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Derrick Rose has been pulling on our Bulls-fan-heartstrings since 2012 when our NBA Finals hopes and dreams were crushed by his first crippling ACL injury. Over the years, viagra we’ve stuck with Rose through additional season ending injuries as well as the minor ones. Ever since the heart wrenching ACL tear, pharm Rose has never returned to his MVP self, medical rather Bulls fans have seen glimpses of the explosive Rose of years past. This year, news that Rose has returned to “MVP form” has been making headlines.

Since Derrick’s Christmas Day performance against the OKC Thunder, he seems to be playing with a renewed sense of confidence. It’s almost like he’s having fun playing basketball again. Don’t get me wrong, the guy has been through quite a bit. Even this season he suffered that horrible orbital fracture which required him to play with basically one eye and a protective face mask, but 2016 has shown DRose in a far better spirit. The boost in confidence and performance comes at the perfect time for the Bulls who are currently without All-Star Jimmy Butler who suffered a sprained left knee. Butler has at least a few more weeks of recovery and Rose is needed to take the Bulls under his wing and right some serious wrongs – like the Bulls playing like total garbage most of 2016. Chicago has fallen from the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference to the No. 6 seed.

I don’t know how good I can become. Nobody knows . . . I think it’s an unknown ceiling. The way that I’m playing right now, the shots that I’m taking I didn’t take when I was younger. I’m shooting off glass now. Defense could get a lot better, but I love the way I’m playing offensively – Rose told ESPN

And then moments later we see news like this flooding twitter feeds:

I swear, Rose’s hamstring must be the tighest in all the land. Lets get yourself a membership to a hot yoga studio and STRETCH. IT. OUT. Now, Tuesday night’s game at the United Center against the Wizards wasn’t the most crucial, but was it necessary to sit out the entirety of the game? Maybe don’t play 30-40 minutes, but give your teammates some jolts of energy from time-to-time within the game. I know Rose is also being cautious due to his history with injury, but I’m not sure he’s ever going to be the dependable guy the Bulls can lean on. Maybe Bulls fans have severely high expectations (me, specifically) having had players like Michael Jordan who literally played no matter what because he was a monster competitor, but Jordan never injured both knees. Who am I to judge?

Here’s what I know to be true. When Derrick Rose shows up to play, the Chicago Bulls instantly become more exciting to watch. He alone can set the entire tone for the team in that particular game. Now, the question is, can this aggressive and successful DRose last? I’m going to take the road of least expectations over here, so if I’m proven wrong I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Sunday was one for the books at the United Center as the Chicago Bulls hosted Kobe Bryant for the very final time. Earlier this season Kobe announced his retirement and the Bulls made sure the correct homage was paid to the NBA superstar in his final visit to the Mad House – with the exception of a win, viagra the Bulls went ahead and took the 126-115 W over the Lakers. Sorry to spoil the special moment Kobe.

The Black Mamba has been consistently compared to Chicago’s Michael Jordan as a candidate for ‘Greatest Player of All Time.’ From his style of play, to his competitive drive, to his championship pedigree, even down to his tongue-wagging ways, many say Bryant is the closest thing to Jordan since Jordan (definitely a compliment). Kobe even passed MJ on the all-time scoring list, but won 5 Championships, one fewer NBA title than the Goat. I’d like to give a shout-out to Phil Jackson, who coached both legendary players during their prime-time domination years.

Did you know Kobe almost even played for the Bulls back in 2007 after Chicago and LA tried to negotiate a big fat trade between the Lakers, Bulls and Kings? Fun fact right? It obviously didn’t work out and would have completely changed the landscape of the Bulls (they would have never had a high enough draft pick to snag Derrick Rose in 2008 with Kobe on the team). Bryant did say, that Chicago had been his top destination aside from his Lakers.

The night started with PJ Rose grabbing a quick fist bump with one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball. Despite PJ’s overwhelming cuteness, Pau Gasol really stole the show giving his former teammate and friend quite the tribute. Gasol introduced Kobe Bryant in the starting lineup with a personal video that had the fans on their feet. Truly humbling kind of moment between two former teammates feeling all the love and respect for one another.

