H.A.M.

Even though we don’t have the greatest baseball teams, doctor we are tried and true dedicated Chicago fans—and that was noted by our “Windy City Sweep” in selecting the NL and AL winners, buy cialis the “Fan Vote” that would send White Sox’s Chris Sale and CubsAnthony Rizzo to join the best of the best at the 2014 All-Star Game in Minneapolis on Tuesday.  Rizzo’s stellar performance throughout this season (and All-Star cred) is one to be noted, which is why we’ve named him our HAM of the Week.

I made my first trip of the summer to the friendly confines for a beautiful Sunday Funday, and I was ecstatic to see our HAM of the Week in action. Win or lose, the 24-year-old first baseman is definitely one of the stars of the team, and it’s easy to see why he’s such a fan favorite.

Anthony Rizzo, http://www.bleacherreport.com

Anthony Rizzo, http://www.bleacherreport.co

Rizzo was first drafted by the Boston Red Sox at 17 following his senior year of high school in the 2007 MLB Draft. Theo Epstein was the-then manager of the team, but when Epstein was called in 2011 to be the Cubs’ current GM, he brought Rizzo in with him.

We first profiled Rizzo two years ago when he was first called up by the organization. Unlike a lot of Cubs prospects, he shined in his rookie season and is one of the club’s most celebrated prospects. During that season, he had three game-winning RBIs in his first five games, the first player in the team’s history. He hit 7 homers alone in July, and was named the NL Rookie of the Month.

So far this season, he’s had 20 home runs and 49 RBIs over 92 games with an average of .277 and is climbing the ranks among the top first basemen in the National League.

He’s the face of an All-American boy: Born in New Jersey and raised in Florida, he seems to have the “boy next door” charm and humble personality. He’s 100% Italian, though, but I’m sure he can make a mean spaghetti with marinara:

Besides his impressive accomplishments, Rizzo is also a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma not even a full year into the minor leagues in May 2008, he was successfully treated with chemotherapy. Rizzo is a big advocate and his charity, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, hosts annual “Cook-off For Cancer” and “Walk Off For Cancer” events.

What else is there to know about the smiley baseball stud?

Anthony RIzzo, http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Anthony Rizzo, http://www.huffingtonpost.com

According to the ladies of “A Drink With”, he would be willing to trade places with Bears’ linebacker Brandon Marshall for a day, and we think he’s got the skills to mesh with Cutty and the crew.

He’s also revealed he is very much single, and is willing to call girls to ask them out. You heard it first—chivalry isn’t dead!

We already know this year probably isn’t “the year” for the Cubbies (shocking), but maybe Theo and Rick should start bringing up more prospects and giving them a chance to hone their skills in the majors for more than a few days—former HAM of the Week Mike Olt is climbing up the ranks and showing signs of the “Rizzo” effect—who is going to be next?

Catch this hottie with teammate Starlin Castro on Tuesday during the All-Star Game at 7 PM on FOX, and on Friday and Saturday versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Follow Anthony Rizzo on Twitter at @ARizzo44.

0 comments

While we’ve all been caught up in World Cup madness, case both the Bulls and the Blackhawks created some major waves in their respective drafts this past weekend. And though we’ve still got plenty of time before both seasons start, cialis sale we thought we’d kick off the week getting to know one of the newest members of the Chicago Bulls from the 2014 draft: Doug McDermott, our HAM of the Week.

If you look up “Tall, Dark and Handsome” in the dictionary, you will definitely find 22-year-old Doug McDermott’s picture. The 6’8”, 225-lbs Grand Forks, North Dakota native may play at small forward, but we think he’s going to be a huge powerhouse for the Bulls in the 2014-15 season.

