During his rookie season last year, it seemed as though every time Andrew Shaw was on camera, he was yapping at opponents.
And according to ChicagoBlackhawks.com, Shaw has spent plenty of time during his summer talking too, only this time it's to his teammates.
"I text them pretty much every week," Shaw said. "I try to talk to them whenever I can, but everyones pretty busy."
Shaw specifically referenced a text message he received from Brent Seabrook during the last game of the Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils.
"Seabrook texted me and Nick Leddy when the final game was on in the playoffs, and he asked me, 'How are you feeling? This should be us. This will be us. Let this motivate you into driving for the Stanley Cup.'"
And Shaw has no doubts the Blackhawks have all the pieces to make a run a the 2013 Stanley Cup championship.
"We have a great team; I think we have the best top six and defensive core in the entire league. Were strong on the back end, and going into this year, if we stay positive and stay together as a team well do just fine."
To find out what else Shaw has been doing this summer, including which country music concerts he atteneded with front-row seats, click here.
If not for upset Colts fans following the retirement of Andrew Luck, the Twitter mentions of Sports Illustrated writer Andy Benoit would be a war zone of angry Bears fans who read his NFL predictions for the 2019 season.
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In the latest print edition of the magazine, Benoit projects Chicago to finish 7-9 this year — last in the NFC North.
His NFL predictions don’t have a web version as of yet, but he sees the Minnesota Vikings winning the division and taking the No. 3 seed in the playoffs at 11-5. The Green Bay Packers finish second at 10-6 with a wildcard spot, and even the Detroit Lions end up ahead of the Bears at 9-7.
Benoit’s analysis is based on expecting a step back from Chicago’s defense that led the NFL in 2018. He also foresees “mixed results” from Mitchell Trubisky during his second season in Matt Nagy’s offense.
Benoit ranks the Bears quarterback, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends all outside of the top 20 position groups in the NFL, with the offensive line ranking 10th. He still likes the front seven as the best unit in the league, but he sees the secondary as average at No. 17.
He’s not the first analyst to forecast regression for the Bears this season, but not many have gone as far to put them at the bottom of the division after last year’s 12-4 breakout.
The pitchforks and torches may fly off the shelves faster than Sports Illustrated magazines in Chicago this week.
Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber take a look at the young guns in the White Sox starting rotation (Giolito, Lopez and Cease) who are coming off their best week together as a trio and why they are excited about the future (1:00). Ivan Nova has a lower ERA than some of the best pitchers in baseball. Seriously. (5:20). The competition going on behind the scenes with the starting rotation (6:40). What will the rotation look like in 2020? (13:00) and more.
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White Sox Talk Podcast