Kobe put up 22 points in his final game in Chicago and was provided plenty of hugs and admiration. Other than a loss for the Lakers, Bulls fans gave the former NBA MVP an honorable send-off. With 45 seconds left in the game, Bryant checked in at the UC for the final time and fans gave the guy a standing ovation, I’m talking lots of applause here. It was a beautiful thing.

The Bulls actually put on a good show Sunday night, which is unusual as of late. E’Twaun Moore and Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 24 points each. Gasol was right behind with 21 points and Bobby Portis and Doug McDermott combined for 33 points off the bench. The Lakers aren’t currently the best team in basketball, but it’s always nice to see your team play well after some rough games.

Farewell Kobe Bryant. It was an honor to watch one of the greatest of all time play the game. The Lakers will never be the same without you.

 

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Noah and Butler

Alright, cialis alright, sovaldi sale alright! Who’s ready for some legitimate Bulls basketball? (raises hand eagerly) Preseason is fine and dandy, but it’s like going to get Froyo and just having some taste-test samples – you love some, you like some, but ultimately you want to put your favorites all in one tub and experience the magic! So maybe I enjoy Froyo too much, but I am also ready for the Chicago Bulls to run the floor of the United Center on Tuesday kicking off the new season. Who better to challenge our favorite men in red but the defending Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers? Let the rivalry continue!

Remind me, why do we care about the Cavs?

Here’s the skinny, Cleveland currently is and has been the favorites of the Eastern Conference – which is the Bulls conference. First and foremost, they have Lebron James the four-time NBA MVP. He’s a freak of nature when it comes to basketball and my favorite player to hate because he’s always on the opposing team. The Cavs as a whole have crazy depth (we’re talking Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson) and can suffocate their opponents on offensive AND defense. Question is, will the Bulls new offensive-minded approach be enough to overpower the Cavs? Well, we’ll just have to find out.

Keep Your Eyes On: Lebron James and Jimmy Butler

Despite the few Derrick Rose hopeless romantics left in Chicago, we all know this Bulls team is going to be led by Jimmy Butler. He signed his big boy contract this offseason and now we need the man to perform. Butler always plays Lebron James tough since his professional game was developed under Thibodeau who preached defense. Lebron James, is rumored to not be practicing after a back injection, but he claims he is healthy and ready to go. Lebron James with the flu is still tougher to play than most guys in the league so Butler has his work cut out for him – per usual.

Big Bench Mob: 

Joakim Noah has been demoted to come off the bench according to Coach Hoiberg and Nikola Mirotic will be starting in his place. JoNo’s never been the team’s most prominent offensive player, but after a career low season in 2014-2015 and a new offensive minded coach, Noah needs to add something else to the mix. Apparently, that something else is going to be coming off the bench, but I mean Taj Gibson AND Noah off the bench is rather intimidating to other team’s reserves. I kind of love the depth.

Masked Man:

This is definitely day-to-day, but as of right now Derrick Rose is slated to play in the home opener at the United Center on the 27th. Before the orbital fracture during practice (aka breaking his face) I was so optimistic about Rose this season, getting a healthy chance. Now he’s rocking a mask that looks incredibly uncomfortable and I would imagine it’s so hot and sweaty under there. Regardless, we’re not going to get top notch DRose for the home opener, but we may at least hear his name called during introductions. Also, totally unrelated to actually playing basketball, please enjoy the irony of Rose’s Addias 6 slogan “Never Break” – it’s too much for my heart to handle.

Two years in a row our Bulls have kicked off their home opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. You know those NBA schedulers are adding fire to the already existing rivalry on purpose. Tip-off is at 7PM on the 27th, be at the UC or tune in! Time to #SeeRed Bulls babes.

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It was a night of sweet, cheap sweet Central Division revenge for the Chicago Bulls when they beat the front running Indiana Pacers 89-77 Monday night at the United Center. With their pride on the line, ailment the Bulls came out thirsty and gave Indy a physical challenge that the leaders of the East aren’t quite used to.

Just four nights ago the Pacers gave the Bulls a serious beat-down in Indy, sovaldi but last night Los Bulls came out fully charged led by Sixth Man Taj Gibson and a suffocating team defense. Gibson had accused the Pacers of “flopping” after their defeat in Indy Friday and last night he took his frustrations out on the basket. With their win, the Bulls also prevented their divisional foes from clinching the Central Division title.

