Word on the Street: Week One NFC awards are in

Word on the Street: Week One NFC awards are in

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
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The Week One NFC awards are in! Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers takes offensive player of the week after completing 27 of 35 passes for 312 yards. Brian Urlacher gets his sixth POW award for his defensive performance against Atlanta. And last but not least, Ted Ginn is awarded special-teams player of the week after a game-changing kickoff and punt return. (ProFootballTalk)

Meriweather stays uninvolved

Bears safety Brandon Meriweather declined to discuss an alleged rape that took place in his Foxboro home this summer. His past roommate, James Roberts, pleaded not guilty on all charges of rape in the July 13th incident.

Meriweather told the Tribune, Its a serious matter but that has nothing to do with me, Im going to let them handle that. (ChicagoTribune)

MLB 2012 schedule is released

Major League Baseballs 2012 schedule was announced this morning. Next years regular season will run from April 3rd until Oct. 4th. Cubs are set to open the season at Wrigley Field and the White Sox in Texas.

Fun fact: Next season there will be four full days off for the All Star break. (HardballTalk)

Will a judge let the ex-Illini pack his bags?

Former Illini basketball player Jereme Richmond is being refused by a judge to attend out-of-state basketball camps. Richmond was arrested last month outside a Waukegan home for carrying a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in his car.

Richmond is on bond and currently prohibited from leaving Lake County, even for sporting events. A written request will allow another judge to reconsider. (ChicagoTribune)

An apology in 140 characters or less

Serena Williams tweeted an apology this morning for her weekend outburst on an umpire, explaining that her emotions got the best of her. Williams was set off by a call she believed was incorrect during a match against Sam Stosur in the U.S. Open final. This is not the first verbal issue she has had on the court and is now being fined 2,000. (ChicagoTribune)

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.