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Word on the Street: No Epstein for Cubs

Word on the Street: No Epstein for Cubs

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011
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NoEpstein for Cubs

If the Red Sox don't win the American League wild card and miss their postseason for the second year in a row, it could cause them to make impulsive moves. One suych move could be letting Theo Epstein leave with a year left on his contract. Epstein and the owner John Henry would have to take emotion out of this decision. Epstein has yet to show interest in the Cubs GM vacancy. (Fox Sports)

Cooper manages Sox's last games

With Ozzie Guillen in Spain, one of the game's best pitching coaches Don Cooper will be managing the last two games with first base coach Harold Baines as assistant. Joey Cora was told not to show up at U.S. Cellular Field for the final two games and will likely resume as Guillen's bench coach with the Florida Marlins. (Hardball Talk)

Could Zambrano join Ozzie in Miami?

It seems as though the Cubs will do anything to get rid of Carlos Zambrano. With Ozzie Guillen on his way to Florida, why not Zambrano as well? Guillen and Zambrano are off-field friends. Guillen has always supported Zambrano without hesitation through out the seasons. It's possible that Guillen could push the Marlins to take Zambrano. If the Marlins take Zambrano the Cubs might not get anything for him.(Hardball Talk)
Pierzynski is postseason analyst for Fox
White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has accepted a job as Fox's pregame and postgame analyst for the American League Championship Series and World Series.(Chicago Tribune)

Good news for Persa

Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald said quarterback Dan Persa is supposed to return this weekend. Persa should be able to play against Illinois on Saturday. It 's not clear whether Persa will start nor how much playing time he will receive.(CollegeFootball Talk)

Fantasy football: Week 4

Bears Dane Sanzenbacher is a good receiver to pick up. There are a few receiver's that give off a vibe of promising excellence and Sanzebacher is among those. Seahawks' Sidney Rice, Lions' Titus Young and the Buffalo Bills defense. Bills' defense is pretty promising because they picked off four Tom Brady passes.(Chicago Tribune)

Kane and Hossa debut

Chicago Blackhawks offensive stars Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa will get a chance to play Wednesday night against Detroit Red Wings at the United Center.
While Kane was recovering from his surgery he missed four preseason games. Hossa arrived late to training camp due to the death of his close friend, Pavol Demitra, in the plane crash. Here's their chance to really get loose. Meantime, Patrick Sharp is doing well and recovering steadily from his emergency appendectomy surgery.(Chicago Tribune)

Super Bowl XLVIII logo

The potential logo for Super Bowl XLVIII has a snow flakebranded between New York and New Jersey. It's a possibility there willbe much snow in February, 2014. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said snowisn't such a bad idea because whatever is thrown at them, they'll beready.(ProoFootball Talk)

Oilers defenseman Caleb Jones "unfit to play" first two days of Phase 3

Oilers defenseman Caleb Jones "unfit to play" first two days of Phase 3

Just like on Day 1 of the Oilers' Phase 3 training camp leading up to their play-in series against the Blackhawks, Edmonton defenseman Caleb Jones didn't participate in practice and was deemed "unfit to play" on Day 2 Tuesday.

Under the NHL's Return To Play protocol, teams will not be giving specifics on the status of players who are unavailable to skate.

Related: Corey Crawford misses Day1 of training camp, deemed "unfit" to play by Blackhawks

Jones, 23, has played in 60 games with the Oilers over the past two seasons. Mike Green, another Edmonton defenseman, opted out of the NHL's Return To Play program and will not participate in camp or the league's 24-team playoffs.

The Hawks will play the Oilers in a best-of-five qualifying round in Edmonton starting Aug. 1.

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NBA insider reveals most popular item requested by players in Disney bubble

NBA insider reveals most popular item requested by players in Disney bubble

Many NBA players are big time gamers. 

Gordon Hayward is famously obsessed with “Starcraft.” Dwight Howard loves “Call of Duty” so much he appeared in a commercial for the franchise in 2011. Zach LaVine often streams “Call of Duty: Warzone” on his Twitch account. And, seriously, just look at Meyers Leonard’s bubble setup:

 

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Incidentally enough, it turns out the biggest request by players inside the Disney bubble so far is gaming-related. According to NBA writer Keith Smith, who was also 20 years an employee of Disney, the most popular request by players during their first week at the campus was gaming chairs. And it makes sense. No one wants to sit in a normal hotel room chair for four hours when gaming — that includes the top athletes in the world.

“I heard the big delivery in the last two days was gaming chairs, because they don’t want the hotel chairs,” Smith told Jason Goff on the latest episode of the Bulls Talk Podcast. “They’re asking for all sorts of stuff.”

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Also on the show, Smith discussed what life is like inside the bubble for players and team personnel — from extracurricular activities, to food, to security and more. Smith was the first national writer to speculate about Disney as an option for the league to restart its season in an article for Yahoo! Sports back in April, and has been all over the story since.

Smith also shared why he’s optimistic the league will be able to finish despite the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases recently in Florida.

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