Opportunity knocks for 7 Bears 'tryouts'


Opportunity knocks for 7 Bears 'tryouts'

They are still deep in the category of longshots and will be for the foreseeable future but seven unrostered players out of 34 tryout prospects brought to Halas Hall for this weekends rookie minicamp made enough of an impression to be signed to their first NFL contracts.

Some undrafted players made their mark, said coach Lovie Smith. The group of tryout guys that came here without a contract, always anxious to see what we have from those. A few of the guys really made us take notice.

All of the position players signed were on offense, plus one kicker and one punter:

Wide receiver Joe Anderson, Texas Southern; quarterback Matt Blanchard, Wisconsin-Whitewater; tackle Tyler Hendrickson, Concordia; guard Nick Pieschel, Central Florida; and tight end Brandon Venson, Illinois State.

Boston College punter Ryan Quigley and Connecticut kicker David Teggart also were signed as relief legs for Adam Podlesh and Robbie Gould.

The Bears wont keep four quarterbacks but that number is important in ensuring that veterans Jay Cutler, Jason Campbell and Josh McCown are not overused for drills and other sessions.

Blanchard and Ronnie Fouch from Indiana State both gave good accounts of themselves in the three days work. Blanchard quarterbacked UW-Whitewater to the last two of the Warhawks three consecutive NCAA Div. III national championships.

They were students of the game, said quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. They executed well. It was fun to watch those guys.

Watch: Ben Zobrist belts 'Let It Go' at Disneyland

Watch: Ben Zobrist belts 'Let It Go' at Disneyland

In case you were wondering whether Ben Zobrist knows all the words to "Let It Go," he does.

The Cubs' All-Star second baseman spent at least part of the team's off day with his family at Disneyland, and he posted this Instagram video of him and his daughter screaming along to the song from the movie "Frozen."

Check it out:

Some great family time for Zobrist. His wife has a challenger for the family's best singer. But not really.

Hank Aaron to follow Michael Jordan as honorary captain at Michigan


Hank Aaron to follow Michael Jordan as honorary captain at Michigan

Back in June, Jim Harbaugh asked Hank Aaron if he'd be an honorary captain at a Michigan football game this season.

Aaron has taken him up on it.

A look at Michigan's official website revealed to the Internet that one of the greatest baseball players of all-time will be the honorary captain for Michigan's Homecoming game against Illinois on Oct. 22.

Harbaugh chatted with Hammerin' Hank and donned a No. 44 Braves jersey during a stop in Atlanta on his whirlwind satellite-camp tour this summer, with Aaron sporting a Michigan hat.

Aaron will follow Michael Jordan, another all-time great who will serve as Michigan's honorary captain for the season-opener against Hawaii.

But while Jordan's connection to Michigan is all business — the Wolverines are the first football team to be outfitted by Jordan Brand — Aaron has a different reason to visit Ann Arbor, as his granddaughter attends the university.

(h/t Wolverine 24/7)

CSN to feature one inning of Vin Scully during Sunday's Cubs-Dodgers game

CSN to feature one inning of Vin Scully during Sunday's Cubs-Dodgers game

Baseball fans are in for a treat when they tune in to CSN for Sunday's Cubs-Dodgers broadcast.

CSN will carry the live audio call for one inning of Los Angeles Dodgers legendary broadcaster Vin Scully's final Cubs-Dodgers game. CSN will have the SportsNet LA audio feed with Scully's live game call during the third inning.

Scully, in his 67th and final year of calling Dodgers games, has earned multiple awards during his career including the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence, a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award, induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, along with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Leading up to Sunday's telecast, fans are encouraged to post their favorite memories of Scully by using #VinOnCSN on Twitter. CSN will also feature a select number of tweets on air during the telecast.

In honor of #VinOnCSN, check out Scully's iconic speech from "Field of Dreams" in the video below.