Word on the Street: Grace not offered radio job

Word on the Street: Grace not offered radio job

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
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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)

Should Blackhawks' next assistant coach be Joel Quenneville's choice?

Should Blackhawks' next assistant coach be Joel Quenneville's choice?

On April 22, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman vented his frustrations on the team’s all-too-abrupt exit from the postseason, adding that he and coach Joel Quenneville, “are going to work together to make sure that this never happens again.”

There will be plenty of decisions for the two to mull between now and September, when the Blackhawks convene for training camp. When it comes to the assistant head coach vacancy, however, that might need to be decided with a more one-sided approach. That choice ultimately should be made by Quenneville.

In a recent podcast, Pat Boyle and I discussed the Blackhawks’ need to work together on some upcoming decisions. But with the assistant coach, the head coach has to have the loudest voice. The head coach probably should even have the final vote. The relationship between coaches has to be there because they’re around each other constantly. They’ve got to be on the same page. There has to be trust from Day 1.

As for when the Blackhawks name that assistant, there appears to be nothing imminent. A source said Monday that the Blackhawks and Ulf Samuelsson have been in communication about the job — Chris Kuc of the Tribune first reported on Samuelsson on Sunday. On paper it looks like it would be a great fit. Samuelsson and Quenneville played several seasons together with the Hartford Whalers, along with current Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen. The relationship with Samuelsson has been there for a long time and it would make for a smoother transition. It might also provide somewhat of a panacea for Quenneville after former assistant Mike Kitchen, whose friendship with Quenneville also went back to their playing days, was fired last month.

Earlier this month Bowman told the Sun-Times that Quenneville will have a big role in the Blackhawks’ finding their next assistant coach, with the final choice being a “joint collaboration.” We get that there’s an order to these things and everyone has to be in agreement with the final decision. But in the end the head coach has to be 100-percent happy with his immediate staff. So whoever the next assistant coach is, the decision has to be 100 percent Quenneville’s.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: How big of a piece is Luis Robert in the White Sox rebuild?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: How big of a piece is Luis Robert in the White Sox rebuild?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Ben Finfer (ESPN 1000) and Kevin Fishbain (Northwest Herald) join CSN's David Kaplan on the panel. The Cubs new-look offense explodes while the Brewers are none too pleased with Saturday’s cancellation. Is there a budding rivalry between neighbors?

The White Sox get their man and sign Cuban prospect Luis Robert. How big of a piece is he in the rebuild?

Plus, the guys discuss how Mike Glennon will react when he meets the media, and they’ll try to figure out why Kap goes full meatball when LeBron James struggles.

Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast below. 

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