Word on the Street: Rose feeling pressure from MJ?

Word on the Street: Rose feeling pressure from MJ?

Monday, March 14, 2011CSNChicago.com

Rose feeling pressured by Jordan's praise?

After announcing to the press that his pick for MVP was Derrick Rose, and telling thousands of fans at a packed United Center that more championships were on the way for Chicago, Michael Jordan may have put more stress on his old team than he had originally intended.

"That's a lot of pressure," Rose said. "A lot of pressure, I don't know why he did it. We're still trying to become a 48-minute team and that's the only thing we're worried about right now." (Pro Basketball Talk)

Does Milbury think Blackhawks can repeat?

When the Blackhawks visited the Capitals on Sunday, Pierre Lebrun asked Mike Milbury if he thought the Hawks could win the Stanley Cup two years in a row. Milbury said there is indeed hope for the team, but that it would be a difficult feat to accomplish.

"They've really turned it up a notch in the last couple of months," Milbury said. I think Toews has got 'em going in the right direction. But they've got a lot of guys to get through before they get to the finals. It'll be a tough road for them."

He also called Patrick Kane a "lovable imp," saying "he's the guy that puts tacks on seats and gum under the desks." (Pro Hockey Talk)

DePaul Women's Basketball earns No. 3 seed

The records keep coming in for the DePaul Women's Basketball team. The Blue Demons earned a program-best No. 3 seed in the 2011 NCAA Championship. This marks the ninth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance for DePaul. The Blue Demons have been invited to 16 tournaments with its first appearance coming in 1990.

The Blue Demons play 14th seeded Navy on Saturday, Mar. 19th at Penn State. (DePaulBlueDemons.com)

Should the Blackhawks regret losing Niemi?

Well, Puck Daddy seems to be heading in that direction. Last year, the Blackhawks walked away from an arbitration decision that ended up making Antti Niemi a free agent. He was quickly picked up by the San Jose Sharks for a 1-year deal, then received a a 4-year contract extension.

Meanwhile, rookie Core Crawford has appeared in 39 games this season, taking over the starting gig from Marty Turco much in the same way Niemi burie Cristobal Huet on the depth chart last season. Crawford is a likely finalist for the Calder trophy as a rookie netminder.

But the thing that nets the most press about this dispute? That would be Niemi's 3-0-0 record with a 1.96 GAA in three starts against the Blackhawks. (Puck Daddy)

Calvin Johnson catch will not lead to rule change

Remember that Calvin Johnson catch that wasn't a catch with 24 seconds remaining in the Week 1 meeting between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field? Despite the fact that many assumed the league would rework the rule, a change will not be made in the NFL.

"That play will still be incomplete," New York Giants owner John Mara, a member of the competition committee said.

The reason behind remaining with the status quo is the belief that a change would leave too much interpretation for the officials. (National Football Post)

White Sox manager Rick Renteria 'surprised' Melky Cabrera hasn't been traded

White Sox manager Rick Renteria 'surprised' Melky Cabrera hasn't been traded

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The White Sox have offloaded more pieces in the past eight months than that furniture store that always seems to be going out of business.

Everything. Must. Go.

Even so, the team hasn’t found any takers for veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who finished with four hits in Saturday night’s 7-2 White Sox loss to the Kansas City Royals. Cabrera finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in two runs. That Cabrera still resides on the South Side is a surprise to White Sox manager Rick Renteria.

“Honestly yeah, to be honest,” Renteria said. “To me he’s a premier Major League baseball player who has been playing outstanding defense. And he has been for us one of the two or three guys who has been timing his hitting in terms of driving in runs when we need them, putting together really good at-bats when we need them. Just playing the game. Yeah, kind of surprised.”

Despite making their intentions known that everyone short of Tim Anderson and Carlos Rodon are available, Cabrera’s name has barely registered a blip on the radar when it comes to trade rumors.

Several factors have probably prevented Cabrera from being dealt, the biggest being his salary. Cabrera is still owed roughly $6.3 million of his $15 million salary, which makes him an expensive option.

Defensive metrics also don’t have much love for Cabrera despite his eight outfield assists. Cabrera’s lack of range has produced minus-6 Defensive Runs Saved and a minus-4.7 Ultimate Zone Rating.

Those figures likely would like have teams lean toward making Cabrera a designated hitter. While he’s been one of the team’s most consistent and prominent offensive performers, Cabrera’s .786 ranks only about 38th in the American League.

As FanRag’s Jon Heyman noted earlier Saturday, to trade Cabrera the White Sox would likely have to eat most of the outfielder’s remaining salary.

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