Word on the Street: Probert, Duerson had same brain disease

Word on the Street: Probert, Duerson had same brain disease

Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011
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Late Probert had same brain disease as Duerson

Former Blackhawks forward Bob Probert suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Probert died of heart failure last July. CTE is a degenerative brain disease found in people who have had a history of repetitive brain trauma including concussions.

This comes nearly two weeks after former Bears safety Dave Duerson committed suicide and asked that his brain be donated to the same facility. Duerson's family contacted Boston University to examine Duerson's brain for abnormalities related to CTE. (New York Times)

Scuffle in Cubs dugout

Dust was flying in the Cubs dugout after the first inning duringWednesday's game against Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs made three errorsin the inning, which in turn led to three unearned runs. Carlos Silvaappeared to be involved in the scuffle, coming into the dugout angrily. Apparentlysome words were exchanged and players scrambled to break up the incident.

Silva was removed from the game the next inning. Strength coach TimBuss walked Silva to the clubhouse after the top half of the third, butsaid that Siva was "not in the right frame of mind to talk." (CSNChicago.com)

Sox Pierzynski gets speeding before ST game

While making his way to the White Sox's spring training game against the Cinncinnati Reds in Goodyear, Ariz., A.J. Pierzynski was ticketed for speeding. The White Sox catcher's gray and black Sox road uniform eliminated any chance of getting out of the ticket.

Pierzynski was ticketed for going 10 m.p.h. over the speed limit.

His manager, Ozzie Guillen, apparently found the situation hilarious: Whit the uniform on thas funny arizona polices are awesome lol, Guillen tweeted. Please policeman be nice and send insurance card back to aj. 223 tickets in his live lol lol (CSNChicago.com)

Toews to host golf event

It seems Jonathan Toews will have to take his skills to the golf course. TSN is reporting that the Chicago Blackhawks captain was named official host of the Canadian Tour event in his hometown of Winnipeg.

"I'm really looking forward to expanding my role," Toews said in a statement. "It's an amazing Canadian Tour event with a very bright future."

The tournament will be July 14-17 at Pine Ridge Golf Club. (TSN)

Rose's summer text to Lebron

In a long feature story in this week's Sports Illustrated, the transformation of Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose over the summer caught the organization off guard. He emerged as a leader, no longer willing to defer to his teammates.

But this development was best revealed in a text he sent to LeBron James while James was shopping his talents around the NBA. Rose sent the message as damage control because of the assumed ambivalence of James possibly joining the Bulls.

"I'm just hitting you up to kill all the rumors that I don't want to play with you," he wrote. "I'd like to play with you. I just want to win." (Sports Illustrated)

Ex-Bull Hinrich not a fan of guarding Rose

Despite missing Monday's game because of a calf injury, Kirk Hinrich will face his old team, the Chicago Bulls, tonight. But he knows what that will entail: a tough battle against Derrick Rose, who he is matched with.

"It's a nightmare," Hinrich said of trying to cover the MVP candidate. "With his strength and athleticism, it definitely has to be a team effort, that's for sure." (Chicago Breaking Sports)

33 Days to Kickoff: Westmont

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33 Days to Kickoff: Westmont

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Westmont

Head coach: Dan Woulfe

Assistant Coaches:  Dan McCulloch, Mitch Balek, Joe Helton, Scott Helton, Ryan Cahill

How they fared in 2016: 1-8 (0-5 Interstate 8 Small Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th @ Lake View

September 1st vs Chicago Tech Academy Charter

September 8th @ Wilmington

September 15th vs Seneca

September 22nd @ Reed-Custer

September 29th vs Peotone

October 6th @ Lisle

October 13th @ Streator

October 20th vs Plano

Biggest storyline: Can the Sentinels improve upon it's 1-8 season a year ago?

Names to watch this season:  Senior OL/DL Dustin Samoulis Senior QB Brenton Baldwin

Biggest holes to fill: The Sentinels will look to reload upfront on both the offensive and defensive lines this summer. 

EDGY's Early Take: Westmont first year head coach Dan Woulfe, who takes over for Hall of Fame head coach Otto Zeman this fall will look to get the Sentinels back on the winning track. Westmont welcomes back 9 starters (4 offense 5 defense) and the biggest key will be finding new linemen to step up this fall.

Confident Blackhawks youth ready to take the next step

Confident Blackhawks youth ready to take the next step

Ryan Hartman likes how he feels approaching this season, his sophomore stint with the Blackhawks. Scoring 19 goals, earning the trust of the coaches and gaining a good deal of responsibility in your rookie season will do that for you.

“It’s feeling like I should be there,” he said on Friday. “Maybe sometimes when you first get called up, you’re like, ‘Wow, I’m here,’ and you’re still thinking about that. Now it’s just feeling like hockey for me and how it’s always supposed to be.”

More confidence is there for Hartman, as well as a few other young Blackhawks players who cut their teeth last year. That’s good, because those guys, having shown what they can do, will likely get more responsibility this season.

That includes Nick Schmaltz, who will either get first crack at the second-line left wing vacancy or help the Blackhawks at center, which he says is his preference “but I’m fine with wing, too.” Schmaltz struggled to start last season but following a few games in Rockford, he returned a more confident player. He played well with Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik on the top line and filled in for Artem Anisimov later in the season.

“I was nervous coming in. I didn’t know if it was going to work and I gained confidence game by game and felt more comfortable,” he said. “I was making the plays I’m used to making.”

When Tanner Kero was recalled right before Christmas, it was because of Anisimov’s injury. But outside of a bye-week return to Rockford Kero turned that call-up into a full-time gig, giving the Blackhawks another bottom-six center option and earning himself a two-year contract. With Marcus Kruger and Dennis Rasmussen no longer here, Kero is expected to have that third- or fourth-line center role; thanks to experience gained last season, Kero’s more comfortable now.

“It was great,” he said. “Going in, you’re not sure. It’s day-to-day to start and you just want to prove yourself and get those opportunities, get trust and more ice time. As the season went on I got more confident, trusted my game more. Going into the season I’m going in with a lot more confidence.”

John Hayden felt fairly comfortable when he joined the Blackhawks last spring thanks to his senior season at Yale – “I needed that fourth year as a player and a person,” he said. Still, getting in some NHL games, getting a feel for the pro level and gaining familiarity with the Blackhawks will benefit him in September.

“It’s important considering it’s my first training camp and I’ll know a lot of the guys, which helps a ton. From an on-ice standpoint, I have that experience,” he said. “I’ve spent a ton of time addressing areas in need of improvement all in all I’m excited for training camp.”

But Hartman and others don’t see it as weight on their shoulders.

“I don’t think there’s pressure,” Hartman said. “When you look back you want to see improvements every year, you want to see yourself becoming a better hockey player. That’s something I want to do, I want to be able to look back and say I had a good career my first year but each year I got progressively better. That’s where my mindset is at.”

There’s more opportunity for the young players but Hayden says that’s true of everyone.

“I don’t really analyze opportunity. Regardless of the team, it’s going to be competitive,” he said. “Every summer you have to have a hard-working mindset and do what you can to show up in the fall in the best shape of your life.”

The Blackhawks’ young players have all set the bar at a certain level and will be expected to improve. It takes confidence to take that next step. Thanks to experience gained last season, they’re feeling good about taking it.