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Football is Coming!

We are less than a month away from regulation football, everybody!

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL, CHICAGO?

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL, CHICAGO?

Training camp is hot and happening in Bourbonnais! With a week and a half until preseason begins, the Bears face many obstacles that must be cleared in order to prepare to face-off against another team. The loss of Lovie, the departure of Urlacher, and the shaky consistency of Jay Cutler are all things that the Bears must improve in order to have a shot at the playoffs.

Steppin up!

Steppin up!

The Bears solid defense is something that needs a bit of work as they are adjusting to working without their former leader, Brian Urlacher. Tillman is looking good, Peppers is in the quarterback’s face, and Jennings is keeping himself near the ball to keep near the action. With so much speculation about how the defensive line would shape up after the losses of Urlacher and Lovie, they seem to be picking up where they left off and building on their solid foundation. Lance Briggs is stepping into Urlacher’s legendary shoes and calling plays. Mel Tucker, first year defensive coordinator for the Bears, says “[Briggs] is doing a great job with checks and the adjustments.” Maintaining solid work will definitely help the Bears on their journey to the postseason.

Bear Down, Cutler, or Bow Out

Bear Down, Cutler, or Bow Out

ESPN Chicago’s Michael C. Wright notes that Jay Cutler’s problem is not his arm. Cutler struggles with his dropbacks, delivery, and footwork. While Cutler is definitely showing signs of improvement, when asked if he could maintain his momentum, Marc Trestman said, “We’ve got to come here and remind each other each day, ‘If we’ve got two willing guys that are willing to work with each other to do it, we’ve got the best chance.” Trestman knows there is no magic bullet with Cutler; Cutler must evolve. Evolution is a slow process, but if Cutler is already showing signs of improvement, he may have a chance of keeping his job. Along with his own performance, he must teach himself not to rely heavily on Brandon Marshall. Marshall missing a few days of training camp due to a hip injury gave Cutler a way to refocus on other receivers and allowed for other receivers to give Cutler a chance to trust them on the field. If the Bears are going to work, they must work as a team, not as a dynamic duo.

Only one dynamic duo can win a Super Bowl, and you're not Batman, Jay Cutler!

Only one dynamic duo can win a Super Bowl, and you’re not Batman, Jay Cutler!

The breakout star of training camp is Kyle Long. Reports coming from Bourbonnais say #75 is an amazing defender and a great asset to the team. He spent the offseason working on mixed martial arts fighting techniques to improve balance and stamina. He still has a lot of work to do to beat out James Brown for the starting right guard position, but he remains optimistic and focused. “I’m playing a game that kids play for fun,” Long said, “We’re blessed enough to be able to get paid. It feels great.” Training camp is fantastic, but he must really shine bright when the preseason begins August 9th.

HOLY PRIZES, BATMAN!

HOLY PRIZES, BATMAN!

We are excited for preseason and excited for the official return of the Chicago Bears on August 29th! We are so excited, in fact, that we are having a Chicago Bears Tailgating Giveaway! Head over to our Facebook page and enter to win the contest. Click here for details, and keep an eye on our Facebook page for other opportunities to enter! Bear Down, Chicago! Football season is almost here! 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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Ay Yo, Bartender! Got Any More Sports In This Club?

What an amazing time to be a sports fan, right? With Game Six of the Spurs and Heat being followed by Game Four of the Blackhawks and Bruins being followed by GAME SEVEN of the Spurs and Heat, we’ll all just be glued to our televisions and will have learned to be more efficient human beings with less and less sleep. We will replace food with yelling. We will become imperfect perfect beings and when the Spurs and the Blackhawks win their respective trophies, we will burst into balls of pure white light and reach a higher plane of being.

I'll sleep when I'm dead! Turn on the Blackhawks game!

I’ll sleep when I’m dead! Turn on the Blackhawks game!

Game Six of the Spurs and Heat playoff was a nail-biting, headache-inducing circus that left most people without the use of their vocal chords this morning. With the game favoring the Spurs and only twenty seconds left, officials were pulling out the yellow tape to section off the path on which the NBA Championship trophy would be paraded out and presented to the San Antonio Spurs. The vendors had begun to pull out the San Antonio Spurs NBA Champions shirts that they had hoped and prayed they hadn’t wasted their money on. The end seemed near as flocks of Miami Heat fans got up from their seats to flood out of the AmericanAirlines Arena because traffic was going to be rough after the game and because watching your golden team lose is not fun and it’s easier to walk away than to pay up for all of the bad-mouthing you’ve done all season.

