Monthly Archives: December 2012

NFL: Chicago Bears Pro Bowl

Congratulations to Henry Melton, Julius Peppers, Tim Jennings, Charles Tillman, and Brandon Marshall on being named to the Pro Bowl yesterday. Bears fans, remember to pick up all your favorite Bears Merchandise at Clark Street Sports before the Bears go to Detroit to face the Lions.

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NBA: 4 Teams to Watch in the New Year

The 2012 year has only a limited number of days left and with that said, I feel now’s a good time to look at teams that should be prepared to take off during the new year.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves have had a turbulent start to the 2012-2013 season that included players recovering from injuries (Rubio Torn ACL and Love Broken Hand), a number of reported internal fights, in addition to a number of new pieces added to their roster (Andrei Kirilenko, Dante Cunningham, Greg Stiemsma, Chase Budinger, Alexey Shved, and Brandon Roy).  Minnesota features a great front court in Love and Nikola Pekovic along with Rubio, Kirilenko, and Roy in the backcourt, along with a solid bench. With such a new roster and a number of key players who were injured the frist two months of the season finally healthy, I feel Minnesota will be one of the best second half teams next year.

Boston Celtics: Like the Timberwolves, Boston has incorporated a number of new players to their roster (Jason Terry, Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, and Courtney Lee) while having one of their best guards (Avery Bradley) hurt for the first half of the season. During the early parts of the 2012-2013 season, Boston has looked like an underachieving and confused team that last year came within minutes of reaching the NBA Finals. With all that said, Celtics fans shouldn’t panic as last year the Celtics were a game under .500 (15-17) at the All-Star Break. With Boston one game over .500, starting to get healthy, learn everyone’s style of play, and “turn on the switch,” then like the last year, the Celtics should be at the top of the standings when the season comes to an end.

Chicago Bulls: Without the former league MVP on their roster, the Bulls have managed to stay afloat and are 1/2 game behind the Indiana Pacers for the lead in the Central Division. With Rose on the mend and getting closer to returning, it seems as if the Bulls will once again be a team to recon with down the stretch. In addition to Rose coming back, the Bulls should receive more additional help from Richard Hamilton once he returns, likely within the month of January. Quietly (before the past few games), the Bulls started to show signs of improvement and have started to learn how to incorporate  all the new players (Belinelli, Robinson, and Hinrich) on their roster.

New Orleans Hornets: No NBA team has had to deal with as many injuries as the Hornets have had to deal with since the start of the 2012-13 season. The season started with 2-Guard Eric Gordon getting hurt after New Orleans matched a Maximum 4-year contract that was given to him from the Suns during the 2012 offseason. Following that, 2012 Number 1 overall pick Anthony Davis suffered a concussion that forced him to sit out a number of games and now with Davis healthy, Gordon close to returning, rookie Austin Rivers learning the NBA style of play, one of the most underrated coaches in the League in Monty Williams, and the rest of their roster coming together; I feel the Hornets will become a solid second half team that will be much improved from their dismal first half of the season.

The teams listed above are the four teams that I’d watch during the first half of the 2013 season.

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BCS National Championship Game: Notre Dame vs. Alabama

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NFL: Packers @ Bears

This Sunday, the NFL’s oldest rivalry is renewed as for the 186 meeting, the Green Bay Packers face the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Bears fans, remember to pickup all your favorite merchandise at one of Clark Street Sports Locations ( or online ( before the game on Sunday.

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MLB Offseason

The Winter Meetings have now come to an end and were just about half way through the MLB Offseason. With that in mind, I feel now’s a good opportunity for me to examine what has occurred the past few weeks and see who has/has not improved their roster this offseason.


Boston Red Sox: The previous two seasons has seen the Red Sox lose a 9 Game September lead, change General Managershire a Manager that had  numerous problems with his players, trade 3 of the teams highest paid players, and then fire Bobby Valentine. With all those problems the past 2 seasons, the Red Sox decided to start over and go back to the old Red Sox formula which helped them win 2 World Series Titles in a 4 years span. The start of the offseason saw the Red Sox bring a familiar face back in former Red Sox pitching coach (and 2009-2011 Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays) John Farrell. With Farrell on board, the Red Sox decided to sign a number of quality “Clubhouse Players” and instead of spending 20 million per year on one player they signed 3 quality players for the same price in David Ross, Mike Napoli, and Shane Victorino. A number of people might criticize the Red Sox for some of the contracts they handed out but they needed to change their Locker Room and one of these players in particular (Mike Napoli) will put up great stats next season. Napoli has fantastic career stats at Fenway Park (.306 Average, 7 HR, and 17 RBI in 19 games) and with him not being an everyday catcher anyone (Boston already features David Ross, Ryan Lavarnway, and Jarred Saltalamacchia), I feel Napoli will get back to his 2011 Season.

