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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).

Rob Gronkowski 'highly unlikely' to play Sunday against the Bears

Rob Gronkowski 'highly unlikely' to play Sunday against the Bears

Sunday's game against Tom Brady and the Patriots will be a tough test for the Bears, but it looks like they're going to receive a big break.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski didn't travel with the Patriots to Chicago and is "highly unlikely" to play Sunday.

Avoiding Gronkowski, who is one of Brady's favorite targets, would be a huge break for the Bears' defense. In six games this season, the tight end has 26 receptions for 405 yards and a touchdown; in 14 games last season, Gronkowski had 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.

Gronkowski has not officially been ruled out yet, though time is running out for the Patriots to make a decision.

Meanwhile, Khalil Mack appears set to play Sunday despite dealing with an ankle injury. Between having Mack on the field and Gronkowski off of it, good news keeps coming for the Bears' defense.

Final thoughts: Cody Parkey quickly moves on from missed game-winning kick

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Final thoughts: Cody Parkey quickly moves on from missed game-winning kick

There’s, probably, only one position in sports that can match the you-had-one-job scrutiny of a placekicker attempting a critical field goal late in a football game. As in: If you make the kick, it was expected; if you miss it, well, you didn’t do the one thing you were brought on to do. 

The comparison here is a closer in baseball. The expectation is whoever is called upon with a one-to-three-run lead in the ninth inning will convert the save and win his team the game. 

But when a closer blows a save and is in the spotlight during baseball’s regular season, there’s always a game the next day or, at worst, in two days. The immediacy and pace of a Major League Baseball team’s schedule lends itself to closers having to “flush” a bad outing and move on to the next one, since it might be tomorrow. 

For Bears kicker Cody Parkey, though, he’s had to wait a week until he gets his next “meaningful” chance at making a field goal after missing a game-winning 53-yard attempt last weekend against the Miami Dolphins. But moving on from a critical missed kick has never, and is not, a problem for the fifth-year veteran. 

“(It takes) five minutes,” Parkey said. “You kick the ball, and if it doesn’t go in you’re not going to sit there and cry on the field, you’re going to continue to move on with your life. I don’t think there’s really much to it other than knowing you’re going to have to kick another one sometime throughout the season, next game, in the next week, you never know. You stay ready so you’ll be ready for the next week.”

Not allowing those missed kicks to fester is an important trait for a placekicker to possess. What helps Parkey quickly work through his misses is focusing on having a good week of kicking in practice, and also an even-keel mindset that’s been instilled in him since a young age. 

“I think I’ve always been pretty mellow,” Parkey said. “At a young age, my coaches told me never let the highs get to high, never let the lows get too low. And I’ve kind of taken that to heart. If I miss a game winner, make a game winner, I’m going to have the same demeanor. I’m just going to be super chill and knowing it’s a game, it’s supposed to be fun, we’re supposed to go out there and try our best. I put in a lot of work and I try my best on the field.”

That’s something, too, that special teams coach Chris Tabor sees in Parkey. 

“He's always been like that,” Tabor said. “He hit a good ball, his line was just off. In his career going in he was 7-of-8 over 50 yards. I'll be honest with you, I thought he was going to make it. And next time we have that situation, I know he will make it.” 

Age is just a number

Sunday will mark the 6th time in Tom Brady’s career that the 41-year-old has faced a head coach younger than him, but the first time it’ll be a coach other than Miami’s Adam Gase (who’s 40). Brady is 3-2 against Gase’s Dophins. 

Matt Nagy, meanwhile, is also 40. Brady just missed playing Kyle Shanahan (38) and Sean McVay (32), facing the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams in 2016, a year before both those youthful coaches were hired. 

Meanwhile, the youngest player on the Bears — 21-year-old Roquan Smith — was three years old when Brady made his unassuming NFL debut on Nov. 23, 2000. 

They said it

A couple of amusing one-liners out of Halas Hall this week…

Nagy, when it was brought to his attention that Mitch Trubisky (105.6) has a better passer rating than Brady (98.2), chuckled: “You want to say that one more time?” 

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, when asked if he’d ever heard of “Baby Gronk” Adam Shaheen: “(long pause)… Sometimes.”