Just yesterday I was talking to some people about Martin. I kept saying that he had better pick his school quick. Apparently he already had, and I missed it somehow. The LaPorte paper seems to be up on all things bad about the Boilermakers. I will cheer for Martin at Notre Dame, but I will always wonder what might have been at Purdue. He started really playing well at the end of the year. He would have been a good contributor this season. As it is he will have to sit out a year, then in 2009-2010 he will be playing for the Irish. Like I said I wish him luck, but also really wish he would have stayed put. It would be interesting if Purdue could renew its series with the Irish. That would be some good TV. Who am I kidding? I would be there in a heartbeat.
Today has been a day of speculation around Chicago. It seems that Doug Collins may be the new coach of the Chicago Bulls. Both sides are denying an agreement has been reached, but I think that they are just waiting until the Western Conference Finals are over before they announce anything. Back in 1989 the Bulls decided to get rid of Collins because they needed someone else to get them to the next level. What has changed over the years to make him a different coach. I hope that it works out, and Collins can get the Bulls going again.
It seems as though the NHL would like to see hockey at Wrigley Field next winter. The game may be announced soon, and from what I have heard it will be the Blackhawks and the Red Wings in the second outdoor game ever. I for one would love to see this happen. I am a hockey fan that has stayed away from the ice for a while. This might be the perfect way for me to get back into the swing of things. It could also be another chance for me to see Chris Chelios on the ice again. I found the picture above over at Deadspin.com, and thought that it was appropriate for the post. I think that the Cub faithful would not even notice the difference if a hockey game was going on. They are just there for the party. If this does happen you will see a report from me after the game. There is no way that I a going to miss this.
Last night I was supposed to head to Indy, but I had to postpone the trip just long enough to get to Comiskey for Carlton Fisk Night. The White Sox put on quite a show for the former catcher. Bo Jackson, Ron Kittle, Ozzie Guillen, Harold Baines, Joey Cora, and Roland Hemond all were on hand to honor Carlton. Fisk, Jackson and Kittle all came in from center on bikes with a fireworks show in the background. It was a great night that I was glad to attend. Here are some images from last night as time permits I will post more:
On Carlton Fisk Night Carlos Quentin drove in two runs to give the White Sox the 3-1 win. Of course I was going to the game because of the occasion, but I really wanted to see the Sox pull out the win. I am now 2-0 this season at the stadium. That is a lot better than my TV record. I cannot seem to tune in to the wins except for this win streak. I was able to see my favorite pitcher Mark Buehrle on the mound. That was good because I was leaving from the stadium after the game to get down to Indy for the weekend. Mark came through and got me out of the park in good time. The close game even allowed me to see big Bobby Jenks pitch. He closed out the game to get his 99th career save. I had a great time, thanks to George Bush’s check. I may have to use that check to get to a couple more games.
Tonight Jon Lester threw a no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox. I was purposely staying away from ESPN because of the Cub game, but saw the Red Sox – Royals game on so I stayed. I was able to watch the last two innings. After his ordeal with cancer this is a great story of perseverance. I was happy to see it. It was the 18th no no in BoSox history, and probably one of the best feel good stories in baseball in a while. We need some more of these instead of the negative things that we keep hearing everyday. The Fenway crowd was electric as they should have been. I saw a great graphic on ESPN after the game. Four of the last six no-hitters in the AL were thrown by Red Sox pitchers. One of the other two was of course Mark Buehrle. I will get to see him pitch on Thursday night. Maybe he can work his magic all over again.