Sports Is Sad

Sports Is Sad

In the last five seconds of the game, Ray Allen tied up the game and the Heat and the Spurs went into overtime. This angered the Heat fans who had left as they had “paid good money” for the seats they had left (please check out http://www.twitter.com/VictorOquendo for a full live tweet of the hilarity of Miami fans leaving the game). In the end, the Heat won and forced Game Seven. Lebron had thirty-two points, ten rebounds, and eleven assists. Tim Duncan was close behind with thirty points, his most in an NBA finals game since Game One in 2003, and seventeen rebounds. Lebron had his eleventh post season triple-double, his second of this series. Somehow, he managed to win the game despite the fact that he lost his magical headband in the fourth quarter.

Upon hearing that Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh's headbands were going to go play in Los Angeles, Lebron's headband quickly left Miami.

Upon hearing that Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh’s headbands were going to go play in Los Angeles, Lebron’s headband quickly left Miami.

Game Seven begins tomorrow and we shall see if Lebron was correct when he said, “A Lebron James team is never desperate” in 2008. The Spurs have the fight in them, and they almost won it all last night. Thursday night should be intense to say the very least.

Are you there, God? It's me, Corey.

Are you there, God? It’s me, Corey.

Sandwiched in between the two nights of NBA playoff insanity is Stanley Cup insanity! With the games 2-1 favoring the Bruins, the Blackhawks must up their face off wins and really take advantage of the power plays when they come their way. Hossa is expected to return to the ice tonight, so that will be a major help to the mighty Blackhawks as they face the Boston Bruins in Game Four. We also need that playoff moment that has happened in every other series. Patrick Sharps non-stop scoring against the Wild was an impressive inspiration from a player that had struggled so much in the regular season. The Detroit series found Seabrook as the shining hero in Game Seven as his overtime goal won the game and pushed the Blackhawks into the next round. Patrick Kane’s hat trick in the final game against the Los Angeles Kings birthed a throat-slashing collective cheer from Blackhawk fans across the country as the Hawks advanced to fight the Bruins for the Stanley Cup.

You are still not tired of this picture.

You are still not tired of this picture.

The Blackhawks, the fans, and the Bruins know what the Blackhawks need to do in order to win this game and this series. The Bruins will try to stop them, the fans will cheer them until they cannot speak, and the only thing the Blackhawks have to do is do it. This is how we get our great hockey moments. When all seemed bleak against Detroit, the Blackhawks dusted off and did what they needed to to. In doing this, we got shining hockey moments from formerly rowdy, penalty box banished players like Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw, two players that are now essential to the Blackhawks line-up beyond fights. This blog has dedicated a lot of time and syntax have been dedicated to praising the Blackhawks. We know what they are capable of; now we need them to do it. Why? Because it’s the Cup.

And if that doesn't work, have Shaw and Marchand fight it out in the last twenty seconds again.

And if that doesn’t work, have Shaw and Marchand fight it out in the last twenty seconds again.

 

We love sports, and we know you do to. Be sure to stop by one of our stores or browse our selection online at http://www.clarkstreetsports.com to order your gear. Commit to the Indian and remember: Sports is good!

 

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Clark Street Sports at Wicker Park Fest

Wicker Park Fest started with a small gathering on North Ave and Milwaukee almost a decade ago and since then has turned into one of the best festivals in the Chicagoland Area. This two day festival goes from July 28-29 and features a number of different Bands throughout the weekend.

This Festival is said to be one of the best events around and Clark Street Sports is glad to be apart of this entertaining weekend in the city of Chicago. As always, Clark Street Sports will feature everyone’s favorite Chicago themed products so the people who attend Wicker Park Fest can purchase their favorite products while enjoying a pecfect summer day. Lastly, those who decide to visit our Wicker Park stand will see merchandise that shows off Chicago’s Sports teams along with the History of our city and a number of other great items.

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