Word on the Street: Should Bears take flyer on Moss?

Word on the Street: Should Bears take flyer on Moss?

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

Should the Bears take a flyer on Randy Moss?

Everybody seems to have mixed opinions on the matter. CSNChicago's own John "Moon" Mullin thinks it could be disastrous and the thought of having Moss and Cutler in the same huddle is "frightening."

Brian Urlacher says it wouldn't hurt his feelings at all when asked about adding Moss to the Bears on the Dan Patrick show on CSN this morning.

Chicago Tribune's Dan Pompei believes the Bears should at least be considering Moss, but also said the enigmatic WR would need to go to a "contending team with a void at wide receiver, a strong head coach, a secure quarterback whose leadership is unquestioned and an offensive scheme that will allow him to do his thing."

Kyle Koster of the Chicago Sun-Times feels Moss is the last thing the Bears need, citing the weak offensive line as the most prime need first and foremost. (CSNChicago.com, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times)

Still interested in Sosa's corked bat?

If you were interested in buying Sammy Sosa's corked bat from June 3, 2003 but wasn't able to attend the auction Sunday night, you're in luck. The infamous bat didn't sell.

The bat, which has been the property of former Cubs reliever Mike Remlinger since '03, was originally priced for 15,000, but the highest bid was for 14,407. The bat is now either going to be sold to the highest bidder or will be sold privately. (ABC News)

Is Adam Dunn a good fit in the Windy City?
The Cubbies Crib blog analyzes whether prized free agent Adam Dunn is worth it for the North Siders, as he will likely command a pretty penny for a team that is supposed to be cutting back on payroll. Writer Jordan Campbell offers three cheaper options, including Aubrey Huff, who just won a World Series ring with the Giants. (CubbiesCrib.com)

Five Chicago baseball prospects named to AFL Rising Stars game

Outfielder Jared Mitchell, infielder Eduardo Escobar and pitcher Anthony Carter of the White Sox' organization and pitcher Chris Carpenter and infielder Josh Vitters of the Cubs' organziation were all named to play in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game that will take place on Saturday. (Chicago Tribune)

Marlins set to sign Rodriguez as manager

The Florida Marlins are expected to announce Edwin Rodriguez as the organization's new manager as early as Wednesday. Reports came out late last week indicating the Marlins were very interested in White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen and would even be willing to trade top outfield prospect Mike Stanton for the outspoken manager, but those reports were found to be untrue. (Palm Beach Post)

Warner has some words of advice for Cutler

Kurt Warner, a product of the "Greatest Show on Turf" in St. Louis with current Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, has a few words of advice for current Chicago QB Jay Cutler.
Warner said Cutler is "a perfect fit from a confidence, from an ability standpoint."

"But where I think it has to adjust is he's got to be able to anticipate within that offense and see things ahead of time, throw the ball before a guy gets open, trust the guy to come open or move to his next read. That's where I see him struggling right now within that offense." (LA Times)
Texans waive Ogunleye

Defensive end Adawale Ogunleye, a former Bears player, was placed on waivers by the Houston Texans Tuesday. The Texans also picked up former Bear DE Mark Anderson when he was dropped from Chicago earlier this season. (Chicago Tribune)

Sky nab third pick in WNBA draft

The Chicago Sky, who finished 14-20 last season, wound up with the third pick in the 2011 WNBA draft. The Minnesota Lynx will pick first, followed by the Tulsa Shock. (Chicago Tribune)

Griffins hope to avoid 'sick feeling' going forward after blowout loss to Bradley

Griffins hope to avoid 'sick feeling' going forward after blowout loss to Bradley

Not all losses are created equal.

When Lincoln-Way East suffered a 35-30 defeat in Week 3 to Homewood-Flossmoor, the Griffins took positives away from the loss. They had held a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, battled back from adversity in the second half and had a chance to win the game in the final minute. Even that loss in retrospect appeared acceptable – if there ever was an acceptable loss – as the Vikings are currently 8-0 and in their other seven wins have outscored their opponents by an average of 38 points.

