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Blackhawks and Cubbies and Bears, OH MY!

Even through the dog days of summer, the sports keep going and, as Sonny and Cher once said, the beat goes on. Even though we are in the off seasons of most sports, there is still a lot of news coming down the pipes about our favorite sports teams.

Hockey

Going for the Gold!

Going for the Gold!

The post-2013 season has the Blackhawks focusing on adjusting to a new roster and being recruited to represent their home countries at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Team Canada has recruited Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Corey Crawford. Team USA has brought Nick Leddy, Brandon Saad, and sharp-shooter Patrick Kane to their team. In 2010 it came down to Kane vs. Toews for the gold and America went home with the silver medal. With this many Blackhawks skating to Russia in 2014, Chicago hockey fans will find a lot to scream at their television about as it will be difficult to root against either team with so many revered players pitted against each other for Olympic Gold. Congratulations to all of the Blackhawks chosen for the 2014 Winter Olympic games!

THE REMATCH

THE REMATCH

Basketball

Comeback Kid

Boozer is not amused

The Bulls, and all of Chicago, are preparing for the much-awaited comeback of superstar Derrick Rose. His manager and brother, Reggie Rose, has been talking with the press about Rose’s recovery and says that Rose is ready to go. Reggie Rose says that he has “no concerns about [Derrick Rose] physically” and that taking a year off may have hurt the Bulls, but it was necessary for the longevity of his career. He believes “Derrick should probably be able to play fifteen to eighteen years,” so taking a year off was a means of making sure he was physically prepared to play basketball for the next two decades.

"Dude, this comeback had better not be a joke."

“Dude, this comeback had better not be a joke.”

The return of Rose is great news for Bulls fans, but sending Nate Robinson to the Denver Nuggets is definitely terrible news for Bulls fans as the heart of the 2013 playoffs is now someone we face instead of someone helping us block Lebron’s shots.

We're gonna miss you, buddy.

We’re gonna miss you, buddy.

So, with the return of Derrick Rose, the departure of Nate Robinson, and the shaky status of Luol Deng’s contract extension, what does the 2014 Chicago Bulls roster look like? The point guards look sharp with Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, and Marquis Teague hitting the court. Rose’s return, if successful, will be a major boost for the Bulls, obviously. The skill and talent of Rose will be a great punch on the court; what will really stand out is that the heart and spirit of the team–both for the team and for the fans–is returning to the United Center. After a year and a half of anticipation, wondering down to the last game against the Miami Heat in the 2013 playoffs if Rose would make a miraculous return, the bright comet of the Chicago Bulls will blaze down the court again and set the competition ablaze. Our shooting guards and shooting forwards are looking sharp. Jimmy Butler is in need of some polish, but there is plenty of time to make sure that he is in the best condition to hit the court. Mike Dunleavy will serve as a secret weapon for the Bulls as the opposition will be on guard against the dynamite talent of Derrick Rose which will keep their eye distracted from the three-point power of Dunleavy. Power forwards Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson, Malcom Thomas, and Erik Murphy are focused but in need of strengthening. Carlos Boozer is the 2014 Bulls’ Scottie Pippen, reliable with strong offense, but his defense needs a lot of work. Taj Gibson, on the other hand, brings a great defensive game. If the two could learn from each other, we would have two stunning power forwards on the court. Boozer’s on court relationship with Noah creates spectacular offense as well; they are a threat just like Pippen and Jordan when they hit the court together. Centers Joakim Noah and Nazr Mohammad round out the roster. Joakim Noah is the Bulls offense and does well adapting to the style of his teammates while remaining determined and focused. Mohammad does his job well with decent defense and use of fouls, but he is not good in long play. If Noah’s annual injuries flare up again, Mohammad will have big shoes to fill on the court as he is simply not on Noah’s level yet. The Bulls roster looks good, and they’ve proven that they can play without Rose. This year should provide us with amazing basketball as the return of Rose will only boost the ability of the already spectacular Chicago Bulls.

Basketball Biology 101: This is a heart.

Basketball Biology 101: This is a heart.

