Te'o, 'the finest football player in America,' lands on SI cover

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Te'o, 'the finest football player in America,' lands on SI cover

The Heisman Trophy is mainly an honor reserved for those who score points. But Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o has received a few calls for his name to enter the Heisman race over the last week or so, and ESPN's Heisman Watch has the Irish captain with seven points (two fourth-place, three fifth-place votes).

He has a host of offensive players to vault, with six quarterbacks (Geno Smith, E.J. Manuel, Collin Klein, Braxton Miller, Aaron Murray and Matt Barkley) and one running back (De'Anthony Thomas) all in the mix. It's an unlikely candidacy, but Te'o certainly deserves all the attention he's getting.

Which now includes a regional cover of Sports Illustrated:

(You can read Pete Thamel's story on Te'o here)

"I would say that Manti's the finest football player in America, all positions, all teams in college," Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco said Wednesday. "And that's he's the best football player that I've personally coached."

Te'o tragically lost his girlfriend and grandmother in the span of 24 hours, but played through his personal pain to lead the Irish to victories over Michigan State and Michigan. He was humbled by the support shown for him at Saturday's game against Michigan, with many in the crowd donning leis to support the linebacker.

And Te'o's teammates were inspired by his performance.

"Manti's one of our brothers. And not only is he one of our brothers, but he's like one of our big brothers," defensive end Stephon Tuitt said. "He's been here for a long time, he's a leader, he knows offenses very well, he knows how to put the defense in a spot to overcome so many situations that we're in.

'And the situation that he went into was a very tragic situation, which all of us pray for him. He's going through a hard time but we all gave him confidence to keep going and, at that time he may be a little weak inside, but he never showed it out. He always stayed strong, and watching that from him kept us going strong and kept us going every day and going out to Michigan to play really hard for him."

Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger

Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger

In the age of social media you can track something like Bastian Schweinsteiger's flight to Chicago in almost real-time.

The Chicago Fire publicized Schweinsteiger's Tuesday arrival in Chicago, giving fans details of when his plane was expected to arrive and at what terminal.

First, Schweinsteiger and his former tennis player wife, Ana Ivanovic, both tweeted photos to their millions of followers about their trip.

Once they arrived, the mob scene at O'Hare was on. Schweinsteiger was greeted by hundreds of fans.

Check out the video above for some footage of Schweinsteiger's arrival.

He will be introduced formally with a press conference on Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Fire Pitch in Chicago. The press conference will air on CSN+ and be streamed live on CSNChicago.com.

Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

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Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd discuss the latest slump and how much does Artem Anisimov's injury play a role in their struggles?

Konroyd tells us he was surprised by Ryan Hartman's benching in Tampa.

The guys play the game, playoff minutes or press box minutes?  They run through the players who are on the bubble when it comes to postseason play.

They also discuss the Hawks chances of overtaking Washington for the President's trophy.

Plus, Konroyd breaks down possible first round opponents: St Louis, Calgary and Nashville.