Word on the Street: Bears to win multiple playoff games?

Word on the Street: Bears to win multiple playoff games?

Monday, Nov. 15, 2010CSNChicago.com
Bears 'King' for a day

In this morning's Monday Morning Quarterback column, the Bears -- and Devin Hester in particular, being named his co-Special Team Player of the Week -- received some high praise from Peter King.

"Very wise use of the dangerous Hester made the Bears' win over Minnesota much easier. He scored on a 19-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, then returned a punt 42 yards and a kickoff 68 yards. All in all, if Hester can impact the game as a receiver AND kickpunt-returner, the Bears have a chance to win multiple playoff games." (SI.com)

Sox apologize; keep new uniforms anyway

The White Sox recent decision to update their grey road uniforms, replacing the black diamond encasing a white sock with the S-O-X logo, infuriated many Sox fans and bloggers. Despite the negative reaction, the Sox are still planning to go forward with the change. Vice President of marketing Brooks Boyer did, however, send an email to some bloggers apologizing for the change.

"We have talked quite a bit about the road greys for a few years after getting input from our players, staff and even some fans," said Boyer in the email. "After looking at the road greys, we determined that the uniform should contain our main logo... I know this is not a popular decision with you guys and I am sorry to disappoint. In the event any or all of you are at SoxFest, please find me if you would like to discuss further." (Business Insider)

McNabb agrees to five-year extension
Redskins QB, and former Mt. Carmel High School standout, Donovan McNabb agreed to a five-year, 78 million contract extension, just 15 days after being benched for the final two series of Washington's final two drives in Detroit against the Lions.

He was replaced in the Oct. 31 game by former Bears signal-caller Rex Grossman. (CSNWashington.com)

Wrigley gets face lift for big game

The much-anticipated Northwestern v. Illinois game at Wrigley Field is just over a week away, and in participation for the big game Wrigley has undergone a minor face lift. The goalposts are up, the field lines are painted and, now, so is the famous marquee. In one of the biggest changes to the stadium in anticipation of the special occasion, the famous Wrigley Field marquee was painted purple on Monday.

But the purple marquee wont be the only unique feature of the converted converted baseball field. The dimensions of the park are also uncharacteristically tight for a football game. So tight, in fact, that the east goalpost is actually fastened to the bricks of the right field bleacher wall. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Korver to undergo MRI on knee

Kyle Korver could potentially miss a few games due to a sore knee. It was reported that Korver will not travel with the team on the start of their yearly west coast road trip so he can get an MRI on the injured knee. It is not yet known how many - if any - games Korver will miss, but his loss could make things even more difficult for a team already struggling with an injury to another key offensive player, Carlos Boozer. (Bulls Confidential - Chicago Now)

Ricketts: No plan B

Cubs owner Tom Rickets told the Chicago Tribune on Monday that he doesn't have a 'Plan B' if the state doesn't approve his proposal to borrow the 200 million he says is needed to upgrade and upkeep Wrigley Field.

Ricketts claims the planned construction to the ballpark would create more than 1,000 construction jobs but not everyone is sold. The Chicago Sun-Times editoral board, as well as many callers to sports radio shows, have ripped the plan, questioning why the state should help finance a project for one of the most valuable franchises in professional sports. (ChicagoBreakingBusiness)

Posey wins NL ROY; Castro finishes 5th

The Baseball Writers' Association of America announced on Monday that San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey won the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year award. Posey hit .305 and drove in 67 runs in his rookie campaign while helping lead the Giants to their World Series victory.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro finished 5th in the voting, tied with Pirates third baseman Neil Walker. Finishing in front of Castro were Posey, Jason Heyward, Jaime Garcia, and Gaby Sanchez. (Cubbies Crib)

Pierzynski to the Marlins?

The Palm Beach Post is reporting that there is mutual interest between A.J. Pierzynski and the Florida Marlins. Pierzynski's price tag may be too high for the small-market Marlins, but if they are successful in trading second baseman Dan Uggla, the money would become much less of an issue. Pierzynski, who lives in Florida, batted .270.300.388 with nine home runs in 2010. (Rotoworld)

34 Days to Kickoff: Bremen

34 Days to Kickoff: Bremen

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26. You can view Edgy Tim's other football previews here.

School: Bremen

Head coach: Dan Stell

Assistant Coaches: Pete Luby, Matt Verble, Amir Ross, Derek Hitt, Rey Lang, Kevin Donegan, Mike Cline, Kevin O'Sullivan, Joe DeLarme, Andy French, Brad Johnson, Jeremy Cline

How they fared in 2015: 1-8 (0-6) South Suburban Blue Conference. Bremen failed to qualify for the 2015 IHSA state football playoffs.

Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Braves get back to it's winning ways in the always rugged South Suburban Blue?

Names to watch this season: OL Chris Clark, DL Shane London

Biggest holes to fill: The Braves welcome back 18 starters for this season, yet overall depth is always needed in the South Suburban Blue.

