January 24, 2013 |
Welcome back, red-hot Chicago Blackhawks. Man, that's their best start in 40 years. Forty. Good year, good reference though. Your 1972-73 Blackhawks made it to the Stanley Cup Finals that year, losing 4-2 to the Montreal Canadiens. Still, Marian Hossa looks great, Corey Crawford looks tolerable, and three nice wins against the Kings, Coyotes and Blues. Tuesday night: A 3-on-0 goal. That hasn't happened since the era before they used defensemen. Smells like 2010 around here, good smell.
March 28, 2013 |
If you can't beat him, sign him. That's what we're down to in Chicago. There is no way, healthy or not, Derrick Rose or not, that the Bulls can play with the Miami Heat. So, it gets real simple: At the end of 2013-14, LeBron James can opt out of his deal with the Heat. That's when the Bulls come knocking with a) Healthy Derrick Rose b) Tons of cash and cap space c) Maybe another stud. Who that other guy is, I don't know, but they'll have the room to add someone. Hey, I'm not the minutia guy; I'm the big picture dreamer.
October 3, 2013 |
Let the Joe Girardi talk begin. Good luck. First off, you're not going to get him, Theo Epstein. The Yankees are going to beat you to him, sorry. I love Epstein's optimism. He says the perception around the league is the Cubs are coming, and coming fast. Oh yeah. Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo leading the way. Oh, good experience for these guys. They're not even 24 yet and already they've gotten a manager fired. Don't blame me. I begged for Girardi in 2006. Nope. We just had to go with Lou Piniella.
October 15, 2013 |
The most frustrating part of watching Bears games this season comes when they're on defense, a 180 from every year in recorded history. More specifically, the weak spot is the very center of the defense. Season-ending injuries to tackles Henry Melton and Nate Collins AND middle linebacker D.J. Williams plus underperformance from 2012 1st-round pick Shea McClellin mean the shortest route to the end zone for opponents is right up the gut. On Thursday we saw Brandon Jacobs - a man who was expected to play in as many NFL games this year as RedEye's mascot,...
October 24, 2013 |
It's sad when it ends like this. I am talking about the Bears season, but I'm also speaking of the great Bears defense. So many years. So many wins. So many pick-sixes, forced fumbles, great players. It had to end sometime and it has ended … now. Brian Urlacher gone. Lance Briggs out 4-6 weeks, nearing the end of the road. Charles Tillman getting beaten badly by … the Redskins. Julius Peppers with nothing on the board this season. It couldn't last forever, but I sure wanted it to. Nope.
November 14, 2013 |
From Breaking Bad to breaking just plain awful. I want to take this opportunity to say goodbye to Charles Tillman personally. Something tells me the old vet will not be back with the Bears next year, even if he does return form his season-ending injury. That's the way it goes in the NFL, and it never ends pretty. But Peanut gave us some great, great memories. Interceptions and takeaways, one of the best lockdown corners ever. When it comes to Chicago, I can't keep track of the tweaks anymore.