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Defying the Odds: Bears Are Jets’ Mirror Image

Posted by sasilverandblack on 19th January 2011

The Chicago Bears are in the NFC Championship Game. They won the NFC North. They have an opportunity to play in the Super Bowl for the second time in five years. Can somebody tell me how they got to this point?

The Bears’ playoff hopes seemed dim at the start of the season. It was the Packers and Vikings who were supposed to be in the playoffs. But as one team falls in the division, another rises. The Vikings turned in a turmoil-filled and ineffective 6-10 season, so it was the Bears who took advantage of their struggles.

The addition of Mike Martz to the coaching staff had the people in Chicago raving. He will be a great coach to Jay Cutler, who struggled in his first year with the Bears last season. It turns out the marriage has been successful to this point. With this said, I find myself asking the same question: how did they get to this point?

The Bears started the season 4-3. That included a loss to a team they beat last week in the Seahawks. That also included a game in which Cutler threw the ball to Redskins’ cornerback DeAngelo Hall four times for interceptions in a 17-14 loss. But Bears supporters and analysts will tell you that was a different team. They proceeded to finish the season 7-2. The only blowouts during that stretch were a pair of wins against the disastrous Vikings and the inconsistent Dolphins, who started third-stringer Tyler Thigpen in that game. The other six games were all decided by five points or less. A couple of them could have gone the other way.

And how about the luck of the draw in playing the 7-9 Seahawks instead of getting the Packers last week? I don’t think anybody thought the Seahawks were going to beat the Bears again on the road. Let’s not forget about the Bears’ chance to knock the Packers out of playoff contention in their final game of the season, which they lost 10-3. The playoff landscape would be vastly different had they taken care of business.

Their reward is a rematch with the red hot, Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers for a third go-round. It’s a game that will surely come down to who’s unit will prevail: the Packers’ offense or the Bears’ defense. Let’s not also forget that the Bears’ offense has to go up against a pretty formidable Packers defense as well.

Regardless of how they got here, the Bears are here. It doesn’t matter if the Packers are favored on the road. They believe in themselves. And they are ready to prove everybody wrong, much like a certain team in the AFC is poised to do the same.

By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Blackhawks Win Song

Posted by amcfad2 on 8th June 2010

Here’s to hoping they close in 6 in Philly:


Fast Tube by Casper

In case you’re wondering, the song is Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis.

by Adam McFadden at the Da Bears and Bulls Blog

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2010 NBA Mock Draft

Posted by amcfad2 on 7th June 2010

1. Washington: John Wall
Position: PG
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 196 pounds
Age: 19
School: Kentucky

Obvious pick. What happens to Gil now? Talk is Wall and Arenas will play together, mainly because no one will take on that contract in a trade.

2. Philadelphia: Evan Turner
Position: SG
Height: 6-7
Weight: 214
Age: 21
School: Ohio State

Turner doesn’t fit well with Andre. Look for Iggy to be moved.

3. New Jersey Derrick Favors
Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 245
Age: 18
School: Georgia Tech

Good pick for the Nets. How will he fit with Lopez?

4. Minnesota Wesley Johnson
Position: SF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 206
Age: 22
School: Syracuse

Similar to Shawn Marion

5. Sacramento DeMarcus Cousins
Position: C
Height: 6-11
Weight: 292
Age: 19
School: Kentucky

From ESPN:

Cousins has been compared to everyone from Shaq to Zach Randolph, but here’s an interesting historical comparison to ponder — could he be the next Moses Malone?

“He’s huge, he scores around the basket, he’s a terrific rebounder and he plays with a chip on his shoulder,” one GM said. “How many 20-10 centers come along? Not very many. As far as a talent goes, he could be incredible in the NBA. The league has gotten smaller and quicker. Cousins would kill most of the big guys in our league today.”

Cousins also fared well in the measurement category, comparing favorably in size to NBA centers. He measured a legit 6-foot-11 with a tremendous 7-foot-6 wingspan and 9-foot-5 standing reach. Those numbers put him on par with the likes of Dwight Howard, Greg Oden and Brook Lopez. His interviews weren’t nearly as bad as everyone made them out to be, either.

6. Golden State Al-Farouq Aminu
Position: SF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 215
Age: 19
School: Wake Forest

Fits in well with Nellie Ball.

7. Detroit Ed Davis
Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 227
Age: 20
School: North Carolina

Pistons need to get tougher and bigger.

8. Los Angeles Clippers Gordon Hayward
Position: SF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 211
Age: 20
School: Butler

Need someone to complement Griffin.

