As the 2012 London Summer Olympics continue, hockey fans can't help but get excited for the 2014 Winter Games for a chance to watch the world's best players go head-to-head and represent their country. But no matter how many Olympic Games go by, one year is impossible to ever forget.
Jack O'Callahan received a booming ovation at the Blackhawks Convention as he took center stage to share his life-changing experience in the Olympic games.
Before making his NHL debut with the Blackhawks, O'Callahan was a member of the 1980 team that defeated the Soviet Union in the famous "Miracle on Ice" game. He was 22 years old and played for Boston University. Those Winter Games were an experience that shaped his entire playing career.
"Everyone from the Olympic team is still a close-knit group," O'Callahan said. "We still talk and get together.
"Getting to represent your country is the greatest honor, the Olympics are something you never forget."
The 1980 team went on to beat the Soviet Union 4-3 in Lake Placid, New York. Before losing the the United States, the USSR team had won nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament since 1954.
In 2004, Walt Disney Pictures created Miracle, the biographical sports film about the fairytale story of the 1980 United States Olympic team. At the Convention, fans were curious as to just how accurately Disney depicted the story of the young players who caused an upset that is still discussed and respected today.
With a laugh, O'Callahan said, "The most realistic part of that movie is that I was the best looking guy on the team."
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 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.