Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Grace never contacted about Cubs' radio job
Former Cubs first baseman Mark Grace, who is now a broadcaster for the Arizona Diamondbacks, said on Tuesday that he was never contacted about the possibility of replacing the late Ron Santo in the Cubs' radio booth.
"Obviously, with Ronnie passing away(last December) that was just a shame," said Grace. "I love that manand I miss him every day. It kills me to look over to the booth. Alldue respect to Keith, but I miss seeing that toupee over there, Ireally do. But, no, I was never contacted. Before Ron passed away, Ihad already signed an extension with the Diamondbacks. So it wasntgoing to happen." (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Lovie open to Hall of Fame Game
A story that appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Monday suggested that the Bears may play in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game on Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio. Their selection, if it does happen, would be particularly fitting considering that former-Bear Richard Dent is being inducted this year. Bears' head coach Lovie Smith was asked about the possibility on Tuesday, and said he would welcome the opportunity to play in the game.
"We'd like to play ... any time you have an opportunity to play, youwould like to play,'' he said. "We had an opportunity to play in theHall of Fame game before (2005), enjoyed that experience. Well, thispast time was the third time for me being in that game. Whatever theschedule says, I'm excited about.'' (NPR)
Rose getting plenty of rest
Bulls star Derrick Rose has played a lot of tough, clutch minutes over the last week or two for the Bulls. Because of this, some Bulls fans were beginning to worry that he would be wore down by the time the playoffs rolled around later this month. According to Rose, that isn't the case.
I'm good. I've been getting a lot of rest," Rose told "The Waddle &Silvy Show" on WMVP-AM 1000. "I cut everything off right now so I'm notdoing that much Adidas (promotional) things or appearances like that soI'm good. I'm getting a lot of rest, lifting a lot of weights, eatingright. I'm all right." (WGNtv.com)
National Championship Game ratings down
According to national television ratings, the UConn-Butler nationalchampionship game saw a significant slide in viewership from last year.The game earned an 11.7 fast national rating, down 18 percent from last year's Duke-Butler match up.Considering many commentators and fans have chimed in, calling Monday'sgame the worst in NCAA championship history, that's probably not allthat surprising. (ChicagoBreakingSports)