Tuesday, May 26, 2015

podcast: Ray McDonald gone, Blackhawks on the brink, Cubs in the hunt, and White Sox in the tank.

The Anaheim Ducks have the Blackhawks on the verge of elimination, Memorial Day is really D-Day for Ray McDonald, the Cubs are right in the NL Central thick, and the White Sox are in the tank. All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Podcast: Blackhawks win, the Bulls lose, and we have 2 real baseball teams in Chicago!

Lebron beats the Bulls again, Blackhawks take on the Ducks to go to the Stanley Cup finals, and the White Sox and Cubs are on fire. All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cool Lego compatible Bears figures

I picked up this cool figure at the NFL draft.  Just a day and a half after the Bears selected Kevin White #7 overall, OYO Sports already had a toy of him.  These figures are Lego compatible and they have Cubs, Sox, Bears, and Blackhawks.

http://www.oyosports.com/Hockey/Chicago-Blackhawks






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Monday, May 11, 2015

Podcast: Bulls playoff hopes, Blackhawks vs Anaheim Ducks, and Bears roster

Bulls striking hard on LeBron, Bears roster shaping up, Blackhawks gearing up for Anaheim, and Cubs bullpen arms taxed. All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Breaking down the Bears draft, talking Bulls and Blackhawks up in their round 2 playoff series


We talk with fans at the NFL draft about the Bears draft, we discuss the Bears rookie pickups, Bulls beating Cleveland in game 1, and the Blackhawks up 2-0 on the Wild. All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Here's your rookie Chicago Bears


Kevin White 6’3” 215 WEST VIRGINIA: Pros: Decent speed, good height. Wins jump balls. Willing and decent blocker Cons: Relies a lot on YAC, which he won’t get in NFL. Had some big drops in 2014 (like the TD against Alabama). Will need to continue to improve as a blocker. Physically, he has the tools to be a good NFL WR. We need to see if he can handle the mental part of learning a playbook. He spent 2 years at JUCO because he didn’t qualify academically for the NCAA. Ran a 4.35 at the combine, but his on-the-field speed isn’t that fast. May have moved into the #1 WR
drafted spot.

   

Eddie Goldman 6’3” 314 Florida State: Pros: lightening quick. Strong. Great at shooting gaps and getting to QB. Cons: Doesn’t contain gaps great. Can be moved out on the run.

 

 Hroniss Grasu 6’3” 297 Oregon: Pros: Sports a pro-ready NFL frame with good weight distribution. He generally plays with very good initial quickness. Shows impressive lateral agility and balance to recover. He plays low to the ground and locks out well, showing good functional strength absorb the bull rush. Cons: Can be caught flat-footed, on occasion

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 Jeremy Langford 6’0” 211 Michigan State: Pros: Very versatile running back (lines up at WR, good receiver, can run inside/outside), decent blocker, decent speed, great vision, uses his blockers well Cons: not NFL HR speed, Doesn’t have a lot of shake&bake to his moves, takes time to hit his high speed gear. Uses blockers like Emmitt Smith, ran sweeps, lined up as WR, ran outside/inside. He’s the poor man’s TJ Yeldon. A team is going to get a solid RB when they draft him. NOTE: Was the fastest RB in the combine, but that speed doesn't show up on game film.

 

 Adrian Amos 6’0” 200 Penn State: Pros: Well-built with good height, length and overall frame for the position, displaying adequate bulk and strength. Takes aggressive angles and explodes downhill while also showing the start/stop quickness to recover and alter his path mid-momentum. Very smooth in coverage and plays the football extremely well. Cons: Misses some open-field tackles. Does not wrap up when tackling and usually leads with a shoulder.

 

 Tayo Fabuluje 6’6” 353 TCU: Pros: Massive size with a girthy frame and a wide base. Good foot quickness for his size with the lateral shuffle to seal the edge. Anchors and absorbs well at the point of attack with a stout body that is tough to move. Eats up rushers with his engulfing wingspan. Cons: Not a finely tuned prospect with a sloppy midsection and bad weight on his frame. Needs to stay focused and committed to his conditioning to maintain a healthy weight. Needs to be more aggressive.

 

 Anthony Jefferson 6’1” 198 UCLA: Pros: Very hard worker who will go the extra mile. Tempo-setter who gets everyone to work harder and is unselfish. Very good athlete for a safety and may be athletic enough to play cornerback. Versatile. Cons: Lacks burst and explosion. A little stiff and could improve his upper body strength. Plays a little bit upright and tall. Quicker reaction to supporting the run is needed as he improves his tackling.

