Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
As a Packer fan, I’m not thrilled about playing the Bears. When it comes to rivalries as old as this one, it’s not as simple as who is the better team. I love how well the Packers have been playing and I think they can win, but you never know what can happen in a Bears/Packers game. One of the teams could be horrible the rest of the season but come out with a victory in this game. There's pride and history on the line - that's so much more important that just a simple win or loss.
Aaron Rodgers was so effective against Atlanta due to his ability to hit some pinpoint passes. I don’t think he’ll be able to do that as effectively in the cold in Chicago. Footing was a huge issue in the Bears/Seahawks game and though they seem to have found a running game recently, the Packers have had problems on the ground all season and the likely-sloppy conditions aren’t going to help. The Bears didn't seem to have the same footing problems as the Seahawks, so it is to be hoped that the Packers can figure out the "secret."
One of the Packers biggest negatives is Special Teams. It's so depressing to watch, really. When was the last time the Packers were a threat to break a run-back for points? There's just no threat of the Packers getting major yardage on kickoff and punt returns. That's a completely missed opportunity on McCarthy's part. This potent offense would have been even better if the Packers could have won the field position battle at any point this season.
They’re going to have to hope they can keep Devin Hester in check and not give the Bears a short field the whole game.
That being said, the Packers are going to be UP for this game. Cutler managed a whole games against the Seahawks without being Jay Cutler and I can’t imagine that will last for another 60 minutes, especially against the Packers secondary.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt says the rumor has been confimed by someone close to the situation at the Brewers. Ron Roenicke is the Brewers' new manager
It's the third time in about a month that we have a rumor that the Brewers have hired a manager.
This time the source is a writer for a Chicago newspaper who's last claim to fame was a Twitter meltdown on all things Minnesotan.
Once again it's sources saying the hire has been made, so take it with a grain of salt.
Roenicke has been with the Angels for the past 11 seasons and has never managed at the major league level. He did mange in the minors and has spent the past five years as the Angels bench coach.
The Chicago media is interested in the Brewers hiring situation because White Sox bench coach Joey Cora is one of the finalists. ESPN.com is reporting that Cora was told today that he finished second in the decision-making process.
Monday, October 11, 2010
After leading his team in pre-season scoring, Stepan made the team out of camp and made a huge debut on Saturday.
He became just the fourth person ever to record a hat trick in his first NHL game.
The first goal came as a shot deflected off his stick into a defensive player and in to the net. The second and third goals came when Stepan scored twice 3:12 apart late in the second period to complete the hat trick and put the Rangers ahead 4-1.
Stepan was just the second Ranger to score three goals in his debut. Ron Murphy did it in 1955