Hate to hear the news on Derrick Rose, but after all the injuries he's suffered this season, in some ways, it's not surprising. It's hard not to question the reasoning behind it.
I spoke with a football coach recently and we discussed the number of games kids play today at a young age and the toll it takes on their bodies. When do kids now let their joints and muscles recover?
They all play on travel teams year round and, often times, continue play of only one sport-- a bad decision by itself.
When I was young, I played three sports. In football we played nine regular season games, maybe 20 or so in basketball, and in track we had around 15 meets. That's just a warm-up for kids today. Think about the number of games has Rose already played at a very young age and how much rest has he had.
NBA players battle the rigors of the season and then start again playing virtually everyday in the summer or on national or Olympic teams. It's constant pounding on the body.
The NFL players fought hard in the new CBA to reduce their required physical activity with teams for the very reason of preserving the body.
Rose is one of the NBA's bright young talents and has done all the right things in representing himself, the Bulls, and the city of Chicago. Hopefully what happened to him physically this season will not set the tone for the rest of his NBA career.
The Blackhawks finally got on the board for the season and did so in front of the 500th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center.
Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the impressive performance by the Blackhawks against the undefeated Edmonton Oilers and discuss how Jeremy Colliton’s message got through to Alex Nylander and the rest of the team.
Plus, after an impressive performance in net, should Corey Crawford get the next game vs. the Blue Jackets? And what does the future have in store for Kirby Dach? Jamal makes a bold prediction.
0:54 – Blackhawks finally show urgency in 2nd period
2:47 – Penalty kill starting to show some life
5:00 – Thoughts on the Shaw/Strome/Kane line
6:43 – Blackhawks eliminating some defensive breakdowns
9:23 – Big rebound performance from Corey Crawford
11:36 – Colliton’s message to Alex Nylander got through
15:21 – Brandon Saad has been a pleasant surprise early on
17:15 – Dominik Kubalik’s impressive performance
18:31 – Will Kirby Dach be with the Blackhawks all season?
22:42 – Does Crawford or Lehner start vs. the Blue Jackets?
Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.
Blackhawks Talk Podcast
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The Green Bay Packers managed to pull off a dramatic comeback victory on Monday night, defeating the Detroit Lions 23-22 on a last-second field goal from Mason Crosby. But after the game, it wasn't Aaron Rodgers usual clutch ways that people were talking about, it was the officiating crew, who had two controversial hands to the face penalty calls against the Lions that all but killed any momentum they had going.
As you can see in the clip above, both hands to the face calls seemed questionable at best, and downright ludicrous at worst. What makes the calls so tough is the timing. The first hands to the face penalty on Lions DE Trey Flowers came after he sacked Rodgers on third-and-10 and the penalty both took away the sack and provided the Pack with an automatic first down. Later in the drive, Rodgers dropped in a great 35-yard touchdown pass to bring Green Bay within two points
The second questionable hands to the face call came on third-and-4 and it was the most costly call of the game. The Packers received another automatic first down and ran down the clock—Detroit was out of timeouts—to set up the eventual game-winning, walk-off field goal from Crosby.
And it didn't take long for many people, everyone from former NFL greats to NFL reporters, to chime in on social media with their thoughts on the officiating that seemingly cost Detroit a crucial win.
With the Green Bay win, the Lions moved to last-place in the NFC North, while the Bears now sit 2.5 games back of first place heading into their Week 7 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.