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Konroyd: Blackhawks up 'passion play' in Game 2

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Konroyd: Blackhawks up 'passion play' in Game 2

Two games in and this series has taken more twists and turns than a Bavarian pretzel. You'd think the Hawks were playing the Canucks! You couldn't write a script and have it turn out any more unpredictable. The funny part is how similar both games have unfolded with some common themes:

Act 1: Get out to a fast start and build an early lead.
Act 2: Hurt one of the other teams important players and get him out of the game early.
Act 3: Give up the lead and trail for a good portion of the game.
Act 4: Wait until the dying seconds of the game before tying it.
Act 5: Lay it all on the line in overtime.

This is why I love sports. Unscripted drama played out by athletes playing with passion. And that's what the playoffs are all about.

It's "will" over "skill" at this time of year, and that's exactly what is happening on the ice. The Blackhawks upped their "passion play" in Game 2, almost hit as many Coyotes as they had shots on net (which is always a good idea in the playoffs) and put Phoenix on the ropes just prior to Bryan Bickell scoring the biggest goal of his young NHL career. As with any great drama this story has plenty of great subplots, many of which will be reported on in the next couple of days.

The good news for us sports lovers, this thriller isn't even halfway over.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should Bulls use Lauri Markkanen as centerpiece of a trade to bring in a superstar?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should Bulls use Lauri Markkanen as centerpiece of a trade to bring in a superstar?

On this episode of SportsTalk Live, Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly), Danny Parkins (670 The Score) and Lauren Comitor (The Athletic) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Manny Machado Mania continues in Chicago. Do the Cubs even need to trade for him to win the World Series this year?

Ricky Renteria has to bench another player for not hustling. Is this becoming a problem on the South Side?

Plus, Lauri Markkanen is named to the All-Rookie team. Could he be the centerpiece of a trade if the Bulls want to acquire a superstar or move up in the draft? 

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: Marlon Byrd discusses his suspensions for PED use and Ozzie Guillen offers a solution to the PED problem

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: Marlon Byrd discusses his suspensions for PED use and Ozzie Guillen offers a solution to the PED problem

Ozzie Guillen explains why he thinks Manny Machado is a better fit for the Cubs than the White Sox. Plus, Guillen and Marlon Byrd react to 19-year-old Juan Soto hitting a homer in his first at-bat with the Nationals.

Later in the show the guys debate who had the better rants in front of the media: Guillen or Byrd?

Finally, Byrd opens up about his PED suspensions, relates to the guys caught using PEDs now and Guillen offers up a solution to rid baseball of PEDs entirely.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: