Word on the Street: Cubs looking to the bleachers

Word on the Street: Cubs looking to the bleachers

Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
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Cubs drop prices on bleacher seats

Even with a 62-81 record, the Cubs have managed to bring in 2.8 million fans this year, showing definite promise to hit the 3 million mark by the end of the season. However, attendance hasnt been as hot in the bleachers, worrying the franchise about how the crowd will appear on television. The team is planning on lowering the cost of the bleacher seats next season, hoping to raise the 500 person-per-game drop the section is experiencing. The new cost for tickets has not been released yet. (HardballTalk)

Jordan: Best team in NBA 2K12?

Michael Jordan shows off quite a bit of bling and the success of the Bulls throughout the years. In his latest commercial for NBA 2K12, Jordan challenges fans to find a more successful team to take to the court. Will you go with the 96 Chicago Bulls? (YouTube)

Barber out for Sunday

The Bears have confirmed that Marion Barber will be out for Sundays game opener against the Atlanta Falcons due to his calf injury. Cory Wootton is listed as questionable, but is unlikely to play. Wootton was injured in a preseason game and is recovering from knee surgery. (ChicagoTribune)

LaHair back in the lineup

The Cubs are giving Bryan LaHair another chance to show what hes got. Hell be playing tonight at Citi Field, taking the place of Tyler Colvin who has been playing against right-handers.

Casey Coleman will be on the mound tonight, shooting to get his first win. Darwin Barney is back in the lineup after missing Wednesdays game for the birth of his daughter. (ChicagoTribune)

Canucks responsible for rioting costs?

As if losing game 7 of the Stanley Cup Championships wasnt difficult enough, the Canucks are now taking heat from the mayor of Vancouver for riots that broke out after their loss to Boston. Due to the citys large bills for the clean up and repair of buildings, mayor Gregor Robertson has asked the team to cover part of the cost. The city hopes to meet with the team and NHL to discuss a possible outcome that everyone can agree on. (ProHockeyTalk)
Dodgers bid called a publicity stunt

The shocking 1.2 billion offer for the LA Dodgers was called a publicity stunt by Frank McCourts lawyer. It is believed that McCourt has not responded to the bid in any way. He claims he still has no intentions to sell his team. (HardballTalk)

Artemi Panarin shows off Duncan Keith's Russian singing skills

Artemi Panarin shows off Duncan Keith's Russian singing skills

Duncan Keith isn't quitting his day job anytime soon, but maybe he can moonlight as a Russian singer.

Artemi Panarin — Keith's Blackhawks teammate and a native of Korkino, Russia — posted an Instagram video Friday of Keith signing along to a song called "Gop-Stop:"

Канадский #розенбаум 😂 Canadian #singer @dk_2_

A video posted by @artemiypanarin on

Here's the YouTube video of the song, which is a famous Russian gangster song:

This is exactly what social media was made for: Bringing worlds together for the amusement and entertainment of others.

Also, hat/tip to Keith for his quality singing/rapping skills.

Dwyane Wade not buying into the Bosh to Bulls speculation

Dwyane Wade not buying into the Bosh to Bulls speculation

ATLANTA — One of the reasons Dwyane Wade was so attractive to the Bulls in free agency was a perceived ability to bring other stars along with him at some point.

Enter Chris Bosh and an ESPN rumor that states the Bulls would be first in line if Bosh becomes free from the Miami Heat on March 1. 

Bosh hasn't played for the Heat in nearly a year after a reoccurrence of blood clots, which could ultimately be deadly. Bosh and the Heat are at an impasse; Bosh wants to play, believing he's found a medication that could work for him and his condition, while the Heat don't feel it's prudent or safe for him to suit up. 

Thus, the impasse.

Since Wade and Bosh are former teammates — and Bosh appeared at the United Center earlier this month for a Bulls-Raptors game — the Bulls seem like they could be a natural destination should he become free.

"Who came up with that? I don't know. I play with the Bulls and I don't even know that," Wade said after the morning shootaround at Philips Arena in Atlanta. "That's news to me, he's one of my good friends. The biggest thing with Chris is the same thing, you know, is his health. He's not even playing basketball right now. He's going to continue on his health and I think that's what he's doing."

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The Heat can get Bosh off their salary cap Feb. 9th, the anniversary of the last game he played for them. Bosh played 53 games last year after playing 44 in the 2014-15 season, when the blood clot issue first appeared.

A player averaging 20 points and 7.2 rebounds — Bosh's numbers in the 97 games he's played since LeBron James left the Miami Heat in free agency — would be a boon, but as Wade said, his health has to come first for Bosh and whatever franchise is potentially looking at him.

It's already tricky enough when involving Bosh's desire to play and his support from the NBPA, but the NBA doesn't want to have a player potentially die on their watch, making it more difficult for a prospective team to step in and offer Bosh.

"Basketball is something he loves and I'm sure somewhere in the back of his mind he would love to be able to do again," Wade said. "But I know his steps and he's that moment is not here now. I can't even talk about next year."

Wade said the thought of Bosh coming to Chicago hasn't come up in their recent conversations, although even if it had, Wade wouldn't be the one to stoke the flames of speculation when there's so many other hurdles to clear.

"I talk to him. A lot of the issue with the Heat is at the end of the day he has something serious and they want to make sure it's not life-threatening and then it goes from there," Wade said. "Things are said and things are done, but at the end of the day, as I've always said about Chris, I know Chris is worried about his health first.

"He has a family that he loves and he wants to make sure that he's as healthy and whole as he can but also he loves the game of basketball so when that day comes there are always going to be stories about guys where they have friends at."