Baseball

Later, 'gator

Later, gator

After many rumors and a lot of talks, the Cubs have traded Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers. In return the Cubs are getting third baseman Mike Ott and two right-handed pitchers, C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm. The trade agreement also allows for the Cubs to acquire up to two more pitchers, possibly Neil Ramirez. This is proof that the Cubs are serious about rebuilding. It stands to reason that the Cubs are looking to build a good team that is could possibly begin winning because with all of the talk about revamping Wrigley Field, they should have a team good enough to draw fans into the expensive stadium. This also shows the Cubs are shifting away from keeping fan favorites and abandoning player loyalty and looking to rebuild a functioning baseball team that stands a chance to make the playoffs in the coming years.

Football

BREAKING: If you keep eating that towel, you will not be hungry for lunch!

BREAKING: If you keep eating that towel, you will not be hungry for lunch!

The Bears begin training camp on Thursday! Preseason football will be hitting our television screens in a matter of weeks. Hopefully the Bears will be taking this time to strengthen their offensive line and forcing Jay Cutler to step up his game in order to get the Bears into the playoffs this season. Chicago is hungry for another major sports victory, and the Bears have the talent and the drive to make it happen.

Bear Down!

Bear Down!

Olympians, returned superstars, new players, and new goals; the world of Chicago sports is spinning into very interesting areas. As these sports get revved up and ready to go, remember that one very important event happening this year is the retirement of Mike Ditka’s number in January. Get ready for this monumental year of football and festivities with our Mike Ditka Chicago Bear tee shirt (http://tinyurl.com/oht723e). Grab great sports threads from Clark Street Sports so you can be ready for all of the exciting things happening in Chicago sports!

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The Sports, They Are A’Changin

As with all teams in professional sports, the off season becomes the time to reflect on the previous year’s work, practice hard, gain new talent, and chuck the dead weight to the curb like the trash they are!

Pictured: The reason we lost!

Pictured: The reason we lost last year!

Yes, after spring training comes the summer dump. Free agents, general managers, player demands, and fan responses dictate the Wheel of Fortune for a player (or it goes they way of Tim Tebow getting signed to the Patriots and everyone in the United States facepalms so hard the population is concussed because why can’t he go away already?)

Blackhawks

Mr. Hockey

Mr. Hockey

After the 2010 Stanley Cup victory, the Blackhawks did what anyone would do with a winning team and got rid of 80% of the roster. It seemed that once the city cleared out after the downtown parade, players such as Antti Niemi, Dustin Byfuglien, and Tomas Kopecky were barely out of their jerseys before getting shipped to other teams. As the summer approaches, we wait with baited breath to see if the team we’ve grown to love so much will be split and scattered just as it was in 2010. Bryan Bickell will be a free agent this summer and the General Manager of the Blackhawks, Stan Bowman, obviously wants to resign the breakout star of this playoff season. Bickell has said, “I think [Chicago] is a second home to me…I feel this is a home to me.” Bickell made $600,000 this season and clearly deserves a raise; this is all possible as the Blackhawks are not only two million dollars from their pay cap and they are getting rid of Montador and Olesz. Marian Hossa, feared to be leaving the Blackhawks, will be staying as his departure would hurt the pay cap and as he was a major asset in and on the road to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Let's play some Hawkey!

Let’s play some Hawkey!

Bulls

Dude, I don't know where I'm going!

Dude, I don’t know where I’m going!

The newest rumor swirling around is that the Chicago Bulls are in talks about a contract extension with Luol Deng, a valuable player to the Chicago Bulls leading up to the playoffs until a viral infection confined him to a hospital bed during the playoffs. The cyclone of rumors circling around Deng had reports of his leaving the Bulls for the Wizards or the Cavaliers. The Bulls may also want to acquire LaMarcus Aldridge in the NBA Draft, which would mean having to give up Deng. Luol Deng’s future with the Bulls is uncertain as is that of Nate Robinson, the heart of the playoff team.  The roster is already expensive as Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, and Derrick Rose remain the crown jewels of the current Bulls dynasty. On a related subject, reports are also coming in that Derrick Rose will absolutely, totally, most definitely, without a doubt, duh, no doubt play this fall.

Cubs

Marvin K. Marmol, Will You Please Go Now?!

