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Rickey and Ricketts. Plus: The Houston Asterisks; The Green Bay Packers Are Not In The Super Bowl; The Byzantine Bears; The Blackhawks Might Be Back!; Is Zach LaVine An All-Star?; Bulls Attendance Finally Rightsizing; Illinois Hoops It Up!; and TrackNotes: Death, Destruction & The Pegasus.
* Coffman: "We were promised change!"
1:52: The Houston Asterisks.
* Black Jack McDowell:
Former MLB Pitcher Jack McDowell shared his thoughts on the @MacAttackWFNZ on the Astros cheating scandal, plus has a whistle-blower story of his own involving Tony La Russa.....@Buster_ESPN@Ken_Rosenthal @JeffPassan @JonHeyman @RealMichaelKay @Joelsherman1 pic.twitter.com/IHnGzm9zBW— WFNZ-AM/FM (@wfnz) January 17, 2020
* Whit Merrifield: "Jose Altuve took my spot."
* Star Tribune: Five Twins Potentially Impacted By Astros Sign-Stealing Scandal.
* Wall Street Journal: Was The '51 Giants Comeback A Miracle, Or Did They Simply Steal The Pennant?
16:10: The Green Bay Packers Are Not In The Super Bowl.
* Coach picked 'em, to his everlasting shame.
* Coach leans Niners, Rhodes leans Chiefs.
23:08: The Byzantine Bears.
Matt Nagy is the head coach who designs and calls offensive plays. Bill Lazor is the offensive coordinator who doesn't design or call plays. Dave Ragone is passing-game coordinator but not the run-game coordinator. John DeFilippo coaches the QBs, who are the primary component of the passing game, and Juan Castillo coaches the O-line, an important component to the passing and running game. Am I the only one whose head is spinning from confusion? I'm concerned that with so many cooks in the kitchen the meal is going to be a total mess. Has a current or former team employed such an organizational structure with success, and if not, why should we believe the Bears can pull it off?
* Raheem Mostert appeared in two games for the Bears in 2016 and did not get a carry or a reception.
32:35: White Sox Con!
* "Starring" Rickey Rentamanager.
* Coach is correct: Luis Rojas is the son of Felipe Alou and the half-brother of Moisés Alou.
42:57: A Different Kind Of Cubs Con.
* Rosenthal: What To Know About The Marquee Network.
50:45: The Blackhawks Might Be Back!
* Five-game winning streak before dropping game to Panthers this week.
"Signing little-known Czech forward Dominik Kubalik last May to a one-year, $925,000 contract looks genius. The 24-year-old (whose rights were acquired from the Kings last season) is a dark horse Calder Trophy candidate, with 21 goals through 49 games."
"The John Gibson Award -
"Criteria: Given to the goalie who does everything humanly possible to carry his team to victory on a nightly basis, despite getting nothing resembling help from the players who are supposed to be defending in front of him. Honoring the +53.4 goals above average that John Gibson saved from 2016 to 2019 (the second-best rate, behind Sergei Bobrovsky, among all goalies in that span), ultimately netting Gibson a grand total of one third-place vote for the Vezina Trophy - because the team in front of him wasn't good enough to get him enough wins.
"Winner: Robin Lehner, Chicago Blackhawks"
56:15: Is Zach LaVine An All-Star?
* Coach: No.
* Rhodes: No.
* David Kaplan: Yes.
59:24: Bulls Attendance Finally Rightsizing.
Doors opening for Wolves-Bulls tonight in Chicago. pic.twitter.com/3nWIWYSerX— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) January 22, 2020
Crowd at tip-off for Wolves-Bulls at the United Center. pic.twitter.com/SSUbyHD9Lf— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) January 23, 2020
1:00:30: Illinois Hoops It Up!
The Ramblers currently sit at 8-0 away from Gentile Arena after winning a combined seven road games in the past three seasons. https://t.co/clGx75DbBq— Loyola Phoenix (@PhoenixLUC) January 24, 2020
The Ramblers limped out of the gate with a 3-4 record in the first seven games, but the addition of Keith Clemons back to the lineup from a knee injury has sparked the team. https://t.co/ELYrMfZ1U1— Loyola Phoenix (@PhoenixLUC) January 23, 2020
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Creighton Gets Road Win At DePaul. -KFOR Sports https://t.co/4mV2z4OsKg— KFOR Radio (@KFORRADIO) January 23, 2020
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1. From Tom Chambers:
Pegasus World Cup Invitational to-day is in Florida.
The Dubai World Cup in late March is the climax of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, United Arab Emirates.
There's also a Japan World Cup.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships aren't that worldly. BC is like hoping the Queen, or even Charles runs, but they send Harry, the permanent third-stringer.
The Arlington International Festival of Racing is very similar. Knockabout English or Irish benchwarmers visit. The British accents are irresistible.
Back when, I thought what a stupid name for the Pegasus. "World Cup" is both pretentious and lazy branding. Invitational implies exclusivity. It's probably more like a phone call: "Wanna run?"
You not only landed on the best of this bunch, you even know Dubai's race exists!
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