Friday, March 25, 2011
Blackhawks most injured team in the NHL?
It seems like the Blackhawks have struggled through a myriad of injuries this season, with Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane missing games early in the season, and most recently Jordan Hendry, Dave Bolland and Patrick Sharp. So how does that make Chicago among the most injured teams in the NHL?
According to The Globe and Mail, not exactly. In fact, they are far from it! In a chart that ranks every NHL team based upon games played, man-games lost, and man-games lost per game, the Blackhawks came in 27th out of 30 teams. That makes them among the three least injuried teams in the NHL.
Boston and Carolina rounded out the bottom, with the NY Islanders, Colorado Avalanche, and New Jersey Devils topping the list as the most injured teams. (The Globe and Mail)
So who is the new Cubs announcer?
You read right, the Chicago Cubs have a new public address announcer for Wrigley Field. Andrew Belleson of Arlington Heights beat out nearly 3,000 people for the gig. Belleson comes to the Cubs from the Rockford RiverHawks where he was an announcer and radio broadcaster for five years.
He used to play baseball at Concordia University in River Rorest and is a lifelong Cubs fan. (USA Today)
Metrodome roof on the mend
After the December snowstorm that caused the roof to fail, the work of replacing the Metrodome's damaged roof has begun. Three panels are being stretched and clamped into place.
Insurance is covering most of the replacement cost. The work will continue six days a week in an effort to finish by Aug. 1, ahead of the Vikings' season. (AP)
Robert Redford to throw out first pitch at Wrigley
Mark your calendars, "The Natural" will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Chicago Cubs' opening game April 1 at Wrigley Field. He'll be in town to support his new movie, "The Conspirator," which was financed by Cubs owner Joe Ricketts. He was a pitcher as a kid and even went to the University of Colorado on a baseball scholarship before pursuing an acting career.
During the opening-day festivities against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley, fans will also be treated with Wayne Messer's rendition of the national anthem and Ron Santo Jr. singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." (Chicago Breaking Sports)