Frankie O: Shots Anyone?

Frankie O: Shots Anyone?

By Frankie O
CSNChicago.com

As we all well know, shots are great because they get to the point. What that point is, however, can be debated. But always, and theres no debate, they should be served by your friendly bar professional!

Tic-Tac-Toe? While that game for kids is very predictable, well for some, so too should be the Bulls handling of Derrick Rose and his injured Sgt. Hulka. While there might be some animated discussions over what the injury is and how it was handled last weekend, he needs to sit until its healed. End of story. We all knew that players would get hurt and rushed back during this compressed NBA torture-test, I mean shortened season, but the Franchise cannot be put at long-term risk. I know Kobes getting shot-up to play, but not in his feet. (Ironic. Hes taking more shots, so he can take many more shots!) If the Bulls truly do have depth, they will be able to weather the storm for a while. Besides, arent the backup point guards averaging like 28 points a game in his absence?

Put up, or for the love of all that is good, SHUT UP! I think a lot of us have a strange fascination with Rex Ryan. (No, Im not talking to those good little foot soldiers out there!) Hard Knocks was a lot of fun, and humanized, through F-bombs, the guy who was perceived to be a blow-hard who didnt fall too far from the tree. At first, I thought his father was funny too, in a very twisted way- a no-nonsense leader of men that would not take crap from anyone. As his teams repeatedly under-achieved in the playoffs though, the act wore thin. Win or go home! Same with Rex. He seemed the perfect fit for New Yorks other team. The little doggie with the big bark. Well, the kennel has turned on the master. As always with the Ryans, it will be great theater and at least for me it wont be my team imploding this time!

ILL-ANNOYED Good thing the Illini had time to come back down to earth after the thrilling Brandon Paul Show against Ohio State . His 43 point effort in a 79-74 win on January 10th was a signature moment. As usual though, I take any Illinois success -didnt the football team start 6-0?- with a grain of salt before I can commit. But even I thought a trip to Penn State would not present much of a challenge for the 1st place squad. Think again! The only thing Illinois teams lack as they drive me crazy is the word PHILADELPHIA printed on the front of their jerseys!

PENN STATE SHAME Even a Penn State victory cant make me feel any better. I still feel a sense of loss, then a sense of guilt whenever I see anything about the university. The road show put on by University President Rodney Erickson has only added to that. I dont know that much about him, other than it takes a lot of guts to go in front of angry masses without answers they want to hear, but his lack of vision towards what has to be done is unsettling. Also unsettling was reading The New York Times interviews with 12 trustees, including board chairman Steve A. Garban, as they tried to explain their actions in the wake of the crisis. I still cant get past that no one knew anything. This whole episode is a blind-side hit, even as the local paper was reporting about the grand jury in MAY, and, by law, former president Graham Spanier was allowed to notify them of his own testimony before that grand jury previous to that. The trustees admitted that, according to the Times article, they had received a briefing on the grand jury from university council Cynthia Baldwin in May. What? Thats not exactly stuff you hear every day, or is it? Again, there were four different investigations into another accusation in 1998. Whos paying attention? Heres a quote from the article I find particularly disturbing: After finally reading the grand jury report almost 36 hours AFTER Sanduskys arrest chairman Garban regretted not reading it sooner according to the Times. It was like, Oh my God Steve, whereve you been? It floored me. Whereve you been, indeed?

OH NO YU DIINT! While baseball is better with one vision, that vision better include a lot of pitching, and I mean a lot! (A little defense and plate discipline make it better too!!) With that in mind I was a little surprised that the Cubs didnt make a play for Yu Darvish. I mean, he is 26 and all he would cost is cash. But that was the Boston way, not the Chicago one. Besides, what did Boston get for their 100 million spent on Dice-K? He was part of the 2007 title team in his first season, he won 15 games as the 3rd starter, and went 1-1 in the playoffs, albeit averaging 4.2 innings a start and just around 5 earned runs a game. That was an investment that you made when you were going all-in. Looked good in 2008 when he went 18-3, but since then his win totals have been 4-9-3 per season, leading to a public outcry about money misspent. I dont think Theo wants to go down that road again even if this kid is supposed to be better. Where have we heard that before?! Oh, thats right, with Koske Fukudome! Wasnt he supposed to be a cross between Ichiro and Matsui? Howd that work out? 48 million worth of disappointment, thats how. And to think Kenny Williams offered him 40! I still think he laughs about how lucky he was not to win that bidding war, at least when hes not thinking about Alex Rios or Adam Dunn. Kenny is better with the Cubans. And I wonder if well see the two sides of town bidding against each other once again. Cuban defectors Yoennis Cespedes and Jorge Soler are in the Dominican awaiting citizenship so they can be promptly bid on by MLB teams. Embargo? What embargo? If only we could do the same with cigars! Although, I swear Ive been sold Cubans in Dominican wrappers! (Kramer!) You know Kenny would love to have these guys, but can he afford to spend for them? And what better way to announce your arrival here, Theo, than with a signature move towards the future? This would be the type of move we should expect to be made on the Northside: Big-time investment in big-time young talent. (According to Fausto Carmona theyre 25 and 19 respectively. Oops, wait a minute.) Plus, if you can beat the White Sox while doing it, all the better. And since the draft door is closing due to the slotting system, this is an opportunity they cant pass up.

