Posted on: June 10, 2008 11:55 pm
When I first heard the Bulls were going to hire Vinny Del Negro as their next head coach, I almost flipped. Heck, they already dragged the search on so far that I figured Tom Thibodeau might as well get a shot at an interview. At least he has experience on the bench, which is a place that will be new for Del Negro next season.
However, as the day went on, I started to think about it more and more. Now, the hiring doesn't look all that bad.
After Mike D'Antoni spurned the Bulls and signed with the Knicks on May 10th, any hire John Paxson made would have been viewed as less than stellar. D'Antoni and the young, athletic Bulls squad seemed like the perfect match for D'Antoni's "run happy offense." Players such as Ben Gordon showed their approval in having the former Suns coach.
After D'Antoni was off the market, who was left? Doug Collins? Collins might have been a good hire, but if he was having second thoughts about the job, maybe it is good that he just enjoys his retirement.
Avery Johnson? On paper, he is definitely a good coach, but when you have Dirk Nowitszki, who is one of the league's most dominant forwards, it's hard not to falter. The problem is that he did falter towards the end of his stay with the Mavericks.
Dwane Casey? All he has over Del Negro is bench experience. His sub .500 coaching record with the Timberwolves and lack of motivation with young players and an always energized Kevin Garnett cost him a chance to save this young Bulls team craving motivation.
So Del Negro might not be the greatest option, but it is certainly not as bad as you might think. Former NBA guard and current ESPN analyst Tim Legler thinks that Del Negro's brain and intensity might be a good match with this team. Also, close friend and PTI co-host Michael Wilbon says that Del Negro favors an offense that is similar to the one D'Antoni had in Phoenix.
That's a positive right?
As far as him having no coaching experience, that can all be fixed if he puts together a staff of prominent assistant coaches. The Chicago Tribune reports that he is expected to bring former Spurs and Sonics coach Bob Hill on as his head assistant coach.
Who knows, this move could be great, or it could be a complete bust. However, Bulls fans need to reserve their judgment and wait to see the results that some from the hire.
Posted on: April 7, 2008 11:46 am
In July and August, it seemed like every Bears fan was sipping the kool-aid. I remember some people had posted on the Bears boards that "Cedric Benson was going to have a break out season," and "Rex Grossman was going to take that next step and become a Pro Bowl quarterback." Also, the defense was going to destroy the league and the offense was going to make Bears' history (which isn't too hard to do).
The season still ended at a respectable 7-9, but the objective that was preached all offseason of getting back to the Super Bowl failed. The only bright spot was seeing Devin Hester top a remarkable rookie season with another record setting sophomore year. Also, beating the Packers both times was a great accomplishment too. To Bears fans, Brett Favre's last season won't be remembered as a rebirth, but a time when the Bears got their revenge on number 4 one last time.
Okay, but there was still the Bulls in October. In 2007, they went 49-33 and swept the defending champion Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. After that series, they took the favored Detroit Pistons to six games. So, what did we Bulls fans do? What we should do, sip the kool-aid. But, instead of sipping, we guzzled it and paid for it.
Do you remember all the hype? The Bulls were pegged to go to the NBA Finals or at least the Eastern Conference Finals. Fast forward to right now. Currently, they are 30-45 and are most likely out of the dull Eastern Conference playoff picture. Some people cite the fact that the Bulls didn't acquire Kobe Bryant or that Luol Deng and Ben Gordon turned down new contracts as reasons why the Bulls fell out of contention this season. Also, firing Scott Skiles for a calmer clone didn't help either. Call it what you want. Lack of heart, lack of emotion, lack of leadership, lack of a superstar. The Bulls didn't have it in 2007-2008.
Also, off the ice, the Blackhawks have done the unthinkable. This season, Rocky Wirtz struck a deal with Comcast Sportsnet to air a selected number of games. As they head into next season, all 82 games, home and away, will be on television. The Blackhawks have also brought back old faces to West Madison Street. Legends such as Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Tony Esposito are back with the franchise.
Posted on: March 26, 2008 4:31 pm
Ok, I was bored so I created an All-time Bears Team. Please, debate!
Posted on: February 13, 2008 10:13 pm
Last week, I ranked the top ten quarterbacks in Bears history. This week, I'm going to rank the top ten running backs. By running backs, I mean both halfbacks and fullbacks. The start of the list was easy to rank, but towards the end of the list, I really struggled where to rank some of these running backs. The hardest ones to rank were the backs from the late 50's and early 60's because George Halas ran a 2-3 back system. Anyway, I think number one won't come as a shock...it's Cedric Benson of course! Haha! I'm joking of course.
Top Ten Bears Runningbacks (Reverse Order):
10. Matt Suhey (FB- 1980-1989)
9. Anthony Thomas (HB- 2001-2004; NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2001)
8. Thomas Jones (HB- 2004-2006)
7. Beattie Feathers (HB- 1934-1937; 2-time all-pro, First 1,000 yard rusher in NFL history)
6. Willie Galimore (HB- 1957-1963; 1-time pro bowler, 2-time all-pro)
4. Neal Anderson (HB- 1986-1993; 4-time pro bowler, 4-time all-pro)
3. Bronko Nagurski (FB- 1930-1937, 1943; 7-time pro bowler, 3 NFL Championships, Hall of Famer)
2. Gale Sayers (HB- 1965-1971; 4-time pro bowler, 5-time all-pro, Hall of Famer)
1. Walter Payton (HB- 1975-1987; 9-time pro bowler, 9-time all-pro, MVP in 1977, Super Bowl XX, 2nd All-time leading rusher, Hall of Famer)
Posted on: February 7, 2008 3:59 am
Edited on: February 7, 2008 4:02 am
I must be crazy! You're probably asking yourselves, "why on earth would Chi-town0023 make a list of the top 10 Bears quarterbacks?"
In fact, the Bears once had a knack for picking quarterbacks. For one season, their roster was comprised of three Hall of Fame quarterbacks and another one that was an all-pro every year he played. I won't name names, but one of them was a veteran, the other had one year under his belt, and the other two were rookies. The following season, one retired and the other one was traded. The third quarterback struggled to find his mark with the Bears and was eventually cut. That guy would go onto the AFL and become an NFL ironman. The last quarterback, the one who was always an all-pro, retired after an injury in his fourth season.
As you read these, put some things into persepective. Remember, most of these guys played in an era where foward-passing was used at a bare minimum. So, low passer ratings, low completion percentage, and touchdown to interception ratios that mostly favor more interceptions are common.
Top Ten QBs in Bears History (in reverse order):
10. Jim Miller (1999-2002)
9. Bob Avellini (1975-1984)
8. Jack Concannon (1967-1971)
7. George Blanda (1949-1958)
6. Ed Brown (1954-1961; 2-time pro bowler)
5 (tie). Johnny Lujack (1948-1951; 2-time pro bowler, 4-time all-pro)
5 (tie). Jim Harbaugh (1987-1993)
4. Billy Wade (1961-1966; 2-time pro bowler and all-pro...1-time each with Bears, 1963 NFL Championship)
3. Erik Kramer (1994-1998; Bears single-season records for TD passes and passing yards)
2. Jim McMahon (1982-1988; 1-time pro bowler and all-pro in 1985, Super Bowl XX)
1. Sid Luckman (1939-1950; 3-time pro bowler, 9-time all-pro, 4 NFL Championships, Hall of Famer)