I have been covering the local sports scene for the last 30 years and in that time have seen more games and events then anybody. I’ve been privileged to have covered 9 local championships (6 by the Bulls, and one each by the Bears, White Sox & Blackhawks). I have also covered 3 no hitters and one perfect game and had the honor of covering the best basketball player ever on a daily basis. Not only do I love reporting on sports but I equally enjoy participating (Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Tennis…etc.) You name it and I love it. I’m a huge movie goer who also likes to travel and I own a piece of a local minor league baseball team as well as a piece of a local restaurant.
Matt Garza opened up on a lot of subjects Sunday as pitchers and catchers went through their first workout at Cub’s camp.
Theo Epstein was almost giddy talking about the beginning of Spring Training. The Cubs President said this has been a long time coming.
Marlon Byrd filled up the reporter’s notebook on Saturday. The first thing you noticed seeing is that there is less of him…20 lbs to be exact.
Coach Tom Thibodeau has constantly stated that if a player says he can play he will. But there are times when a coach has to take control and say no.
The Bulls confirmed that Luol Deng did indeed suffer a torn ligament in his left wrist but Deng said he is opting not to have surgery.
What are the Bulls waiting for in signing Tom Thibodeau to a contract extension? Yes, he does have a year plus left on his current deal but if they don’t show him some love soon he could be gone at the end of that deal.
Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw have received a lot of praise lately (and rightly so) but Jonathan Toews has been consistent all season long.
The Bulls tonight begin a crazy schedule that calls for them to play 3 straight nights and 7 games over the next 9 days. Crazy? You bet. But all the NBA teams are facing nutty schedules like this due to the shortened season.
If you hadn’t seen the Bulls over the last season plus and just watched them the first 3 quarters Tuesday night you would have thought this was the worst team in the NBA.
Daniel Carcillo was acquired by the Blackhawks for his grit and rugged play but he went way overboard Monday night and it cost his team a victory.
The scene in the locker room after the game here at Lambeau Field wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared. I anticipated a lot of long faces and angry scowls on the Bears player’s faces but instead was met with resignation.
It seems that the Bears and the Bulls have been trying to follow the same floor plan the last few years as far as building their teams.
Derrick Rose has always said he doesn’t play basketball for the money but regradless, he is about to become a very rich man. Rose and the Bulls have put the finishing touches on a new 5 year deal that totals about $94 million. The first year of the contract will be for about $16 million and then escalate from there.
Richard Hamilton will start in tonight’s preseason game against the Indiana Pacers, head coach Tom Thibodeau said Tuesday.
Richard “Rip” Hamilton could be a member of the Bulls shortly. Hamilton has already been officially released by the Pistons and is in the process of going through waivers. If, or when, he passes through the waivers, the Bulls will be ready with a 2 year contract for the veteran shooting guard.
It’s truly amazing how there is always two sides to a story. Out here in Denver the talk continues of “Tebowmania” Meanwhile back in Chicago the talk is pretty simple…The Bears blew this one BIG TIME.
Jerry Angelo said he was “embarrassed” by the attention he was getting Sunday following reports that he would retire at season’s end. Angelo firmly denied those reports, “I don’t know where that came from but it’s not true. I’m not upset by it. Rather, I’m amused”.
The Bulls have been chasing guard Rip Hamilton for almost 2 years and it looks like they will soon land him. Hamilton is in the process of being waived by the Detroit Pistons. Once that becomes official he would then have to pass through waivers which looks to be a formaility. Then the Bulls will sign him to a deal that sources are calling $10 million over 2 years.
With all the rumors coming into the Winter Meetings concerning the Cubs & White Sox, who would have thought the biggest story for Chicago was someone leaving it. The Cubs still make a minor, and I emphasize a minor, deal before they leave town while the Sox are done here.
Are the Cubs closing in some kind of deals? General Manager Jed Hoyer indicated that they are, “We’ve been real busy talking to teams and agents. It’s been really productive and hopefully that will leads to us getting some players before we leave these meetings”.