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Word on the Street: Rose feeling pressure from MJ?

Word on the Street: Rose feeling pressure from MJ?

Monday, March 14, 2011CSNChicago.com

Rose feeling pressured by Jordan's praise?

After announcing to the press that his pick for MVP was Derrick Rose, and telling thousands of fans at a packed United Center that more championships were on the way for Chicago, Michael Jordan may have put more stress on his old team than he had originally intended.

"That's a lot of pressure," Rose said. "A lot of pressure, I don't know why he did it. We're still trying to become a 48-minute team and that's the only thing we're worried about right now." (Pro Basketball Talk)

Does Milbury think Blackhawks can repeat?

When the Blackhawks visited the Capitals on Sunday, Pierre Lebrun asked Mike Milbury if he thought the Hawks could win the Stanley Cup two years in a row. Milbury said there is indeed hope for the team, but that it would be a difficult feat to accomplish.

"They've really turned it up a notch in the last couple of months," Milbury said. I think Toews has got 'em going in the right direction. But they've got a lot of guys to get through before they get to the finals. It'll be a tough road for them."

He also called Patrick Kane a "lovable imp," saying "he's the guy that puts tacks on seats and gum under the desks." (Pro Hockey Talk)

DePaul Women's Basketball earns No. 3 seed

The records keep coming in for the DePaul Women's Basketball team. The Blue Demons earned a program-best No. 3 seed in the 2011 NCAA Championship. This marks the ninth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance for DePaul. The Blue Demons have been invited to 16 tournaments with its first appearance coming in 1990.

The Blue Demons play 14th seeded Navy on Saturday, Mar. 19th at Penn State. (DePaulBlueDemons.com)

Should the Blackhawks regret losing Niemi?

Well, Puck Daddy seems to be heading in that direction. Last year, the Blackhawks walked away from an arbitration decision that ended up making Antti Niemi a free agent. He was quickly picked up by the San Jose Sharks for a 1-year deal, then received a a 4-year contract extension.

Meanwhile, rookie Core Crawford has appeared in 39 games this season, taking over the starting gig from Marty Turco much in the same way Niemi burie Cristobal Huet on the depth chart last season. Crawford is a likely finalist for the Calder trophy as a rookie netminder.

But the thing that nets the most press about this dispute? That would be Niemi's 3-0-0 record with a 1.96 GAA in three starts against the Blackhawks. (Puck Daddy)

Calvin Johnson catch will not lead to rule change

Remember that Calvin Johnson catch that wasn't a catch with 24 seconds remaining in the Week 1 meeting between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field? Despite the fact that many assumed the league would rework the rule, a change will not be made in the NFL.

"That play will still be incomplete," New York Giants owner John Mara, a member of the competition committee said.

The reason behind remaining with the status quo is the belief that a change would leave too much interpretation for the officials. (National Football Post)

Kris Bryant is ready for fatherhood '[I was] put on this earth to be a dad'

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Kris Bryant is ready for fatherhood '[I was] put on this earth to be a dad'

Suffice to say Kris Bryant is budding with anticipation for becoming a father.

Bryant and his wife, Jessica, are expecting their first child — a baby boy due in April. During Friday night’s Cubs-Padres broadcast, the third baseman shared his excitement for fatherhood with reporter Taylor McGregor

“I think this is really what I’ve been put on this Earth to do, is be a dad,” Bryant said, laughing. “Obviously I play baseball pretty good, but I’m just so excited [for] this new journey with my wife and my family. Honestly, I think this is going to be one of the best years of my life.”

Bryant’s son is due shortly after Opening Day, but the Cubs will play two spring training games in Las Vegas — Bryant’s hometown — on March 7-8. He told McGregor one of Jessica’s last doctor’s appointments is around the same time, so Bryant will get one last visit in before Baby Bryant is born.

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How Dusty Baker inspired former Cub Adam Greenberg after scary head injury

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How Dusty Baker inspired former Cub Adam Greenberg after scary head injury

Adam Greenberg’s baseball career was cut short by a scary head injury 15 years ago. But with the help of Dusty Baker, he found the motivation to transition to his post-baseball life.

Greenberg made his MLB debut with the Cubs on July 9, 2005, and Baker called upon the then 24-year-old to pinch-hit in the ninth inning against the Marlins. On the first pitch Greenberg saw in the big leagues, Marlins reliever Valerio De Los Santos hit him in the back of the head with a 92-mph fastball.

Greenberg was concussed from the incident, suffered from vertigo and vision problems, and battled depression. The Cubs released him in 2006 and he caught on with the Royals and later the Dodgers in 2007 — which is when Baker reappears in the story. From MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart:

A couple of years following the incident, in 2007, Baker got a letter from a fan requesting a baseball card be signed. In the letter, the person told Baker that Greenberg had been released by the Royals and his baseball career was in jeopardy. Baker tracked down Greenberg and left him the voice mail that served as his motivation for a post-baseball life.

“It was so genuine and from the heart,” Greenberg said. “It put me in tears the first time, but it was the motivation and inspiration I needed to get up and keep going. And since then, he’s been somebody that’s been near and dear to me."

It's unfortunate Greenberg couldn’t experience a long big-league career, but Baker inspired him and helped him move forward post-baseball. According to McTaggart, Greenberg started a nutrition company and sold it 10 years later. He also ran for state senate in Connecticut in 2019 and is currently a baseball analyst for the ACC Network.

Greenberg’s career effectively ended moments after it began, but 2005 wasn’t the last time he stepped in a big-league batters’ box. In 2012, fans started an online petition to get him one last at-bat — and his career came full circle. The Marlins signed him to a one-day contract on Oct. 2, 2012, and he pinch-hit that same day against the Mets.

Greenberg struck out on three pitches, but Baker’s voicemail left a mark on his life. Seeing him enjoy success outside of baseball is as heartwarming as it gets.