Word on the Street: Peavy relieved, disturbed

Word on the Street: Peavy relieved, disturbed

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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Peavy disturbed by latest pain

After learning that he experienced only discomfort from scar tissue stemming from his surgery to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle nine months ago, Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy felt an array of emotions.

"I guess it was good news, but personally disappointing for me," Peavy told reporters Wednesday in the visitor's clubhouse at Tropicana Field. "I felt I wasnt far away and was feeling so good. To feel something close to what I felt before I blew it out at the repair site (below the right shoulder) was a disturbing thing." (chicagosports.com)

Korver wants another shot at Barkley

The Bulls guard wants another chance after being caught off guard when asking TNT analyst Charles Barkley a question for their "Ask Charles" segment during Game 2.

I had to do it on the spot, Korver said Wednesday. That was the first thing that came to my mind. If I had more time to think about it, I was going to say: Ive heard you were a 6-foot-4 power forward. If thats the case, that makes you the same height as, like, Keith Bogans. So my question to you, Charles, is: If I saw you and Keith Bogans walking down the street, who would be taller?

Barkley was listed at 6-6 but said hes 6-4 . Thats about three inches shorter than Korver, who rarely ventures into the lane. (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Blackhawks fans abuse Canucks executives?

A change to the seating arrangements in the United Center for the playoffs led to the Vancouver management contingent being seated right above some of the more rabid fans in the cheap seats, and not surprisingly once the Hawks got up in the game they became quite bellicose.

And they did so using the most foul language one might imagine.

By the time your agent arrived, fully four rows of people largely dressed in Blackhawk jerseys were turned around and hurling abuse largely directed at Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman, but everyone else seated in the box as well, including Stan Smyl and Lorne Henning.

We took it for a couple of periods before somebody got fed up and said, 'Why don't you shut up and go back to your mother's basement?' and of course that really got them going, said Gilman. It's pretty tiring hearing that over a long night. (theprovince.com)

Northwestern vs. Stanford

The Wildcats announced they will open a four-game football series with the Stanford Cardinal in 2019. The first game will be played in Evanston, then Northwestern travels to Palo Alto the following year. The two last met in 19994 when they played to a 41-41 tie. (washingtonpost.com)

NIU linebacker leaves hospital after being shot

Northern Illinois linebacker Devon Butler, who was shot in the upper back two weeks ago, was released from the hospital where he had been since April 6 to begin his recovery from the gunshot wound. His condition was serious or critical much of that time.

Any timetable for his return, if he can ever come back, remains unkown. Nobodys focusing on football with him right now, head coach Dave Doeren said. Two weeks ago, we didnt know if he was going to live. The big thing for him right now is not rushing him." (sportingnews.com)

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

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

The Bears have reportedly found a new offensive line coach.

According to multiple reports Monday, Jeremiah Washburn will become the team's new offensive line coach, replacing Dave Magazu.

Washburn worked as an assistant offensive line coach this past season with the Miami Dolphins under Adam Gase, the Bears' former offensive coordinator.

Prior to his season in South Florida, he spent seven seasons with the Detroit Lions, working three of them as the team's offensive line coach after three as an assistant offensive line coach.

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This past season, the Bears ranked 17th in the NFL in rushing with 1,735 yards as a team. Only eight teams allowed fewer sacks than the Bears, who saw quarterbacks dropped by opposing defenses just 28 times. Bears quarterbacks were hit 73 teams, also a top-10 mark in the league.

The Bears also committed a good number of holding penalties, 1.68 per game, which was only bested by seven teams.

Magazu was a longtime member of John Fox's staffs in Chicago, Denver and Carolina.

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

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

Patrick Kane was summing up the Blackhawks' weekend, one that didn't go well in terms of points.

"Good way to kind of judge ourselves, where we're at," he said Sunday night. "Might be a little bit of a wake-up call to see how good we really are."

Well, in a way, it is. You can't really compare Friday's loss to Washington and Sunday's loss to Minnesota on performance; the Blackhawks didn't show up for the first game and were much better in the second. Nevertheless, it was the same result in each. The Blackhawks' lengthy hold on first place in the Western Conference ended, with the Wild taking over following Sunday's 3-2 victory.

It's not a sound-the-alarm situation, but the Blackhawks are certainly cognizant of the missed opportunity last weekend and that they came up short against the league's best.

Artem Anisimov agreed with Kane's assessment.

"We just need to play better. All four lines need to play better in all areas of the ice. Just be better in the little things," Anisimov said. "Back check, put stick in the right position, box the guy out, short shifts. All little things need to be better."

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Many of the little things that were absent against the Capitals were back against the Wild. But coach Joel Quenneville wasn't happy with mistakes made on goals allowed, especially the first two. And while Kane and the second line were a consistent scoring threat against the Wild, the other three lines weren't. It's a problem that's plagued the Blackhawks a good deal this season, even when they were stringing together victories.

There is no reason to think that, because of this weekend's results, the Blackhawks are going to falter against strong teams. They've done well against others already this season. They beat Montreal earlier this season, when the Canadiens were healthy and steamrolling everyone. They beat the New York Rangers when the Rangers and former Blackhawks backup goaltender Antti Raanta were on their respective hot streaks.

Still, Kane's analysis is correct: This should get the Blackhawks' attention. The Wild have beaten the Blackhawks in eight consecutive regular-season games now and will face them three more times this season. They have two more meetings with the Edmonton Oilers, who beat them soundly in November.

The Blackhawks' long reign atop the Western Conference standings is over. They’re currently second in the Central Division, with an eight-point cushion over the St. Louis Blues. The Blackhawks have done fairly well this season. But this weekend was a reminder that they can be better.

"The game (on Friday) was kind of like a shock to the system thinking maybe you're one of the top teams in the league, or being able to compete with one of the top teams, and we obviously got thoroughly outplayed. We came back (Sunday night). It was pretty even in chances. We might've even had more so, just kind of didn't pull it out," Kane said. "But (when) you've played two of the better teams in the league and lose, there's got to be room for improvement, right?"