Word on the Street: Canucks brass seek shelter

Word on the Street: Canucks brass seek shelter

Thursday, April 21, 2011
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Canucks brass seek shelter

Reports surfaced earlier this week that some vocal Blackhawks fans seated near Vancouver execs at the United Center were showering some of the Canucks brass with taunts and foul language. Now, in response, said executives are requesting seats in a protected area of the United Center if the series should go to a sixth game and travel back to Chicago.

We shouldnt be sitting there to begin with, Vancouver GM Mike Gillis said when asked about the incident. You can only take so much abuse for so long, and I took it longer than I normally would.
(The Toronto Globe and Mail)

Bears work at Halas Hall practice field

Well, kind of. Because of the NFL Lockout the Bears weren't able to begin their voluntary workout program as scheduled, but work is still being done at Halas Hall - by landscapers. The natural grass practice fields have been ripped up and a crew is now working to install a new surface. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Less black players in MLB

Major League Baseball is still recognized as the most racially integrated professional sport in the United States. However, despite the diversity of the sport, the percentage of black players dropped to 8.5 percent on opening day this season. That's down from 10 percent at the beginning of last season - the lowest percentage since 2007.

MLB also admits it needs to hire more women into professional positions within the league.

"MLB has made great strides with diversity in who runs the game, and today is one of the best in sports," said Richard Lapchick of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida.. "However, there is clearly room for improvement, especially regarding hiring more women into professional positions." (Associated Press)

Rose a mini-LeBron?

The praise for the Bulls' young point guard, Derrick Rose, continues to grow. He has been called the league MVP by everyone from Charles Barkley to LeBron James. Now, he's even being compared to the latter of those two.

NBA TV analyst Greg Anthony told the Indianapolis Star that Rose is comparable to James - and even Shaquille O'Neal - because of one thing...

"I've likened (Rose) to (Shaquille O'Neal) in his prime and LeBron James in that he physically intimidates his opponents," Anthony said. "Physically, he's as gifted as anybody we've ever had play the position of point guard. He also adds a tremendous skill-set to go along with it." (Indianapolis Star)

Prior back to the DL

After being promoted from single-A to triple-A in the Yankees farm system, things appeared to be looking up for former Cubs phenom Mark Prior. Unfortunately, he now finds himself back on the disabled list; this time for a strained groin muscle. The good news here is that the injury is not in his arm and the Yankees expect he will quickly recover from the pulled groin. If he does, there's a good chance he could see the big leagues this season as a part of the Yankees bullpen. (Hardball Talk)

The time Addison Russell froze up after getting a text from Eddie George

The time Addison Russell froze up after getting a text from Eddie George

Plenty of Cubs fans surely were star-struck to meet Addison Russell at Cubs Convention last weekend. But the 22-year-old All-Star shortstop has a shortlist of people he would be amazed to meet, too. 

Russell reveres President Barack Obama, on Friday the outgoing Commander-in-Chief’s work in the community when talking about getting to visit the White House. So on Monday, Russell got to check off meeting one of the people on his list. 

“There’s probably about three people that I would be star-struck by, and (Obama’s) one of them,” Russell said. 

One of those three spots is “open,” Russell said. The other member of that list is former Ohio State and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George. 

Russell wears his No. 27 because of George, who wore that number during his career in which he made four Pro Bowls and rushed for over 10,000 yards and 78 touchdowns. Prior to the 2016 season, George sent Russell and autographed Titans helmet inscribed with good luck message.

After the season, Russell said George texted him seeing if the newly-crowned champion had time to chill. Few things rattled Russell last year — he became the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the World Series when he blasted one in Game 6 against the Cleveland Indians last November — but getting a text from George did. 

“I couldn’t text back,” Russell said. “It was nuts. I waited four days because I was thinking of what back to say.”

Even the most famous athletes still get star-struck. Russell’s been lucky enough in the last few months to meet and hear from two of the people who bring out that sense of awe in him. 

“Just to come in contact with people like that, it just makes me smile,” Russell said. “It definitely gets me in the mood of getting better, and that’s the goal this year, is getting better.” 

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from Monday:

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Avalanche tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls host Mavericks in search of third straight win

Cubs meet President Obama in unforgettable, symbolic White House visit: ‘They said this day would never come’

Blackhawks' rough weekend 'a little bit of a wake-up call'

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

Reports: Dolphins assistant Jeremiah Washburn to be Bears' new O-line coach

Does Cubs president Theo Epstein have a future in politics?

President Obama, with Cubs at White House: 'Among Sox fans, I'm the Cubs' No. 1 fan'

At Cubs' White House visit, President Obama touts Michelle Obama's Cubs fandom, shouts out Jose Cardenal

Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty