Cubs morning roundup - Tuesday


Cubs morning roundup - Tuesday

As the Cubs get set for a three-game set with the Miami (formerly Florida) Marlins, Patrick Mooney takes a look at the team's approach and personality under first-year manager Dale Sveum. These Cubs are not about headlines or drama. They're leaving that for Ozzie Guillen, Carlos Zambrano and the Marlins, instead.

WhiteSoxTalk's JJ Stankevitz and I released our MLB Power Rankings for Week 2. The Rangers and Cardinals were unanimous choices for the first two spots, begging the question: Should we just replay the 2011 World Series?

We're 10 games into the 2012 season, so we took a look at how the offense has fared so far. The starting rotation has been very good, but the Cubs are looking for more out of the back end of Chris Volstad and Paul Maholm.

Renovations on Wrigley Field has been a hot topic over the past few months and it was discussed again on CTL Monday. David Kaplan and his guests debated whether the Cubs should move a field to the suburbs or not.

Around the Web

When should the Cubs bring up Brett Jackson?'s Carrie Muskat discusses this question and others in her weekly mailbag.

The Cubs' 2011 first-round draft pick Javier Baez is getting some extending work in Arizona before he starts his season.'s Jesse Sanchez has the story.

Bears numbers don't indicate 3-13, yet still lie

Bears numbers don't indicate 3-13, yet still lie

In doing some post-season wrapping up of my Nerdy NFL Notebook as we begin turning the page to the 2017 season, part of it involves compiling where each team finished in big-picture team offensive and defensive categories: overall ranking (total yards), as well as team rushing and passing ranks on both sides of the ball.

So if the Bears wound up ranked 15th overall in total yards gained and allowed, they should've finished…oh, 8-8, right? It adds to the deception of some of the deeper issues that focus on a lack of playmakers, which tied into their inability to make plays when it matters most. In John Fox's 9-23 start, 18 of those games have been decided by six points or less. They've won just six of those games. 

Offensively, the Bears ranked higher in total offense than five playoff teams: Kansas City (20), Detroit (21), Miami (24), New York Giants (25) and Houston (29). They wound up 17th in rushing offense, better than four teams who advanced: Seattle (25), Green Bay (26), New York Giants (29) and Detroit (30). And their 14th-ranked passing offense ranked better than the Giants (17), Kansas City (19), Dallas (23), Miami (26), Houston (29).

On the other side of the ball, they'd be even better off before allowing 109 points over the final three losses. Their total defense ranked better than Detroit (18), Green Bay (22), Kansas City (24), Atlanta (25), Oakland (26) and Miami (29). After being gashed for 558 rushing yards the last three games, they fell to 27th in the NFL against the run (better than only 30th-ranked Miami). But the seventh-ranked pass defense, despite collecting a measly eight interceptions (among only 11 turnovers), was better than nine playoff teams: Miami (15), Pittsburgh (16), Kansas City (18), Detroit (19), the Giants (23), Oakland (24), Dallas (26), Atlanta (28) and Green Bay (31).

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

What do all the hollow numbers indicate? A lack of complementary, opportunistic football, playmakers on both sides of the ball, a minus-20 turnover ratio, and a lack of quality and continuity at the quarterback position — to name a few. All of those playoff teams have more impact players (or kept more of their impact players healthy) than the Bears in 2016.

While some of the numbers aren't that bad to look at, and some even raise an eyebrow, there's still a deep climb from the most significant numbers: 3-13.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above.