Heard over the bar

Heard over the bar

Friday, May 21, 2010
1:32 AM

Hello again everybody! Whats the talk of the bar this week?

Is it the LeBron watch? I dont know about you but this is just starting and Im already near my saturation point. Mindless speculation drives me crazy, and anyone whos telling you that they know, doesnt have a clue. But, like Brett Favres annual retirement drama, people cant help themselves. I honestly do not think hes coming here, but I wear a red bow tie for a living. One thing his coming here would do is make Chicago the second most relevant basketball city in the country. Whether hes the missing piece is another thing. The one thing he has not had is a dominating post presence to play with and that has meant his coming up short in the playoffs every year. If he comes here, who is that guy? Noah? Honestly? Thats why as intriguing as it would be to have him here, I think the best move for the Bulls is to get Chris Bosh and a two-guard that can actually shoot, Joe Johnson if possible, but I would not mind that Ray Allen fellow either.

Is it the plummeting fortunes of the local starting nines? Talk about not playing to expectations. The pre-season Sox talk centered around the rotation and the new DH by committee. Hows that working out? The rotation for the ages has been anything but and I find that very surprising. Floyd I can understand. The reason he was traded here was the fact that despite dominating stuff, he doesnt seem to have the make-up to match. Buehrle and Peavy? 5-7 with a combined ERA of 5.30 is not what was expected of the co-aces. I guess you can feel better that they cant get any worse, can they? But more than that, can this team hit at all? Rios and Andruw Jones have been a pleasant surprise and Paulie is Paulie, but the rest? If this doesnt turn around soon, somebodys gonna have some splainin to do! And the Northsiders? Say this: theyre always interesting. Now that the Z to the bullpen farce has imploded, what next? The logical choice would be Dempster being moved back to the pen, but does that make sense for the rotation? One thing though, he would always do whats good for the team and take the ball every time you give it to him. At this point why not? And who would have thought that watching the Cubs hit would be this frustrating? (LOL!) Everybody, well everybody but two noticeable exceptions, hits fine until theres a man in scoring position, then its back to flailing away. I cant remember a team leaving so many guys on base, well since last year. New Cubs same as the old Cubs. And who is that guy in the Ramirez jersey? He looks absolutely lost. He cant get any wore, can he? Still plenty of time, but both teams seem to be a bunch of pieces that dont fit.

As much fun as all of that is, there is only one real topic at the bar, the continuing march of the Blackhawks. The fever-pitch here at the bar only gets more intense as the games go on. I love playoff hockey! I do miss booing Rebound-o Luongo, but, HE GONE! These guys have really proven to be road-warriors. 7 straight wins away from home in the playoffs is mind boggling and a huge reason why the locals should feel good about how this season is going to end. But they do have to play games at home in these last two series and if they dont play better than in the last 2 rounds, it could but a damper on that whole parade planning thing. My guess is that they will come up huge this weekend and enable themselves to get plenty of rest before the next step. The next step? Well, thanks to one of the coolest things that I have ever rooted for, the Flyers becoming only the 4th team ever, in any sport, to come back from a 3-0 series deficit, it could get a lot more interesting for the guy in a red bow tie. My rooting for the Hawks this year hasnt been a problem, since they only played the Flyers once during the regular season and theres no way that these two would ever meet for the Cup. Is there? Holy..cow! It could be, it might be Everyone at the bar is rooting for it. Me? I am too, but its with a lot of trepidation and realizing both teams still have a lot of work to do.

Still..

A couple of weeks ago Patrick Kane was in for dinner after a playoff game with his folks and he asked me what would happen if both teams made it to the Finals. Thats easy, I told him, My head would explode! Looks like we might need a clean up in aisle 9!

U.S. Cellular Field to become Guaranteed Rate Field after 2016 season

U.S. Cellular Field to become Guaranteed Rate Field after 2016 season

The White Sox announced on Wednesday they have signed a 13-year naming rights deal with Guaranteed Rate for their home ballpark, which will be known as Guaranteed Field beginning on Nov. 1, 2016. 

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority approved the name change in a meeting on Wednesday.

"We are pleased to find, in Guaranteed Rate, a new naming rights partner founded in Chicago by Chicagoans, which shares our commitment to the city and to our fans," White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. "We view this partnership as an opportunity to connect a successful Chicago business with a historic baseball franchise, and we look forward to growing this important relationship over the coming years as millions of fans enjoy White Sox baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field."

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Under the team's lease for the ballpark, the White Sox retain an option that could extend the naming rights deal an additional year through 2030.

The White Sox played at Comiskey Park from 1991-2002 before the ballpark's name changed to U.S. Cellular Field from 2003-2016.

Five Burning Questions for the 2016 Fantasy Football season

Five Burning Questions for the 2016 Fantasy Football season

After recharging our batteries for a few months, the CSN Fantasy crew is rested and ready for the 2016 NFL season.

While we'll have in-depth positional previews, bold predictions and sleeper/bust advice leading up to Week 1, the CSN Fantasy crew decided to get things started with a look at five burning questions for the 2016 season.

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

We gauge which round suspended Patriots quarterback Tom Brady should be drafted in, whether or not Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott will live up to the preseason hype, which quarterbacks you should target in the later rounds and much more in the video above.

If you've got specific draft questions, drop us a line on Twitter @CSNFantasy or use #CSNFantasy and we'll give you our take.

Duncan Keith won't play for Team Canada in World Cup of Hockey

Duncan Keith won't play for Team Canada in World Cup of Hockey

Duncan Keith will not be part of the Blackhawks’ World Cup of Hockey contingent after all.

Keith will focus on improving his health rather than play for Team Canada in the tournament, which takes place next month in Toronto. The Blackhawks released a statement regarding Keith on Wednesday afternoon.

"As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in the statement. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury."

Keith had surgery on that knee last October and was sidelined about one month.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will take Keith’s place.