Which athletes visited Obama at White House?


Which athletes visited Obama at White House?

From Comcast SportsNet Wednesday, September 7, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP)President Barack Obama welcomes Jimmie Johnson and other drivers from last years Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup to the White House on Wednesday.

The president will honor Johnsons unprecedented fifth consecutive Sprint Cup Series championship and NASCARs community service.

Four drivers say they wont be there, but they say it doesnt have anything to do with politics. Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick have cited scheduling conflicts.

Earlier in the day, Obama will have meetings with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Dowell Loggains' energy suiting Mike Glennon, Bears QBs well

Dowell Loggains' energy suiting Mike Glennon, Bears QBs well

As Bears quarterbacks begin learning Dowell Loggains’ offense, they’re also in a getting-to-know-you phase with each other. 

While it’s not Mike Glennon’s job to develop Mitch Trubisky — that falls on Loggains and Dave Ragone — there does need to be some level of harmony from Glennon to Trubisky to Mark Sanchez to Connor Shaw in this unit. Coach John Fox is no fan of locker room drama, after all. 

The energy Loggains brings to practice could help foster some of that unit-level cohesiveness. Whether it’s through practice competitions or his spirited coaching style, it’s helped keep things lively as the Bears move through their offseason program. 

“He does a great job,” Glennon said. “He brings a lot of energy and he’s got that young personality that a lot of guys respond well to. It’s been great having him around along with a lot of other players and coaches, but he definitely does a great job bringing that energy.”

Shaw is the only holdover in the Bears’ quarterback room from last year, and even then, he suffered a season-ending injury during preseason play in August. The new guys are a 27-year-old signed to a $45 million contract, the No. 2 pick in the draft and a veteran who started two AFC Championship games. 

Good chemistry in the quarterback room doesn’t guarantee success, but it’s something that probably can’t hurt, especially with the development of Trubisky underway. That the Bears have been emphatic in defining Glennon’s role — it’s his year — set the right tone, Ragone said earlier this month. Adding Loggains’ energy in practice seems to have had a positive effect already, too. 

“With three new guys, they've worked very hard in the classroom and now finally we get to take it out on the field, so they're pretty enthusiastic themselves,” coach John Fox said. “And that's just Dowell's style.

“We have some pretty good guys in that room. Different levels of experience that have been there before and done it and that dynamic as far as being a good teammate and the relationship you have with that so I think that's why they handle it so well.”

Pat Fitzgerald looked super happy to be swinging Babe Ruth's bat at Yankee Stadium

Pat Fitzgerald looked super happy to be swinging Babe Ruth's bat at Yankee Stadium

Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald was back at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.

And while he likely wasn't as happy as he was after his Wildcats claimed victory in the Pinstripe Bowl back in December, Fitzgerald still looked pretty elated before the game, when he got to test drive Babe Ruth's bat and Derek Jeter's jersey at the Yankees' museum.

Take a look:

That's an understandable reaction for any sports fan.

It was an eventful night for Fitzgerald, who after interacting with those legendary pieces of sports memorabilia got to chat it up with Yankees manager — and Northwestern alum — Joe Girardi and throw a ceremonial first pitch to the Bronx Bombers' skipper.