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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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Let’s Make a Deal!

Well, it’s summer! It’s time for beer, picnics, beaches, saying good-bye to the recently-traded athletes, and saying hello to the newcomers to the world of Chicago sports. Yes, it’s that magical time of year when professional athletes are being traded like Pogs.

Pictured: Your age

Pictured: Your age

Yes, change is coming to the world of Windy City sports! This square dance of players and teams is a lot to keep up with, so let’s start with the best news of all, shall we?

Chicago Baseball

Thus far, the best news to come out of the wheeling and dealing of the trade game is that Carlos Marmol is almost the new problem of the Dodgers. The terrible relief pitcher and constant annoyance to Cubs’ fans is likely to be traded to Los Angeles unless he plays all of his six team rejections; if he does this he can become a free agent at the end of the season. However, it looks like the era of Marmol blowing it in the ninth inning is coming to an end. The darkness is over. The sun will come out tomorrow.

The truest thing ever put on Wikipedia ever.

The truest thing ever put on Wikipedia ever.

The Cubs also traded Scott Feldman and pitcher Steve Clevenger to the Baltimore Orioles for pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. The White Sox, desperate to shake up their roster and get back to winning, signed outfielder Micker Adolfo Zapata, a sixteen-year-old from the Dominican Republic.

Chicago Bulls

 

Oh my God, you guys! I'm staying with the Bulls!

Oh my God, you guys! I’m staying with the Bulls!

Nazr Mohammed tweeted today that, essentially, he has gotten a verbal agreement with the Chicago Bulls and that he will be re-signed to Chicago. The fates of Luol Deng and Nate Robinson are still uncertain. However, it looks as though Deng will stay in Chicago while Robinson will be forced to find a home elsewhere in the NBA.

"Come 'ere, buddy. We're all gonna miss you."

“Come ‘ere, buddy. We’re all gonna miss you.”

The trade doesn’t quiet the rumors of friction in the power structure of the Bulls, however. The Bulls did not re-sign Ron Adams, Tom Thibodeau’s top assistant, when his contract expired. The rumor buzzing through the Internet is that there was friction between superstar coach Thibodeau and his assistant; meanwhile, General Manager Gar Forman assures there is no friction between Thibodeau and himself. Though friction between the higher-ups can create great success, just as the tension between Phil Jackson and General Manager Jerry Krause birthed the success of the Bulls in the nineties. Time will tell how this wheeling-and-dealing within the Bulls power structure will affect the Bulls.

Also, Derrick Rose is scheduled to play this season. So. we’ll see how that plays out.

Chicago Blackhawks

This fun is over, Bolly.

This fun is over, Bolly.

Well, with Bolland and Frolik hitting the happy trail to Canada, it’s clear that General Manager Stan Bowman is jumping quickly to preserve the Blackhawks’ impeccable roster of knock-down, drag-out talent. With a spectacular 2013 season, we are all hoping that Bryan Bickell will live up to the high expectations of fans and to the hard-earned contract extension. The NHL draft allowed for Bowman to give up Bolland and Frolik and fourth and fifth round picks for a pick in the second through fifth rounds. This also allowed the Blackhawks a fourth and fifth round pick in 2014 and four more years of Bickell. The fresh faces on the Blackhawks roster are looking spectacular and show that the Blackhawks are determined to tighten up their defensive line, a problem that brought them serious losses in the regular season and the playoffs. None of this guarantees a 2014 Stanley Cup victory, but Bowman is building one hell of a team to debut in October.

Let's hear it for the boy!

Let’s hear it for the boy!

With two of Chicago’s favorites leaving the team, let’s celebrate the superstar who was a big reason as to why the Stanley Cup is out and about partying with Patrick Kane: Bryan Bickell. Snag this Bryan Bickell player tee from our website (http://tinyurl.com/qjeq32m) and show your joy for the rough and tough left wing returning to the Blackhawks for another four years. It’s tough to see our favorites leave, but it’s better when the best stay because sports is good!

