Word on the Street: Fergie goes postal

Word on the Street: Fergie goes postal

Monday, Dec. 13, 2010

Fergie goes postal

Hall of Famer, and former Cub, Fergie Jenkins has added yet another achievement to his already-lengthy list of accomplishments; his own stamp. On Monday, Jenkins' 68th birthday, he was honored by Canada Post as they conducted a print run of his stamps, which will help commemorate Black History month this coming February. Jenkins is the only Canadian in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. (USA Today)

Favre's record streak ends

The last time Vikings quarterback Brett Favre missed a game President Bush was in office. The first one. After 297 consecutive starts, dating back to 1992, Favre's consecutive starts has come to an end. He did not suit up for Monday Night's game against the New York Giants in Detroit due to a shoulder injury. Tavaris Jackson will start in Favre's place. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Taylor's knee problem not serious

Bears backup running back Chester Taylor reportedly had swelling in his left knee last week but the injury is apparently not serious. Taylor still played in the game on Sunday against the Patriots, even scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run.

"I feel pretty good,'' Taylor said during open locker room Monday. "I had treatment all week last week, so I'm ready to go this week.'' (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Decision on BearsVikings must come Tuesday

The University of Minnesota has informed the Vikings that if they plan to play the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium next Monday while the Metrodome is being repaired, they will need to know by Tuesday. While the Vikings have not yet formally asked the University of Minnesota Gophers to use their stadium, it is one of the options being considered. The Gophers say they will need time to clean up the field and get it into playing shape in time for the game.

"We had an eight inch snow two weeks before the Iowa game; that was a pretty big task getting that much snow out," said Scott Ellison, University of Minnesota associate athletic director. "Now were facing 17 inches and drifts, so its something were still looking at, to come up with a plan of attack. ... It was hard enough with eight inches. Now we have four feet drifts. Getting that out is going to be a challenge. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Cavallari disappointed in Bears

Apparently Kristin Cavallari, former "Hills" star and current Jay-Cutler-girlfriend, was less than impressed by the Bears performance on Sunday. Cavallari, who was unable to make the game, watched the Patriots trample the Bears by a score of 36-7 from a sports bar in West Hollywood. Sources are saying that Cavallari left the bar "disappointed" after the embarrassing performance by her boyfriend's Bears. (The Daily Jolt)

Chicago loses the 'Stars

The Chicago Red Stars announced on Monday that they would be suspending operations because they do not have the necessary capital to play in the upcoming 2011 Women's Professional Soccer season.

"This has been a very difficult and complex decision," Red Stars Part-Owner and GovernorArnim Whisler said. "We love this team, our players, staff and fans.Everything was trending well for our breakthrough 2011 season, but theabrupt loss of the Bay Area team scared away some of our plannedinvestors, and we simply could not recover in time." (Our Sports Central)

Sox sign Bruney

The White Sox have signed reliever Brian Bruney to a minor league deal. Bruney, 28, experienced serious struggles in only 17.2 innings for the Nationals in 2010, after being traded by the Yankees. Bruney was released and then spent the rest of the season in the Mets and Brewers minor league systems. (MLB Trade Rumors)

Bulls, Cavaliers making no excuses in spite of stilted travel schedule

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Bulls, Cavaliers making no excuses in spite of stilted travel schedule

Snowy conditions in Chicago marred both the Bulls and Cavaliers' travel plans ahead of their bout Saturday night at the UC. Each team had its flights from respective departure cities (for the Bulls, Philadelphia; for the Cavaliers, Memphis) overnight on Friday, and didn't arrive in Chicago until Saturday morning.

But, before the game, both coaches scoffed good-naturedly at the notion that the stilted schedule might impact their preparation time or energy.

"We still showed up for our meal in Chicago at the same time," Cavaliers head coach John Beilein said. "I think with the NBA what I've observed is the long nap time in the afternoon is more important than anything for these guys. So we didn't get much sleep the night before, had to get up early. But we got to the hotel and ate at 11, and from 12 to 4 our guys got some pretty good rest."

"This has happened before. We're on a back-to-back, we need to do the basics better. I haven't talked about the travel, I'm not going to talk to the team about how difficult it was or whatever. I don't do that," Jim Boylen said. "This is the pro part, the professional part, so we gotta come out and play hard."

That the Bulls will do, as they do every night. And perhaps, in spite of their grueling January slate, they might find an edge over a Cavaliers team currently running a gauntlet of their own.

For the Cavs, this game is the last of a six-game road trip, on which they're 2-3 to this point. In that context, there might not be a more nightmarish matchup than the Bulls, given their ability to force turnovers. The Bulls' aggressive, trapping defensive scheme yields 17.8 opponent turnovers per game, the most in the NBA. The Cavaliers commit the second-most turnovers per game in the league (16.3) and own the league's highest turnover rate (16.4%).

"We're playing a very different team now with the way they play defense, very aggressive, steal the ball a lot," Beilein said. "We tried to show as much film as we could without wearing [the players] out, make sure that we were fresh seeing as we're coming off a back-to-back. They're leading the league in turning people over, we're leading the league in turning the ball over, so that'll be an interesting question whether we can solve that today."

"We always hope to have active hands and make people play through our hands," Boylen said. "Hopefully [we] do what we do."

The Bulls enter play 15-28, the Cavaliers 12-30. And both are coming off losses on the front end of their back-to-backs — the Bulls 100-89 to the 76ers and the Cavaliers 113-109 to the upstart Grizzlies. Logistical misfortunes aside, there's a game to be played tonight, and don't expect any excuses from either side.

"Both of us [the Cavaliers and Bulls] are coming off tough losses and we both have to deal with it, and you know, we'll see," Beilein said. "Hopefully it's going to be a really good game, and whichever team can battle that adversity the best is gonna win." 

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2014 Western Conference Final between Blackhawks and Kings named "Series of the Decade"


2014 Western Conference Final between Blackhawks and Kings named "Series of the Decade"

On Saturday, NHL.com named the 2014 Western Conference Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and LA Kings the "Series of the Decade." 

They hit the nail on the head.

In that seven-game battle, you're talking about the two best teams of the decade each around their prime slugging it out for all of us to enjoy. Oh, and overtime in Game 7 to decide who'd play for the Stanley Cup in the Final... 

The Hawks won Game 1 3-1 at the United Center, then lost Game 2 6-2 in Chicago after the Kings scored six unanswered goals and Jeff Carter had a hat trick. The Blackhawks lost 4-3 in Game 3 and 5-2 in Game 4, both of those contests were at the Staples Center in LA.

Trailing the series 3-1, Michal Handzus scored 2:04 into overtime to help the Hawks to a 5-4 win at the UC. Patrick Kane scored with less than four minutes remaining in the third period in Game 6 in LA to give Chicago a 4-3 win with Game 7 set for the United Center.

The Hawks had an early 2-0 lead in Game 7, but Alec Martinez's wrist shot deflected off Nick Leddy and into Chicago's net past Corey Crawford for a 5-4 Kings' victory.  

LA went on to the Stanley Cup Final and beat the New York Rangers in five games.

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