Between the Circles

Huet to start; Havlat off 1st PP

Posted by TimS on Mon, 10/13/2008 - 12:04
Cristobal Huet starts in goal tonight against Nashville with Denis Savard saying after the morning skate that he might continue to alternate Huet and Khabibulin for the time being. "Why not?" Savvy said. "Probably for a little bit, I might alternate, I don't know that. But tonight, to me, it's the right call to do. I felt it's (Huet's) turn to come out in front of his new fans and go from there." As for the 0-for-8 power play, Martin Havlat will come off the first unit on the left side, to be replaced by the right-handed shooting Dustin Byfuglien. "It's got nothing to do with Marty," Savvy said. "It's just his (left-handed) stick on that side of the ice, he's not a threat. We feel we have a lot more success with Buff in that position.

Suburban Political Recount

Andy Martin Exposed

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Mon, 10/13/2008 - 10:56

Journalists in Chicago know Andy Martin all to well and it would only take a quick news search on the internet to find he is no "journalist."
(But he does like to sue them for pointing out his past.)
Still, somehow, Martin found himself the main source for a 6 minute "documentary" on Fox News' Hannity and Colmes that said Obama was trained by Bill Ayers and Louis Farrakhan to take over the country in some kind of socialist revolution.
In the "documentary" Martin is labeled an "author & journalist."
Political watchers may remember Martin was a gadfly in the Republican gubernatorial primary and U.S. Senate primary this spring. He has run for a litany of offices in several states, including president.

Between the Circles

Weekend leftovers

Posted by TimS on Sun, 10/12/2008 - 22:01
Wonder if Dale's phone rang at all Sunday with some Khabibulin interest after the way Nik played in Washington. Nik was very good, even with the soft Ovechkin first goal... By the way, how good is Ovechkin? He's on his way to being one of the best players ever and has maybe the best personality in the NHL. Just a total package. If you gave me a choice between Sidney Crosby and Ovechkin, give me Alex the Great. Even bought an Ovechkin t-shirt for my son at the Verizon Center... The power play is 0-for-8, but I think it's going to be fine. I think. If it's not after the addition of Campbell to go with Kane, Toews and Havlat, then it's coaching. Assistant coach John Torchetti runs the power play...

Bear Essentials

Vasher out again

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sun, 10/12/2008 - 11:14
Cornerback Nate Vasher was inactive for the second straight game following surgery on his dislocated thumb, an injury that occurred in the second half of the Eagles game in Week Four. Vasher was replaced in the starting lineup by Corey Graham, who started last week against the Lions and led the Bears with 10 tackles. In each of the last two weeks, Vasher told reporters earlier in the week that he would play on Sunday but did not. He missed 12 games last season with a groin injury. Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who didn't practice all week, also missed his second straight game with a sprained knee. Devin Hester started in his place, as he did last week.

Joe Sports

What college football taught us this Saturday

Posted by Lindsey on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 21:05
Illinois, Northwestern and Notre Dame shouldn't want to look in the mirror Sunday morning. It doesn't take much analysis to realize that all three teams knocked themselves out in their losses to Minnesota, Michigan State and North Carolina, respectively. Let's examine the box scores, shall we? Might we find a common thread? First, here's the total yards for each team: Illinois--550 Minnesota--312 Northwestern--459 Michigan State--297 Notre Dame--472 North Carolina--322 Now, here's the turnovers for each team: Illinois--3 Minnesota--1 Northwestern--3 Michigan State--0 Notre Dame--5 North Carolina--0 Now you know why coaches always say the turnover battle, more than any other factor, decides college games.

Between the Circles

Khabibulin in, Hjalmarsson out

Posted by TimS on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 16:33
WASHINGTON - Nikolai Khabibulin gets the start tonight against the Capitals. "We're going to give him his shot here," Savvy said. "We know he's a great goalie. We'll give him an opportunity tonight and see how it goes." Evidently Savvy didn't feel Huet facing his former teammates was enough ot a factor to start him. "Habby needs to get in a game, too," Savvy said. "I have plenty of confidence he'll step in and play well. It's his chance." Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson has sore ribs and won't face the Caps. He is day-to-day, according to the Hawks. Matt Walker makes his debut on defense.

Between the Circles

Hjalmarsson hurt

Posted by TimS on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 22:21
NEW YORK - Rookie defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson suffered what Savvy called an "upper body" injury in the first period of Friday's 4-2 loss to the Rangers and will be evaluated on Saturday. If Hjalmarsson can't play Saturday in Washington, Matt Walker would make his debut. It will be interesting to see what happens if Hjalmarsson's injury is long term, perhaps a shoulder. Would Dale try to find a way to bring Cam Barker back from Rockford even though the Hawks are only about $1.5 million under the NHL salary cap with Barker having a $2.8 million cap hit?

All That Glitters - Celebrity news

Karina and Maks, sitting in a tree...

Posted by mipplet on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 20:47
...K-I-S-S-I-N-G?!? Say it isn't so! According to Star magazine, "Dancing with the Stars" pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy (a.k.a. Mr. Hot Pants) and Karina Smirnoff are getting hot and heavy off the dance floor! The two of them were spotted dirty dancing at a trendy L.A. club a couple of weeks ago, and Star's Web site features a photo of Maks and Karina in a tight lip-lock! EW! Maks is drop-dead gorgeous, but Karina is NASTY! What is Maks thinking?! Someone needs to find him a non-skanky girlfriend pronto!


Broken, beat & scarred

Posted by Sean Stangland on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 20:22

You rise / You fall
You're down / Then you rise again
What don't kill ya / Make ya more strong

-- "Broken, Beat & Scarred," Metallica

When "Body of Lies" comes out on DVD, some Ridley Scott fanboy is going to make a YouTube highlight reel of the film set to that song. (Let's face it, it'll be me.) I think we can safely say that Leonardo DiCaprio's pretty-boy persona from "Titanic" is dead, dead, dead -- his Roger Ferris spends the entirety of Scott's terrorism thriller broken, beat and scarred, and this on the heels of his gritty turn in "The Departed" and his masterful characterization in "The Aviator."

Between the Circles

Rangers flex their muscle

Posted by TimS on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 19:51
The second period was all Rangers, who used their size and muscle to go ahead 3-1 after a 1-1 first. The Rangers were hitting and the Hawks got sloppy in the second. Keith, Skille and Bolland each had the puck on their stick before Voros scored at 5:15 to make it 2-1. Sopel and Keith didn't look good on Dubinsky's goal at 15:36. It's way early, but against a big team from the Eastern Conference such as the Rangers, the Hawks look small. Rangers have five forwards 6-3 or bigger. Hawks have only Byfuglien.