The Red Sox still have two questions they have to address this offseason:

1.  With three catchers already under contract, when will Boston trade Jarred Saltalamacchia?

2. Will the Red Sox trade Jacoby Ellsbury?

Texas Rangers: The Rangers haven’t made any significant moves during the 2012 offseason, so why are they listed under the winners for the offseason? I decided to list Texas under the winners category because they’ve been mentioned in all the key players (Trade and Free Agency) this offseason. The biggest question surrounding the Rangers this offseason has been with 2010 MVP Josh Hamilton whose a Free Agent for the first time in his career. At 31, Hamilton is still an elite hitter but has had to deal with a number of injuries which have forced him to miss a number of game in his career (Hamilton has only played in 135 games only twice in his MLB career). So why have they done such a good job with handling the Hamilton situation? Because Texas allowed for other teams to set the market for him and see what his value was in Free Agency. As that was going on, the Rangers decided to look at Free Agents Zack Greinke and Michael Bourn along with DBacks Outfielder Justin Upton and Rays Pitcher James Shields. With Greinke signing with the Dodgers (and hurting their biggest rival) and Shields being traded to Kansas City, look for the Rangers to now turn their attention to Upton, Anibal Sanchez, R.A. Dickey, and of course Josh Hamilton.

With the Rangers linked to all these teams, this shows that the team that holds all the cards are the Texas Rangers. The Rangers can resign Hamilton or trade one of their young prospects for a veteran hitter/pitcher. With the money the Rangers will save from the Michael Young trade, look for them to make a significant signing or trade this offseason.

San Francisco Giants: Following San Francisco’s first World Series since the Franchise moved to the Bay Area, the Giants decided to bring back a number of players from their former roster that won the World Series. Unfortunately for the Giants, 2010 Rookie of the Year Buster Posey went down with a season ending injury but had Posey not gone down with the injury in April 2011, the Giants might have found themselves back in the playoffs the next season. With that said, the Giants didn’t make the 2011 Playoffs, brought in a number of new faces via trades and free agency (Angel Pagan, Melky Cabrera Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro) which helped the Giants return to the top of the baseball world in 2012. Following their Championship Parade, the Giants decided to resign all of their key free agents (Jeremy Affeldt, Pagan, and  Scutaro) and go with almost the exact same roster that helped them win the 2012 World Series. With that said, a number of people have been surprised the Giants decided to go in another direction with Brian Wilson as they decided to Non-Tender his contract making him a Free Agent.

I feel this was the correct decision for two reasons:

1. With the Money they saved from not having Wilson on their roster anymore, there now able to sign their key Free Agents this offseason.

2. Romo has the potential of becoming one of the best closers in baseball.

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Los Angeles Angels: The winners of last years offseason might be the losers to this years offseason. The Angels decided to revamp their team by letting Torii Hunter, Dan Haren, and Zack Greinke leave via free agency in addition to trading Ervin Santana away to the Royals.

So what have the Angels done so far to account for all these departures:

1. The Angels traded 2010 All-Star Jordan Walden to the Atlanta Braves for Tommy Hanson who had an up and down career in Atlanta that ended with him going 12-5 with a 4.29 ERA during the 2012 season.

2. Following that, the Angels signed Joe Blanton (for the backend of their rotation) and Sean Burnett (to add the lefty reliever they needed) each to a 2 year deal.

These three moves showed that the Angels were preparing to move on from Greinke and go in another direction. With Greinke, Haren, and Santana out of their rotation, I feel the Angels took a step back this offseason and still need another quality pitcher if they want to compete with the A’s and Rangers in the American League West. If this is the Angels 2012 pitching staff (both starting and relief), then I feel the Rangers are the clear cut favorites in the AL West.

Seattle Mariners: The Mariners have a solid pitching rotation highlighted by Felix Hernandez and also includes Jason Vargas, Hisashi Iwakuma, Erasmo Ramirez, in addition to top pitching prospects Taijuan Walker and Danny Hultzen. This shows that the Mariners have a number of quality pitchers, however, if they want to be a contender they need to address their lineup. Currently, the best players in the Mariners lineup are Jesus Montero, Dustin Ackley, and Kyle Seager which shows that their’s not much power in their lineup. With that in mind, I feel the Mariners should look to add two names: Josh Hamilton and Billy Butler. If the Mariners are able to add these two bats to their lineup, then the Mariners would become a legitimate contender in the American League West.

New York Mets:Mets fans were dreaming of a Wil Myers for R.A. Dickey trade but instead the Royals decided to trade their top prospect to Tampa for James Shields. With Greinke and Shields off the board, the Mets now need to look to trade with the Angels, Rangers, or Tigers and see what they would give up for 2012 CY-Young Award Winner. The Mets already have a solid rotation filled with a combination of veterans (Johan Santana and Jon Niese) and youngsters (Dillion Gee, Matt Harvey, and Zack Wheeler) and because of that the Mets are fortunate enough to have the space to trade Dickey so they can add power bat to their lineup. A few of the prospects the Mets should look to trade for include Mike Olt, Elvis Andrus, C.J. Cron, or another power hitting/middle of the infield player to their roster. If the Mets are able to do this, then the Mets would show a solid core of talent in both their lineup and rotation.

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NBA: Los Angeles Clippers @ Chicago Bulls

Tonight the Chicago Bulls go for there 4th straight win against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and the Los Angles Clippers at the United Center. Remember to stop by Clark Street Sports UC Location (1960 W. Madison) for all your favorite Bulls Merchandise before tonights game.


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BCS National Championship: Notre Dame vs. Alabama 1/7/2013

Its Official: Notre Dame will face Alabama in the National Championship Game on January 7th, 2013 in Miami, FL. Remember to order all your favorite Irish Merchandise at Clark Street Sports ( before the big game.

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