Word on the Street: Rodgers has Cutler's back

Word on the Street: Rodgers has Cutler's back

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011
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Rodgers has Cutler's back

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got the win on Sunday, but he's still looking out for his old friend Jay Cutler.

After hearing Cutler's toughness questioned this week, Rodgers says the criticism is "very inappropriate" and "disrespectful." Rodgers also applauded Bears players for sticking up for their teammate.

Among the critics was Maurice Jones-Drew, who has since apologized for his comments of Cutler. The running back has received death threats because of his remarks, and he's upset that the media does not seem to care.

"I guess death threats towards me and my family isn't head line news but me tweeting my opinion about a person is..." Jones-Drew said on his Twitter account. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Bulls rank top 3 most valuable in NBA

The Chicago Bulls have been ranked as the third most valuable franchise in the NBA. According to Forbes, the franchise is valued at 511 million.

The Bulls fell short of the Los Angeles Lakers (643 million) and the New York Knicks. The Knicks' value rose 12 percent from 586 million to 655 million. (Chicago Tribune)

Blackhawks head to Saskatoon for preseason game

The Blackhawks are headed up north again. CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers reports that the Blackhawks will play the Edmonton Oilers in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in a preseason game on Sept. 20.

Earlier this season, the squad started off the 2010 preseason schedule against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Jonathan Toews' hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.(CSNChicago.com)

Contador banned for 1-year?

Cycling officals in Spain proposed a one-year ban for Alberto Contador. The cyclist failed a Tour de France doping test in 2010.

If banned, Contador would lose his third Tour title because of the positive clenbuterol result he blames on contaminated meat. Plus, he'd be ineligible to compete in this year's Tour.(Chicago Tribune)

Cubs introduce new team license plate

The Chicago Cubs unveiled their own permanent license plate during a news conference featuring Tom Ricketts, Ernie Banks, and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.

The Cubs are now the second Chicago team with their own permanent plates. The Chicago Blackhawks released their team plate last October.

To pre-order the 69 plate, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Colon signs with Yankees

He's been out of the major leagues since 2009, but that couldn't stop him from getting a deal with the Yankees. The former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon agreed to a minor league contract with the New York team.

The 37-year-old right-hander was released by the White Sox in September 2009 after going 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 starts. (Chicago Tribune)

Former Blackhawks D-man Trevor Daley reflects on bittersweet postseason with Penguins

Former Blackhawks D-man Trevor Daley reflects on bittersweet postseason with Penguins

Trevor Daley’s hearing the same chatter in the Pittsburgh Penguins this season as he did with the Blackhawks last fall.

“It feels a lot like when I started last year with Chicago, where a lot of guys were speaking the same thing: ‘We want to try to do it again,’” Daley said on Wednesday evening. “I felt I was in that situation with the same feeling with the guys around me, so it was an exciting time.”

Well, there is one difference this time around. When Daley was traded to the Blackhawks in the summer of 2015 he didn’t know that feeling of winning a Stanley Cup. Now, he does. After the Blackhawks traded Daley to Pittsburgh he became a key part of the Penguins’ run to their Cup triumph.

Daley fit in immediately with the Penguins because they all found common ground: he wasn’t the only one going through changes at the time. Daley was traded to Pittsburgh two days after the team named Mike Sullivan its new head coach.

“The way they were going with a new coach coming in, I think everyone was happy to have a fresh start, including myself. I felt I was in the same situation they were,” Daley said. “It all worked out obviously in the long run. But a lot for my success had to do with being on the same page as everyone else.”

Daley suffered a fractured ankle in late May, missing the rest of the postseason. But after the Penguins won the Cup in Game 6 against the San Jose Sharks, Daley, on the ice in full uniform and skates, was the first to get the Cup from captain Sidney Crosby.

“When you get to hoist that thing,” Daley said. “There’s nothing better than that.”

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The postseason was bittersweet for Daley, as his mother became ill with cancer as the playoffs began. She got to see Daley hoist the Cup on June 13. Sadly, she died on June 21.

“Pittsburgh was great to me. I got to go home in between series. When I had time off I got to see her and when I got hurt I got to spend more time with her. It did make it bittersweet,” Daley said. “Before she passed she would always say, ‘Why are you here? I want you to be playing.’ But under the circumstances, at least I got to say I got to spend a little more time with her.”

The Penguins are waiting for a few players, including Crosby, to return from the World Cup. Who knows how the season unfolds but much like last fall, Daley is part of the let’s-try-to-repeat talk.

“We’re excited for those guys to be able to have the opportunity they have [at World Cup]. We get to watch the best player in the world doing what he does, knowing he’s coming back to us,” Daley said of Crosby. “We’ve been enjoying it; we’ve been staying in touch with them while they’re gone. Most of them are back now. Those guys are going to be ready to go. They’ve already played some big games, so it’ll be good.”

Bears have run hurry-up offense, Brian Hoyer style

Bears have run hurry-up offense, Brian Hoyer style

Brian Hoyer spent Wednesday’s practice as the presumptive No. 1 quarterback, sources said, and with Jay Cutler limited due to his thumb injury, the Bears began prep for the Detroit Lions next Sunday in Soldier Field with Hoyer getting more used to the offense that he has only sparingly run since training camp.

Some of Hoyer’s teammates spent Wednesday’s practice getting a little more used to him.

A veteran of 27 NFL starts, Hoyer doesn’t do things the way Cutler does them. He doesn’t throw as hard. He doesn’t throw as far. And he runs a sort-of hurry-up offense compared to Cutler.

“Hoyer has a real good sense of urgency to him,” said left tackle Charles Leno Jr. “He’s more fast paced. He likes to quicken up things, whether it’s the cadence, the flow – he just has a real natural sense of urgency about himself.”

This involves more than just a feeling. The Bears ARE faster under Hoyer, based on one very unofficial measure, because game situations differ even though the Bears ultimately lost all three games.

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Based on snaps and time played, the Bears have run 2.2 plays per minute with Cutler. They have run 2.6 per minute, approaching 20 percent more, under “urgent” Hoyer.

The play rate, however, is not entirely on the quarterback. Like all teams, the Bears build tempos into their system, and defenses also dictate some of how the Bears elect to work.

Still, “Jay is more laid back, more relaxed, even-keeled,” Leno said, smiling. “But that’s just Hoyer, more sense of urgency."