A COUPLE OF QUICKIES FOR THE ROAD

Is it me or should Rob Lowe stay away from social media?

Ryan Braun is getting the worst advice ever if he accepts his MVP award before being exonerated.

Its still tough to watch golf without Tiger.

A real Bears fan can NEVER root for the Packers. NEVER!

Is it me, or is there NO reaction to the changes being made at Wrigley?

No offense, but my approval at the exit of Jerry Angelo is gone if they did this just to promote Tim Ruskell. Seems to me that would be more of the same. To do something bold, you need to do something bold. Go the distance! Ease our pain!

In picks surely to be wrong: New England minus the 7 and San Fran minus the 2 .

Brady is locked in and I dont think that Baltimore has an answer for Gronk and Welker.

And I find it hard to believe that EVERYONE THAT I TALK TO is right about the Giants. I havent believed in the Niners all year, but I do now. (K.O.D.!!)

And finally, for the last time this season: TEBOW!!!!!

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base

LOS ANGELES – The Cubs drafted and developed Ian Happ with the idea of turning him into a Ben Zobrist-type player who would move quickly through the farm system and surface as a versatile big-league contributor and/or legitimate trade chip.

With Zobrist sidelined because of a sore left wrist, the Cubs got their first look at Happ playing second base in The Show during Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Dodger Stadium. That kind of depth – plugging in a 2015 first-round pick while a World Series MVP rests – should ultimately propel the Cubs over the course of a 162-game season.

Even as the Cubs stutter-step through a 25-23 start, there are enough choices for the best defensive second baseman on the team and a National League Championship Series co-MVP (Javier Baez) to sit on the bench.

“We know that the talent’s there,” Zobrist said. “It’s not like having any one or two guys out of the lineup is a big drop-off for us because of the talent that’s there. And we know that just because we have a lot of young players doesn’t mean that they’re not extremely capable of doing the job as well.”

Zobrist – who’s reached base in 23 straight games and emerged as a new leadoff option with Kyle Schwarber struggling – felt something on an awkward swing in the first inning of Friday’s 4-0 loss to the Dodgers. Zobrist played through it that night and called it a “day-to-day thing” that didn’t require an MRI.

[MORE: Is Joe Maddon turning Kyle Schwarber into a platoon player?

Facing Clayton Kershaw on Sunday after back-to-back shutouts will be a game-time decision.

“It’s tough,” Zobrist said. “We just haven’t strung together enough quality at-bats to score runs the last two games. It’s not just because of us. They’ve pitched well. Their pitchers are pretty hot right now. They’ve spotted up. They’ve gotten early strikes where they needed to and then gone to work pretty well on us.

“The task doesn’t get any easier tomorrow with Kershaw. We just got to keep trying to chip away.”

Morning Update: White Sox officially announce signing of Luis Robert, split doubleheader

Morning Update: White Sox officially announce signing of Luis Robert, split doubleheader

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Saturday: 

Preview: Cubs look to avoid getting swept by Dodgers today on CSN

Preview: Knights look to bounce back tonight on CSN

White Sox courting of Luis Robert leads to 'Christmas in May'

Cubs blanked again by Dodgers

Tyler Danish gets win in first big league start as White Sox beat Tigers in first game of doubleheader

After getting shut down by Buck Farmer, White Sox ninth-inning rally falls short

Scott Boras fires back at Jake Arrieta’s critics and makes another Max Scherzer comparison

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Luis Robert will start journey through White Sox organization in Dominican Summer League

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base