Missed a few headlines this week? Worry not, pilule 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, online cocktail parties, board rooms, and well…just knowing your week in sports.
Hockey’s back and so much more: With the quickest turnaround in sports, the Chicago Blackhawks will return to the ice starting Tuesday, October 1st. Will the Blackhawks start off on another hot streak? Will this team gel like the last? So many things to look forward to…how’s this for a historic Chicago sporting event: Soldier Field is set to host it’s first NHL game on March 1st against the Pittsburgh Penguins. A great match that we didn’t get to see in the previous playoffs.
Bears vs. Lions:With the Bears 3-0, every game is a must watch. With the new
addition of Reggie Bush, the Lions offense looks way more dynamic and will prove to be the biggest challenge for the Bears. How long can this winning madness (yes I said madness) go? The Lions are out for revenge as the Bears smashed them both times last season. It’s a huge game with big NFC North implications. The Bears could be sitting really pretty at the top of the NFC North with a win on Sunday.
Serena Williams is No. 1:Serena Williams has clinched the year-end women’s world number one ranking for the third time in her career. The 32-year-old became the oldest women’s player to take the top spot in February. This season Williams compiled a 67-4 record including the US Open and the French Open.
Nobody knows about Konerko: As a White Sox fan, I hate the mere talks of Paul Konerko retiring. The Chicago White Sox play their last three games of the season in Kansas City. But Konerko has remained it under raps as to whether he will return or retire. Of course his contract is up after the season, but who wants to see a legend go?
Lions’ Nate Burleson brakes arm over pizza: Last week, Detroit Lions wide
receiver Nate Burleson had 116 receiving yards in conjunction with Calvin Johnson getting over 100+ receiving yards. Just as the Lions offense was starting to become fully balanced, Burleson will spend the rest of the season on the sidelines with a broken arm. Burleson broke his arm in a car accident this week because he was saving a pizza in the front seat. Really? It’s probably the most ridiculous reason I’ve heard, outside of any injury involving guns, for someone to be sidelined for the season. It may cost the Lions dearly, as they’re in need of a second, reliable wide receiver.
WNBA’s Diana Taurasi with the most unusual foul of sports: Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi picked up probably the most unusual foul in all of sports on Thursday as she kissed Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus. Taurasi kissed Augustus on the cheek after the two exchanged some shoves. Needless to say, I don’t think we will be seeing this foul happen in another sport any time soon.
Missed a few headlines this week? Worry not, ask I’ve got my finger on the sports pulse for you. Below is my weekly round-up of what’s trending in sports: perfect for water coolers, no rx cocktail parties, ask sports bars and board rooms.
Source: ESPN The Magazine Body Issue 2012
Gronkin’ out at the Oscars: Yes, you read that right. Rob Gronkowski, as in the flamboyant New England Patriots’ tight end, who has never been in a movie or in fact acted, will be on the red carpet this Sunday for the Oscars. NFL Network has picked Gronk as their red carpet correspondent for the biggest night in Hollywood. Will it be a train wreck or one of the funniest things an NFL player has ever done? The jury is out and personally, I can’t imagine Gronk having a serious conversation with Denzel Washington or Sally Field without admitting he’s a little too drunk. The Oscars were already on my radar but have now become a must see.
Danica finally shines in Daytona: Danica Patrick is finally inching closer to getting her first NASCAR win after years of being in the spotlight as one of the few females in the sport and with only one Top 5 finish. The Daytona 500, the 200-lap 500 mile marque race of NASCAR is this Sunday, February 24th at 12PM CT on FOX. Patrick posted the fastest lap for qualifiers which places her in the front row at the pole for the start. It’s a huge feat as Patrick is the first female to ever earn the top spot at the 500 and puts her in a great position to win it all. Go Danica!
Are Boozers’ days numbered as a Bull?: When the Bulls attempted to lure LeBron James to Chicago before he took his talents to South Beach, the Bulls made a risky decision to sign Carlos Boozer to a 5-year/$75 million dollar contract. Despite putting up the best numbers this season since his arrival, Boozer still remains the center of trade talks and Bulls’ GM Gar Forman is finally realizing that Boozer isn’t worth THAT much cash. Hush-hush trade talks are about to become the spotlight in the NBA with the trade deadline on Thursday. If the Bulls make a move, it will involve Boozer getting the boot…possibly sporting a Raptors jersey by the end of the season.
Nike can’t catch a break: First Tiger Woods, then Lance Armstrong, now today’s scandal surrounds Oscar Pistorius. Nike has placed all of these celebrity athletes at the center of their campaigns, only to find them in the midst of sordid scandals and breaking the law. With Pistorius, who was recently charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Nike thought they had another 5-star campaign with the “Blade Runner”. Needless to say, Since Pistorious’ murder charges, Nike has ended their contract with Pistorious, pulled any remnants of the campaign and will wait to see the fate of their latest poster boy turned rotten.
Talks of Reggie Bush going to Detroit: Since the 2013 Scouting Combine is a snooze this year, NFL fans should be fantasizing at the opportunities that come with free agency. One of the biggest names…Reggie Bush. Lions’ wide receiver Nate Burleson spoke on Monday how Bush would make a perfect fit in Detroit. Not exactly what a Bears fan wants to hear. We don’t want the Lions to continue to pick up weapons for their army. Let Reggie land in the floundering Arizona or even with the on-the-fence team in Cincinnati. Just not Detroit. Bears fans are still trying to figure out a way to deal with new coach Marc Trestman and his hair.