Thursday, April 14, 2011
Rose makes his first SI cover
Bulls fans will see something they haven't seen in over a decade this week; one of their players on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Derrick Rose is on the cover of this week's magazine, the first Bull to do so since Michael Jordan. And if he keeps playing the way he has been, it's unlikely that this will be his last time on the cover of the magazine. However, it will be a while before he catches up to Jordan's record 57 cover appearances. (ChicagoBreakingSports)
MLB instant replay on the way?
HardBall Talk is reporting that Major League Baseball may be expanding the use of instant replay starting with the 2012 season. The expansion would include fairfoul calls down the lines and trap calls - as when an outfielder dives and traps the ball under his glove instead of catching it. (HardBall Talk)
Bear (jersey sales) down
Bears jerseys are not selling. At least, not in comparison to the sales enjoyed by certain Bears in the past. Over the last decade Brian Urlacher has sold more jerseys than almost any other player in the NFL. However, this year, not a single Bear cracked the top 15 in jersey sales.
The league leader in jersey sales was Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, followed by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Despite not having a top-selling jersey, though, the Bears still came in fourth in total merchandise sales behind the Packers, Steelers, and Cowboys. (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Ex-Bears QB arrested
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Bobby Douglass, who was behind center for the bears from 1969-1975, was arrested in Lake Forest on Wednesday night and charged with criminal trespassing and criminal damage to property.
Officials said that the charges against Douglass, 63, stemmed from an incident involving his on-again, off-again girlfriend. (Chicago Tribune)
Bulls favored to win East
According to DonBest.com, a sports betting website, the Bulls are a plus-130 favorite to win the Eastern Conference title. They are followed closely by the Miami Heat and then, slightly more distantly, the Boston Celtics. Apparently, now that the Bulls have clinched the NBA's best record, people are starting to take notice. (www.donbest.com)
Sox getting some respect
Capperspicks.com, an online betting website, lists the Chicago White Sox as number six on their MLB power rankings. The Sox sit behind the Rangers, Indians, Rockies, Reds and Phillies in the rankings. In case were wondering...the Cubs were number 25. (CappersPicks)