Missed a few headlines this week? Worry not, cure I’ve got my finger on the sports pulse for you. Below is my weekly roundup of what’s trending or what’s coming up in sports: perfect for sports bars, healing cocktail parties, board rooms, and well…just knowing your week in sports.
- Mr. Jon Bostic: While all eyes were meticulously watching the new workings of the Trestman offense on Thursday night, the star of the night was on defense. Chicago was mesmerized by Chicago Bears rookie linebacker Jon Bostic. Bostic, who might be taken as a little undersized for a linebacker, turned heads with big hits and his athletic ability on Thursday. Starting alongside Lance Briggs, he lived up to the big question mark most Bears fans had. He wasn’t the only rookie that might have proved his potential…because rookie guard Kyle Long definitely showed that he’s ready to play. I was impressed and pleased. Beware, the Bears are coming!
- Boxing meets ballpark: For the first time since 1962, boxing will be showcased at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday. The match will feature Chicago favorite Andrzej Fonfara and Gabriel Camprillo. It’s a rarity, no doubt. If you’re planning a night out in Chicago, I recommend trying to check this out.
- Honest Toews in PED testing: Gotta love my favorite radio station 670 The Score making headlines (I used to intern). Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews went on The Score to talk about what the PED situation is like in the NHL. Here’s just one of the quotes from the interview:
” I think guys that apologize and plead that they didn’t know what they were doing, I think they know exactly what they’re doing. So the more tests the better.”
All I have to say is good for you Toews. The NHL is the league with the loosest drug policy. I’m glad the captain is stepping up and saying something.
- MLB expands with video challenges: America’s favorite pastime is starting to get a facelift…with video challenges. The debate in the MLB has been whether to upgrade to a replay system like other professional sports. MLB managers can challenge reviewable plays, and there’s a bunch of little rules on the big rule. Listen, the last few minutes of an NBA game sometimes can be brutal. Between the fouls and replays it makes me want to turn the game off. What are the fans going to do during this time? Dear Bud Selig, you’re giving fans another reason to stay at home.
- KISS + football + Los Angeles: Football is finally coming to Los Angeles.
On Thursday, the Arena Football League announced it was awarding an expansion team to the members of the band KISS. The team will be called the LA KISS, and will begin playing in the Honda Center in Anaheim in March. First of all, these uniforms and helmets are going to be the ugliest thing we’ve ever seen. And I honestly can’t imagine that playing a team named after a band that wore ridiculously right leather pants is intimidating. Just saying.
- The Tom Brady scare: The sports world essentially stopped on Wednesday when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went down in practice and limped off the field. Seriously people? There are 31 other quarterbacks in the league, and 32 if you want to continue to count Tim Tebow. Reports came out that Brady will play in his preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccanneers. Absolutely ridiculous.