Urlacher would lie about his own concussion, and about Cutlers?

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Urlacher would lie about his own concussion, and about Cutlers?

Dr. Brian Urlacher gave an update on the status of quarterback Jay Cutler on Thursday.
Sort of.
Doing good, Urlacher reported after seeing Cutler earlier. We talked about some ping-pong.Urlacher wasnt divulging more significant details except that the quarterback did not participate in what Urlacher portrays as his regular thrashing of challengers.He didnt play, Urlacher said. He was watching me dominate. Dominating whom? Whoever stepped on the other side of the table.
Whether Cutler was a) unable to play, b) not permitted to play or c) simply wasnt about to take on the self-declared locker room champion is left to conjecture. (The surprise would be c) given that Cutler was all-state in football, basketball and honorable mention in baseball. Best guess would be that he knows how to hold a paddle.)
And whether it would mean anything if the answer were a) or b) also is pure speculation, although someone not able or permitted to play ping pong isnt a strong candidate to be a starting NFL quarterback a few days from now.
Again, idle speculation.
And whether Urlacher was telling the truth about Cutlers concussive state is also open to some question anyway.
Urlacher said without hesitation that he would lie about a concussion if he got one. Assuming he would lie about his own concussion, protecting a teammates condition seems reasonable.
Yeah he would lie, Urlacher said. Theres points in every game where you take a hit, youre a little woozy. Not every game but most games, where you hit somebody and, whoa, that was a good one.But I dont know how you can lie these days with all the crap they have to see whos concussed and whos not. I dont know how they can tell in the first place.Urlacher was critical of supposedly improved helmet technology, intended to lessen the chances for concussion.I think the helmets arent very good, Urlacher said. I wear an old helmet; Lance Briggs wears an old helmet and we have some pretty good collisions, we dont get concussed.I think a lot of it has to do with the helmets. Theyre saying theyre better but they must not be because theres more concussions these days.

Marian Hossa named Blackhawks' nominee for 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Marian Hossa named Blackhawks' nominee for 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

The Chicago chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has selected Marian Hossa to be the Blackhawks' nominee for the 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which recognizes perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

The 38-year-old winger has bounced back in a huge way following a 2015-16 campaign where he had only 13 goals and 20 assists in 64 games. 

Hossa is tied for second on the team with 24 goals and ranks sixth on the club with 42 points in 66 contests this season. He ranks fourth among active players with 1,131 points, and recently surpassed Pat Verbeek to move into 35th all-time in goals scored with 523.

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Three finalists from the 30 NHL teams will be named at the end of the regular season.

Pit Martin (1969-70) and Bryan Berard (2003-04) are the only two players in Blackhawks history to win the honor.

Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

The NBA announced Saturday that it has suspended former Bulls and current Knicks center Joakim Noah for 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

He tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement called selective androgen receptor modulator LGD-4033, which is prohibited under the current collective bargaining agreement but would not have been under the new CBA starting next year, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.

It was announced in February that Noah would miss the remainder of the season with a left knee injury. His suspension will carry over into the 2017-18 campaign with only 10 games left this year.

Noah averaged 5.0 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game in 46 games in his first of a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks.