Word on the Street: Jerry Angelo said what?

Word on the Street: Jerry Angelo said what?

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011
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Soldier Field getting turf makeover?

After numerous complaints about the poor footing at Soldier Field this season, the Bears might do something about it as general manager Jerry Angelo stated the franchise will evaluate its playing surface.

"We'll talk about it. We talked about it last year," Angelo said. "And I know that Ted (Phillips) said he wants to get more comfortable in the research, and he has done a lot of research. And I'm not ruling it out, and we'll do our due diligence again with the research. Everyone wants a fast surface. I don't think any NFL teams wants to play with three inches of grass on the field. Everybody is looking for that and we're no different. So we'll convene, go through that again and see what the results are based on the studies and going forth." (chicagobreakingsports.com)
Of course, Angelo's comments on Thursday might have to be taken with a grain of salt. After all, he did question the Bears abilities, stating: "I don't see this as a team of great talent."
Urlacher earns NFL honors

Brian Urlacher has been named NFL defensive player of the month for December - and one game in January. Urlacher recorded 49 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and three passes defensed. This is Urlacher's first career player of the month award and second straight for the Bears after Julius Peppers earned the honor in November. The middle linebacker was selected to his seventh Pro Bowl. (profootballtalk.com)

Cubs Convention packed with events, still not sold out

More than 50 current and former members of the Cubs, coaches and prospects are scheduled to attend the organization's annual three-day fan fest next week.

At this year's convention - the 26th of its kind - current Cubs hurlers will discuss the evolution of pitching. Aramis Ramirez, Starlin Castro and Carlos Pena will talk about their heritage in a session called, "The Dominican Way of Life."

Want to test out the Cubs new manager and his staff? Attend "The Q Factor" where Mike Quade, Mark Riggins, Rudy Jaramillo and others will give you insight to their techniques and philosophy. (cubs.mlb.com)

Get White Sox spring training tickets Friday

All single-game tickets for White Sox Cactus League games go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at the box office at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Glendale on Thursday, Feb. 17 and the first day of full-squad workouts is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 22. (azcentral.com)

Bulls' Jimmy Butler voted All-Star Game starter

Bulls' Jimmy Butler voted All-Star Game starter

Jimmy Butler is heading to his third straight All-Star Game, and for the first time he'll be in the Eastern Conference's starting lineup.

CSNChicago.com Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill reported that Butler was voted an All-Star starter.

Butler has been sensational this season, averaging a career-best 24.8 points (tied for the 10th-best mark in the league entering Thursday's games), 6.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per contest through 41 games. He's shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from 3-point range.

Butler previously made Eastern Conference All-Star squads in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, though this is his first time in the starting five.

High School Lites Week 8 basketball capsules

High School Lites Week 8 basketball capsules

CSN Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school basketball games across Chicagoland for another basketball edition of High School Lites. Catch the show live at 11 p.m. Friday on CSN and streaming at CSNChicago.com. This week's show has a lot of action between ranked teams as we have some important conference matchups on High School Lites. I'll be between two games this week with a solid rematch in the Mid-Suburban West between No. 20 Conant and No. 10 Fremd while No. 9 Marist heads to No. 24 Benet for a good game in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. We'll also have highlights from the Red-South, Central Suburban South, SouthWest Suburban Red, South Suburban Blue and Kishwaukee River. Our's Viewer's Choice Game of the Week heads to the Catholic League South as No. 23 Brother Rice heads to Bishop McNamara. And this week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek as the Harvard commit is coming off of a career-high 29-point performance last week.

THURSDAY

No. 1 Simeon at Bogan, 5:00 p.m. -- The Wolverines (17-0, 7-0) are already coming off of two wins this week over Fenwick and Harlan as the starters rested over Harlan in that win. The Bengals (12-6, 4-3) remain a dangerous team as they've played better ball since Jerome Bynum became eligible. 

FRIDAY

No. 20 Conant at No. 10 Fremd, 6:00 p.m. -- A big rematch in the Mid-Suburban West that saw Fremd win on the road earlier this season. The Vikings (16-0, 5-0) have one of the best defenses in the area as Ryan Martin did a great job defending Jimmy Sotos from Conant in the last matchup. The Cougars (15-3, 4-1) are trying to bounce back after a loss to Prospect as they're hoping to tie the MSL West race.

No. 9 Marist at No. 24 Benet, 7:30 p.m. -- The East Suburban Catholic Conference remains one of the toughest conferences in the Chicagoland area as this one should be good. Marist (19-1, 3-0) had their unbeaten streak broken on Tuesday against Brother Rice but senior big man Justin Brown had a huge game and should be a factor. Benet (14-5, 2-1) is trying to stay in the ESCC picture as seniors Jack Nolan and Liam Lyman are both playing good ball.

No. 16 Thornton at Thornwood, 6:30 p.m. -- The SouthWest Suburban Blue rivalry game should be a good one. Thornton (12-4, 4-0) is led by senior Alonzo Verge as he's putting together some big performances this season. Thornwood (7-8, 1-2) is trying to stay in the conference race at this point as they're coming off a loss to T.F. North.

Hillcrest at T.F. South, 7:00 p.m. -- Two 7-0 teams clash in the South Suburban Blue in this one. Hillcrest (12-5, 7-0) is looking to climb back into the CSN Preps Power Rankings as they're still a big threat in Class 3A. T.F. South (10-7, 7-0) is the surprise team in the mix in the conference as both teams are tied with T.F. North in the standings.

Marengo at Burlington Central, 7:00 p.m. -- We make a trip to the Kishwaukee River as the top two teams in the conference clash. But this game comes with a twist: Marengo (14-4, 2-0) lost at Burlington Central (16-1, 2-0) on Monday in the championship game of the Rockets' annual event. This time, the game counts in the standings as Burlington Central stopped Marengo's seven-game winning streak earlier this week.

No. 2 Evanston at Niles North, 7:30 p.m. -- The Wildkits (14-2, 4-0) are still unbeaten against Illinois teams as they have one of their tougher Central Suburban South games on the road at Niles North. Senior Nojel Eastern has plenty of weapons around him this season as Evanston continues to look very balanced. The Vikings (12-7, 2-2) are coming off of a 1-1 Monday at the Lake Zurich tournament as they try to stay with the Wildkits in league play.

Viewer's Choice Game of the Week

No. 23 Brother Rice at Bishop McNamara, 7:15 p.m. -- Our Viewer's Choice Game of the Week goes to the Catholic League South as the red-hot Crusaders (16-3, 4-0) head to Bishop McNamara. Brother Rice earned a huge win over previously-unbeaten Marist  on Tuesday as Mike Shepski and Josh Niego continue to have strong seasons. McNamara (13-4, 3-1) is right there with Brother Rice and Leo in the Catholic South race as they try to make a move here.