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Similar to White Sox, Colts honor coach with shaved heads

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Similar to White Sox, Colts honor coach with shaved heads

Often times negative stories in the sports world receive more attention than the positive ones, but that won't be the case in Indianapolis this week.
The Colts, one of the surprise stories of the 2012 NFL season, honored their head coach Chuck Pagano, who is battling currently leukemia, by shaving their heads.
More than two dozen Colts, including quarterback Andrew Luck and cornerback Vontae Davis, took part, and punter Pat McAfee said it was a no-brainer to say goodbye to his locks.
"It's all for Chuck," he said. "We all don't look good. I'm not built to have a bald head. I've got a huge sniffer.
"But we all love our coach so much that we want to show unity and let people know we're all in this together. It's a really cool thing."
The Colts have also started up and pushed the Twitter hashtag ChuckStrong, which has been seen on shirts and hats across the NFL.
All this good news and goosebump-enducing acts of honor have come on the heels of the Colts, the NFL's worst team a year ago, jumping out to a 5-3 record this year. If the playoffs began today, the Colts would earn a Wildcard berth as the No. 5 seed in the AFC.
Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has acted as the head coach on an interim basis while Pagano goes through treatment.
Colts owner Jim Irsay shared this picture today on Twitter:

It's a similar act of respect the White Sox showed to late former pitcher and instructor Kevin Hickey. Hickey, who passed away in May, wore a mustache during his playing days and his time as the batting practice coach with the team.
So the White Sox honored Hickey as a handful of players grew mustaches late in the season, including Kevin Youkilis, Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko.
To find out more about leukemia or to make a donation, visit the official foundation website.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th 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 49th homer of the season came with a runner on 1st and one out, when Oriel Hershiser served up a high fastball that Sammy belted 415 feet into the last few rows in left-center field. 

Sosa would later start the game-winning rally in the bottom of the ninth, scoring the game-tying run on a Henry Rodriguez single through the right side of the infield. Jose Hernandez would step in the next at-bat and walk it off with a base hit that scored Mark Grace, as Sammy and the Cubs bested the Giants 6-5. 

Fun Fact: A 33-year-old Barry Bonds would hit home run No. 25, finishing the season with 37 homers. He would finish the next season with 34 dingers but would string five consecutive seasons with at least 45 home runs, of course hitting a record 73 home runs in 2001. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Michael Kopech prepares for The Show

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Michael Kopech prepares for The Show

Pete McMurray, David Haugh and Ben Finfer join David Kaplan on the panel and discuss the long-awaited arrival of Michael Kopech for the White Sox, Yu Darvish's short rehab start and Mitch Trubisky's second preseason game.

Plus, they discuss new NFL rules and when Eloy Jimenez could get his call up.

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