Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011
Ozzie wants to know his future
White Sox coach Ozzie Guillen and his wife are going on a vacation to Spain two days after the regular season is over. There has been talk about Guillen being traded to the Marlins. Guillen wants to know his stance with the Sox so he can enjoy his vacation but the only people who know his future is Jerry Reinsdorf and God, said Guillen. (Hardball Talk)
FOX fabricates Cutler headlines
During the Sept. 11 Bears-Falcons game, FOX Sports displayed three headlines across the screen questioning Jay Cutler's toughness:
Cutler Leaves With InjuryCutler Lacks CourageCutlers No Leader
Thenannouncer Daryl Johnston said those were actual newspaper headlinesfrom local Chicago papers. The Tribune looked through Illinoisnewspapers and found no headline of that sort in Illinois or in theU.S. FOX Sports spokesman Dan Bell admitted the headlines werefabrications. (Chicago Tribune)
Former Notre Dame coordinator Brown's psychological tests
Former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown's hearing about the charges of confinement and domestic battery from him striking his wife and holding her against the wall were put on hold. Brown is hospitalized and undergoing psychological testing at the University of Michigan Hospital. (Chicago Tribune)
Wood down for the count...forever?
Over the weekend Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood tore a meniscus in his left knee and his season is over. Wood says the surgery could have him ready for the spring but will Wood pitch again? He said he doesn't want to be anywhere else and if the Cubs need him back then he'll be back. (Bleacher Nation)
Fantasy Football: Week 3
Injuries already? Jamaal Charles and Jordan Shipley are out for the year with ACL injuries. Michael Vick and Tony Romo's head and rib injuries leave a few question marks. A few more are inactive and their futures are a toss up include, Aaron Hernandez, Mario Manningham and Steven Jackson. (Chicago Tribune)
It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.
Sosa's 18th homer of June and 31st of the season came off the Tigers in the Cubs' brief 2-game Interleague series in Detroit.
Sosa connected in the first inning off Tigers starter Seth Greisinger, going back-to-back with Mickey Morandini.
The Cubs wound up getting out to a 5-0 start in the game but still lost 7-6 on a Gabe Alvarez single in the bottom of the 11th.
The aforementioned Morandini homer was only the 3rd of the season for the Cubs second baseman. He finished with 8 homers on the year and 224 total bases on 172 hits in what was a very good offensive season. Yet it paled in comparison to Sosa, who had nearly 200 more total bases (416) and a slugging percentage nearly 200 points above Morandini's (.647 to .471), a testament to how truly incredible Sosa's season was.
Fun fact: Tony Clark was the Tigers' cleanup hitter that day. Clark is now the head of the MLB Players Union.
Fun fact No. 2: Paul Bako was the Detroit catcher in the game. He later became the Cubs backup catcher in 2003 and 2004, when he posted a .611 OPS in 119 games over the two years.
Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.
According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.
The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.
For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.
Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.