Word on the Street: Should Bears take flyer on Moss?

Word on the Street: Should Bears take flyer on Moss?

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010
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Should the Bears take a flyer on Randy Moss?

Everybody seems to have mixed opinions on the matter. CSNChicago's own John "Moon" Mullin thinks it could be disastrous and the thought of having Moss and Cutler in the same huddle is "frightening."

Brian Urlacher says it wouldn't hurt his feelings at all when asked about adding Moss to the Bears on the Dan Patrick show on CSN this morning.

Chicago Tribune's Dan Pompei believes the Bears should at least be considering Moss, but also said the enigmatic WR would need to go to a "contending team with a void at wide receiver, a strong head coach, a secure quarterback whose leadership is unquestioned and an offensive scheme that will allow him to do his thing."

Kyle Koster of the Chicago Sun-Times feels Moss is the last thing the Bears need, citing the weak offensive line as the most prime need first and foremost. (CSNChicago.com, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times)

Still interested in Sosa's corked bat?

If you were interested in buying Sammy Sosa's corked bat from June 3, 2003 but wasn't able to attend the auction Sunday night, you're in luck. The infamous bat didn't sell.

The bat, which has been the property of former Cubs reliever Mike Remlinger since '03, was originally priced for 15,000, but the highest bid was for 14,407. The bat is now either going to be sold to the highest bidder or will be sold privately. (ABC News)

Is Adam Dunn a good fit in the Windy City?
The Cubbies Crib blog analyzes whether prized free agent Adam Dunn is worth it for the North Siders, as he will likely command a pretty penny for a team that is supposed to be cutting back on payroll. Writer Jordan Campbell offers three cheaper options, including Aubrey Huff, who just won a World Series ring with the Giants. (CubbiesCrib.com)

Five Chicago baseball prospects named to AFL Rising Stars game

Outfielder Jared Mitchell, infielder Eduardo Escobar and pitcher Anthony Carter of the White Sox' organization and pitcher Chris Carpenter and infielder Josh Vitters of the Cubs' organziation were all named to play in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game that will take place on Saturday. (Chicago Tribune)

Marlins set to sign Rodriguez as manager

The Florida Marlins are expected to announce Edwin Rodriguez as the organization's new manager as early as Wednesday. Reports came out late last week indicating the Marlins were very interested in White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen and would even be willing to trade top outfield prospect Mike Stanton for the outspoken manager, but those reports were found to be untrue. (Palm Beach Post)

Warner has some words of advice for Cutler

Kurt Warner, a product of the "Greatest Show on Turf" in St. Louis with current Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, has a few words of advice for current Chicago QB Jay Cutler.
Warner said Cutler is "a perfect fit from a confidence, from an ability standpoint."

"But where I think it has to adjust is he's got to be able to anticipate within that offense and see things ahead of time, throw the ball before a guy gets open, trust the guy to come open or move to his next read. That's where I see him struggling right now within that offense." (LA Times)
Texans waive Ogunleye

Defensive end Adawale Ogunleye, a former Bears player, was placed on waivers by the Houston Texans Tuesday. The Texans also picked up former Bear DE Mark Anderson when he was dropped from Chicago earlier this season. (Chicago Tribune)

Sky nab third pick in WNBA draft

The Chicago Sky, who finished 14-20 last season, wound up with the third pick in the 2011 WNBA draft. The Minnesota Lynx will pick first, followed by the Tulsa Shock. (Chicago Tribune)

Blackhawks look to keep rolling vs. Coyotes

Blackhawks look to keep rolling vs. Coyotes

The last time the Blackhawks faced the Arizona Coyotes was the first game the current top line of Nick Schmaltz, Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik were thrown together.

Yeah, the combination's worked out well. So has the Blackhawks' game in general, as they've won seven of eight including that Feb. 2 game. Now the Blackhawks will try to keep the momentum rolling with their lines and their game when they host the Coyotes Thursday night at the United Center.

The Blackhawks' current run of success started in the desert and part of that has been finding more consistent lines. Everything else has gradually improved off of that, from goal scoring to puck possession.

"I think it's puck possession, puck control, pace to the game," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we were very inconsistent in that early and we were defending way more than we were accustomed to. You're vulnerable for penalties, you're vulnerable for quality scoring chances against and not generating enough. I think that's the progression in our game now, it seems like all four lines are having the puck and having some zone time and having some rush chances, zone chances and it seems like every line's contributing there, and that's the big difference."

