Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
'85 Bears best team in history?
According to Jim Ruppert of the State Journal-Register, the '85 Bears were the best team in NFL history.He attributes the talent of Da Coach Mike Ditka, Hall of Famers WalterPayton, Dan Hampton, and Mike Singletary, plus legends like JimMcMahon, Steve McMichael, and Jim Covert to the team's success. (State Journal-Register)
Burish placed on IR
The Stars announced that right wing and ex-Blackhawk Adam Burish was placed on Injured Reserve with a facial injury. He suffered the injury Feb. 3 at Boston.
Burish has appeared in 52 games for Dallas this season, scoring seven goals and four assits for 11 points. The seven goals and 11 points are new career-highs. (DallasStars.com)
Deng 'disappointed' about All-Star snub
Despite being 20 games over .500 at 34-14, the Bulls will only be sending one player to the NBA All-Star Game. Derrick Rose will make the trip to Los Angeles on Feb. 20. And Luol Deng is surprised about that decision.
"I'm dissapointed," he said. "To go there and represent the team would've been great. It's weird to me we only have one. All I can do is put it past me."
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he felt both Deng and Carlos Boozer were deserving of All-Star selections. (Chicago Breaking Sports)
Bears sign Canadian receiver
The Bears signed a big, physical receiver that they hope will compliment their existing receiving corps. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Canadian Football League veteran Andy Fantuz was signed to a reservefuture contract.
The Ontario native led the CFL with 1,380 receiving yards on 87 catches and six touchdown in 2010. Fantuz spent five seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, hauling in 276 receptions for 4,136 yards and 23 touchdowns. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Brewers sign Kotsay
According to the team, the Brewers singed Mark Kotsay to a Major League contract. Kotsay will earn 800K plus a 100K roster bonus and 350K in performance bonuses. The 35-year-old will provide the Brewers with another option in the outfield and at first base.
Hitting .239.306.376 in 359 plate appearances last season for the White Sox, Kotsay clubbed eight homers while playing first base and right field. (MLBtraderumors.com)
Falling ice injures workers at Super Bowl stadium
Local media reports have said between five and seven people were injured after sheets of ice and snow slid off the doomed roof of Cowboys Stadium and fell to the ground as a result of warming temperatures after four days of freezing conditions. All entrances to the venue have been closed except for one.
Forecasters expect a mostly sunny Super Bowl Sunday with highs in the 40s. The stadium's retractable roof will be closed. (Chicago Breaking Sports)
McMahon reports memory loss
Jim McMahon is in Dallas ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers hoping to shine a spotlight on a crisis that has suddenly become the NFL's hot-button issue: head injuries.
The Super Bowl-winning QB reports that he has experienced memory loss and is working with the Sport Legacy Institute (SLI), a non-profit organization whose mission is to help advance the study, treatment and prevention of head trauma in athletes. McMahon suffered at least five concussions during his 15 seasons, which has exacted a heavy toll. (L.A. Times)
Islanders goalie out 4-6 weeks after KO
In the first NHL goalie fight in over three years, New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro suffered a solid left hit to the chin from Penguins goalie Brent Johnson on Wednesday. Now, Pietro is expected to miss the next four to six weeks with facial fractures.
"You never go into a fight expecting you're going to get smashed in the face that hard or with these kind of consequences," DiPietro said. "It happens... Unfortunately my face paid the price." (Chicago Breaking Sports)