Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
Hester named Special Teams Player of the Week
An 11th career punt return touchdown has broken an NFL record and resulted in Bears Devin Hesters 10th Special Teams Player of the Week award. No other returner has earned the NFC award as many times as Hester has, setting yet another record for the league. His totaled 142 return yards helped elevate the Bears to their 34-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers. (ChicagoTribune)
Noah keeps his shooting skills sharp
Just in case there isnt an NBA season, Bulls Joakim Noah is focusing on a new sport to reflect his athletic ability. Noah has been at the University of Florida focusing on his workouts and perfecting his beer pong talents. TMZ reported his off-season fun, adding the centers natural ability to sink a different kind of shot. (ProBasketballTalk)
Cutler makes appearance for Cavallari
All of the back and forth Twitter rumors concerning Bears Jay Cutler and reality star Kristin Cavallari have led fans to believe they are indeed working things out. Those of you who are Dancing with the Stars fans witnessed Cutlers attendance at this weeks performance, which proved to be bad luck as Cavallari was sent to pack her bags. However, the Bears seem perform better when the two are together, so hopefully JayCav will bring some good vibes to Soldier Field. (ChicagoTribune)
Mets clear out coaches
The Mets have announced that bench coach Ken Oberkfell, third base coach Chip Hale, first base coach Mookie Wilson, and bullpen coach Jon Debus wont be with the club for the 2012 season. It has not yet been said if they will be reassigned or gone for good. (HardballTalk)
La Russa fined for unprofessional comments
After making inappropriate in-game remarks about the umpiring in Mondays game, Tony La Russa has accepted the MLBs undisclosed fine without argument. The Cardinals manager stated he crossed the line and deserves his punishment. Although the Game 2 victory may have made accepting the fine easier for La Russa, he is given credit for taking the high road and apologizing. (HardballTalk)
The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.
There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.
Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.
He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.
Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.
Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.
Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.
Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.
The theme of the 2018-19 NBA season will be: “old faces in new places”. Like a season-long game of the NBA on TNT crew’s “Who he play for?” game, this year will be about fans trying to get used to the idea of LeBron James in purple (I won’t call it ‘Forum Blue’)-and-gold, DeMarcus Cousins being on a championship-contending franchise and Kawhi Leonard being the new face of Toronto.
The Warriors are still the easy favorite to make it four NBA championships in five years, but they will be tested perhaps more than any year before in a loaded Western Conference, where even the lowliest of teams (here’s to you Phoenix and Memphis!) made solid offseason moves geared towards winning games.
Over in the now-LeBron-less East, there is hope amongst at least four-to-five teams that they could actually have a shot to win the conference. The Pacers still have budding superstar Victor Oladipo, the Sixers still have Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and the Raptors and Bucks made head coaching changes that could lead to deep playoff runs. But with the rest of the Eastern conference being stuck between lottery contention and middle of the pack, expect the half-experienced, half-youthful Celtics to takeover as East juggernaut.
But whether or not your favorite franchise is aiming for a high draft pick or a postseason berth, there is tons to be excited in a 2018-19 NBA season that will surely be an intriguing one. Check out Week 1 of our NBA Power Rankings right here.