Please Don’t Let This Be The End Of The Season

Just in case losing Patrick Kane for the rest of the regular season wasn’t enough, this happened to Jonathan Toews on Sunday night.

He immediately left the ice and went to the locker room, and he did not return to the game. Afterward Joel Quenneville said he’s day-to-day and “I don’t think it’s serious.”

We can only hope he’s right.

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Could The Cell Be Getting A New Name?


That’s a photo from ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla of the changes the White Sox have made to the facade of the stadium behind home plate. The retired numbers have been moved, and the first thing I notice when I look is that space between Luis Aparicio’s 11 and Ted Lyons’ 16. It’s as if they’re saving that spot for a certain 14.

There’s another change that’s not so obvious, though.

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Kevin Love Longs For The Big City


LeBron James was never planning on coming to Chicago this summer. Now that Phil Jackson is running the Knicks, the odds of Carmelo Anthony leaving the Big Apple for the Windy City are slimmer than ever before.

Which means that Bulls fans need a new white whale, because ever since Michael Jordan left for good, and took Scottie and Phil with him, that’s what Bulls fans have done. They’ve looked longingly at the horizon over Lake Michigan hoping for a new superstar to appear.

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Brandon Marshall Isn’t Looking To Break The Bank


You may not actually be aware of it since there hasn’t been a lot of chatter on the situation, but Brandon Marshall only has one year remaining on his contract. Marshall is going to make $9.3 million in 2014 and then, barring a contract extension before the end of the year, he’s going to hit the free agent market.

Considering the way he has played since coming to the Bears and putting on the orange and blue, there’s a chance he could prove to be too expensive for Chicago, particularly with the emergence of Alshon Jeffery.

There’s good news, however. Just because Marshall may be worth a lot doesn’t mean he’s going to need a lot. Marshall says he has no plans on leaving Chicago, and he’s not going to need a huge contract to stay, either.

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Chris Collins Is Not To Be Trusted

Chris Collins during a Northwestern home game

Chris Collins during a Northwestern home game

Chris Collins is the latest in a long line of coaches who are going to finally get Northwestern basketball over the hump and to the NCAA tournament. Will he do it? I have no idea, I really don’t. All I know is that were I a parent of a high school basketball player in the Chicago area that was being recruited by Northwestern and Collins, I would not allow him to go to Evanston.

Not because I’m an Illinois guy, but because Chris Collins is not to be trusted.

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The Mailbag: Yes, We Have A Mailbag Now


When I was writing over at The Champaign Room I started a weekly mailbag post, and enjoyed it. While some of the questions got a bit repetitive, it provided the chance to write about things other than Illinois sports from time to time.

Believe me, when you’re writing about Illinois sports constantly, you really look to find ways to write about anything else occasionally. Your sanity demands it.

Well, Chicago sports doesn’t have the same effect because I only write about whatever the hell I want when I want, but I still enjoyed doing that damn mailbag. So I’ve started one here now. This is it! The first one! You are reading history!

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Michael Jordan IS BACK…In Old Cover Of Sports Illustrated Form!

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A  nice trip down memory lane courtesy of Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, who reminded us that this issue of Sports Illustrated came out 19 years ago today. I would make fun of Michael’s decision to wear No. 45 for no real reason, but I’m the same person who has started and ended roughly 500 different sports sites in the last decade, so I have no right.

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