Word on the Street: Ozzie's Sox 'painful' to watch

Word on the Street: Ozzie's Sox 'painful' to watch

Bears No. 1 draft pick Gabe Carimi throws out the first pitch at the White Sox game Sunday afternoon. (AP)
Sunday, May 1, 2011
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Ozzie didn't enjoy watching Sox on TV

While serving the first game of his suspension Friday night, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen admitted he tried watching the game on TV, but had to turn it off.

Guillen told the Chicago Tribune that, "I watched the first few innings, but that was enough. It was painful to watch, as a fan. "On TV, you see everything. They showed the replay a few times and you don't want to see it. At least when you manage, you just see it once. On TV, they always want to run it one more time." (ChicagoTribune.com)Scalabrine does a wicked Thibodeau impression, but...his wife, Kristen, won't let him show it off in public. The veteran Bulls forward knows his head coach extremely well after playing for him for three years in Boston and this year in Chicago. He has showed off a good impression of the head coach at home for his wife and two children before."Tom has these short busts of yells," Scalabrine said. "And he yells at me, but it's not like yelling. That's just how he talks.

"So I came home and my kids were on the couch. And I was like, 'C'mon, get off the couch! Let's go! We're not going to do this now!' I did that for like 10 straight minutes. And my wife was like, 'Yo, you need to relax. You're not at work anymore. You're home. And you're not the coach and the kids aren't your players.' (ChicagoSports.com)Former Bear shot, not seriously hurtFormer Bears defensive back R.W. McQuarters was shot early Saturday as he left a friend's Tulsa residence, but injuries were not life threatening according to police. McQuarters was in his car when he heard several shots and felt himself get shot. The shot went through the driver's window and police do not have a description of the shooter. (TulsaWorld.com)
Ravens still upset with Bears over draft trade fiascoAfter Chicago refused to give up a draft pick to Baltimore to make up for their trade snafu, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh decided it was time to speak up."I can't imagine why they would be so opposed to doing this," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Saturday. "I thought Steve said it well. You're talking about your reputation. You're talking about how you do business. The McCaskeys are the McCaskeys. They are the NFL. I really think if they were making the decision, I'm pretty sure their fourth-round pick wouldn't be worth the history of their reputation." (NationalFootballPost.com)
White Sox can't be this bad, right?
Following Sunday's loss to the Orioles, Chicago fell to 10-19 having won only three times in their last 18 games. Is the team that many picked to win the A.L. Central division really this bad or just in an awful stretch of baseball right now? (SunTimes.com)

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred open to idea of Cubs hosting All-Star Game at renovated Wrigley Field

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred open to idea of Cubs hosting All-Star Game at renovated Wrigley Field

PHOENIX – Rob Manfred is open to the idea of an All-Star Game at a fully renovated Wrigley Field, but the Major League Baseball commissioner won't make any guarantees about the 2020 target date the Cubs have proposed in a joint lobbying effort with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office.

"I'm not going to get into specific years," Manfred said Tuesday during a Cactus League media event at the Arizona Biltmore. "Because there's a number of clubs – we're fortunate – that have interest in particular years. And I don't want to say anything that would suggest that I'm anywhere near making a decision."

During last month's Cubs Convention, president of business operations Crane Kenney expressed optimism in a Super Bowl-style bidding process, and not the old way of simply alternating the showcase event between the American and National leagues each year.

The Cubs will point to their starring role in a World Series that beat the NFL's "Sunday Night Football" in head-to-head TV ratings and saw more than 40 million people tune in for Game 7. By 2020, the $600 million Wrigleyville development is supposed to be finished, and Emanuel helped broker the deals that moved the NFL draft to Chicago the last two years after a long run at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

"I will say this: A renovated Wrigley Field would be a great location for an All-Star Game," Manfred said. "Chicago is a great city. And over time, we have tried to go to cities that would be great locations for the game – and to reward cities that had made substantial investments in either new or renovated facilities."

The Cubs still see potential roadblocks, needing City Hall's help with an increased security presence around an urban neighborhood ballpark that hasn't hosted the Midsummer Classic since 1990.

Kenney also acknowledged that All-Star Games have been used as bargaining chips in public negotiations in cities like Miami and Washington – Marlins Park (2017) and Nationals Park (2018) will make it four straight All-Star Games for NL stadiums – while the Ricketts family used private mechanisms to fund the project after striking out on other proposals. 

Nemanja Nikolic channels his inner MJ in jersey number

Nemanja Nikolic channels his inner MJ in jersey number

Jersey numbers can be a big deal in soccer. Who is the team's No. 10? Who is the No. 9?

Nemanja Nikolic, a forward who joined the Chicago Fire this offseason as a Designated Player, didn't have the choice of either number that is famously associated with marquee attacking players because both were taken by returning players on the Fire. Instead, he landed on a number more famous in Chicago sports than in soccer.

Nikolic will be wearing 23.

The Fire announced the jersey numbers for the 2017 season with Nikolic's 23 a part of the list. Every returning player kept the same number as last season.

It goes without saying that wearing the No. 23 in Chicago comes with an extra bit of notoriety. Ever since Michael Jordan donned the No. 23 for the Chicago Bulls, it has been a common sight to find the best player on a Chicagoland high school basketball team wearing No. 23. That doesn't translate to the world of soccer, but in Chicago fans will notice.

A spokesman for the club said the number was more coincidence than intentional MJ reference, but if Nikolic has a good season don't be surprised to see signs at Toyota Park referencing Nikolic's jersey number.

In the preseason some of the players have been wearing different jersey numbers from what they will in the regular season. Nikolic has been wearing No. 9 in preseason matches.

Here is a list of the other newcomers and the numbers they will be wearing:

Jorge Bava: 1

Dax McCarty: 6

Djordje Mihailovic: 14

Juninho: 19

Daniel Johnson: 20

Stefan Cleveland: 30