Doug McDermott, http://espn.go.com

Doug McDermott, http://espn.go.com

The Bulls drafted the former Creighton star, as the 11th pick in the first round. At Creighton, (where he was coached by his father, Greg), he led the NCAA in scoring for the 2013-14 season with 26.9 points per game, was a three-time consecutive first team All-American from 2012-14 and a three-time consecutive first team All Midwest Valley Conference from 2011-2013, this year’s Consensus Player of the Year and was awarded the John R. Wooden Award as the most outstanding men’s college basketball player.

McDermott began his career in Ames, Iowa, where he led the high school team to 53 consecutive wins and won consecutive Iowa state titles. Though he was set to attend Northern Iowa on a scholarship, he left to play for his dad. If being the coach’s son wasn’t enough pressure, the younger McDermott seemed to thrive on it, as he became one of eight players in NCAA men’s basketball history to pass 3,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in all four years with the Bluejays.

Doug McDermott knows about the art of scoring, as mentioned in this interview with Fox Sports:

McDermott also has history of playing overseas: following his freshman year, he played for the United States in the FIBA Under-19 World Championship, where the team placed fifth.

Doug McDermott, http://college-basketball.si.com

Doug McDermott, http://college-basketball.si.com

He also landed the March 12 cover of Sports Illustrated, which pays homage to the 1977 cover featuring Larry Bird.

By the way, his Twitter avatar is amazing—”Dougie” really is the bees knees.

And when you get praise from former Chicago Bull Kyle Korver (who also played at Creighton), you know you’re on the right team.

But McDermott is just like the rest of us in that maybe he’s not the next Jordan Spieth, and maybe he hates public speaking. But that boyish charm sure has our hearts beating loud and clear.

According to ESPN, McDermott’s path to basketball stardom is just beginning, and we can’t wait to see more amazingness from him when he’s off the bench and playing at the UC.

Is it too early for us to give the young newbie a nickname? Just based on his stats, we really want to go with McBuckets…

Follow Doug McDermott on Twitter at @dougmcd3 and Instagram at @dougmcd35.

0 comments

I know absolutely nothing about professional soccer. It’s not a sport I usually follow (and to make matters confusing, buy viagra many countries refer to the sport as “football”) but with the World Cup being every four years, online not to mention the hot guys from around the world (not to mention I’m a sucker for accents), decease I miiight just have to start paying attention. Whether you’re a newbie or an aficionada, these five players are ones you need to know, our HAMs of the Week:

Name: Neymar Country: Brazil Age: 22 Position: Forward

Neymar, http://www.bleacherreport.com

Neymar, http://www.bleacherreport.com

As with any legend, one name is all you need to make it big: Oprah, Madonna…and Neymar. The host country has a lot of pressure to live up to (especially after that own goal in their first game versus Croatia), but as one of the faces of the team, Neymar (full name: Neymar da Silva Santos Junior) seems to be a natural pro at scoring on the field. He’s racked up the awards with his club team FC Barcelona, most notably winning back-to-back South American Footballer of the Year awards in 2011 and 2012. He’s also won the coveted Golden Ball for Best Player at last year’s FIFA Confederations Cup, is the seventh highest goal scorer for the national team and a 2010 Olympic silver medalist. Oh yeah, and he’s on this month’s cover of Vogue Brazil with the gorgeous Mrs. Tom Brady, Giselle Bundchen. Trust us, you can’t miss this hottie’s signature mohawk.

Follow Neymar on Twitter at @neymarjr.

Name: Jozy Altidore Country: USA Age: 24 Position: Forward

Team USA is placed in a group known as the “Group of Death” (Ghana, Ronaldo and Portugal and Germany), and begins play today. But with plenty of eye candy on our team, it’s all a matter of scoring our hearts. One of the captains of the team, Altidore is already making headlines, scoring two goals in this year’s send-off match against Nigeria.

Altidore plays for English team Sunderland and was also a member of the 2010 World Cup team. He’s also deeply involved in charity work, from his contributions to his parents’ native Haiti with Wyclef Jean’s charity Yele Haiti in 2006 to his Jozy Altidore Foundation, which provides opportunities on and off the field for underprivileged children.

