Word on the Street: Boozer sues over 1 million

Word on the Street: Boozer sues over 1 million

Thursday, March 24, 2011
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Boozer allegedly ripped off for 1 million

Attorneys for Bulls forward Carlos Boozer have filed a lawsuit in Miami against a businessman, Claudio Osorio, who Boozer alleges squandered his 1 million investment in Osorio's company, InnoVida holdings. Boozer declined to comment on the suit.

This guy Osorio had an air of credibility, Boozers attorney, David Nunez, told the South Florida Business Journal. Thats how he was able to gain access to all these deep-pocket investors. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Van Gundy: MVP race already decided

Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy says that, even though there are still just over ten games left in the season, the MVP race has already been decided. Van Gundy believes that Derrick Rose, not his Dwight Howard, winning the 2010-11 MVP award is a foregone conclusion.

Brian Schmitz, writer for the Orlando Sentinel, agrees with Van Gundy's conclusion but thinks that Howard is building his case to win the award next season. (Orlando Sentinel)

Johnson, Barney make the team

The Cubs made another round of cuts today, sending Augie Ojeda, Bobby Scales, Scott Moore and Matt Camp to minor league camp and optioning Fernando Perez to Triple-A Iowa. What all of this means is that Reed Johnson has grabbed the last outfield spot and Darwin Barney will be one of the Cubs' infielders on opening day, whether starting or on the bench. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Hawks' Bowman applauds harsh sanctions

Blackhawks vice president and general manager is applauding the NHL for handing down severe sanctions for hits to the head like they did to Mat Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins this week. Cooke was suspended for the remainder of the regular season as well as the first round of the playoffs after a blatant elbow to the head of the Rangers' Ryan McDonagh on Sunday.

"Looking at the reaction, not just from the league but from other players and even from the Pittsburgh team themselves, I think they all concede that's not the kind of play we want in the game," Bowman said. (ChicagoBreakingSports)Manchester United to play the Fire?

EPLTalk.com is reporting that, according to an unnamed source, Manchester United is planning to play the Chicago Fire this summer. The game is tentatively scheduled for July 23rd, but no location has been chosen. The leading possibilities are likely Soldier Field or Toyota park, however there was some noise earlier this year that there might be a Manchester United game at Wrigley field.

Even with all of the hype, though, no official sources have come out to confirm these reports. (Hot Time in Old Town)

Chicago Fire acquire defender

The Chicago Fire have acquired the rights to Yamith Cuesta in a trade with Chivas USA. In exchange for Cuesta, Chivas USA received a 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft selection. Cuesta will immediately be added to the team roster but, due to league and team policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Yamith is a gifted defender with size, speed and strong defensive skills, said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. Our defense will benefit from bringing in a young player with experience both in MLS and his native Colombia.(TribalFootball.com)

Expansion of the College Football Playoff field continues to seem inevitable

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Expansion of the College Football Playoff field continues to seem inevitable

There were six teams deserving of reaching the College Football Playoff this season. But there were only four spots.

But what if there were more spots?

An expansion of the Playoff field to eight teams has seemed inevitable from the day the four-team system was announced. Four more Playoff games means oodles more TV viewers, which means oodles more dollars.

And then we wouldn't be having all these arguments, either — but that's nonsense because of course we would, trying to figure out who got snubbed from the expanded bracket.

But this season's emphasis on the conference-champion debate might kick the efforts to expand the Playoff into high gear. Just take it from NCAA president Mark Emmert.

Now, technically speaking, there are 10 FBS conferences, each of which crowns a champion at the end of every football season. Emmert is obviously referring to the Power Five conferences: the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, Pac-12 and SEC. He might want to pick his words a bit more carefully, considering he represents the other five conferences — the American, Conference USA, the MAC, the Mountain West and the Sun Belt — too, but his point remains understood.

This season has sparked a ton of controversy as the Playoff selection committee opted for the first time to include a team that did not win its conference, Ohio State, and it picked the Buckeyes over the Big Ten champs, Penn State. Plus, Big 12 champion Oklahoma was passed over in favor of non-champion Ohio State, too, actually falling behind another non-champion from the Big Ten, Michigan, in the final Playoff rankings.

With that decision brought the reasonable question of how much a conference championship should matter in getting a team into the final four and competing for a national championship.

The Playoff committee's mission is to pick the country's four best teams, and there aren't many people out there that will argue that Ohio State isn't one of the country's four best teams. But there's something to be said for winning a conference championship because if the Buckeyes can waltz into the Playoff without even playing in the Big Ten title game, why even have a conference championship game — besides, obviously, earning one more night of big-time TV money.

And so the call for an expanded Playoff bracket has reached perhaps its greatest volume in the short time the Playoff has existed. The obvious solution to Power Five conference champions continually being boxed out is to lock in five spots on the bracket for the five conference champions. Then, guarantee a spot for the highest-ranked team from the Group of Five conferences, and you're left with two "at-large" spots that this season would've gone to Ohio State and Michigan, two of the highest-profile programs in the country sure to drive TV viewership in battles against conference-champion Alabama, Clemson, Washington, Penn State and Oklahoma teams. And P.J. Fleck's undefeated Western Michigan squad takes the final slot.

That's quite the field. But if you think it would've solved all this year's problems, you're wrong. Still there would've been outcry that red-hot USC didn't make the field. The Trojans are playing so well that they could very well win the whole thing, despite their three early season losses. That debate over snubs will exist forever, no matter the size of the field, something we see play out each and every season in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Also, what a damper an expanded bracket would put on the final few weeks of the regular season. Ohio State's game against Michigan, the highest-rated game of the college football season with more than 16 million people watching, would've been effectively meaningless. No matter who won or lost, both teams would've made that eight-team field, right?

Additionally, another round of Playoff football would expand the season to 16 games for some teams. That means more physical demands on student-athletes and a season cutting deep into January, which would impact their educational and time demands.

But again, an expansion of the Playoff bracket has always seemed inevitable. There's too much money to be made, and at the same time fans seem to be all about that idea. People love the postseason for good reason, and the win-or-go-home nature of the NFL playoffs make those games the most-watched sporting events of the year.

Now the NCAA president is chiming in with hopes of an expanded field. So really isn't it just a matter of time?

Road Ahead: Blackhawks dealing with rash of injuries

Road Ahead: Blackhawks dealing with rash of injuries

CSN's Chris Boden and Tracey Myers have the latest on the Blackhawks in the Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

From an injury standpoint, it's been a tough few weeks for the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks are down two key players in captain Jonathan Toews and goaltender Corey Crawford, and now may be without defenseman Brent Seabrook who sustained an upper-body injury in Tuesday's victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

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While the Blackhawks haven't had much luck on the injury front, their upcoming two opponents are in the same boat.

"You look at the New York Rangers, a very talented team, but this is what every team goes through every season. Your depth gets tested," Myers said.

Check out what else Boden and Myers had to say about the team's upcoming matchups in this week's Honda Road Ahead