It may have only been a regular season game, but the intensity of this matchup was through the roof of the Madhouse. This rivalry isn’t going any where any time soon, so who’s ready for another playoff series between the big men of the midwest?

What You Need to Know: 

  • #MCM goes out to Taj Gibson. Monday night was all about Taj, easily a top candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, who dunked all over the Pacers’ big men and was a continued catalyst for his men in red finishing with 23 points and eight rebounds. It seems as though Gibson is like a fine wine, he’s is only getting better with age.

    Taj Instagram

    Taj celebrating via @ChicagoBulls Instagram

  • Paul George led the Pacers with 21 points and seven rebounds and his teammates George Hill (17 points, four assists) and David West (14 points, nine rebounds) contributed with solid play.
  • Captain Kirk (Hinrich) also provided his Bulls with an offensive pick-me-up scoring 16 of his 18 points in the second half of the game.
  • Between Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson – Pacers’ big man Roy Hibbert had limited impact under the hoop – which is normally his domain.
  • The rivalry between these divisional teams is unspoken, neither organization ever openly discusses any “rivalry” but the players have their own agendas. Things got chippy quick between the Bulls and Pacers who both have reputations of being physical teams. David West and Jimmy Butler were called for double technical fouls after a free-throw situation – ugly.

Your Take Away Piece: 

“The Bulls aren’t going anywhere without a fight this season. They are resilient and a bit stubborn, but games like Monday night remind us to keep believing in the Bulls because they’re ready to brawl with the best. Indiana has the best record in the Eastern Conference at the moment and it’s highly likely that the Bulls will face the Pacers again on the big stage of the NBA playoffs.”

Chicago Bulls Women's Red Burrow V-Neck Tee by Sportiqe, Clark Street Sports: $34.99

Chicago Bulls Women’s Red Burrow V-Neck Tee by Sportiqe, Clark Street Sports: $34.99

What’s Next:

The Bulls get a three day break before they host the Portland Trailblazers on Friday at 7 PM. With a little less than a month to play in the regular season, every game matters as the Bulls and Raptors are neck-in-neck for the third place spot in the Eastern Conference. Keep the wins coming boys!

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Popovich and Parker

Popovich and Parker via kens5.com

After a day of R&R the Bulls will need to conjure up some more hustle as the San Antonio Spurs are blowing into the windy city Tuesday. Chicago has won six of their last seven games at home and are looking to knock down another big dog in the league. Their opponents are currently on a six-game winning streak and looking to extend their winning record to seven. It’s a night where two of the greatest minds in the NBA will face-off. Who’s the coaching master mind; Coach Thibodeau or Coach Popovich?

You may be thinking to yourself, pharmacy “isn’t Tim Duncan an NBA dinosaur?” If last season taught us anything, sale age does not defy Gregg Popovich and his Spurs who’s roster seemingly continues to get older and older, but these dudes (46-16) are chasing the Pacers and OKC Thunder for the best record in the league. Brace yourselves Bulls babes, it’s going to be a wild and crazy night on the United Center floor.

What You Need to Know: 

  • If you’re looking for the hottest center in the league, Chicago Noah’s someone. Jo-No is having a remarkable season and you can bet he’s coming out guns blazing after the Bulls emotional win over the Miami Heat on Sunday. We’d like to place an order for another triple-double with some blocks on the side por favor.
  • Watch Out For: Tony Parker (PG) and Kawhi Leonard (SG). Parker (AKA Eva Langoria’s ex) is one of the best PG’s in the league and also the leading scorer on the Spurs. Leonard will most likely be matched with Mike Dunleavy which means he may have more open shots than his other teammates.
  • Noah has some competition when it comes to rebounding. NBA veteran Tim Duncan (PF) is a big boy and knows his way around under the basket. Be prepared for some serious booty-boxing-out.

    Belinelli 3 point contest

    3-point Champ via MBeli3 Instagram

  • Familiar Faces: Marco Belinelli will return to the United Center for the first time since being traded to the Spurs. Bells didn’t let the trade bring him down. He won the 2014 three point contest and you can be sure he’s ready to show his old teammates his outside shooting.
  • Per usual, it’s going to be about the Bulls top defense holding the Spurs elite offense to a scoring minimum. Los Bulls have done it before this season back in January when they held San Antonio to their lowest scoring game of the season. It’s time for some Deja Vu.