Follow Jozy Altidore on Twitter and Instagram at @JozyAltidore.

Name: Gerard Pique Country: Spain Age: 27 Position: Defender

Gerard Pique, http://www.buzzfeed.com

Gerard Pique, http://www.buzzfeed.com

If the name doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps you know his ultra-famous girlfriend, Shakira? Fun fact: the twosome met when he was featured in her music video for “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), the official anthem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Pique, along with Neymar, plays for FC Barcelona and was a member of the winning (and, according to Buzzfeed, the tournament’s hottest) team in 2010. Pique has won every major tournament in his career, including the Champions, the Premier League, the European Super Cup and the aforementioned World Cup. And he’s a super-hot dad to the most adorable son, Milan. Talk about one gorgeous family.

Follow the 6’4” blue-eyed stud on Twitter and Instagram at @3gerardpique.

Name: Daniel Sturridge Country: England Age: 24 Position: Forward

This dude has got the moves (you need to see his celebration dance following his goal in Saturday’s game versus Italy, where he also perfects the art of the duck face). The handsome Brit, who turned pro at 17, played for two of the country’s elite leagues, Manchester City and Chelsea before eventually making his way to Liverpool, his current club. According to Grantland, Sturridge has scored in 31 matches in 37 appearances with the club and has doubled the league average rate of shots converted to 24.7 percent. The sport runs in the family, as both his father and two uncles played in the league. Oh, and he’s a big fan of Leo Dicaprio—so I’m sure we’ll get along juuust fine.

 

Follow Daniel Sturridge on Twitter at @D_Sturridge and Instagram at @dstudge.

Name: Cristiano Ronaldo Country: Portugal Age: 29 Position: Forward

Cristiano Ronaldo, http://www.theguardian.com

Cristiano Ronaldo, http://www.theguardian.com

We can’t imagine a World Cup hotties list without this bad boy. The former HAM of the Week, who plays with club team Real Madrid, is his country’s top goal scorer with 49 goals, and is playing in his third World Cup. He’s one of the first to reach the 400-goal milestone in 653 appearances, and won the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or (French for Golden Ball, which is basically the equivalent of MVP), ending Argentina’s Lionel Messi’s four-win streak.

He’s known for being a playboy and is currently dating Russian model Irina Shayk, with whom he shares the smoking-hot cover of Vogue Spain. He’s also a fashionisto and opened the boutique CR7 (his initials and jersey number) in Portugal. Those winning looks have transferred off the field, as he’s an underwear model for Armani Exchange.

Cristiano Ronaldo, http://www.usmagazine.com

Cristiano Ronaldo, http://www.usmagazine.com

Follow Cristiano Ronaldo on Twitter and Instagram at @Cristiano.

Tell us: who are you rooting for in the World Cup?

0 comments

If you don’t know the name Rafael Nadal, no rx we don’t know what you’ve been missing. The tennis player just earned his ninth French Open title yesterday in a repeat of last year’s final versus Novak Djokovic, illness making the 28-year-old clay legend (he’s got a 63-1 record!) our HAM of the Week.

Rafa”, as he is known to his legion of fans, is the current world #1, and he’s aced his way into our hearts. He’s a sexy and single Spaniard who has won more than 50 titles in his 13 years of turning pro—what more can we love about our HAM of the Week?

For starters, he is only one of two singles players (behind tennis legend Andre Agassi) to complete a Career Golden Slam, meaning he has won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open, in addition to the Olympic gold medal (which he won in 2008) in the span of his career.

He’s also an avid soccer fan, having played the sport when he was young in addition to tennis. Though he chose to focus on the latter, he still supports Real Madrid and RCD Mallorca as well as the Spanish national team, fitting for the World Cup, which begins this week.