By Week 3 the Griffins were still acclimating to the unique situation of playing at game speed with a host of Lincoln-Way North students who had transferred in the offseason. They had a defense made up almost entirely of first-year starters, and the offense was still rotating quarterbacks Jake Arthur and Max Shafer to figure out how to maximize their talent. By many standards the Griffins went toe-to-toe for 48 minutes with a team also considered to be a favorite for a state title.

The same couldn’t be said for the Griffins’ effort last Friday night in Bradley.

An esteemed program with a 2005 state title and 16 consecutive playoff appearances to their resume, it isn’t often the Griffins are embarrassed on Friday night. But those were the words head coach Rob Zvonar used in his postgame speech to the team following their 38-21 loss to the undefeated Boilermakers.

“We chose to play the game,” Zvonar began. “Which means you play it to the greatest of your ability and you honor each other, God, everybody by your play. And we didn’t do that tonight.”

There were plenty of reasons the Griffins suffered their second loss of the season. That is came in such blowout fashion was the bigger surprise. The Boilermakers found the end zone on their first two possessions, rallying behind a raucous home crowd hoping to see their team go 8-0 for the first time in school history.

The Griffins defense, which had allowed 27 points the previous three weeks combined, were on their heels as the Boilermakers used misdirection and a few trick plays to set up the short touchdown runs.

The Griffins offense moved down the field on their fourth possession, moving inside the Boilermakers red zone looking to get on the board. But Iowa commit Camron Harrell stepped in front of a Griffins screen pass on 4th down and returned it 89 yards for a score. On the final play of the first quarter, with the Griffins moving again, Damien Williams read a route and picked off Jake Arthur, returning it 53 yards for a score to give the Boilermakers a shocking 28-0 lead after 12 minutes.

After a spirited halftime speech from Zvonar, the Griffins came out firing in the second half, scoring on a touchdown run from Nigel Muhammad and a Jeremy Nelson 27-yard reception from Arthur. But the Boilermakers weathered the storm each time Lincoln-Way East attempted a comeback. The Griffins only got as close as 14 points late in the fourth quarter.

“I think we came into this game not ready,” said Muhammad, who finished with 164 yards on 24 carries. “But we’re all a team and we all accept this loss together.”

Added senior Jack Carroll, who finished with a team-high nine tackles: “We have this sick feeling in our stomach right now but the best thing is (next) Friday we can come back and get it out of our stomach. If we lose again in the playoffs then we’ll have that sick feeling in our stomach for the rest of our lives.”

That’s now the reality for the Griffins, and a silver lining if there ever could be one for such a blowout loss. With the playoffs a mere week away – the Griffins defeated Lockport on Friday to finish the regular season 7-2 – the feeling each of them felt getting on the bus back to Frankfort will linger with them and act as a reminder of how quickly things can slip away.

“We’re trying to put this behind us,” said Max Shafer. “We’re going to try to get hot and make a run in the playoffs.”

In a loaded 8A class, the Griffins’ two regular-season losses have already knocked them down in the seeding process. While any loss before Week 9 means little in the long run – the Griffins locked up a playoff berth weeks ago – it also means a more difficult road to Champaign. But that’s the reality for Zvonar’s group, and whether it’s a defense playing faster or an offense avoiding costly mistakes, the Griffins are running out of time to right the ship.

But Zvonar believes such a loss as the team suffered last Friday night can act as the catalyst to doing just that. The Griffins have established themselves as one of the state’s premier programs, and that means not riding the highs too high, and not breaking apart when the lows come. Last Friday night was as low as Zvonar had seen any of his 16 teams, but the silver lining occurred in that his squad now knows what it has to do to avoid it when it’s win or go home.

“What we also think is that the program is built on a solid foundation, so when you take a little hit like that you battle back and you go back to what you believe in and what you know can be successful. And that’s fundamentals and keeping things simple, and the kids have bounced back and they’re not acceptable to them what occurred to them, so very proud of their effort and the way they’re working.

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