Your Take Away Piece:

“Don’t let their age fool you, a matchup with the San Antonio Spurs is never just a walk in the park. If the Bulls play with the same heart, hustle and muscle that has been surging them throughout the season, it’s going to be a great game. If the Bulls come out tired or hesitant, the Spurs will exploit any weaknesses.”

What’s Next:

Everything goes down at 7:00 pm at the UC – be there or be tuned in on WGN to catch all the action. We #BULLieve

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Author Erin Lerchbacker and Patrick Sharp

Author Erin Lerchbacker and Patrick Sharp

I’ve never been one to really pay attention to ad-speak or brand promises, prostate but when the Blackhawks and the Illinois Lottery partnered up for the “Anything Is Possible” ad campaign, remedy I’m so glad I listened.

Living up to the inspirational campaign premise that “on any given day something amazing could happen”, this Blackhawks-obsessed gal had the chance to meet her favorite Blackhawk, Patrick Sharp in person.  Here’s how it all went down.

As an avid follower of the Blackhawks on Twitter, I noticed the tweet from the team’s official Twitter account, sent out a few weeks ago, asking fans to send a message to one of their favorite ten Blackhawks who were heading to the Olympics in Sochi.  For me, that was an easy choice. I chose Canadian Patrick Sharp and spent all of two minutes writing my message.

Much to my surprise, that evening I received an email from the Blackhawks organization telling me that they liked my message and asking if I’d like to come to the United Center the next day to tape my message for Patrick and the team.  Ecstatic, I cleared my schedule for the next day and prepared to head to the UC with absolutely no idea of what to expect next.

The following day, I checked in at the UC front offices and after being directed to a room with just four other people, I quickly realized just how selective this process was. A total of six fans were chosen to present their personalized messages to the Blackhawks, and I was one of them.

Once everyone had arrived, we were led to “the bowl”, which is apparently what they call the lower level of seats at the UC. Sitting in section 120

photo 2was the closest I’d ever been to the ice, so of course I took a few photos.  After waiting for about 15 minutes we were met by Patrick Dahl, Director of Advertising and Game Presentation of the Blackhawks. Patrick told us it was ‘go time’.  I volunteered to go first.

I was led downstairs to a room somewhere in the basement of the UC; a room I’m sure I couldn’t find again if my life depended on it.  The Blackhawks TV backdrop was set up and there were two guys with cameras, pretty much what I expected.  I was given a microphone, told to stand on my mark, look directly into the camera and say my message.  I was super nervous but I managed to nail it on the first take.  I was asked to do it one more time for good measure.

I was then told to watch the TV next to me so they could get some footage of me reacting to a pre-recorded message from Patrick Sharp.  I stood there, awkwardly watching a message from Sharpie, not really knowing what to do.  Suddenly, the door to my left opened, and none other than Patrick Sharp himself, entered the room.

Sharpie introduced himself (as if that was necessary), shook my hand, and gave me a big hug.  Somehow I managed to stay pretty cool in front of him (much cooler than I’d been a few days prior with Brandon photo 3Pirri!).  I even teased him a little for messing up his lines.  We chatted for a bit, I swooned, he signed my jersey, and after what seemed like merely seconds, I went on my merry way in an euphoric state, still in disbelief of what had just gone down.

I drove home, still in shock, and called pretty much everyone I knew to tell them about my incredible experience.

Just this week the final video was posted on the Blackhawks website as part of BlackhawksTV. Check out the finished product below.  I was thrilled to see that I was the first fan to appear on camera and that amazingly enough, I don’t come across looking too silly, and I clearly wasn’t the only fan that was surprised. The Blackhawks have shared the video on their Facebook page and over Twitter.  It was also shared by the Illinois Lottery, Patrick Sharp himself, and thousands of other fans.

I’m so thankful I was chosen for such a cool and rare opportunity. Thankfully, I’ll always have the video to watch as often as I’d like, and the opportunity to meet Patrick Sharp in such an intimate and unique setting can only be described as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

I must extend a huge thank you to the Blackhawks organization, the Illinois Lottery, Patrick Dahl, and of course Patrick Sharp.  This devout Blackhawks fan will never forget the experience, and although I didn’t think it was possible, my admiration for the team, Patrick Sharp and the Blackhawks organization, seems to have grown even stronger.

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