Rafael Nadal HAM

Rafael Nadal, http://www.hollywoodgossip.com

Turning pro at 15, Nadal participated in events at the junior and senior circuits, winning his first major senior match on the ATP circuit just before he turned 16. But it wasn’t until the following year that he faced current rival Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

By 19, Nadal won his first French Open title in his first appearance at the event, the first man to win the title since 1982. He went on to win the tournament the next three times.

Injury sidelined Nadal in 2012, but he’s obviously emerged as the reigning king of the (clay) court, quite possibly making him one of the best tennis players of all time.

If Nadal ever reaches a final in a tournament, you can bet he’s either going against Djokovic or Federer, the other two players who seem to be challenging Nadal for the best of the best. Nadal has faced Djokovic more than 40 times, with about half of those matches faced in the final round. Nadal has faced Federer 33 times, with 20 of those matches faced in the final.

Rafael Nadal HAM

Rafael Nadal, http://www.tennisnow.com

According to his autobiography, while he does have a game plan against Federer, he’s still looking for one against Djokovic.

We’re not sure about Rafa’s constant habit of biting his trophies, but wow, it makes him so much sexier…

And it’s not everyday that you have an asteroid named after you. According to ATP World Tour, the asteroid is located between Mars and Jupiter and travels through space at 20 kilometers per second. Talk about star power.

Nadal is also charitable; his organization, Fundacion Rafa Nadal, provides educational programs for deprived children and teenagers through sports.

Rafael Nadal, http://www.dailymaik.co.uk

Rafael Nadal, http://www.dailymaik.co.uk

The one sport he’s not good at? Golf. But we’d rather have a superstar with 15 major Grand Slam titles to his name on the tennis court than anywhere else.

As a spokesman for Nike, Nadal also has a collection with the retailer, and has also emerged as a somewhat fashion icon. At just over 6 feet, he seems to be all muscle and pure heart.

Not to mention, being photographed by famed photographer Bruce Weber for the June 2009 issue of Vogue:

Catch up with Rafa at Wimbledon, which starts Monday, June 23. Follow Rafael Nadal on Twitter at @RafaelNadal (he tweets in Spanish and English!) and at www.rafaelnadal.com.

0 comments

Last week, cialis we profiled 4 of the hottest new men to join the Chicago Bears. This week, sickness we’ve got the remaining fellas who could be on the team when the regular season starts in August—see who’s on our radar right now:

Ka’Deem Carey School: Arizona Position: RB

ka'deem carey HAM

Ka’Deem Carey, cialis
http://sports.yahoo.com

The Tucson, Arizona native was the 117th pick in the fourth round. The Bears need a backup running back for Matt Forte, and Carey may be his understudy. He broke the Arizona single-season record for rushing yards and receiving touchdowns with 1,020 yards on 303 carries and 23 touchdowns, during his sophomore year. He was named a consensus All-American and a First-team All-Pac-12 in 2012 and 2013, and earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2013. He decided to forego his senior season to enter the draft. But sorry girls—Carey’s newly engaged.

Follow Ka’Deem Carey on Twitter @Kcarey25.

Ego Ferguson School: LSU Position: DT

Ego Ferguson, http://www.chicagotribune.com

Ego Ferguson, http://www.chicagotribune.com

The Miami, Florida native was the 19th pick in 2nd round. He played his first two years as a back-up right defensive tackle, and then took the lead his junior year. He finished his career with 85 tackles, five tackles for loss and one sack. He entered the draft following that season, and ranked 75th overall as an underclassman. And yes, that’s his real name—which may be fitting for Emery’s mindset on his selection (and that may be a good or a bad thing).