Marvin K. Marmol, Will You Please Go Now?!

There is some good news about all of the swapping and gaining of players in this season of change: The Cubs are finally getting rid of Carlos Marmol! Yes, the pitcher who loves to blow a lead and let the opposing team win in the ninth inning is packing his bags and headed to a new pitcher’s mound in a new town! Cubs General Manager, Jed Hoyer, said, “We realized in August of last year that we wouldn’t be able to trade him or acquire any value for him.” Marmol’s manager, Paul Kinzer, said, “[Marmol] loves Chicago, but I think in his mind he knows he has to get a fresh start.” We will go on record saying, “Hey, Chicago! Whaddya say? Marmol’s finally going away!” As it is clear that the Cubs will not be going to the playoffs, which is a major shock to all of us, perhaps now is the time to unload Marmol and start bringing up the eager players from the minor leagues to see what will work next season.

Miscellaneous 

 

Pictured: SOMEONE FROM SPACE JAM!

Pictured: SOMEONE FROM SPACE JAM!

Finally, after a year away, former Boston Celtic and current hybrid of a human foot and a peanut, basketball superstar Larry “Hick From French Lick” Bird will be returning to manage the Indiana Pacers. Perhaps he can use all of his 1992 Dream Team magic to help the Pacers defeat Lebron and the Heat next season.

Pictured: Larry Bird's 1992 Dream Team Team Magic

Pictured: Larry Bird’s 1992 Dream Team Team Magic

 

As sports is a forever-changing world, it’s good to show your long-time loyalty with some great threads. Luckily for you, Clark Street Sports has all of the sports merchandise you need, from Oduya shirts to Shaw jerseys, for a weekend of Stanley Cup parties and parades and everyday wear.

Sports are always changing, but never forget: Sports is good!

 

 

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NBA Playoffs: Brooklyn Nets @ Chicago Bulls

Bulls vs. Nets Series Tied 1-1

On monday night, the Chicago Bulls went into the Barclays Center and defeated the Brooklyn Nets 90-82. Chicago was led by Luol Deng (15 points), but also received tremendous contributions from Point Guard Kirk Hinrich (who held Deron Williams to 1-9 from the field), Carlos Boozer (13 points and 10 rebounds), and tremendous effort by the injured Joakim Noah. With the win, the Bulls were able to gain the home court advantage in the series as the next two games (tonight @ 7:30 and Saturday @ 1) will be played at the United Center.

Bulls fans, if your planing on attending tonight or Saturday games, remember to pickup all your favorite Bulls Merchandise at Clark Street Sports UC Location (1960 W. Madison) as the Bulls look to protect the home court. If your not going to the United Center, you can still pickup all your favorite Bulls merchandise (Jerseys, Men’s and Women’s Clothing, Hats, & more) at one of our Chicagoland Locations or online throughout the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

Clark Street Sports UC Location

Clark Street Sports UC Location

 

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NBA: Los Bulls 101 El Heat 97

Chicago Bulls end the Miami Heat’s Winning Streak

The Streak is over. The Los Bulls were once again short handed as the team was without All-Star Joakim Noah, Marco Belinelli, Richard Hamilton, and Derrick Rose but was still able to end the second longest winning streak in NBA History. Led by Luol Deng (28 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists), Carlos Boozer (21 points and 17 rebounds), Jimmy Butler (17 points), Kirk Hinrich (7 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists), the bench, and a electric United Center, the Bulls were able to make history as they played their most complete game of the season. With the win, Chicago has now has now started a winning streak of their own (3 games), secured a playoff spot, and have a winning record against the Miami Heat on the season (2-1).

