Missed a few headlines this week? Worry not, cialis I’ve got my finger on the sports pulse for you. Below is my weekly round-up of what’s trending or what’s coming up in sports: perfect for sports bars, cocktail parties, board rooms, and well… just knowing your week in sports.
- Meet the newest Cuban White Sox: The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a six-year, $68 million contract with Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu. This marks the largest initial contract for an international player. In the 2010-11 season in Cuba, Abreu had a .453 batting average and 33 home runs in 63 games. Abreu had a better track record than Oakland A’s Yoenis Cespedes and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, but the move by the Sox is still extremely risky. The White Sox are dumping a bunch of money in a guy that’s never played in the MLB before. Yes, they saw the payouts of Cespedes, who took his team to the playoffs and won this years Home Run Derby, and Puig, the Dodgers star that elevated them to the playoffs, but Abreu’s productivity in the MLB is not guaranteed. The signing of Abreu is a first step in the White Sox rebuilding efforts during the offseason. Watch for more big moves as the ball club picks up the pieces from their disastrous season.
- College basketball is just around the corner: If the Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks and college football weren’t enough for you…get ready because the countdown is on for college basketball! B10 colleges are gearing up with fundraisers, school competition games and more this week. I won’t go into a preview as to who will win the B10…but grab your team posters and buckle in. The ride is around to start!
— Illinois Basketball (@IlliniHoops) October 18, 2013
You’ve seen the “making-of” video, now here’s the 2013-14 poster. Pick up your copy Friday night at Midnight Madness. pic.twitter.com/eO6MfOSsIG
— Spartan Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) October 17, 2013
- DRose comes home: For the first time since his injury, Derrick Rose returned home to play the United Center this week. Oh, was it magical. Rose’s long-awaited return is a sign that the regular NBA season is almost here and that this season should be a very good one. Not only did Chicago fans get to see Rose back in their court, but Rose put on a show for them as he scored 22 points against the Detroit Pistons. In case you missed it, here’s Derrick Rose‘s first introductory since the injury.
- Dwight Howard takes Batman too seriously: This week Dwight Howard came forward to say that Batman was the reason why he left the Los Angeles Lakers. As if the media, players and Kobe wasn’t enough, it was Batman. Howard told USA Today that he reflected on a conversation between Alfred and Batman from The Dark Knight Rises in which Alfred advises Batman he must endure and may have to be an outcast in order to be a legend. When are people going to realize that Dwight Howard needs to grow up? Taking advice from a Batman movie about your life decisions? I’m sorry, it’s not smart nor is it a good reflection of himself.
- Apparently Ellen is cooler than the Blackhawks: Check out the tweet below. This fancy cat was watching Ellen at the Chicago Blackhawks game on Thursday. There’s about 1,000 reasons why this is wrong, and hopefully I don’t have to explain them. This person needs to sit down for an intervention.
— Joe Kelly (@Joe_Kells) October 18, 2013
- MJ’s selling his Chicago compound: If you haven’t heard, former Chicago Bull Michael
Jordan is putting his Highland Park house on the market. The 9-bedroom, 11-bathroom house is on the market for $29 million dollars…just incase you are considering a move any time soon. The massive compound even has his jersey number “23” engraved on the gates. I’m pretty sad about this. That guy gave us Bulls fans so much and I don’t think the city means that much to him anymore. He’s moving on I guess. Sad times.