 

David Fales School: San Jose State Position: QB

The Bears selected the 6’3”, 212-pound California native in the sixth round. Fales was a redshirt freshman at the University of Nevada-Reno (where former HAM of the Week Colin Kaepernick was QB), but transferred to San Jose State for his junior year. He led the team to an 11-2 record with the school’s first Top-25 AP Poll ranking since 1975 and was MVP of the 2012 Military Bowl and most accurate FBS quarterback for the season. Though the 2013 season couldn’t match its predecessor, Fales has a lot ahead of him if he works his way to backup behind Cutty. The baby-faced cutie can chase records, (not to mention, he’s coming off consecutive 4,000-yard seasons), but you’ll never guess who his favorite NFL QB is:

Follow David Fales on Twitter at @dfales10.

Charles Leno School: Boise State Position: OT

Charles Leno, Jr.,  http://www.bleacherreport.com

Charles Leno, Jr.,
http://www.bleacherreport.com

The last draft pick from the Chicago Bears, the Oakland, California native started 39 consecutive games from 2009-2013, and earned All-Mountain West Conference honors twice—second-team in 2012 and first-team in 2013. According to his Boise State Broncos profile, Leno not only played at both offensive tackle and left tackle (the latter in the last 26 games of his career), he also majored in Criminal Justice. So basically, don’t mess with him, both literally and physically.

 

0 comments

It’s clear Marc Trestman and Phil Emery are on their way to rebuilding the Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. The freshmen class of 2014 is a diverse group of men from schools across the nation, cialis sale and each is fighting for a spot on the roster come August. Get to know the newest members of the team:

Kyle Fuller School: Virginia Tech Position: CB

One of the first picks of the draft (14th pick in the 1st round), the Baltimore, Maryland native was selected due to his versatility to play safety, something this Bears team desperately needs. And he’s the first defensive back drafted by the Bears in 18 years. He played in 43 games, 173 tackles, 6 interceptions and 28 breakup passes for all four years (not to mention 231/2 tackles for loss), and made All-ACC second and third team in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He’s also the third member of his family to play in the NFL, and a pretty great dresser to beat.

 

Follow Kyle Fuller on Twitter at @kbfuller17.

Brock Vereen School: Minnesota Position: S

The Bears’ draft record for safety hasn’t been the best, but according to the Chicago Tribune, Vereen’s discipline and versatility to play at multiple positions may be what Bears’ safeties need to succeed. The 31st pick in 4th round, the Valencia, California native and B1G alum had 200 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, and was named 1st team All-Big Ten last fall for the Golden Gophers.

And hey, if football doesn’t work out, he’s ready for a game of Jeopardy:

 

He certainly has the personality. In an interview with the Minnesota Gophers, Vereen talks about growing up in SoCal and having a brother in the NFL—find out which team he plays for:

Follow Brock Vereen on Twitter at @brockvereen21.

Pat O’Donnell School: Miami (FL) Position: PT

Pat O'Donnell http://www.chicagobears.com

Pat O’Donnell
http://www.chicagobears.com

Major hottie alert: all we have to say is “WOW”. The 15th pick in sixth round, the Florida native is the frontrunner to nab a spot as the lead punter now that the Bears recently cut Drew Butler. He’s easy on the eyes and on the field, he also bench-pressed more than Number 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney at the NFL combine in February. IM-PRESS-IVE.

And besides, Robbie Gould and O’Donnell would make the best-looking duo on special teams. O’Donnell punted 181 times for 7,670 yards for three seasons at Cincinnati. He transferred to Miami as a fifth-year senior prior to last fall, punting 53 times for 2,498 yards.

Will Sutton School: Arizona State Position: DT

Will Sutton http://www.rantsports.com

Will Sutton
http://www.rantsports.com

The Corona, California native was the 18th pick in 3rd round.  He was a member of the 2012 All-American team and earned two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. He had 113 total tackles (66 solo and 47 assisted), 32 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks throughout his career. The Bears really struggled with their D-line last season, and according to an interview with Fanspeak at the 2014 Senior Bowl, as a 4-3 team, Sutton’s drafting is the perfect fit—only time will tell if it rings true!

Check back next week for our recap of the other four draftees!

0 comments
back to top