 

 Brian Vogler 6’7” 262 Alabama: Pros: He's big Cons: He's not a threat to catch the ball. He's purely a blocking TE.

 

 Bryce Callahan 5’10” 185 Rice: Pros: Has athleticism to mirror from backpedal. Has hips to transition. Can jam and then turn and follow receivers with some effectiveness. Cons: Below-average size to play outside. Lacking play strength. Wants to jam at line of scrimmage, but can be knocked off balance too easily

 

 Cameron Jefferson 6’6” 307 Arkansas: Three-year starter at UNLV before he transferred to Arkansas. Has experience at left guard, left tackle and right tackle.

 

 Cameron Meredith 6’3” 207 Illinois State: Led the Redbirds with 66 receptions for 1,061 yards receiving and nine touchdowns in 2014. Meredith is a tall target at 6-3.

   

Chad Hamilton 6’2” 292 Coastal Carolina: 2014 consensus All-American. Hamilton did receive an NFL combine invitation. Three-year starter at left tackle who also played left guard in 2011.

 

 Jacoby Glenn 6’0” 179 Central Florida: Pros: Salty cornerback who plays with passion and intensity. Outstanding hands and effective playing the ball. When he's in position, makes it extremely difficult for receivers to make the catch. Has feel for deep routes and understands when to turn and run. Reliable wrap-up tackler who breaks down in space and sticks his face into the target. Cons: Skinny and tight-hipped with limited athleticism. Stiff and upright in his labored backpedal. Feet aren't always under him. Loses his footing at times in transitioning forward from backpedal. Unable to click and close with instant burst.

 

 Jeremiah Detmer Toledo: Made 88.4 percent of his field goals at Toledo – 66 of 77. Career-long is 52 yards.

 

 John Timu 6’1” 246 Washington: Pros: Outstanding leader on the field and in the locker room. Selected as captain twice and is often seen lining up defenses. Impressive instincts that lead him in the direction of the play a split ­second before ball is even snapped. Cons: Might lack the necessary play speed to perimeter to be a consistent chase-and-finish tackler. Take­-on linebacker willing to attack blockers, but lacking the necessary size to do it consistently. Change of direction in space can be a challenge for him

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 Jonathan Anderson TCU: Appeared in 51 games with just 16 starts. Anderson registered 10 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles in four years.

 

Levi Norwood 6’0” 198 Baylor: Pros: High character kid and son of a coach who grew up around football his whole life. Norwood is a good-sized, athletic receiver with decent pass-catching skills. He showed good elusiveness at the Classic Gridiron Showcase All-Star Game. Cons: lacks that true burner breakaway speed. Does not possess much upper-body strength and can be jammed at the line. Has a narrow, skinny frame.

 

 Olsen Pierre 6’5” 300 Miami: Pros: Shows some strength at the point of attack when asked to 2­-gap and hold his spot. Works his way to the offensive lineman's proper shoulder when reading run and can discard block and constrict gap. Plays with adequate hand strength and good arm extension, locking out his opponent. Cons: Run defender with little to offer as a pass rusher. High cut with a tendency to play with high pad level and straight legs. When asked to play on the move, issues with balance and body control appear.

 

 Qumain Black 6’1” 190 East Central University: 6-1, 190 pound defensive back. Has potential value on special teams. Black returned kickoffs at East Central University.
 

 Rick Lovato 6’2” 233 Old Dominion: Lovato served as Old Dominion’s top long snapper for four consecutive seasons. The Cleveland Browns reportedly had interest in Lovato after the draft.
 

 Shane Carden 6’2” 218 EastCarolina: Pros: Three-year starter. Has a high football IQ and processes quickly as he scans the field. Comes from an athletic family. Has work ethic and toughness that NFL teams covet in a quarterback prospect. Leader who has shouldered a high percentage of the East Carolina offense. Works to extend plays and keeps eyes down the field. Throws with accuracy and desired ball placement. Shows understanding of his offense and is reliable in the structure. Cons: Doesn't generate much power from his lower body. Arm-thrower with less than desirable arm strength. Scouts believe his deep-ball accuracy will take a huge dive in the pros due to lack of downfield zip.
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