Bulls fans, remember to pickup all your favorite Chicago Bulls merchandise at one of our Chicagoland locations or online as the Bulls prepare for the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

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Chicago Bulls All-Stars: Luol Deng and Joakim Noah

Congratulations to Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng and Center Joakim Noah as both were voted as reserves to the NBA All-Star Team. Both Deng and Noah have done a tremendous job raising their games to another level with Derrick Rose  sidelined, leading the Bulls to the 4th best record (25-16) in the Eastern Conference. With Rose hurt, Luol Deng (2nd NBA All-Star Selection) has picked up his scoring and become the teams leading scorer (17.4 points) in addition to playing the most average minutes/game (39.8) in the entire NBA. Like Deng, Joakim Noah (with the loss of Rose) has taken his game to the next level as he’s averaged career high’s in points (12.2), assists (4.0), blocks (2.1) along with having the 9th most double-doubles (20) in the NBA. Bulls fans, remember to pickup all your favorite Luol Deng and Joakim Noah merchandise at one of our locations or online before the NBA All-Star Game on February 17th, 2013.

Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah Road Red Name and Number T-Shirt: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Joakim-Noah-Chicago-Bulls-Road-Red-Name-and-Number-T-Shirt.html

Chicago Bulls Men’s Black Luol Deng Player Tee: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Chicago-Bulls-Black-Luol-Deng-Player-Tee.html

Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah Home White Swingman Jersey: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Joakim-Noah-Chicago-Bulls-Home-White-Swingman-Jersey.html

Chicago Bulls Men’s Luol Deng Red Replica Jersey: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Chicago-Bulls-Men-s-Luol-Deng-Red-Replica-Jersey-by-Adidas.html

Chicago Bulls Youth Red Away Joakim Noah Replica Jersey: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Chicago-Bulls-Youth-Red-Away-Jokim-Noah-Replica-Jersey.html

Chicago Bulls Black “I’m Here For The Deng Bang” Tee: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Chicago-Bulls-Black-I-m-Here-For-The-Deng-Bang-Tee.html

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NBA: Chicago Bulls 107 Toronto Raptors 105 in OT

The Chicago Bulls continued their strong play as they went north of the Border to defeat the Toronto Raptors 107-105 in Overtime on a game winning jumper from Luol Deng (19 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists). In addition to Deng’s near triple double, the Bulls also received key contributions from Carlos Boozer, (who recored his conference leading 21st double-doubles of the season: 36 points and 12 rebounds) and Joakim Noah (16 points and 14 rebounds). With the win yesterday, the Bulls have now won 2 straight and 6 of their last 8 games. The next game is Friday night in Boston where the Bulls will face Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics. Chicago, remember to pickup all your favorite Bulls Merchandise at one of our Locations or online before the start of the Bulls homestand that includes the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, and Golden State Warriors.

Chicago Bulls Mens Red Hooded Sweatshirt

Chicago Bulls Mens Red Hooded Sweatshirt

Chicago Bulls Black Knit Hat with Visor and Logo

Chicago Bulls Black Knit Hat with Visor and Logo

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NBA: Chicago Bulls 96 Orlando Magic 94

The Bulls got back on their winning ways as they defeated the Magic 96-94 last night in Orlando. Chicago was lead by Carlos Boozer (31 points and 11 rebounds), Taj Gibson (21 points and 11 rebounds) and Luol Deng (23 points). On Friday, the Bulls continue their road trip Miami before they head home to face the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday Night at the United Center. Bulls fans, remember to pickup all your favorite Bulls merchandise at our UC Location (1960 W. Madison) before every Bulls home game throughout the NBA Season.

Chicago Bulls Mens’ Red Taj Gibson Player Tee: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/BUMPT00015.html

Joakim Noah Chicago Bulls Home White Swingman Jersey: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Joakim-Noah-Chicago-Bulls-Home-White-Swingman-Jersey.html

Chicago Bulls Red Cuffed Knit Hat with Embroidered Logo: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Chicago-Bulls-Red-Cuffed-Knit-Hat-with-Embroidered-Logo-by-Adidas.html

Chicago Bulls Men’s Red Springfield Originals Fleece Track Jacket: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Chicago-Bulls-Men-s-Red-Springfield-Originals-Fleece-Track-Jacket-by-Adidas.html

Chicago Bulls Women’s Red Slit Neck Distressed Logo Hoodie: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Chicago-Bulls-Women-s-Red-Slit-Neck-Distressed-Logo-Hoodie.html

Chicago Bulls Men’s Red Springfield Originals Fleece Track Jacket: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Chicago-Bulls-Black-Knit-Hat-with-Visor-and-Logo-by-Adidas.html

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