9. Utah (via New York) Greg Monroe
Position: PF
Height: 6-11
Weight: 247
Age: 19
School: Georgetown

Will replace Boozer who will leave as a free agent. Plus they have Milsap

10. Indiana Avery Bradley
Position: SG
Height: 6-3
Weight: 180
Age: 19
School: Texas

Shooting up boards. Would play the point.

11. New Orleans Cole Aldrich
Position: C
Height: 6-10
Weight: 236
Age: 21
School: Kansas

Slightly undersized, but fills a need.

12. Memphis Luke Babbitt
Position: SF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 214
Age: 20
School: Nevada

Could be the next Chris Mullin.

13. Toronto Daniel Orton
Position: C
Height: 6-10
Weight: 269
Age: 19
School: Kentucky

Averaged 3 and 3 in college. A huge boom or bust pick.

14. Houston Ekpe Udoh
Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 237
Age: 22
School: Baylor

Great defensive potential.

15. Milwaukee (via Chicago) Xavier Henry
Position: SG
Height: 6-7
Weight: 210
Age: 19
School: Kansas

John Hollinger rated him 6th best prospect.

16. Minnesota (via Charlotte) Paul George
Position: SF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 214
Age: 20
School: Fresno State

Tall shooting guard..

17. Chicago (via Milwaukee) James Anderson
Position: SG
Height: 6-6
Weight: 210
Age: 21
School: Oklahoma State

From ESPN:

Analysis: Anderson was one of the best scorers in college basketball and could be a very good fit in the Bulls’ backcourt. His ability to stretch the defense and attack the basket would make him a nice complement to Derrick Rose.

Even if the team ends up landing LeBron James or Dwyane Wade, look for Anderson to be the guy. As far as NBA-ready players go, there are few better in this draft. I’d expect him to play the same sort of role James Harden did in OKC last season.

18. Miami Eric Bledsoe
Position: PG
Height: 6-2
Weight: 192
Age: 20
School: Kentucky

Upgrades Wade’s back court mate.

19. Boston Solomon Alabi
Position: C
Height: 7-1
Weight: 237
Age: 22
School: Florida State

Biggest player in the draft.

20. San Antonio Damion James
Position: SF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 227
Age: 22
School: Texas

Underrated player.

21. Oklahoma City Donatas Motiejunas
Position: PF
Height: 7-0
Weight: 220
Age: 19
Country: Lithuania

Can this skilled European make the switch to the NBA?

22. Portland Patrick Patterson
Position: PF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 245
Age: 21
School: Kentucky

Jack of all trades master of none. Could go higher.

23. Minnesota (via Utah) Kevin Seraphin
Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 258
Age: 20
Country: France

Expect Minnesota to try and stash at least one player overseas.

24. Atlanta Hassan Whiteside
Position: C
Height: 7-0
Weight: 227
Age: 20
School: Marshall

From ESPN:

Analysis: How can a guy who just measured with a freakish 7-foot-7 wingspan slip this far? The word out of Chicago was that the interviews didn’t go so well.

Whiteside isn’t a bad kid, but he’s very naive at this point, in a way that reminded me a bit of Tyrus Thomas. Eventually some team will decide the talent is too much to pass on. But I think he did some damage to his stock last week. He can certainly make up for that in workouts … but he’s just created a bigger mountain to climb.

25. Memphis (via Denver) Larry Sanders
Position: SF
Height: 6-11
Weight: 222
Age: 21
School: Va. Commonwealth

Athletic big.

26. Oklahoma City (via Phoenix) Craig Brackins
Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 229
Age: 22
School: Iowa State

Could compete for center minutes.

27. New Jersey (via Dallas) Keith Gallon
Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 302
Age: 19
School: Oklahoma

Shooting big man.

28. Memphis (via L.A. Lakers) Quincy Pondexter
Position: SF
Height: 6-7
Weight: 220
Age: 22
School: Washington

Athletic, but can’t shoot.

29. Orlando Willie Warren
Position: PG
Height: 6-4
Weight: 210
Age: 20
School: Oklahoma

Better player than draft slot. Injuries and character concerns.

30. Washington (via Cleveland) Jarvis Varnado
Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 210
Age: 22
School: Mississippi State

Great defensive potential.

by Adam McFadden at the Da Bears and Bulls Blog

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Chicago Takes Lead

Posted by Decker on 7th June 2010

Sunday night, the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 to take a 3-2 series lead in the Stanley Cup finals. After letting up three goals in the first period, the Flyers put in backup goalie Brian Boucher to try to stop the bleeding. However, he had just as much failure as Leighton had.

So far, each game has been won by the home team. On Tuesday night, the series heads to Philadelphia, where the Flyers look to take back control.

