Word on the Street: Versteeg to Philly?

Word on the Street: Versteeg to Philly?

Monday, Feb. 14, 2011
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Versteeg to Philly?

The Blackhawks-Flyers rivalry hasn't been all that heated until the two teams met on hockey's biggest stage in vying for the Stanley Cup last spring. However, that rivalry may be turning a bit more sour as Philadelphia has officially acquired Kris Versteeg from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for two draft picks.

Versteeg was an integral part of the Blackhawks squad that topped Philly last season, but was also part of the Chicago roster makeover during the summer that saw several key players leave the Windy City. (CSNPhilly.com)

Tice not going to Titans anytime soon

The Titans faxed a formal request to the Chicago Bears to interview assistant coach Mike Tice for the vacant offensive coordinator position in Tennessee. The Bears denied that request Monday, ensuring Tice will remain as the offensive line coach for the Monsters of the Midway for at least one more season. (Chicago Tribune)

Could your favorite Hawk be on the move?

With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, the Chicago Blackhawks could be making some moves, but some players may be easier to swap than others.

MidwestSportsFans.com broke down five Blackhawks who may very well be on the move over the next couple of weeks, including Dave Bolland and Brent Seabrook. (MidwestSportsFans.com)

Notre Dame QB Montana headed to Montana

Nate Montana, the son of legendary NFL quarterback Joe Montana, has officially left Notre Dame and enrolled at the University of Montana. There were rumors Montana would be headed to a new school and since he was enrolled at Montana by last Friday, he is eligible to participate in spring practice and play this fall. (Chicago Tribune)

Cubs, Smokies will be tied together through '14

The Chicago Cubs have extended their affiliation with the Tennessee Smokies through the 2014 season. The Smokies are currently the Cubs' Double-A affiliate and have been since they joined the organization in 2007 after spending two years with the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Chicago Tribune)

Road Ahead: Blackhawks play three home games before All-Star break

Road Ahead: Blackhawks play three home games before All-Star break

CSN's Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd preview the Blackhawks' three upcoming games in the Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

The Blackhawks have three home games before the NHL All-Star break, which takes place in Los Angeles.

The Blackhawks have dates between the Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Winnipeg Jets. All three opponents are out of the playoff picture, sand Steve Konroyd is looking for the Blackhawks to step up in a certain part of their game: scoring.

See what Boyle and Konroyd had to say in the video above.

Bears numbers don't indicate 3-13, yet still lie

Bears numbers don't indicate 3-13, yet still lie

In doing some post-season wrapping up of my Nerdy NFL Notebook as we begin turning the page to the 2017 season, part of it involves compiling where each team finished in big-picture team offensive and defensive categories: overall ranking (total yards), as well as team rushing and passing ranks on both sides of the ball.

So if the Bears wound up ranked 15th overall in total yards gained and allowed, they should've finished…oh, 8-8, right? It adds to the deception of some of the deeper issues that focus on a lack of playmakers, which tied into their inability to make plays when it matters most. In John Fox's 9-23 start, 18 of those games have been decided by six points or less. They've won just six of those games. 

Offensively, the Bears ranked higher in total offense than five playoff teams: Kansas City (20), Detroit (21), Miami (24), New York Giants (25) and Houston (29). They wound up 17th in rushing offense, better than four teams who advanced: Seattle (25), Green Bay (26), New York Giants (29) and Detroit (30). And their 14th-ranked passing offense ranked better than the Giants (17), Kansas City (19), Dallas (23), Miami (26), Houston (29).

On the other side of the ball, they'd be even better off before allowing 109 points over the final three losses. Their total defense ranked better than Detroit (18), Green Bay (22), Kansas City (24), Atlanta (25), Oakland (26) and Miami (29). After being gashed for 558 rushing yards the last three games, they fell to 27th in the NFL against the run (better than only 30th-ranked Miami). But the seventh-ranked pass defense, despite collecting a measly eight interceptions (among only 11 turnovers), was better than nine playoff teams: Miami (15), Pittsburgh (16), Kansas City (18), Detroit (19), the Giants (23), Oakland (24), Dallas (26), Atlanta (28) and Green Bay (31).

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

What do all the hollow numbers indicate? A lack of complementary, opportunistic football, playmakers on both sides of the ball, a minus-20 turnover ratio, and a lack of quality and continuity at the quarterback position — to name a few. All of those playoff teams have more impact players (or kept more of their impact players healthy) than the Bears in 2016.

While some of the numbers aren't that bad to look at, and some even raise an eyebrow, there's still a deep climb from the most significant numbers: 3-13.