Reaction from around the web on Wood's retirement


Reaction from around the web on Wood's retirement

Kerry Wood's retirement has dominated headlines this Friday. We've been all over the coverage from Wrigley Field, but when such a popular and noteworthy player calls it quits so suddenly, people around the world take notice.

So let's take a peek at what others are saying about Kid K's retirement:

--This was my favorite article of the day. CBSSports' Jon Heyman describes what Wood's career has meant to him. Heyman says that it's not Wood's numbers that resonate with him, but rather the fact that Wood said he didn't care about the money and meant it.

--Joe Posnanski, one of the truly great baseball writers of our time, weighs in on the Wood retirement as well. If something big happens in the world of professional baseball, there may be no better take on the matter than that of Posnanski's.

--Sports Illustrated's Joe Lemire likens Wood's career to a Shakespearean play, and it's hard to say he's wrong on that. Very interesting take here.

--Here's video of Wood running in for his final appearance ever.

--Kerry said his slider was his main weapon that day he struck out 20 back in 1998.

--Is Kerry Wood the latest victim of the Cubs' legacy?

--CBSChicago's Adam Hoge says Kerry Wood's career is anything but irrelevant.

--Andrew Fisher from RantSports, a Chicago-based blog network run by some really good guys, says Kerry will always be one of the all-time great Cubs.

--John Arguello, who does a great job with Tom Loxas over at CubsDen, takes a look back at Kerry's 20 strikeout game that earned him the nickname "Kid K."

Huskers stay unbeaten with comeback win over Purdue


Huskers stay unbeaten with comeback win over Purdue

At halftime Saturday, Nebraska, the No. 8 team in the country, was trailing Purdue, which just fired its coach.

Uh, what?

Order was soon restored, but the Huskers needed to bounce back from a halftime deficit to grab a 27-14 win over the lowly Boilermakers on Saturday in Lincoln.

Purdue threw an interception on the game's opening drive, and Nebraska turned that into a touchdown, something that looked very much like how everyone expected this one to go. But quarterback David Blough retaliated with the first of two first-half touchdown passes, while the Huskers mustered only a field goal on the next drive and then went silent the rest of the opening 30 minutes, punting three times and Tommy Armstrong throwing an interception right before the break. In there, Blough threw his second touchdown, an 88-yard monster to DeAngelo Yancey that gave the Boilers a lead.

That lead didn't last too long, though, as after going three and out on their first drive of the third quarter, the Huskers scored on each of their next three possessions: an Armstrong pass to De'Mornay Pierson-El, a 24-yard run by Alonzo Moore and a 51-yard field goal by Drew Brown. Meanwhile, the Nebraska defense clamped down, and Purdue had just one drive that lasted more than five plays in the second half, with that drive ending in a turnover on downs and Blough adding an interception.

All in all, the Huskers out-gained the Boilers, 409-333, and had the ball for about seven more minutes, avoiding a repeat of last year's matchup, when Purdue scored its lone Big Ten win over Nebraska.

Armstrong threw for 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception and added 51 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Terrell Newby had 82 yards rushing.

Blough threw for 309 yards, but the Boilers managed just 24 rushing yards.

The win sent Nebraska to a perfect 7-0 ahead of next weekend's huge Big Ten West Division showdown with Wisconsin.

The loss dropped Purdue to 3-4. The Boilers take on Penn State next weekend.

Michigan improves to 7-0 with predictable blowout win over Illini


Michigan improves to 7-0 with predictable blowout win over Illini

Plenty could've predicted Michigan blowing out Illinois. And, well, that's exactly what happened.

The Wolverines, who at 7-0 now have an average margin of victory of 38.7, grabbed their latest runaway win Saturday in Ann Arbor, crushing the visiting Illini to the tune of 41-8.

Michigan had an insurmountable 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, and Illinois seemed to start this one without a chance as third-string quarterback Jeff George Jr. was pressed into starting duty due to injuries to Wes Lunt and Chayce Crouch.

The Wolverines entered Saturday's contest with the No. 1 scoring defense in the country and the No. 2 scoring offense in the country, and that certainly shone through in the final statistics. Michigan out-gained Illinois, 561-172, holding the Illini to 95 passing yards and 77 rushing yards. Illinois turned the ball over twice while going 2-for-11 on third and fourth downs. Michigan had its typical explosive day offensively with 291 passing yards and 270 rushing yards. The Wolverines were 8-for-16 on third and fourth down.

Michigan scored a touchdown on each of its first four drives: two touchdown tosses from Wilton Speight to Jake Butt and Tyrone Wheatley and a pair of touchdown runs from Khalid Hill and De'Veon Smith. The Wolverines made it 31-0 right before halftime, kicking a field goal off a George interception. Michigan added just 10 points after halftime.

The Illini scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 43-yard pass from George to Malik Turner to end an impressive eight-quarter scoreless streak by the Wolverines which dated back to the Oct. 1 win over Wisconsin.

How about this number? Michigan won the time-of-possession battle 41:23 to 18:37. The Wolverines had 29 first downs to the Illini's six.

Speight finished his day 16-for-23 for 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Karan Higdon had 106 of the Michigan rushing total, and Amara Darboh had 99 receiving yards.

George completed only four passes for 95 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Kendrick Foster and Ke'Shawn Vaughn combined for 88 rushing yards.

The win kept the Wolverines without a loss and sent the record to 7-0. Next weekend is the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy against in-state rival Michigan State.

The Illini dropped to 2-5 with the defeat and play host to Minnesota next weekend.