Dustin Byfuglien tallied two goals and two assists for Chicago. For Philadelphia, Chris Pronger had a +/- of –5, which is the worst of his career, counting both playoffs and the regular season.

by David at the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Bulls Need Johnson

Posted by Decker on 3rd June 2010

In a big sports city like Chicago, good performances are expected. For a team that has been exiting first round lately, it is time for the Bulls to step up. Derrick Rose is an excellent player, but he clearly needs help. With the 2010 free agency coming, the Bulls need to target one man: Joe Johnson. Sure, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Amare Stoudemire are all better plays. But the odds of any of them coming to Chicago are very slim. Joe Johnson is in his prime, and is 28 years of age. By the time a long-term contract would end, yes, he will probably be a little out of his prime. But someone with his shooting ability will be a valuable asset until his career ends.

Joe Johnson is likely frustrated with the under whelming playoff performances that Atlanta put on. And just like everyone else, Johnson will be eager to see what is out there for him. If the Bulls reach out to Johnson immediately, he will likely be very receptive. A backcourt of Rose and Johnson would likely be the best in the entire league. It is up to Chicago to make it happen.

by David at the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Fighting Back

Posted by Decker on 3rd June 2010

Entering Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers found themselves in a 2-0 series deficit against the Chicago Blackhawks. While the Flyers became the third team in history to come back from a 3-0 series lead just two rounds ago, losing game three would have essentially sealed the Stanley Cup going to Chicago.

With the game all tied up, Patrick Kane scored quickly in the third period, which sent the Philadelphia crowd into panic. However, Ville Leino answered a mere 20 seconds later, sending the crowd into a frenzy. In overtime, it looked as if Simon Gagne won the game for the Flyers. With the red light on and the players celebrating, the puck never crossed the line, and thus the potential game-winning goal was taken away. With the Philadelphia crowd in a nervous state, Claude Giroux sent that nervousness away when he scored in overtime, which gave the Flyers a 4-3 victory.

Now down 2-1 in the series, Philadelphia looks to even it up. If they do not, Chicago is in serious command.

by David at the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Closing Strike

Posted by Decker on 1st June 2010

With a 24-28 record, the Chicago Cubs are not exactly off to a hot start. But one man is off to a phenomenal start- Carlos Marmol. It seems as if many closers come and go in this era of baseball. Two years ago, Marmol showed signs of becoming a great reliever. Last year, he was not bad, but was not what Cubs fans would be hoping for. But at age 27, Marmol could be headed for a breakout season.

On the forefront, Marmol is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA, which is fantastic. He has converted 11 out of 13 save opportunities, which is certainly solid. But what is just awesome is the fact that he has struck out 49 batters in 24.2 innings (that’s about two per inning, for those who didn’t pass first grade). That just shows that Marmol possesses dominance right now, and can make him a feared closer.

So Cubs fans, you are used to pain. But in 2010, get ready for a dominant closer.

by David at the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Hawks Take 2-0 Lead Over Flyers

Posted by jmw24 on 1st June 2010

The Chicago Blackhawks took a 2-0 series lead over the Philadelphia Flyers last evening, winning an exciting game two, 2-1 in Chicago. The Blackhwaks were led by a stunning third period performance by goaltender Antti Niemi. Niemi was fantastic in the third period, making 15 saves, including several from point blank range when the game was in the balance. Chicago’s Marian Hossa and Ben Eager scored just 28 seconds apart at the end of the second period to take the two goal lead. The Flyers cut the two goal lead in half with a Simon Gagne goal five minutes into the third but were unable to come up with an equalizer.

The Flyers now return home to the Wachovia Center in a 2-0 hole. To say game three is a must win is an understatement. In order for the Flyers to win game three, they do not have to change much. They were the better team for most of game two, they just could not solve Niemi. The Flyers must find a way to slow down Marian Hossa, who has been dominant in the first two games of the series. It would not be surprising if coach Peter Laviolette changed his strategy and matched Mike Richards line against the Hossa line to try and slow him down.

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Two Games Away

Posted by Decker on 1st June 2010

It’s June 1st, and the Chicago Blackhawks are two games away from becoming the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions. From a baseball perspective, the White Sox recently won the World Series. The Bulls won enough championships in the 90’s to last a lifetime. And the Bears were recently in the Super Bowl, and lost. Now it is the Blackhawks’ turn to try and win the big one. If the first two games are telling, it is that the Blackhawks are just one step ahead of the Flyers.

Enjoy it, Chicago. The Blackhawks are just outplaying Philadelphia, and it clearly shows. Whether it is the 6-5 goal scoring marathon victory, or the 2-1 defensive-oriented victory, Chicago has been one step ahead of Philadelphia.

Here is a song to celebrate to: http://ow.ly/1QVL0

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Father’s Day Is Coming

Posted by Decker on 26th May 2010

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