Singletary: Coaching for Vikings has been 'tremendous surprise'

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Singletary: Coaching for Vikings has been 'tremendous surprise'

This weekend is more than just a big division matchup between the Bears and Vikings.

Sunday's game will feature a pair of Minnesota coaches -- head coach Leslie Frazier and linebackers coach Mike Singletary -- facing off against the team they won a Super Bowl with. Both Frazier and Singletary were members of the 1985 Bears defense, one of the best units of all time.

CSN sat down with Singletary earlier this year as part of the popular "Inside Look" series, and the Hall of Fame linebacker chatted about what it's like to work for one of the Bears' rivals and coaching with Frazier.

"Once you've been in Chicago, it's a city that is really unlike any other," Singletary said. "It has its own signature. It certainly is a city that I will always be thankful for and what Chicago means to me and my family and so many people there. They love hard, they fight hard. It's a great city."

"I think sometimes things happen in life and you find yourself in situation where, at the onset, you think 'you've gotta be kidding me. I'm going to Minnesota or Green Bay?' But I think everything has to do with your attitude toward being where you are. Being here has been great. It's been a tremendous surprise for me."

Singletary also discusses how he got into coaching and his desire to become a head coach again and take a team to the Super Bowl multiple times.

Check out the entire interview with Singletary in advance of the Bears-Vikings game Sunday.

Blackhawks blow three-goal lead, fall in OT at Lightning

Blackhawks blow three-goal lead, fall in OT at Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Yanni Gourde had a breakaway goal 4:25 into overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Monday night.

Victor Hedman set up the winner with his third assist of the game.

Tampa Bay, which trails Boston by a point for the second Eastern Conference wild card, also got two goals from Jonathan Drouin. Ondrej Palat and Anton Stralman also scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy, who got pulled 14 minutes into the first after allowing three goals on eight shots, returned to the start the second and finished with 25 saves.

Artemi Panarin, Patrick Kane, Tomas Jurco and Richard Panik scored for the Western Conference-leading Blackhawks, who were coming off a 7-0 loss Saturday night at Florida. Scott Darling stopped 25 shots.

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

MESA, Ariz. – After an impressive camp where he looked like the next homegrown Cubs hitter to roll off the assembly line, Ian Happ will go to Triple-A Iowa and get ready to make his big-league debut, or perhaps build his value for a trade-deadline deal.

Along with Happ, the Cubs assigned outfielder John Andreoli and catcher Taylor Davis to minor-league camp on Monday while optioning pitchers Eddie Butler and Rob Zastryzny to Iowa, cutting their roster to 31 as the Opening Night picture comes into focus.

Happ – the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Cincinnati – batted .417 with five homers, four doubles and 17 RBI in 24 Cactus League games.

"Offensively, what was there not to like?" general manager Jed Hoyer said. "I feel like he hit the ball hard every at-bat for six weeks. It's always fun to see a young guy like that come in and open a lot of eyes."

Happ, 22, is a switch-hitter who can play second base and the outfield, skills that could help him escape from Des Moines once the need arises on the major-league level.

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Though there are questions about Happ's defense, Theo Epstein's front office and Joe Maddon's coaching staff clearly value versatility and trust young talent, moving Addison Russell to shortstop in 2015 and elevating rookie catcher Willson Contreras last season.

Stay tuned to see when/if the Cubs will have a spot at Wrigley Field, but Happ looks like he will be on a fast track.

"Whenever you're in Triple-A, you're always a call away," Hoyer said. "Sometimes it happens quicker than you think. We never expected Addie would be up in April of that year, and he was. I feel like with Willson last year, if you had asked me in spring training – would he be up in June? – I probably would have thought it would be more like a September call-up or something like that.

"You never know. Things happen. When you have good players in the minor leagues, sometimes it speeds up on you a little bit."