CHICAGO - There is no question the direction of the South Siders in 2018. Rebuild and develop. The philosophy has not only been embraced by the White Sox, but so far they've found success in the early stages of a major overhaul of the organization. Rick Hahn has stacked the minor league system with some of the best prospects in the franchise over the past generation as they team looks toward the beginning of the next decade for a new renaissance of success. Scott Merkin of MLB.com watched the first year of the rebuild first hand and discussed it on Sports Feed's End of Season Baseball Wrap-Up show on Thursday with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman. Watch Scott's segments on Thursday's show in the video above or below.
CHICAGO - For a team that is set up for future success, there are still a lot of things to be decided to make them a World Series champion again. The starting rotation, the closer position, outfield rotations, and the coaching staff all have questions as the 2017 fades into memory & 2018 comes to the forefront. It will be a busy offseason for Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer as the try to plug the holes in the roster to make a fourth-straight playoff appearance. Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune will be following the developments closely this offseason and he appeared on the Sports Feed 2017 Baseball End of Season Wrap-Up on Thursday. Watch Mark's discussion on the upcoming season with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman in the video above or below.
CHICAGO – For the first time in three decades, the stars of the NBA will make their way to the Windy City in February for their mid-season showcase. According to a report by Nick Friedell of ESPN on Thursday, the Bulls will play host to the 2020 NBA All-Star Game at the United Center. The Bulls and the NBA will announce that Chicago is hosting the 2020 All Star Game, according to a league source. https://t.co/oRrpyGXCOX — Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) November 9, 2017 While the Bulls or NBA has yet to confirm, the team has scheduled a news conference for Friday featuring personnel from the team and the City of Chicago. It will mark the third time that the NBA has brought the All-Star game to the West Side but the first to be played at the United Center. In 1973 and 1998, the games were played at the Chicago Stadium. Check back with WGNTV.COM for more info on this story.
CHICAGO – After a number of changes to the coaching staff that resulted in the departures of a few names in Joe Maddon’s staff, the team has decided to promote one of the holdovers from the 2017 staff. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer confirmed on 670 The Score’s “Spiegel and Parkins” show that first base coach Brandon Hyde has been promoted to bench coach. The original report came earlier Thursday morning from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. He takes the place of Dave Martinez, who was hired as the manager of the Washington Nationals after the season. This will be the second time that Hyde will have this position with the Cubs, having served as the bench coach for one season under then manager Rick Renteria. When Joe Maddon was brought into manage the team in 2015, Hyde became the team’s first base coach and held that position through this season. A native of Santa Rosa, California, Hyde served as the manager for the Florida Marlins in 2011. Maddon still has to pick his pitching coac..
CHICAGO – It has been one of the most difficult weeks in the football career of Zach Miller, yet the tight end has never felt so much love from his teammates, peers, and the fans. Following a knee dislocation that led to emergency surgery to fix a torn artery in his left leg, the Bears’ tight end has well wishes on Social Media and even in person while in New Orleans. Saints players, chairman George McCaskey, teammate Akiem Hicks were among the many to personally visit Miller in the Louisiana hospital till he was able to return home this week. Yet nearly two weeks after the injury, the well wishes keep pouring in for Miller. Don’t mind me blowing up your feed… just trying to respond to as many ppl as possible! I can’t thank y’all enough for the support! — Zach Miller (@ZMiller86) November 8, 2017 A few of his teammates have already made their way to the Chicago-area hospital to send well wishes. Mandatory that we go check in on my guy @ZMiller86!! Good to see my guy in great spi..
CHICAGO – For a second time in the last month, the Cubs’ leader has been recognized more for his contributions off the field than on. Perhaps this award might be even more special than the Roberto Clemente Award he received from Major League Baseball. That’s because the honor that Anthony Rizzo got on Wednesday comes from his peers. The Cubs first baseman was voted by the MLB players as the recipient of the 2017 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award. Nominated by his teammates and chosen from a final group of six, the award is given to the player “whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement.” Rizzo has done so thanks to the many contributions of his family foundation that was created in 2012 for cancer research and to provide support for kids along with their families as they deal with the ailment. Rizzo himself is a cancer survivor, having beaten Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2008, and his foundation has raised millions to help..
CHICAGO – Rest assured, the drama doesn’t end here. Nikola Mirotic, probably, will share the same practice court and game floor that is occupied by the man who punched him in a practice altercation on October 17th. That first practice will be a significant moment along with the first time they hit the floor together. These are still “ifs” since there is a chance Mirotic is dealt before he recovers, but should it happen it will mark another moment in which Bobby Portis will become the focus of the Bulls again. Already one of those has come to pass – his debut in the 2017-2018 season. That was Tuesday night, as Portis returned to the lineup for 24 minutes as a reserve behind Lauri Markkanen, who took over his starting spot after his eight-game ban. “I tried to make the simple play,” said Portis of his debut on Tuesday in Toronto. “Just tried to make the right basketball play at all times.” He did that. Portis made the most of his time as a reserve with 21 points and a team-high 13 ..
CHICAGO - There has been a buzz around his Alma Mater over the past few days. That hasn't been lost on Jarrett Payton, either. His seventh-ranked Miami Hurricanes are getting ready to face third-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday night with the winner staying alive in the College Football Playoff hunt. It's the biggest game between the two schools in nearly three decades and has commanded some attention on Sports Feed this week. But is Jarrett ready to give his pick? That along with a discussion on the game with Josh Frydman is part of #FeedonThis from Wednesday's show and you can watch it in the video above. Meanwhile Mitchell Trubisky is coming off his first bye week as a pro and looking ahead to the final eight games of his first season. He's done some good things, some bad ones too. The off weekend gave himself and those around the Bears a chance to reflect on his game so far. Watch Jarrett and Josh's discussion in the video above.
