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Word on the Street: Cubs reunite with Old Style

Word on the Street: Cubs reunite with Old Style

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011
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Cubs keep Old Style at Wrigley

The Cubs and Pabst Brewing Co. announced in a two-year deal that Old Style and Old Style Light will remain at Wrigley Field. (@CubsInsider)

Konerko back in the Sox lineup

After an 0-for-12 slump, Paul Konerko will return to the White Sox starting lineup tonight against Minnesota. He is 12-for-38 against Twins pitcher, Carl Pavano, knocking Gordan Beckham out of the lineup. Omar Vizquel will play at second base. (ChicagoTribune)

KHL devastating plane crash

43 are confirmed dead after a plane carrying Russias KHL Lokomotiv hockey team crashed this morning. Among those lost are former Blackhawks players, Alexander Karpovtsev and Igor Korolev. Other former NHL players killed in the crash included Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Josef Vasicek, Karel Rachunek and Karlis Skrastins. (CSNChicago, ChicagoTribune)

Injury keeps Barber sidelined

Marion Barber remains sidelined for the Bears as he recovers from a calf injury. He suffered the injury on Aug. 27 and has not returned to the field since then. If necessary, Kahlil Bell will fill in as backup behind Matt Forte. (ChicagoTribune)

Lockout causes change in NBA 2K12

Rookies will not be included on NBA 2K12 thanks to the lockout. Licensing rights prohibit the new players from being included on the original game, but 15 of the sports legends are featured. (ProBasketballTalk)

Flyers confirm 2012 Winter Classic

A letter to Flyers season ticket holders confirms the team will host the Rangers for the 2012 Winter Classic on Jan. 2. The exact location has not been released yet. (ProHockeyTalk)

Arkansas lured away from SEC

The Big 12 reached out to Arkansas in an attempt to focus their interests on returning to a Southwestern conference and out of the SEC. Jeff Long, UAs athletic director, immediately confirmed the Razorbacks will not be going anywhere. (CollegeFootballTalk)

Blackhawks star Patrick Kane’s legacy will live on forever in London after jersey retirement

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Blackhawks star Patrick Kane’s legacy will live on forever in London after jersey retirement

LONDON, Ont. — Patrick Kane will forever be linked to the London Knights after having his No. 88 jersey retired on Friday in a special pregame ceremony. And it was an emotional moment for the Blackhawks superstar, which doesn’t happen often.

“I didn’t really expect that,” Kane told NBC Sports Chicago. “I didn’t know what to expect, to be honest with you. I spent one year here. It was a great year. It felt like more than one year with all the memories I made here and all the friends and relationships I have today.

"The video was pretty special. Obviously with the things that happened in London but even more-so maybe the things that happened in Chicago and everything coming together. You’re just standing there and that’s your career over 13 years, so I think that started hitting me.”



Kane became the ninth player in Knights history to have his number retired, but the first to receive the honor after playing just one season. It’s because it was a historic one.

As a 17-year-old, Kane registered 62 goals and 83 assists for a league-leading 145 points in 58 games during the 2006-07 campaign and was named the Canadian Hockey League’s Rookie of the Year. He went on to post 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 16 playoff games before falling short in the Conference finals.

But before he committed to the Knights, Kane wasn't drawing as much attention as he would've thought. Draft experts projected him to go in the third round and Kane wasn't buying it.

“I couldn't believe it to be honest with you,” Kane said. “I thought I was a lot better than that."

Did he ever prove them wrong.

Kane quickly started to separate himself from the pack in London, and after a strong performance at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, his name was now being discussed for No. 1 overall. And that's exactly what happened.

“Just coming here, not really worrying about that stuff,” Kane said of the draft hype. “I mean, obviously there's outside noise when it's your draft year but I always said the ice rink is my sanctuary out there. That's what I love to do the most and feel the most comfortable, is being on the ice and playing hockey, making plays and trying to score goals.”

Back in London, Kane got a chance to reflect on how far he's come since his days with the Knights. He's a three-time Stanley Cup champion and a former Hart Trophy winner who's still at the top of his game at age 31.

But touring his old locker room — which he said "looks the exact same" — was a reminder for Kane on how quickly his hockey career has flown by.

"It's crazy to think I'm in my 13th year now," Kane said. "We were just looking for our team picture in the room and I was way too far from the recent teams to where I should've been looking. A little bit of time has passed."

A lot of time has passed, but Kane's impact on the organization and community is everlasting.

Screaming young fans in No. 88 Blackhawks jerseys were in awe that Kane was within reaching distance. He signed autographs, took pictures with as many as he could, shook the hand of longtime faculty members and arena workers that he recognized from his playing days in London and smiled his way around the Budweiser Gardens — which Kane knows as The John Labatt Centre.

Kane even gave the Knights a pep talk in the locker room before the game. Even though he didn't play in London very long, it says something about your legacy when aspiring players are choosing to play for the Knights because they look up to No. 88.

“That’s what it’s all about right there,” Kane said. “I remember being a little kid and looking up to certain hockey players too and wanting to be just like them, so if that’s the way this younger generation looks at me, that’s what it’s all about for me. I enjoy that. That excites me, that makes me happy.”

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Markkanen held scoreless in 2nd half in loss vs Sixers

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Markkanen held scoreless in 2nd half in loss vs Sixers

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, John Sabine, and David Watson react to the Bulls 100-89 loss to Philadelphia.

1:00 - On Lauri Markkanen going scoreless in the second half

3:50 - Viewer comment on Lauri needs to be traded

6:10 - On Kornet vs Markkanen’s production

6:55 - On Zach LaVine and 0 for 7 from three

10:05 - Viewer comment on Markkanen struggling

11:25 - Viewer comment wanting Joakim Noah back

13:00 - Viewer comment saying Lauri needs to demand the ball

15:45 - Viewer comment on Sabine’s outfit

16:50 - On the national perspective of this Bulls team

19:05 - Matt Peck rant on Denzel Valentine getting another DNP

21:00 - More viewer comments on Sabine’s outfit

22:05 - Viewer comment on the system and Markkanen

23:30 - Lauri tweets the correct way to pronounce his name

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: