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)

Edgy Tim goes one-on-one with Mount Carmel's Terrance Taylor

Edgy Tim goes one-on-one with Mount Carmel's Terrance Taylor

Mount Carmel junior defensive end/outside linebacker Terrance Taylor (6-foot-4, 204 pounds) was simply one of the most impressive overall performers at the EDGYTIM Underclassmen Showcase, powered by EFT Football Academy.

Taylor, who worked out as a linebacker at the showcase, also plays defensive end for Hall of Fame head coach Frank Lenti's Caravan. Taylor, who has two early verbal scholarship offers from Central Michigan and Toledo, has the look, tools, overall physical upside and potential to become a highly sought after recruit in the Class of 2018.

Take a few minutes to meet Taylor in the video above.

Fire showing patience with emotional Dax McCarty

Fire showing patience with emotional Dax McCarty

The Chicago Fire opened its preseason on Monday, but much of the focus was on a player that wasn’t there: Dax McCarty.

The Fire traded for the midfielder from the New York Red Bulls last week and he is in camp with the U.S. national team.

Leaving New York hasn’t been easy for McCarty. He tweeted a lengthy thank you note to Red Bull fans on Sunday and still hasn’t mentioned anything about the Fire publically.

Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez and coach Veljko Paunovic visited McCarty at national team camp last week to make introductions.

“We obviously knew that this had to come as a surprise to him,” Rodriguez said on Monday. “A captain of another team, he had just gotten married. There’s never a good time to have unexpected change hit you.”

Getting McCarty on board with what the club is building is going to be key for the team’s success in 2017. Integrating McCarty and the other high-profile offseason additions, fellow midfielder Juninho and striker Nemanja Nikolic, into what Paunovic wants to implement will play a big role in how the Fire start the season. In order to do so effectively means making McCarty happy with his new team.

“For sure he’s a very, very emotional guy,” Paunovic said. “I like the way he expressed how he feels at this point. We all have to empathize with that and respect his time and the situation that he is going through.”

As poor as the timing of McCarty being traded two days after getting married was, it could be to the Fire’s benefit that McCarty is with the national team now and can have some time to process the change before arriving in preseason camp with the Fire in Florida in February.

“We are waiting for him here with open arms and waiting for him to come back, to handle all this situation, to go through that, then come here clear with desire that he played so far, with the same passion, with the same effort on and off the field and for sure with leadership that he will bring to our locker room,” Paunovic said.

For now, both Rodriguez and Paunovic are preaching patience. Rodriguez said McCarty was the top target of the Fire and said the move was six months in the making.

“We respected his need to breathe and to have time to go through his emotions, to spend time with his wife,” Rodriguez said. “I think everything will come in its due course and when his time with the national team camp ends we’ll give him a little time that he might need to recover from that camp and to attend to some personal matters and we’ll embrace him when he comes.

“For those of us that are married we know that happy wife equals happy life so we have work to do with Dax and his wife and his family and having them feel comfortable about Chicago. They were looking to put down roots in New York. Whether it’s unexpected like that or it’s someone like Nemanja Nikolic who chose us and chose to come here, we still have to work with him and his family and acclimating them. Our approach and our attitude is the same, although the circumstances are different. We have to be empathetic to the sensitivity that Dax and his wife are going through.”