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Word on the Street: Vikings waive WR Randy Moss

Word on the Street: Vikings waive WR Randy Moss

Monday, Nov. 1, 2010
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Vikings waive Randy Moss

The Minnesota Vikings have waived receiver Randy Moss.

Linebacker Ben Leber says coach Brad Childress informed the team that Moss had been let go during a team meeting Monday afternoon.

Moss had one catch for 8 yards in a loss to the Patriots, In Sunday nights postgame news conference, he expressed admiration for the Patriots and criticized Vikings coaching. (Associated Press)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tweets about Walter Payton

Today marks the 11th anniversary of the death of Walter Payton, one of the all-time great players and men in NFL history

Walter is tops on my list because of how he played the game- he never wanted to let anyone down- but also for what he did off the field

We miss Walter very much but we can all carry on and make our contributions which would make him proud.

We honor Walter's contributions & those of the top current players w the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Local cyclist breaks Guinness record

George Hood set a Guinness World Record of 200 hours on a stationary bike Sunday night. The 52-year-old Aurora man has been riding a stationary bike since Oct. 23 to raise funds for the family of a former Hinsdale Central graduate, who was killed in Afghanistan in June.

Hood broke the record at about 10 p.m. on Sunday night. His latest goal is to set a new record of 222 hrs. and 22 minutes, which he hopes to hit around 8 p.m. Monday night. This is the third time Hood has broken the Guiness World Record on the stationary bike.

Click here to watch a live stream of Hood's record-breaking ride for a good cause.

Cubs settle on Listach as bench coach

Pat Listach is leaving the Washington Nationals major-league staff torejoin the Cubs as Mike Quades bench coach, an industry sourceconfirmed Monday.

Though Listach enjoyed a more decoratedplaying career he was the American Leagues Rookie of the Year in1992 his background is similar enough to Quades. Listach wasWashingtons third-base coach the past two years and previously spentnine seasons as a coach or manager in the Cubs system.

Listachmanaged at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa after playing sixseasons with the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros. The 43-year-oldis well-regarded by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry for his work atthose minor-league affiliates. (CSNChicago.com)

Campbell set for season debut vs. Rangers

Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell will make his season debut Monday against the New York Rangers.

Campbell returns one month to thedate after spraining the MCL in his right knee in a preseason gameagainst the Pittsburgh Penguins. (CSNChicago.com)

Bears sign local product to practice squad

The Bears signed former Homewood-Flossmoor star Freddie Barnes to their practice squad Monday afternoon. Barnes will take the place of punter Richmond McGee, who was waived from the practice squad.

Barnes signed with the Bears originally after going undrafted out of Bowling Green and saw little action with the team during preseason. He didn't make it through the final roster cuts in August.

Barnes should add depth to the WR core. At Bowling Green last season, Barnes had 155 receptions for 1,770 yards and 19 touchdowns, (ChicagoBreakingSports).

White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines

Chuck Garfien sits down with new Hall of Famer Harold Baines.

First, Chuck, Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka share their memories of watching Baines play with the White Sox (1:40). Then, Baines explains why he's always been so soft-spoken (8:45), how he was able to play 22 seasons in the majors (13:00), why he's never spoken to GM Larry Himes for trading him to Texas (15:30), the apology he received from President George W. Bush (16:30), what he thinks about the critics who don't think he should be in the Hall of Fame (18:25), a replay of Baines emotional interview with Chuck about his dad (20:50) and more.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson discusses inspiring a younger generation of black baseball players, bat flipping and much more on Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum

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White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson discusses inspiring a younger generation of black baseball players, bat flipping and much more on Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson appeared on Thursday's episode of the Pull Up Podcast hosted by Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum and ESPN's Jordan Schultz to discuss many things including his MLB career, the charity work he does in the Chicago community and the need more expression and entertainment (overall) in baseball.

McCollum asked Anderson if the sport of baseball has evolved and what he would do to further these developments, based on the idea that the sport has a stigma of being boring, particularly within inner-city and/or largely black communities. Anderson stated, "They should allow players to have more fun.....just allow players to be themselves." 

Anderson discussed how being the only black player on the White Sox—the team that represents the South Side of Chicago—is extremely important to him and how great the White Sox organization has been at giving him every opportunity to be himself and "be comfortable". He expanded on how much he loves MLB life and how he wants to be able to pass on that love for the game to younger generations, especially the youth of the South Side of Chicago.

"I enjoy it [the responsibility of being the lone black player on the White Sox].....a lot of those kids in they area [the South Side], they kinda remind me of myself."

Schultz brought up the criticism of Anderson's bat flipping, asking him why it was so important for him to show that he was enjoying himself, at the expense of breaking one of baseball's "unwritten rules".

Being of a younger generation, Anderson lamented that it was indeed a new day in baseball and doubled down in saying that the simple aspect of having fun needs to be encouraged even more in the sport. 

"You're playing a game that you're failing most of the time and the times that you do succeed they don't want you to enjoy those moments. For me man, y'know, I think that's just a lot of pain showing.....from struggling, that's just that emotion that's coming out man. You know when you finally get to a point where you feel like you breaking through.....those moments that I want to remember and I want people around me to remember. That’s why I play the way that I do.”

Anderson is indeed having the best season of his career so far, with a slash line of .317/.342/.491 entering Friday morning. He is also nine home runs away from matching his season-high of 20 with over the half the season left to go.

With even more of a platform amid his career-year, Anderson has continued his crusade to make baseball fun again and doesn’t plan on changing up the way he plays the game anytime soon.


 

As touched on earlier in this post, Anderson wants to serve as a role model while also showing the youth that it is OK to be yourself as a Major League Baseball player.

In all the camps and baseball clinics that Anderon hosts, he always makes sure to answer every question about his unique experience in the MLB because he understands the value of kids getting to see someone who looks like them succeeding, even more so in a sport where the number black players sits at a mere 7.7% of the entire league

“Everything [is] not always good [for kids in inner-city communities], so I think that understanding that and kinda being a role model and motivating and inspiring those kids that look like me and I look like them, I think it's easier for those kids to look up to me. So that's why I go out and play hard and....enjoy the moment and do those crazy things on the field.....because that's what those kids like."

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