Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010
Vikings' Kluwe: TCF Bank Stadium 'unplayable'
The Minnesota Vikings got the first look at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday when they held a walk-through at the stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who was critical of the decision to play there during the week, called the field "unplayable" on his personal Twitter account. At this point, however, it's unknown what, if anything can be done about the situation. Kluwe added that he has been muzzled, asked not to talk about the field on his Twitter account that has the handle chriswarcraft.
"Serious time -- All respect to the people that cleared the field and got it ready, you did an amazing job. That being said, it's unplayable," Kluwe wrote on his Twitter account," (ChicagoBreakingSports).
Has Gibson lost his starting job?
Taj Gibson suffered a concussion Saturday night in his first start as the replacement center for the injured Joakim Noah. But, even though he played just 10 minutes, could Gibson have lost the opportunity to start, especially going up against the 7-foot-1 Spencer Hawes of the 76ers Tuesday (Gibson is only 6-foot-9)? (Chicago Tribune)
Former Bear Grossman throws 4 TDs Sunday
Rex Grossman, who was drafted by the Bears to be the quarterback of the future, got his first chance to start with another team Sunday and made the most of it. After getting promoted to first string for the Washington Redskins (over Donovan McNabb), Grossman engineered his team to 30 points, albeit in a 33-30 loss. Grossman had a career-high 4 TDs and was 25-of-43 for 322 yards. He also threw two interceptions and was sacked five times. (Chicago Tribune)
Favre ruled out against Bears
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has officially been ruled out of Monday night's game against the Bears with a shoulder injury.
Favre didn't have much to say as he walked around the locker room Saturday afternoon but interim coach Leslie Frazier said the quarterback will sit for the second straight week, (ChicagoBreakingSports).
Former Cubs MVP Cavaretta dies
Phil Cavaretta, who won the NL MVP with the Chicago Cubs in 1945, passed away Saturday at the age of 94. Cavaretta, who also attended Lane Tech, led the Cubs to their last World Series appearance in that same season while playing first base and outfield. He also played the final 77 games of his career for the Chicago White Sox. He was also believed to be the last living person to have played against Babe Ruth, which he did so in 1935. (Chicago Tribune)
Buehrle's flip named Defensive Play of the Year
The 2010 GIBBY for Defensive Play of the Year goes to the White Sox Mark Buehrle. The GIBBY (Greatest in Baseball Yearly) Awards were handed out on Friday based on This Year in Baseball voting on MLB.com.
The White Sox held a four-run lead over the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field in the fifth inning with one out when catcher Lou Marson hit a shot back toward the mound. Buehrle stuck out his left foot in an attempt to stop the ground ball, only to have it strike his left shin and roll toward the first-base line.
Buehrle raced after the ricochet, avoided colliding with Marson and grabbed the ball with his glove. Then the play just became ridiculous.
Buehrle flipped the ball with his glove between his legs -- sort of like one of those remarkable Roger Federer winners on the tennis court, (MLB.com).
Fehr chosen to lead hockey players' association
Don Fehr is the new executive director of the National Hockey League Players' Association.
The union made the announcement Saturday. It said the players voted overwhelmingly to appoint Fehr after the executive board's endorsement.
He will start in his new position immediately. The collective bargaining agreement between the union and league is set to expire in September 2012, (ChicagoBreakingSports).
Bears to practice at Northwestern
In possibly the strongest indication yet that their game with the Minnesota Vikings will indeed be played at the University of Minnesotas TCF Bank Field on Monday, the Bears will hold a closed practice outside on Saturday but theyll do it on the artificial turf of Northwestern Universitys practice field in Evanston, (CSNChicago.com).
Did Santo's passing influence Wood to return?
CSNChicago.com's Patrick Mooney said after Ron Santo's funeral service, Kerry Wood and his wife began discussing the possibility of returning to the North Side. Did Santo help in the final decision?