CHICAGO - Bobby Portis is back in the Bulls lineup, but the drama created is far from over. Nikola Mirotic has yet to return to full time practice with the Bulls and it doesn't look like the drama created by getting punched by Portis has exactly gone away. Not to mention that Fred Hoiberg is still trying to figure out which players work best in what situation as the team starts year one of the rebuild. Oh, and Jimmy Butler had some interesting things to say about his departure from the team to ESPN on Wednesday. Bryan Crawford of Hoop Magazine discussed that on Sports Feed Wednesday night with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman. You can watch Brian's segment in the video above or below.
LAKE FOREST – One thing there have been few questions about over the past few weeks has been the unit coached by Vic Fangio. Over their last three games – two of them wins – the Bears defense has finally delivered on its promise to produce more turnovers. They’ve gotten eight in the that period of time, including an interception against the Panthers by Danny Trevathan. Coming off a serious knee injury at the end of last year and even with a suspension for targeting in October, Trevathan has stood out as one of the strongest overall defenders on the team. Yet during the bye week and early this week, he was their biggest question. Last week and on Monday, the linebacker wasn’t seen during the open media availabilities. Without the requirement to do so from the NFL, John Fox didn’t address the linebacker’s status during the off week or to start the Packers’ week. Finally on Wednesday, the mystery with Danny was solved: A calf injury. Because of it, he’s the dreaded Day-To-Day and his..
CHICAGO – Once again, the man in right field for the Cubs in 2017 is among the best fielders in all of Major League Baseball. On Tuesday night, Jason Heyward was awarded the National League Gold Glove award for right field, winning the award for a fourth-consecutive year and second with the Cubs. It’s the fifth time in his career that he’s won a Gold Glove. He’s the first for the Cubs to win the award in back-to-back seasons since pitcher Greg Maddux did so from 2004-2006. In right field in 2017, Heyward had 207 putouts and five outfield assists with a .991 fielding percentage. He only made five errors all year long in 120 games in right field and didn’t make one 13 games in Center Field. He beat out the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton and Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig for the honor.
CHICAGO - These are the games that fans of the Fighting Irish dream of when a season begins. The fact that it happens in November against Miami makes it even better. The rivalry -which reached its heights in the late 1980's and early 1990's - has been rekindled a bit over the last few years and has it's first signature showdown this weekend. Notre Dame, ranked third in the College Football Playoff poll, will faced Miami, ranked seventh in the same poll, play Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. The winner stays alive for a chance at one of the four playoff spots in the biggest game of the year for both teams so far. LaMond Pope covers the Fighting Irish for Tribune Newspapers and appeared on Sports Feed to preview the game with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman on Tuesday. To watch LaMond's segments on Tuesday's show, click on the video above or below.
CHICAGO - It started off so well. Better than good, actually. On opening night against the Penguins, the Blackhawks scored ten goals in a victory at the United Center, including a "Hat Trick" in Brandon Saad's return. A month later, even with their goalie playing some of the best hockey of his career, the Blackhawks are struggling a bit because the team can't find the net. It's gotten to the point where Quenneville has put Kane-Toews-Sharp line back together in a throwback to to earlier in the decade. Satchel Price of Second City Hockey and The Athletic appeared on Sports Feed on Tuesday to discuss the first month of the season for the Blackhawks with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman. Watch Satchel's segments on Tuesday's show by clicking on the video above or below.
LAKE FOREST – Sports teams put out lots of creative tweets ever day in hopes of making a connection with fans while also celebrating the exploits of their players. The Bears accomplished both with a Tweet on Monday paying tribute to a record broken by second-year running back Jordan Howard. You could say this one stood out above the rest. Game recognizes game. Jordan Howard is the fastest player in #DaBears history to record 10 100-yard rushing games (23 games), breaking Walter Payton’s record of 28. pic.twitter.com/MJBoA0qPY8 — Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 7, 2017 In honor of Howard becoming the fastest Bears player to ten rushing games, they decided to use some photoshop magic to pay tribute to the guy whose record he broke. That’s Walter Payton, and the above picture is the tribute the Bears came up with to honor Howard. It’s a picture of Payton at the Silverdome looking at the superimposed Howard as he comes off the sidelines. The picture has been like over 3,500..
CHICAGO – Three weeks ago, any kind of positive vibes that surrounded the Bulls in their preseason training camp were pushed aside. Well, punched would be more specific. A blow from the fist of Bobby Portis to the face of Nikola Mirotic knocked both of the forwards out of the lineup and brought back drama to a franchise accustomed to it as they fell from the upper eschelon of the NBA. Facial fractures put Mirotic out for a number of weeks at the least, while Portis was given an eight-game suspension for his actions. Three weeks later, in the same place where he was supposed to begin the season on October 19th, Portis finally steps on the floor at the Air Canada Centre to face the Raptors on Tuesday night. It comes after the most bizarre stretch of his young NBA career, one in which he came to prominence in a negative light and created a fair amount of awkwardness around his team. Yet as he returns to the lineup and Mirotic is still in the early stages of his recovery, the Bulls ins..