Word on the Street: Bears to win multiple playoff games?

Word on the Street: Bears to win multiple playoff games?

Monday, Nov. 15, 2010CSNChicago.com
Bears 'King' for a day

In this morning's Monday Morning Quarterback column, the Bears -- and Devin Hester in particular, being named his co-Special Team Player of the Week -- received some high praise from Peter King.

"Very wise use of the dangerous Hester made the Bears' win over Minnesota much easier. He scored on a 19-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, then returned a punt 42 yards and a kickoff 68 yards. All in all, if Hester can impact the game as a receiver AND kickpunt-returner, the Bears have a chance to win multiple playoff games." (SI.com)

Sox apologize; keep new uniforms anyway

The White Sox recent decision to update their grey road uniforms, replacing the black diamond encasing a white sock with the S-O-X logo, infuriated many Sox fans and bloggers. Despite the negative reaction, the Sox are still planning to go forward with the change. Vice President of marketing Brooks Boyer did, however, send an email to some bloggers apologizing for the change.

"We have talked quite a bit about the road greys for a few years after getting input from our players, staff and even some fans," said Boyer in the email. "After looking at the road greys, we determined that the uniform should contain our main logo... I know this is not a popular decision with you guys and I am sorry to disappoint. In the event any or all of you are at SoxFest, please find me if you would like to discuss further." (Business Insider)

McNabb agrees to five-year extension
Redskins QB, and former Mt. Carmel High School standout, Donovan McNabb agreed to a five-year, 78 million contract extension, just 15 days after being benched for the final two series of Washington's final two drives in Detroit against the Lions.

He was replaced in the Oct. 31 game by former Bears signal-caller Rex Grossman. (CSNWashington.com)

Wrigley gets face lift for big game

The much-anticipated Northwestern v. Illinois game at Wrigley Field is just over a week away, and in participation for the big game Wrigley has undergone a minor face lift. The goalposts are up, the field lines are painted and, now, so is the famous marquee. In one of the biggest changes to the stadium in anticipation of the special occasion, the famous Wrigley Field marquee was painted purple on Monday.

But the purple marquee wont be the only unique feature of the converted converted baseball field. The dimensions of the park are also uncharacteristically tight for a football game. So tight, in fact, that the east goalpost is actually fastened to the bricks of the right field bleacher wall. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Korver to undergo MRI on knee

Kyle Korver could potentially miss a few games due to a sore knee. It was reported that Korver will not travel with the team on the start of their yearly west coast road trip so he can get an MRI on the injured knee. It is not yet known how many - if any - games Korver will miss, but his loss could make things even more difficult for a team already struggling with an injury to another key offensive player, Carlos Boozer. (Bulls Confidential - Chicago Now)

Ricketts: No plan B

Cubs owner Tom Rickets told the Chicago Tribune on Monday that he doesn't have a 'Plan B' if the state doesn't approve his proposal to borrow the 200 million he says is needed to upgrade and upkeep Wrigley Field.

Ricketts claims the planned construction to the ballpark would create more than 1,000 construction jobs but not everyone is sold. The Chicago Sun-Times editoral board, as well as many callers to sports radio shows, have ripped the plan, questioning why the state should help finance a project for one of the most valuable franchises in professional sports. (ChicagoBreakingBusiness)

Posey wins NL ROY; Castro finishes 5th

The Baseball Writers' Association of America announced on Monday that San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey won the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year award. Posey hit .305 and drove in 67 runs in his rookie campaign while helping lead the Giants to their World Series victory.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro finished 5th in the voting, tied with Pirates third baseman Neil Walker. Finishing in front of Castro were Posey, Jason Heyward, Jaime Garcia, and Gaby Sanchez. (Cubbies Crib)

Pierzynski to the Marlins?

The Palm Beach Post is reporting that there is mutual interest between A.J. Pierzynski and the Florida Marlins. Pierzynski's price tag may be too high for the small-market Marlins, but if they are successful in trading second baseman Dan Uggla, the money would become much less of an issue. Pierzynski, who lives in Florida, batted .270.300.388 with nine home runs in 2010. (Rotoworld)

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

Is the White Sox clubhouse big enough for two Dan Hayeses?

We're about to find out this spring training as CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes covers the team, which includes first base prospect Danny Hayes.

The Sox prospect Hayes battled .250 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 55 games for Charlotte last season.

The big-league hopeful and White Sox beat reporter spoke with CSN's Chuck Garfien about the similarities the two (don't) have.

No word yet on whether they'll battle the two Rougned Odors and Geovani/Geovany Sotos to an Anchoman-style duel.

Check it all out in the hilarious video above.

Ryan Hartman defends teammate, but fight proves to be turning point in Blackhawks loss to Oilers

Ryan Hartman defends teammate, but fight proves to be turning point in Blackhawks loss to Oilers

The NHL implemented the bye week for the first time this season in an effort to give teams a five-day break before the stretch run of the regular season.

Entering Saturday's game, teams were 3-10-3 coming out of those games with many of those losses coming in convincing fashion.

Despite a 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night, the Blackhawks weren't one of those teams. They appeared to be reenergized more than rusty, and it showed in the opening 20 minutes of the game when they fired off 30 shot attempts (12 on goal) compared to the Oilers' 10 (four on goal).

But early in the second period, momentum shifted after Ryan Hartman came to the defense of teammate Tanner Kero, who was leveled by Oilers defenseman Eric Gryba in the neutral zone.

Hartman skated over to Gryba and dropped the gloves near the goal line, afterwards getting tagged with a two-minute penalty for instigating, five minutes for fighting and another 10 for a misconduct.

"It's kind of a no-brainer for me," Hartman said of sticking up for Kero. "I tried waiting long enough so it wasn't an instigator but it's kind of a judgment call I guess, some refs call it different ways. Unfortunately it ended up in a power play for them, but it's something you've got to do."

Hartman said he and the official had a discussion about the instigator penalty for clarity, which was handed to him due to the distance traveled after the hit.

Hartman said after the game that he respects the decision, but teammates and coaches didn't necessarily agree with the call.

"Thought they both had an agreement," Jonathan Toews said of the fight. "It looked like they were both going to go at it. Don’t think Hartsy jumped him by any means. But I guess just because there’s a previous hit immediately before that, then he got the instigator there."

Said Joel Quenneville: "I don't necessarily know that he was going to start the fight. I think he went over there to talk to the guy, so you lose Hartsy there."

And it proved to be the turning point.

Less than two minutes later, the Oilers capitalized on the power play after Matt Benning's shot ricocheted off Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk's skate and into the net, putting Edmonton out in front first.

They wouldn't look back, hanging on to beat the Blackhawks 3-1, and getting revenge on a team that beat them last week 5-1 in their first game out of the bye.

While it may not have been an opportune time to do it, the Blackhawks appreciate Hartman's game and know more times than not, his energy will result in a positive outcome.

"We haven’t seen a lot of fights this year so, no matter what, it always gets us going, especially in our own building," Toews said. "I think the fans love that sort of thing, too, and Hartsy’s been going after guys who are a lot bigger than him this year. We love that fearless play and definitely helps our guys feed off it."

"Hartsy's a competitive guy," Quenneville said. "We like him to have that a little bit of abrasiveness and unpredictably so there's nothing wrong with that. We like the way he competes and what he brings us."