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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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Sports Is STILL Changing!

Well, the NBA draft is in full swing and the Bulls are loading their team with new talent while renewing a few favorites. The biggest news from the Bulls draft is the acquisition of Mike Dunleavy Jr. from the Bucks.

Hey, ladies

Hey, ladies

Dunleavy comes to the Bulls after a phenomenal 2012-2013 season with the Bucks and will undoubtedly prove to be a valuable asset to the Bulls this upcoming season. Last season, the Bulls ranked 21st in three-pointers; Dunleavy’s previous season found him at 42.8% on three point shots and averaging 10.5 points per game. This two year deal worth $6 million brings about a game-changing addition to the Bulls. He will undoubtedly be a good help to Luol Deng who pushed himself to the limit in Rose’s absence averaging 16.5 points per game in seventy-five regular season games. Dunleavy has stated that working with Rose was an enticing perk of joining the Bulls as was being reunited with his former Duke Blue Devils’ teammate, Carlos Boozer. After playing for the Pacers and the Bucks, this third stop on Dunleavy’s Midwest basketball tour should prove to be stunning as he will serve as an unexpected threat to opposing teams who will undoubtedly be focused on the [hopefully] returned Derrick Rose. The return of Derrick Rose and the addition of Mike Dunleavy also makes the Bulls a substantial threat this season as the Rose-less 2012-2013 team was spectacular without Rose as they were forced to be a great team and step up to the challenge of getting to the playoffs. Adding Dunleavy and Rose into the mix is a game changer!

Hey, what about me, guys?

Hey, what about me, guys?

The saddest part of the ongoing story of the Chicago Bulls and the NBA draft is that Nate Robinson has not found a home. Surfing the wave of the free agency market, Robinson has been denied by both the Warriors and the Bucks. There were rumors that he was in talks with the Knicks, but nothing ever came from those supposed meetings. The Warriors opted for Toney Douglas, who averaged 7.5 points last season, and the Bucks chose to make a ten million dollar deal with Carlos Delfino, the player with such terrible overall numbers that he was waved by the Houston Rockets. The question arises: Why can’t 5′ 8″ Nate Robinson find a home? Robinson averaged 13 points per game and helped carry the Bulls to the NBA Playoffs where he went toe-to-toe against 6′ 8″ Lebron and the superstar-stacked Miami Heat.

OH, SNAP!

OH, SNAP!

Robinson also scored an astounding 23 points in the fourth quarter of a playoff game against the New York Nets. He played game six against the Nets while ill, taking breaks to sit on the sidelines and vomit before jumping back into the action. The Bulls are clearly counting on Derrick Rose to be fully healed and no longer be a magical basketball wizard without fragile glass bones as their priority should have been keeping Nate Robinson on the roster. For a team that is known for being a team of pure heart and determination, Nate Robinson is the reason they are known for that. Nate Robinson is the reason the Bulls advanced past the Nets. Nate Robinson is the reason the Bulls were able to fight hard against the Miami Heat. His statistics, performance, determination, and fan following should have been enough to convince the Bulls to keep him as a part of the team. If all of that were not enough, perhaps his amazing on-court relationship with 6′ 11″ Joakim Noah is one of the greatest things about professional basketball.

Reminder: Call your best friend

Reminder: Call your best friend

Hopefully Robinson, a clearly talented player, will find a home in the NBA because it would be a crime to deny an amazing player like Robinson an opportunity after such an amazing 2012-2013 season.

Let's Hear It For The Boy!

Let’s Hear It For The Boy!

In Blackhawks news (that is unrelated to the Stanley Cup), former Blackhawks defensemen, Chris Chelios, is on the list of 2013 inductees for the Hockey Hall of Fame. He joins Brenden Shanahan and Scott Neidermayer as the inductees to the HHF this year and will be inducted November 11, 2013. Congratulations, Chris Chelios!

Someone's got a big shadow to skate out of

Someone’s got a big shadow to skate out of

While his father is having his name preserved with other hockey legends, Jake Chelios is working on his own legacy at Blackhawks Prospect Camp. He and fifty-two others were invited to play at the Blackhawks Prospect Camp. Ryan Hartman, the top pick of the draft, was forced to be an observer due to surgery on his right shoulder. It is clear that now that the Stanley Cup is hitting the party circuit of the Windy City, the Blackhawks would like to keep it on that party train by spending the off season building the Avengers of hockey teams.

HULK SMASH RAFFI TORRES!

HULK SMASH RAFFI TORRES!

The Blackhawks are revving up for another season, but we still have plenty of time before October rolls around and the revamped team hits the ice. Spend the summer celebrating the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, with a variety of Blackhawks attire from Clark Street Sports. We have a vast selection from Andrew Shaw jerseys to Jonathan Toews bobble heads that are perfect for any Chicago Blackhawks superfan. So grab your necessary Blackhawks merchandise from http://www.clarkstreetsports.com today and party all summer long!

Sports is good!

Sports is good!

 

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