Full disclosure, I have always loved Patrick Kane. His game is so unique. He has tremendous skill and vision. I have an extra appreciation for guys like Kane and Campbell because I could NEVER do the types of things that they do. Having said all of that…Kane has taken his game to an entirely different level. A level I didn’t know he could get to. He is controlling the game. The move to center was pure genius. Giving Kane more time on the puck and more space to work plays to his strengths and also forces him to be more responsible in his own end. If Kane keeps this kind of play going, Hossa stays healthy, and the Blackhawks find a real top 6 player to play with them(Sorry CarBomb, you’re a 4th line guy), Kane just may win the scoring title and maybe the Hart Trophy. His game is that special right now. Blackhawk games should be appointment TV for hockey fans in every market. He alone is worth the price of NHL center ice.
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(ESPN)–The Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox are finalizing a deal that would make Theo Epstein the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, according to a baseball source. The source said it could happen Thursday, but as of early Friday morning, the deal was not done. A source with knowledge of the negotiations said: “The two sides are on the 5-yard line.” Major League Baseball already has told the Cubs that they can have a news conference Friday to introduce Epstein, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Sources confirmed to ESPNChicago.com and ESPNBoston.com that San Diego Padres general manager Jed Hoyer will be named Cubs GM a few days after Epstein’s news conference. Hoyer will be granted permission to leave when San Diego promotes senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes to vice president/GM, a source said. Byrnes was GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks when Padres owner Jeff Moorad was part-owner of that team. Sources said Moorad has wanted Byrnes to return to the job, even though he respected Hoyer, whom he hired in 2010. The Red Sox aimed high in asking for compensation for Epstein. A baseball source told ESPNBoston.com that they initially asked for the Cubs young star shortstop Starlin Castro. Whey they were rebuffed, the Red Sox asked for arguably the Cubs best starting pitcher in Matt Garza. A major league source told ESPNChicago.com that at one point Boston proposed that the Cubs take pitcher John Lackey’s contract. Lackey has three seasons remaining on a five-year, $82.5 million contract. He was 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in 28 starts for the Red Sox in 2011.
Hey do the Red Sox think Theo Epstein is stupid or something? John Lackey fucking sucks. Do you really think that the Cubs would agree to pay the final three years of an 82.5 million dollar contract of a guy who gets drunk in the clubhouse and has a 6.41 ERA? Come on, Theo would never be that stupid. He would never acquire a guy like Lackey. Who do the Red Sox think they are fooling here. This isn’t your father’s Cubs anymore.
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(Chicago Tribune)–The man who was arrested at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines after police said he slapped Chicago Bears receiver/returner Devin Hester in the back of the head has apologized. Hester was in a cash transaction line at around 10:40 p.m. Friday when Daniel Rago, 52, approached him, slapped him in the back of the head and walked away, Des Plaines Police Chief Jim Prandini said. Hester notified the casino’s security team and Rago, a Mount Prospect resident, was escorted to a holding area and later arrested by Des Plaines police.Rago told Fox Chicago that he was unaware it was Hester, is a huge Bears fan and knows he was wrong to touch another person. Rago said he thought Hester was trying to cut ahead of elderly people in line. “We were all waiting in line,” Rago said in a Fox Chicago interview. “We were all happy, we won a little bit of money and all of a sudden the gentleman in front of me walked over two tellers to the left. And I said, ‘Excuse me, these two elderly people were in front of you.’ And that person replied, ‘They waved me up.’ And I’m like, ‘No, the next person in line should have went to the left.’ “No response after that so I went over to the left of him and as a father would reprimand a kid — not saying he’s a kid but a young man — and I just gave him a biff on the back of the head, is what I did. And I was wrong for doing that. Nothing justifies another person hitting or touching another person. It’s wrong on my part.” Asked Wednesday at Halas Hall about Rago’s description of the details of the incident, Hester said it was inaccurate but declined to offer any comments about it.
Rago, who is due in court Dec. 1, said he didn’t realize it was Hester until he was released from the holding area and saw Hester’s name on the police complaint. “I said, ‘Oh my gosh, that was Devin Hester,'” said Rago, who attended the Bears’ game Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings in which Hester scored two touchdowns. “Now I can’t even enjoy a game anymore because of the bad choice I made.” Rago apologized to Hester during the Fox TV interview and offered to donate to a charity in Hester’s honor. “Devin, if you’re listening and if you can see me here, I am so, so sorry,” Rago said. “I made a mistake. I’m the bad guy here, and I apologize. I’m going to ask you right now, I will donate $500 to the charity of your choice and 20 hours of community service on your behalf. I messed up.”
Get a load of this asshole. So here is basically what happened…Devin Hester was just enjoying a quiet night out at the Casino and was just crushing every table he stepped to. At the end of the night he went to cash out his huge pile of cash and this jealous, righteous, self-appointed police of the line smacked Devin Hester in the back of the head for going ahead of a sweet old couple that told him it was ok. Now this guy has the audacity to try and make himself out to be the victim. Oh boo hoo, I can’t even enjoy the Bears game now because of the guilt I feel, wah wah wah. Seriously, shut up bro. If you were a real fan you would have realized it was Hester to begin with…you know, the greatest special teams player who ever lived.
PS: Great self restraint by Devin Hester here. If that guy had hit someone like say…Jay Cutler, he probably would have sued for getting spit on.
PPS: This guy is such a pussy. I have never seen a more bitch apology in my life.
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