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Word on the Street: Blackhawks most injured team?

Word on the Street: Blackhawks most injured team?

Friday, March 25, 2011
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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)

Bears Season in Review: Adam Shaheen

Bears Season in Review: Adam Shaheen

The Chicago Bears 2019 season was a lesson in disappointment in almost every way possible, from the quarterback to the offensive line and even the vaunted pass rush. But no position underwhelmed more than tight end, and Adam Shaheen was a big reason why.

The former second-round pick of the 2017 NFL draft failed to make any impact whatsoever. And that's not hyperbole. He appeared in just eight games, registering nine catches for 74 yards and zero touchdowns. Believe it or not, his stat line was an improvement over 2018 when he had just five catches for 48 yards in six games.

Shaheen's career narrative has been defined by injury, and it continued last season. He was placed on injured reserve in late-November with an apparent foot injury, marking the second-straight season that his year came to an early end.

It's been a remarkably disappointing career for Shaheen so far, who was viewed as a Rob Gronkowski-lite coming out of Ashland University. His jump from the small-school ranks to the NFL was expected to include a steep learning curve, but after three forgettable seasons, it's safe to say Shaheen's failed in almost every way possible.

The Bears are expected to bring Shaheen back for 2020 and he'll likely be in a training-camp battle for a roster spot. Chicago is going to add more talent to the position via either free agency or the NFL Draft and it wouldn't be a surprise if Shaheen begins the offseason schedule last on the depth chart.

It's been an unfortunate outcome for a draft pick that seemed so promising in 2017. Instead of growing into a fixture in the Bears' lineup, Shaheen will be left to fight for his NFL future this summer.

Dwyane Wade posts emotional video reacting to Kobe Bryant's death

Dwyane Wade posts emotional video reacting to Kobe Bryant's death

Former Bull and Chicagoland native Dwyane Wade posted an emotional video Sunday reacting to the death of Kobe Bryant.

"I came in the league and I chased him," Wade said. "That's who I chased. I wanted to be respected by him, and once I reached that level, I knew I did something.

"Kobe, thank you, man. Thank you for all the memories — we've got a lot of good ones. These tears that we cry, we're going to miss you. And it's not leaving today, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now. We'll forever, forever miss you, man.

"You're a legend, you're an icon, you're a father, you're a husband, you're a son, you're a brother, you're a friend. Thank you for being my friend. I love you, brother."

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