It’s been a long time since I last spoke to you. So much has happened in Chicago sports. Here’s a look at the busy and unpredictable Chicago sports landscape.
Blackhawks: They just keep doing what they do best, see win. They lost their goalie Corey Crawford after an accident at a concert, but didn’t skip a beat. Patrick Sharp returned to the ice and their winning ways have continued. Right now, this organization is a blue print for the other teams in the city.
Bulls: So much was written about the man the team needs in order to win a championship-Derrick Rose. As long as he is healthy for the playoff run I don’t care if he sits every other game. He is back, but not completely healed so he takes what the defense gives him. It seems others are following his lead of letting their bodies heal to be ready for the games that matter. DRose also made headlines when he showed support for the Garner family by wearing the I Can’t Breathe shirt. Some local sports media questioned his intelligence and motives. He knows what he’s doing and the implications; please stop insulting the young man’s intelligence. Pau Gasol and Jimmy Butler are the team’s MVP and Niko Mirotic has been as good as advertised. Biggest problem besides health is the defense; they’re giving up more points so far this year.
White Sox: The south siders are making moves this off season. They have signed reliever Zach Duke, closer David Robertson and first baseman/DH Adam LaRoche. They completed a six player trade with the Oakland Athletics getting starter Jeff Samardzija. Pitching coach Don Cooper was downright giddy after learning about the move. So they have strengthened their bullpen, starting rotation and hitting; now the question is will they catch the ball or will they throw away games this season.
Cubs: Theo and company made a huge splash getting the best free agent pitcher Jon Lester for 6 years for $155 million, $30 million signing bonus and no trade clause. There are many who think now that the team signed Lester they will speed up their clock to compete and look to acquire a big bat. They signed pitcher Jason Hammel and acquired catcher Miguel Montero, with that move some expect Wellington Castillo to be traded. Theo said they aren’t looking to trade him and apparently he told other teams that shortstop Starlin Castro is not available. Cubs need offense so keeping Starlin makes sense.
Bears: I saved the worst for last. The coaches and players are bad, the front office is bad and the field is bad. It’s just an all-around bad team. Mel Tucker may be the fall guy, but I don’t think fans will think that is enough. After this year many faces will be gone, and I’m not sure any of the young players are any good. Thankfully the misery of this season ends in 3 weeks.