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few years for the Braves and head coach Dan Stell (2-7 in 2014 and 1-8 last season) after winning the conference title in 2013. The good news is that Bremen welcomes back a ton of experience including a very good junior class this fall. I expect Bremen to compete hard for a state playoff spot this season.

After wild seventh, Carson Fulmer wants another big-time opportunity for White Sox

After wild seventh, Carson Fulmer wants another big-time opportunity for White Sox

The White Sox called up Carson Fulmer from Double-A Birmingham a week ago with the expectation he could add a strong, powerful arm to the back end of a bullpen that’s been taxed quite a bit this season. 

After he struggled in his first high-leverage appearance in the majors, though, the White Sox remain confident their 2015 first-round pick will be an important part of the team’s bullpen down the stretch this summer. 

Fulmer only threw 12 of 30 pitches for strikes and allowed three game-deciding runs in seventh inning of the White Sox 7-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers in front of 22,611 at U.S. Cellular Field Friday night. The leverage indexes of Fulmer’s first two appearances on the West Coast — which spanned 2 2/3 scoreless innings — were .01 and .05 (a leverage index of 1 is average), with those coming in a 8-1 loss and a 6-1 win. On Friday, Fulmer’s leverage index was 2.98. 

Fulmer said nerves weren’t behind his erratic outing, in which plenty of those 18 balls weren’t close to the strike zone. 

“I want to be in those situations,” the 22-year-old Fulmer said. “When you go out there and don’t do your job, it’s obviously frustrating. But you have to have a quick memory and throw it over your shoulder and prepare yourself for tomorrow.”

Fulmer’s electric mid-90’s fastball and wipeout curveball were rendered ineffective by his inability to command them in his two-thirds of an inning. He walked Justin Upton, gave up a single to Tyler Collins and walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia to load the bases with nobody out, and after a pair of groundouts brought a run in, he walked Cameron Maybin to re-load the bases.

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After that walk, Fulmer was pulled in favor of Nate Jones, who surrendered a go-ahead, ultimately game-winning two-run single to Tigers All-Star first baseman Miguel Cabrera. 

At some point, the White Sox were going to have to test Fulmer. With starter Jacob Turner only lasting 3 1/3 innings, and Fulmer looking comfortable in his first two appearances in the majors, manager Robin Ventura calculated that the seventh inning Friday was a prime opportunity. 

“He’s going to have to have it sooner or later,” Ventura said. “From the way the first (two) went, we felt comfortable he was going to come in there and be able to do that. But tonight, that doesn’t happen. But you have the confidence he can come back from this and be very effective in that spot.”

Morneau, who’s provided offense for bullpens over 14 major league seasons, agreed with his manager’s confidence in Fulmer. 

“We see a lot of good things in him,” Morneau said. “It’s obviously not up to me, but hopefully we get him back out there quick and let him settle back down and get comfortable, because he can really help this team.” 

White Sox relievers entered Friday with the fifth-highest leverage index in baseball, a product of the high volume of one-, two- and three-run games this team has found itself in this season. All those stressful innings — as well as Jake Petricka’s season-ending injury and Zach Putnam’s elbow issue from which he isn’t likely to return anytime soon — have put a considerable strain on Jones, Dan Jennings, Matt Albers, Zach Duke and David Robertson.

Fulmer, by virtue of being in the White Sox bullpen, will get another opportunity at a high-leverage inning. And while his first foray into a pressure-packed relief appearance didn’t go well, he hopes to quickly get a chance to put Friday in the rearview mirror. 

“I can’t ever use the excuse of it being my first big-time experience, especially for me being put in that situation,” Fulmer said. “Hopefully I get the opportunity to do it again. I’ll continue to stay prepared, just like I was tonight, and hopefully the odds turn in my favor. That’s all I can control.” 

Sky see winning streak snapped in loss to Connecticut Sun

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Sky see winning streak snapped in loss to Connecticut Sun

ROSEMONT, ILL. 

Jonquel Jones had her first-career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds — both career highs — and Alex Bentley scored 21 points to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky 94-89 on Friday night.

Alyssa Thomas and Jasmine Thomas added 16 points apiece and Chiney Ogwumike had 10 for the Sun (8-16).

Jones scored five consecutive points to cap a 13-4 run that gave Connecticut a 78-74 lead with 4 minutes left and the Sun led the rest of the way. Connecticut hit all eight of its free-throw attempts in the final 42 seconds to seal it.

Elena Delle Donne led Chicago (11-13) with 20 points. Cappie Pondexter added 16 points, and Tamera Young had 14.

The Sun, ranked 11th in the AP WNBA power poll, made 26 of 32 free-throw attempts — both season highs and committed a season-low seven turnovers.

The fifth-ranked Sky shot 52.3 percent (34 of 65) from the field.