Word on the Street: Noah doubts Jackson's done

Word on the Street: Noah doubts Jackson's done

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010

Phil Jackson's last trip to Chicago?

Former Bulls head coach and current Lakers head coach Phil Jackson could be making his last visit to the United Center when the Bulls host Los Angeles Friday night. But at least one current Bull isn't holding his breath that the game will serve as Jackson's swan song.

"I feel like he says that a lot," Joakim Noah said, smiling. "Every year, he's always saying he's going to retire. For some reason, he always comes back. I think it's a smart thing to try to get his contract. He's smart with that kind of stuff. You never know." (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Brandon Webb is still Cubs' top target

After the Cubs signed Carlos Pena on Wednesday, reports surfaced that they were also attempting to trade for his former Rays teammate, Matt Garza. However, sources are currently indicating that former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb remains their No. 1 target.

Webb hasn't pitched since Opening Day of 2009 due to a shoulder injury that required surgery. (nbcsports.com)

Bill Veeck movie remains in limbo

A movie version of Bill Veeck's life remains in limbo after being put into development several years ago. Veeck, considered a baseball maverick, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991, five years after his death.

His son, Mike Veeck, along with Chicago-born actor Bill Murray discussed the current issues holding up the movie at the winter meetings this week - which include the fact that Ted Turner owned the original rights and the movie idea was tossed out during the AOL-Time Warner merger.

"When they merged, they threw out any vehicle that wouldn't make its money back overseas," Mike said. "They don't call them movies -- but vehicles. And guess what movies are the only ones that don't make money overseas? Baseball movies."

Will it ever get made?

"I think something will happen, but you just kind of let that stuff percolate," he said. "There's a lot of people that don't know him because of the age difference now. The redeeming thing is that fun is now even more heavily marketable. If I see one more corporation that led us down the primrose path selling fun and customer service, I'm going to throw up." (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Joe Maddon's mom could miss Game 3 of World Series at Wrigley due to delayed flight

Joe Maddon's mom could miss Game 3 of World Series at Wrigley due to delayed flight

The Cubs are hosting their first World Series game since Oct. 10, 1945 tonight, and there's an important family member that may not be in the stands for it.

Joe Maddon's mom, Beanie, was expected to be in attendance, but that's now in jeopardy after Maddon told reporters prior to the game that her flight from Philadelphia to Chicago was delayed due to an aircract that caught fire at O'Hare airport Friday afternoon.

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Operations have resumed, but it's unclear whether her flight will arrive in time for her to make Game 3 when the Cubs battle the Cleveland Indians.

Indians embrace potentially hostile Wrigley Field conditions for Game 3

Indians embrace potentially hostile Wrigley Field conditions for Game 3

With the city drunk on Cubs fever, the Cleveland Indians expect to face hostile conditions when storied Wrigley Field hosts its first World Series game since 1945 on Friday.

But Indians manager Terry Francona said the potential for an unreceptive atmosphere shouldn’t intimidate his club. Francona said Thursday that the makeup of the Indians, a group flush with veterans and and confident young stars, should help the team manage itself in the potentially Unfriendly Confines in Game 3 of the 2016 World Series. Josh Tomlin faces the Cubs Kyle Hendricks in the contest, which begins at 7:08 p.m. CST.

“It will be a tremendous atmosphere,” Francona said. “I don’t think there’s going to be a ton of people cheering for us. But then that’s where it comes in the feeling in the clubhouse because it is going to be us against the world (Friday), but us is pretty good. We have a good feeling. Everybody in there protects everybody else and takes care of everybody else.”

Wrigley Field promises to offer a surreal setting on Friday.

 The Cubs have never played a game this late in the calendar year and they haven’t been to this far in the postseason for several generations.

Fans were lined up for the Cubby Bear as early as 5 a.m. and other local watering holes reached full capacity 4-5 hours before first pitch with patrons paying ridiculous cover charges just to be able to watch the game live from Wrigleyville.

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Still, Cleveland isn’t unprepared for insane playing conditions. The Indians won their only game at always electric Fenway Park in the American League Division Series and then emerged victorious in two of three games at the insanely loud Rogers Centre in front of crowds of 49,507 and 48,800. Veteran first baseman Mike Napoli said he hoped the Indians might face the Cubs in the World Series just so he could experience Wrigley Field in October.

“It's a park you want to come to and play,” Napoli said. “I watched when they clinched to go to the World Series and how crazy it was and seeing the fans in the streets where they had to have police escorts. You could just see the crowd just part ways.

“So it's going to be fun. It's something that I wanted to be a part of, and thought that it would be an unbelievable World Series.”