Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011
Soldier Field getting turf makeover?
After numerous complaints about the poor footing at Soldier Field this season, the Bears might do something about it as general manager Jerry Angelo stated the franchise will evaluate its playing surface.
"We'll talk about it. We talked about it last year," Angelo said. "And I know that Ted (Phillips) said he wants to get more comfortable in the research, and he has done a lot of research. And I'm not ruling it out, and we'll do our due diligence again with the research. Everyone wants a fast surface. I don't think any NFL teams wants to play with three inches of grass on the field. Everybody is looking for that and we're no different. So we'll convene, go through that again and see what the results are based on the studies and going forth." (chicagobreakingsports.com)
Of course, Angelo's comments on Thursday might have to be taken with a grain of salt. After all, he did question the Bears abilities, stating: "I don't see this as a team of great talent."
Urlacher earns NFL honors
Brian Urlacher has been named NFL defensive player of the month for December - and one game in January. Urlacher recorded 49 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and three passes defensed. This is Urlacher's first career player of the month award and second straight for the Bears after Julius Peppers earned the honor in November. The middle linebacker was selected to his seventh Pro Bowl. (profootballtalk.com)
Cubs Convention packed with events, still not sold out
More than 50 current and former members of the Cubs, coaches and prospects are scheduled to attend the organization's annual three-day fan fest next week.
At this year's convention - the 26th of its kind - current Cubs hurlers will discuss the evolution of pitching. Aramis Ramirez, Starlin Castro and Carlos Pena will talk about their heritage in a session called, "The Dominican Way of Life."
Want to test out the Cubs new manager and his staff? Attend "The Q Factor" where Mike Quade, Mark Riggins, Rudy Jaramillo and others will give you insight to their techniques and philosophy. (cubs.mlb.com)
Get White Sox spring training tickets Friday
All single-game tickets for White Sox Cactus League games go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at the box office at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Glendale on Thursday, Feb. 17 and the first day of full-squad workouts is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 22. (azcentral.com)