 

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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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Party Alert: HIGH

Okay, Blackhawks fans, the party alert system is in the red! Tonight may bring a crushing defeat that leaves us drinking on our couches, cussing at our bartenders, and perhaps catching a tear or two in our beers. However, tonight may also bring the wave of victory upon Chicago, Illinois that will sweep up its residents and the streets of the Windy City will flood with Blackhawks fans and champagne foam and the only sound to be heard will be the chorus of The Fratelli’s “Chelsea Dagger.”

Make this happen! We are ready to party!

Make this happen! We are ready to party!

 

Game Five showed the Blackhawks have what it takes to take down Tuukka Rask’s defensive wall while keeping Boston’s offense on the edge. The game ended with Corey Crawford blocking twenty-nine shots and Patrick Kane one goal away from a hat trick. Dave Bolland’s empty-netter in the third period felt just as great as the Red Wings empty netter hurt in Game Four. It was also exactly what Bolland needed after the shut-out game left him personally defeated. Crawford’s ability to rapidly fix the weak spot in his defense (read: his Buckner glove) was crucial to their success.

 

How ya like me now?

How ya like me now?

Tonight’s game does bring about an interesting challenge for both teams. The Blackhawks may be forced to play without Captain Serious, Jonathan Toews, and the Bruins may be forced to play without their star Patrice Bergeron. Both were injured in Game Five, but Coach Q says Toews is good to play in tonight’s game. This is a dicey move since his returning too soon from suffering from a concussion last year prevented him from being the player he was previous to the injury. The game could come down to playing at-risk players and forcing the team to learn to play with that handicap or play without a teammate they have relied on all season. Whatever happens, tonight is going to be interesting and exciting.

Please, please, please, please let tonight look like this. Please, please, please.

Please, please, please, please let tonight look like this. Please, please, please.

 

Of course, tonight’s victory is not guaranteed. No one wants to jinx it by saying tonight is in the bag. Tonight will be the night that all die-hard sports fans, in Chicago and in Boston, will be on the edge of their seats performing all of their game time superstitions to convince the cosmos to find in favor of their beloved team. The ratty lucky jerseys, the specific game time beer, and the best hockey-watching establishments will all be pulled out tonight because we’re in the final stretch. This is it. Tonight could be the end of a hockey season that was both short and exhilarating. From the Blackhawks record-shattering regular season to the playoffs that have been a roller coaster ride of emotions that has left every Blackhawks fan with an irregular heartbeat, eye twitch, and an irregular sleeping pattern. Chill that champagne, but don’t be too eager to uncork it. The Blackhawks are at the top of their game, let’s hope that they remain that way and skate away from Boston with the Stanley Cup because Chicago is ready to party with that fun trophy.

Pictured: FUN TROPHY

Pictured: FUN TROPHY

 

In other sports news, it is rumored that Luol “Deng Bang” Deng will be traded to the Cavaliers. Still no word on where Nate Robinson will end up, so keep your fingers crossed that next year’s Bulls roster has Joakim Noah and Nate Robinson running the show.

Way up top, buddy.

Way up top, buddy.

 

If the Blackhawks lose tonight, we’ve got another game ahead of us to get the Cup. If they win tonight, we’ve got a lot of parades to attend and a lot of booze to drink. How fly are your Blackhawks threads? Keep your lucky jersey, but be sure to update your Stanley Cup attire with us. Whether you visit one of our stores or check out our selection at http://www.clarkstreetsports.com, we have all of the Kane jerseys, Shaw shirts, Bickell swag, and Oduya gear to keep you looking Sharp!

We'll keep you lookin' SHARP!

Pictured: SHARP DRESSED MAN
Pictured: FUN TROPHY

 

And above all else, remember this: There is only one team with a bear for a mascot that is worth rooting for, and that team is in Chicago!

And those Bears will be back in August and ready to take down the Patriots.

And those Bears will be back in August and ready to take down the Patriots.

 

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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