Word on the Street: Rose joins Japan relief effort

Word on the Street: Rose joins Japan relief effort

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Derrick Rose joins NBA Japan relief effort

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is just the latest NBA star to pledge to donate 1,000 for every point they score in this weekend's games. Pau Gasol (L.A. Lakers), LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), and Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) are also participating in the NBA charity effort.

If Rose scores at his season average of 24.9 points during this weekends two games, the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief effort will be 50,000 richer.

"When disaster strikes we are all on the same team," Rose said in a statement. "Right now were all pulling for the people of Japan... We need to step up and help however we can." (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Mayweather wins hefty bet on Bulls game

Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. just won some money courtesy of Derrick Rose. The undefeated boxer put down 41,000 on the second half of last night's game between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks.

His winnings? A cool 37,272.75.

Mayweather tweeted, "My lil brother Derrick Rose will always get you Paid," along with a picture of his betting slip. (BusinessInsider.com)
MJ restaurant returns to Chicago

After a 12-year absence, a Michael Jordan-branded restaurant is returning to Chicago. His Airness will open Michael Jordan's Steak House in late summer in the second-floor dining room and ground-floor bar area of the InterContinental Chicago on North Michigan Avenue.

This would be the third Michael Jordan's steakhouse. The Connecticut venture is in the Mohegan Sun casino and another location in New York City's Grand Central Terminal.

In 2004, Jordan said he wanted a more visible downtown location for his steakhouse, and seven years later, that's exactly what he's getting.

If the menu in any way resembles that of the New York and Connecticut menues, macaroni n' cheese will be served. (Chicago Breaking Business)

Yard sale at Scottie Pippen's house!

The current owners of Scottie Pippen's mansion in Highland Park invited the general public to the property and put just about every belonging inside on sale. That included trading cards, cabinets, used towels, and Beanie Babies.

Shoppers began lining up at the door at about 6:30 a.m. for the sale that didn't start until 9 a.m. (Yahoo Sports)

Ochocinco begins his MLS tryout

Chad Ochocinco began his four-day trial with Sporting Kansas City today. The Begnals receiver, who's looking for something to do in the NFL lockout, was reportedly moving fluidly on the field. Forty media members watched him getting individual instruction from assistant coach Zoran Savic.

Ochocinco seems to like spending time with Sporting Kansas City tweeting, "What an awesome place Kansas City is, just getting here and it feels like home already, superb hospitality." (Pro Football Talk)

New Organist at U.S. Cellular?

A new organist is scheduled to sit at the organ at U.S. Cellular Field, filling the legendary shoes of Nancy Faust. Faust was the White Sox organist for the past 40 years.

Lori Moreland will start at U.S. Cellular Field on Opening Day on April 7. She's been going over her 100 plus tune repertoire, including Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer," "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," and other pop songs in addition to the baseball staple "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

"If I don't get that one right, I'll be in big trouble," she said. "But I've got that one down pat for sure." (Chicago Tribune)

Buddy Ryan Battling Cancer

Former Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan was recently diagnosed with cancer. New York Jets coach Rex Ryan told the New York Daily News about his father's recent diagnosis.

Although Rex did not specify what type of cancer his father was diagnosed with, he said that it is a different form of cancer than the melanoma he haw beaten twice.

"It's going to take more than this to get rid of him," Rex told the New York Daily News. "That's what he always says. He's tougher than (s---)." (CSNChicago.com)

Buckeyes going back to College Football Playoff, will face Clemson in Fiesta Bowl

Buckeyes going back to College Football Playoff, will face Clemson in Fiesta Bowl

The College Football Playoff field is set, and for the second time in three years, the Ohio State Buckeyes will compete for a national championship.

The selection committee revealed the four-team field for this season's Playoff, with Ohio State coming at No. 3. The Buckeyes will battle No. 2 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. The other Playoff semifinal pits No. 1 Alabama against No. 4 Washington in the Peach Bowl.

While Ohio State has been considered one of the best teams in the country throughout the season, the Buckeyes' inclusion in the Playoff field is not without controversy, as they are the first team to play in the Playoff without winning their conference championship. But Ohio State had a sterling resume with three wins over top-10 teams: Michigan, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. The Buckeyes' lone loss came against a top-10 Penn State team.

The 2014 national champion, Ohio State returns to the Playoff after missing out last season. Big Ten champion Michigan State represented the conference last year, getting crushed by Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. Two years ago, the Buckeyes beat the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl and then beat the Oregon Ducks in the national championship game.

Big Ten champion Penn State, which won the conference title game Saturday night with an instant-classic comeback victory over Wisconsin, ended up fifth and was left off the bracket. So too was sixth-ranked Michigan, which didn't compete for a conference championship but was ranked fifth in the final set of rankings prior to Sunday's bracket reveal. The Nittany Lions and Wolverines combined for five wins over top-10 teams this season.

There was plenty of conversation that red-hot Penn State could surge into the Playoff, just like Ohio State did two years ago. The Lions are riding a nine-game winning streak, defeated Ohio State earlier in the season and claimed the championship in what has been the hands-down best conference in college football this season. And boy did they impress Saturday night in their most recent showing, erasing a three-touchdown deficit to come back and beat Wisconsin.

Michigan, too, had a mighty compelling case to make. The Wolverines, owners of one of the best defenses in the country all season long, beat three top-10 teams during the regular season and took the No. 2 team in the country to double overtime just last weekend.

But in the end, we did not get the first Playoff field to feature two teams from the same conference. Penn State and Michigan will learn their bowl fates — likely going to New Year's Six bowl games — later Sunday.

Big Ten poll update: Penn State jumps Michigan in last pre-Playoff AP poll

Big Ten poll update: Penn State jumps Michigan in last pre-Playoff AP poll

The College Football Playoff selection committee will reveal the four-team Playoff field shortly, but in the AP poll, Big Ten champion Penn State did vault ahead of Michigan.

The Nittany Lions, fresh off their instant-classic comeback win in Saturday night's Big Ten title game, jumped up three spots, from No. 8 to No. 5, passing the Wolverines, who dropped from No. 5 to No. 6 with no game to play this weekend.

Who knows if that will be the thinking of the committee or if Penn State's performance Saturday was impressive enough to get it above Washington or Clemson and into the final four.

In the AP poll Sunday, Ohio State checked in at No. 2 behind No. 1 Alabama. The Buckeyes didn't play Saturday either, but those top two spots figure to be how the top two spots of the Playoff field will look. Clemson and Washington stayed the Nos. 3 and 4 teams in the poll, which seems to be a likely possibility in the Playoff, as well.

Wisconsin, defeated by Penn State on Saturday night, dropped just two spots from No. 6 to No. 8, jumped by Penn State and Oklahoma, which was victorious in its regular-season finale against Oklahoma State, claiming the Big 12 championship in the process.

Iowa moved up one spot from No. 22 to No. 21, while Nebraska dropped a spot from No. 23 to No. 24. Neither team played this weekend.