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Word on the Street: Pippen wants Rodman in HOF

Word on the Street: Pippen wants Rodman in HOF

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011
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Pippen wants to see Rodman in Hall of Fame

Bulls great Scottie Pippen, who went into the Hall of Fame last year, said he hopes former teammate Dennis Rodman joins him. Rodman is on the nomination list for the first time this year and led the league in rebounding for seven straight seasons. He was also named to the All-Defensive team eight times.

We all watched Dennis career and we know just how good he was as a basketball player, Pippen said. I think we all got caught up in his antics, and things he did away from the game, and it sort of disrespected or took attention away from what he did on the basketball court. But he is surely a Hall of Famer.

Finalists for the Hall of Fame are announced during the NBA All-Star weekend. (nba.com)

T.O. picks Seahawks over Bears

Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens believes the Seahawks will win in Chicago on Sunday.

"Of course they can," Owens said on "The T.Ocho Show" on Versus. "They just won. They have all the confidence and all the momentum on their side."Owens also picks the Green Bay Packers to beat the Atlanta Falcons, setting up an NFC championship at Qwest Field. (seattleepi.com)Brewer won't replace Bogans anytime soonRonnie Brewer appears to finally be healthy and has the numbers to back that up, but don't expect him to enter the Bulls' starting lineup in the near future."I like the way it's worked with Ronnie coming off the bench. And Keith has done a good job guarding some primary scorers." Tom Thibodeau said.
He did, however, offer some light at the end of the tunnel by remarking "We'll see how the season unfolds." (sbnation.com)Starks almost a Bear?Current Green Bay Packers running back James Starks was extremely close to being a Chicago Bear as general manager Jerry Angelo confirmed. Angelo said the Bears even called Starks to tell him they were drafting him in the sixth round.Instead, Angelo changed his mind and picked Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour. (profootballtalk.com)Dave Wannstedt coaching in the NFL again?Former Bears coach Dave Wannstedt, recently fired as the coach at Pitt, appears to have numerous opportunities to roam an NFL sideline once again.Wannstedt is expected to talk with Chargers coach Norv Turner about taking over for Ron Rivera, who is now the head coach in Carolina. Rivera is also interested in talking to Wannstedt about becoming his defensive coordinator. The Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills have also expressed interest. (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Yu Darvish thinks the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 World Series title

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Yu Darvish thinks the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 World Series title

The Astros' sign-stealing scandal is personal for a lot of players, though it probably hits a little differently for Yu Darvish. 

Darvish was a member of the 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers team that Houston beat in the World Series. Darvish didn't have his best performance in the series and when asked about the scandal, the Cubs' pitcher didn't hold back:

It's a weird feeling. Like, in the Olympics, when a player cheats, you can't have a Gold medal, right? But they still have as World Series title. That makes me feel weird. That's it. And one more thing. With [Carlos] Correra talking about [Cody] Bellinger. I saw that yesterday. So they cheat, and I think right now that they don't have to talk. They shouldn't talk like that right now.

You can watch the video of Darvish's comments, from ESPN's Jesse Rogers, it right here.

The comments took on a life of their own, as Astros' soundbytes have been known to do over the last few weeks or so. Darvish was ready for the clapback, though, and delivered a final blow to some poor 'Stros fan who thought he could compete with Darvish on twitter dot com. 

Sign a lifetime contract, Yu. Never leave us.

Related: Bryant crushes Astros for cheating scandal: 'What a disgrace that was' 

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Jason Kipnis comes home looking to write one final chapter of his career

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Jason Kipnis comes home looking to write one final chapter of his career

Jason Kipnis, who’s potentially the Cubs’ new second baseman but indisputably the pride of Northbrook, said there’s one major reason why his possible reunion with Wrigley Field is so exciting.

“Now I don’t have to hate the 'Go Cubs Go' song,” he quipped.

Kipnis was a late addition to the Cubs’ roster, and still not even a guaranteed one at that. After almost a decade spent being one of the Cleveland Indians’ cornerstones, Kipnis arrived in Mesa on a minor league contract, looking to win a job. Ironically, being with his hometown team is unfamiliar territory for the two-time All-Star. 

“[Leaving Cleveland] was hard at first,” he said. “You get used to the same place for 9-10 years, and I think it’s a little hard right now coming in and being the new guy and being lost and not knowing where to go. But it’ll be fun. It’s exciting. It’s kind of out of the comfort zone again, which is kind of what you want right now – to be uncomfortable. I don’t know, I’ve missed this feeling a little bit, so it’ll be good.”

It was a slow offseason for the second baseman, but the second baseman said he was weighing offers from several teams. Opportunity and organizational direction dictated most of his decision-making, but Kipnis admitted the forces around him were all, rather unsubtly, pulling him in one direction.

“They were telling me to take a deal, take a cut, whatever. Just get here,” he joked. “... It made sense, it really did. I think I didn't fully understand it until it was announced and my phone started blowing up and I realized just how many people this impacted around my life. Friends and family still live in Chicago, so it’s going to be exciting.”

The theme of renewed motivation has hung around Sloan Park like an early-morning Arizona chill, and Kipnis said part of the reason he feels the Cubs brought him in is to set a fire under some guys. He talked with Anthony Rizzo during the offseason, who talked about how the Cubs had struggled at times to put an appropriate emphasis on each of the 162 games in a regular season. That’s not a new problem in baseball, and it struck a chord with Kipnis, who himself was on plenty of talented Cleveland teams that never got over the hump. 

“They got a good core here. I’m well aware of that, they’re well aware of that, too,” he said. “I texted him and called him and asked him what happened last year, because I look at rosters, I look at St. Louis’, I look at all that, and I’m like, ‘I still would take your guys' roster.’” 

As for his direct competition, Kipnis said he hasn’t had a chance to really get to know Nico Hoerner yet, but doesn’t feel like the battle for second base has to be a contentious one by any means. At 32, Kipnis has been around long enough to understand the dynamics an aging veteran vs. a top prospect, and doesn't feel like it’s a situation where only one of them will end up benefiting. 

“I know he came up and had a pretty good success, so I think [it’s] going to be a competition, but at the same time, I’m not going to try to put him down,” he said. “I’d like to work with him, kind of teach him what I know too and hopefully both of us become better from it.”