Missed a few headlines this week? Worry not, look 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.
- Bulls preseason begins: The wait is over folks. Derrick Rose returns to the court for the Chicago Bulls on Saturday when the Bulls face the Pacers in their first preseason contest of the year. This will be his first NBA game in 17 months. I recommend not putting all your eyes on Rose, as there are plenty of things to note. Rookies Eric Murphy and Tony Snell will definitely be players to watch. It took Jimmy Butler a whole year to fully come out of his shell, but maybe one of the Bulls rookies can make a difference quicker. Get ready for NBA season! By the way, happy birthday Derrick Rose!
- Cubs possibly getting Joe Girardi: The Chicago Cubs need help. Their plan of cleaning house and starting off new is a huge project, but you need the right coach to develop those young players. Monday the Cubs fired head coach Dale Sveum. Before Sveum had even cleared out his locker, rumors immediately began swirling that the Cubs were targeting Yankees coach Joe Girardi as their next manager. The Yanks failed to make the postseason this year so Girardi is fair bait. Negotiations between Girardi and the Yankees haven’t begun, but when they do they could proceed quickly. To pile even more on, the Cincinnati Reds fired former Cubs head coach Dusty Baker this week. Sources say that the Reds are also interested in Girardi. The Cubs need Girardi, and I’m glad they’re making the effort to get him. They will pay a pretty penny for him, but this organization needs a turning point bad.
- The Blackhawks get their championship rings: It did happen in the past week, but I just need to point out how awesome these rings are. Below is the side by side comparison. The 2010 ring is so boring with so little color. The 2013 ring not only has the beautiful mascot covering in diamonds, but has rubies behind it. The ’13 ring has five diamond studded trophies for all of the Blackhawks Stanley Cups. An even cooler fact: this 2013 Blackhawks ring is the first since 2003 to take the Stanley Cup off the face. If you get a chance to take a picture with one on, don’t miss out.
- Israel Idonije, the Bears traitor: There was speculation after the Chicago Bears 40-
32 loss to the Detroit Lions that former Bear and current Lion, Israel Idonije tipped the Lions off on the Bears defensive calls. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said after the game to the press that that was ridiculous. But when asked about whether he had a role in the game plan Idonije responded, “I mean, I did anything anyone would do in a transition situation. Nothing out of the ordinary or unique to any situation.” For those that don’t know, teams do this all the time. They sign someone to their team that was on an opponent’s team to get inside information. So he’s right, it wasn’t out of the ordinary. But it’s still pretty low. Lessen learned: someone needs to take out Israel Idonije and the Bears need to punish the Lions the next time around. Traitor.
- Alex Rodriguez sues MLB: New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez has had enough of Major League Baseball and the Commissioner Bud Selig. Rodriguez is accusing them of improperly gathering evidence to destroy his reputation and career. Even though Rodriguez has been suspended 211 games for doping, he claims all this has hurt his business relationships. It just seems to me that A-Rod wants more money. He saw an opportunity to exploit the Selig and the MLB and is capitalizing on it. I’m curious how this will end up. Because if A-Rod wins, there’s a chance that many other players will step up and do the same…
- All this crap about taking fighting out of hockey: Recently, there have been talks about whether the NHL should get rid of fighting during games. This talk spurred after a scary scene on Monday as Canadians puncher George Parros tumbled and smacked his face off the ice. Chicago Blackhawks Joe Quennville says ‘Keep it [hockey] the way it is.’ Well said Coach Q. I always knew this debate would come. But fighting is one of the reasons why the NHL is unique to other sports, not to mention how awesome it is. A hockey player knows the ramifications of taking his helmet off to fit. Leave it at that.