit that cost him the rest of the playoffs and led to Torres' 25-game suspension that he is now appealing. Hossa said he's getting better step by step, but that the process has been a slow one.

"Let's put it this way: it's not fun," said Hossa via conference call on Thursday. "Especially the first few days (I was) sitting in a dark room and one week sleeping at home. That wasn't fun. The good thing is I can move around now and things are bothering me less than before. So that's a good sign. It's small steps."

Hossa doesn't remember the hit itself. He remembers trying to make a play just before it, he remembers a little bit about being in the ambulance and then his time at the hospital.

"I saw the replay a few days later and that's basically how I remembered," said Hossa.

Hossa said he did hear from Torres a few days after the hit; the phone call was brief, and Hossa did tell the Coyotes forward what he thought.

"I told him I was upset about the jump. If he wouldn't jump, maybe I'm hit but he wouldn't hit my head and he wouldn't (be suspended) 25 games," Hossa said. "The phone call was pretty quick and that was it."

Hossa's doing daily activities now and has some time here before he would normally start training for hockey season. He hopes to be ready in time for 2012-13, but he said right now it's tough to set a timetable on when he can begin training.

"It all depends. I'll take a month and not do anything and then I'll slowly do little things, maybe some biking. I'll talk to the trainers and take it step by step. It's a long time until training camp and I have a long time to recover, so I have a lot of time in front of me," said Hossa, who is still upset with the hit.

"It made me angry," he said. "I don't want to see this stuff in hockey."

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st 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's 18th homer of June and 31st of the season came off the Tigers in the Cubs' brief 2-game Interleague series in Detroit. 

Sosa connected in the first inning off Tigers starter Seth Greisinger, going back-to-back with Mickey Morandini. 

The Cubs wound up getting out to a 5-0 start in the game but still lost 7-6 on a Gabe Alvarez single in the bottom of the 11th.

The aforementioned Morandini homer was only the 3rd of the season for the Cubs second baseman. He finished with 8 homers on the year and 224 total bases on 172 hits in what was a very good offensive season. Yet it paled in comparison to Sosa, who had nearly 200 more total bases (416) and a slugging percentage nearly 200 points above Morandini's (.647 to .471), a testament to how truly incredible Sosa's season was.

Fun fact: Tony Clark was the Tigers' cleanup hitter that day. Clark is now the head of the MLB Players Union.

Fun fact No. 2: Paul Bako was the Detroit catcher in the game. He later became the Cubs backup catcher in 2003 and 2004, when he posted a .611 OPS in 119 games over the two years.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.