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Word on the Street: Week One NFC awards are in

Word on the Street: Week One NFC awards are in

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
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The Week One NFC awards are in! Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers takes offensive player of the week after completing 27 of 35 passes for 312 yards. Brian Urlacher gets his sixth POW award for his defensive performance against Atlanta. And last but not least, Ted Ginn is awarded special-teams player of the week after a game-changing kickoff and punt return. (ProFootballTalk)

Meriweather stays uninvolved

Bears safety Brandon Meriweather declined to discuss an alleged rape that took place in his Foxboro home this summer. His past roommate, James Roberts, pleaded not guilty on all charges of rape in the July 13th incident.

Meriweather told the Tribune, Its a serious matter but that has nothing to do with me, Im going to let them handle that. (ChicagoTribune)

MLB 2012 schedule is released

Major League Baseballs 2012 schedule was announced this morning. Next years regular season will run from April 3rd until Oct. 4th. Cubs are set to open the season at Wrigley Field and the White Sox in Texas.

Fun fact: Next season there will be four full days off for the All Star break. (HardballTalk)

Will a judge let the ex-Illini pack his bags?

Former Illini basketball player Jereme Richmond is being refused by a judge to attend out-of-state basketball camps. Richmond was arrested last month outside a Waukegan home for carrying a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in his car.

Richmond is on bond and currently prohibited from leaving Lake County, even for sporting events. A written request will allow another judge to reconsider. (ChicagoTribune)

An apology in 140 characters or less

Serena Williams tweeted an apology this morning for her weekend outburst on an umpire, explaining that her emotions got the best of her. Williams was set off by a call she believed was incorrect during a match against Sam Stosur in the U.S. Open final. This is not the first verbal issue she has had on the court and is now being fined 2,000. (ChicagoTribune)

Blackhawks star Patrick Kane’s legacy will live on forever in London after jersey retirement

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Blackhawks star Patrick Kane’s legacy will live on forever in London after jersey retirement

LONDON, Ont. — Patrick Kane will forever be linked to the London Knights after having his No. 88 jersey retired on Friday in a special pregame ceremony. And it was an emotional moment for the Blackhawks superstar, which doesn’t happen often.

“I didn’t really expect that,” Kane told NBC Sports Chicago. “I didn’t know what to expect, to be honest with you. I spent one year here. It was a great year. It felt like more than one year with all the memories I made here and all the friends and relationships I have today.

"The video was pretty special. Obviously with the things that happened in London but even more-so maybe the things that happened in Chicago and everything coming together. You’re just standing there and that’s your career over 13 years, so I think that started hitting me.”



Kane became the ninth player in Knights history to have his number retired, but the first to receive the honor after playing just one season. It’s because it was a historic one.

As a 17-year-old, Kane registered 62 goals and 83 assists for a league-leading 145 points in 58 games during the 2006-07 campaign and was named the Canadian Hockey League’s Rookie of the Year. He went on to post 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 16 playoff games before falling short in the Conference finals.

But before he committed to the Knights, Kane wasn't drawing as much attention as he would've thought. Draft experts projected him to go in the third round and Kane wasn't buying it.

“I couldn't believe it to be honest with you,” Kane said. “I thought I was a lot better than that."

Did he ever prove them wrong.

Kane quickly started to separate himself from the pack in London, and after a strong performance at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, his name was now being discussed for No. 1 overall. And that's exactly what happened.

“Just coming here, not really worrying about that stuff,” Kane said of the draft hype. “I mean, obviously there's outside noise when it's your draft year but I always said the ice rink is my sanctuary out there. That's what I love to do the most and feel the most comfortable, is being on the ice and playing hockey, making plays and trying to score goals.”

Back in London, Kane got a chance to reflect on how far he's come since his days with the Knights. He's a three-time Stanley Cup champion and a former Hart Trophy winner who's still at the top of his game at age 31.

But touring his old locker room — which he said "looks the exact same" — was a reminder for Kane on how quickly his hockey career has flown by.

"It's crazy to think I'm in my 13th year now," Kane said. "We were just looking for our team picture in the room and I was way too far from the recent teams to where I should've been looking. A little bit of time has passed."

A lot of time has passed, but Kane's impact on the organization and community is everlasting.

Screaming young fans in No. 88 Blackhawks jerseys were in awe that Kane was within reaching distance. He signed autographs, took pictures with as many as he could, shook the hand of longtime faculty members and arena workers that he recognized from his playing days in London and smiled his way around the Budweiser Gardens — which Kane knows as The John Labatt Centre.

Kane even gave the Knights a pep talk in the locker room before the game. Even though he didn't play in London very long, it says something about your legacy when aspiring players are choosing to play for the Knights because they look up to No. 88.

“That’s what it’s all about right there,” Kane said. “I remember being a little kid and looking up to certain hockey players too and wanting to be just like them, so if that’s the way this younger generation looks at me, that’s what it’s all about for me. I enjoy that. That excites me, that makes me happy.”

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Markkanen held scoreless in 2nd half in loss vs Sixers

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Markkanen held scoreless in 2nd half in loss vs Sixers

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, John Sabine, and David Watson react to the Bulls 100-89 loss to Philadelphia.

1:00 - On Lauri Markkanen going scoreless in the second half

3:50 - Viewer comment on Lauri needs to be traded

6:10 - On Kornet vs Markkanen’s production

6:55 - On Zach LaVine and 0 for 7 from three

10:05 - Viewer comment on Markkanen struggling

11:25 - Viewer comment wanting Joakim Noah back

13:00 - Viewer comment saying Lauri needs to demand the ball

15:45 - Viewer comment on Sabine’s outfit

16:50 - On the national perspective of this Bulls team

19:05 - Matt Peck rant on Denzel Valentine getting another DNP

21:00 - More viewer comments on Sabine’s outfit

22:05 - Viewer comment on the system and Markkanen

23:30 - Lauri tweets the correct way to pronounce his name

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: