Word on the Street: Where's Williams?

Word on the Street: Where's Williams?

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011
CSNChicago.comWhere's Williams?Wide receiver Earl Bennett is out for Sunday's game with a chest injury. The Bears need Roy Williams to step in and step up. Williams could be part of a dynamic duo on Sunday with Dane Sanzenbacher. Sanzenbacher seems to be able to adapt well to any situation. Williams said he feels no pressure going into Sunday's game against the Packers.(Chicago Tribune)M.J. is still balling
Michael Jordan made 30.1 million in the 1996-97 season and 33.1 million in the season after that. After his basketball career, Jordan has managed to bring in 60 million annually. He's maintained a good work ethic and having a clean lifestyle doesn't hurt, either. (ProBasketball Talk)Guillen talks about the futureWhite Sox coach Ozzie Guillen asked for an extension on his contract with the understanding that he could be turned down. General manager Ken Williams said there will be enough time to talk about Guillen's position. Williams also may have insinuated Mark Buehrle's time may be done on the South Side when he said it's possible the Sox won't be adding to the payroll next season. (Chicago Sun Times) MLB will most likely add Wild CardIf the MLB adds one Wild Card team in each league, then one game playoffs will be held to decide which team goes to the Divisional Series. The new system will begin prior to 2013 at the latest. The MLB also reportedly wants 15 team leagues. (Hardball Talk)

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.