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The Blackhawks' top line didn't have immediate chemistry but Quenneville kept them together and let them work on it. But as Toews said, it was about the group keeping the all-around game going, points or no points.

"Sometimes you just gotta work until things start clicking," Toews said. "Everyone seems to start paying attention when you start scoring goals, regardless of [the fact you're] doing things right. It's nice that we're scoring but we have to stick with what's making us a successful line at both ends of the rink right now."

Corey Crawford will start vs. the Coyotes. Niklas Hjalmarsson did not skate this morning but is expected to play. Quenneville said Michal Rozsival could draw into the lineup.

Broadcast information

Time: 7:30 p.m.
TV: CSN
Live stream: CSNChicago.com

Blackhawks lines

Nick Schmaltz -Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Marian Hossa
Ryan Hartman-Tanner Kero-Vinnie Hinostroza

Defensive pairs

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Michal Rozsival-Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goaltender

Corey Crawford

Injuries 

None

Coyotes lines (via Arizona Republic)

Tobias Rieder-Martin Hanzal-Radim Vrbata
Brendan Perlini-Christian Dvorak-Shane Doan
Max Domi -Alex Burmistrov-Ryan White
Jamie McGinn-Jordan Martinook-Josh Jooris

Defensive pairs

Oliver Ekman-Larsson-Luke Schenn
Alex Goligoski-Anthony DeAngelo
Jakob Chychrun-Connor Murphy

Goaltender

Mike Smith

Injuries

Lawson Crouse (lower body), Brad Richardson (tibia)

Ranking the five best games Mark Buehrle pitched with the White Sox

Ranking the five best games Mark Buehrle pitched with the White Sox

The White Sox will retire Mark Buehrle's No. 56 prior to June 24's game against the Oakland Athletics, a deserving honor for one of the best pitchers in franchise history. The left-hander compiled a 3.83 ERA and won 161 games during 12 seasons with the White Sox, and perhaps more impressively, he threw over 200 innings every year he was a full-time member of the team's starting rotation. 

So with the White Sox announcing Buehrle's number retirement ceremony for this summer, let's take a look back at the best games the St. Charles, Mo. native pitched with the White Sox. 

1. July 23, 2009: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 6 K vs. Tampa Bay. Time of game: 2:03

Buehrle's perfect game, complete with Dewayne Wise's legendary catch, sits at the top of mountain of Buehrle's historic achievements with the White Sox. This was a vintage Buehrle game, with him working quickly and getting plenty of weak contact. It just turned out that Tampa Bay couldn't get anyone on base in it.

2. April 18, 2007: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K vs. Texas. Time of game: 2:03

By game score, this was actually the best game Buehrle pitched in his career thanks to the two more strikeouts he had than in his perfect game. And in no-hitting the Rangers, Buehrle still faced the minimum — after walking Sammy Sosa, he picked off the former Cubs slugger. 

3. April 16, 2005: 9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K vs. Seattle. Time of game: 1:39

The 99-minute game might get lost in Buehrle's career thanks to his no-hitter and perfect game, but it's right up there in terms of how impressive it was. Not only did Buehrle set a career high in strikeouts against Seattle, but only one Mariners player got a hit that day (Ichiro, who naturally had all three). And it was the first — and still only — nine-inning game to be completed in under 100 minutes since 1984.

4. Aug. 3, 2001: 9 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 K vs. Tampa Bay. Time of game: 2:12

Before Buehrle was an All-Star, World Series winner and no-hitter/perfect game thrower, he took a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Devil Rays before Damian Rolls singled to break it up. This wasn't Buehrle's first great start of his career — that came in a three-hit shutout of the Detroit Tigers on May 26, 2001 — but it stood up for a decade and a half as one of the best games he pitched in the majors. 

5. July 21, 2004: 0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 K vs. Cleveland. Time of game: 2:31

This was another brush with perfection for Buehrle, who only allowed a one-out, seventh-inning single to Omar Vizquel (he got Matt Lawton to hit into a double play after, allowing him to face the minimum for the first time in his career). This is the longest game in Buehrle's top five thanks to the White Sox blasting Cliff Lee and the Indians for 14 runs, but even then, barely over two and a half hours was a relatively brisk pace.