Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bull Bear Sock (oh my!) Links

Apparently the Bulls are a desirable team to play for -

T-Will could become a star: Former Louisville star Terrence Williams could become a media darling in whichever city he lands in, but he may also become a headache for some of the writers that cover the team. He seemed disinterested throughout most of the proceedings, but he did open up a little more once we started talking about the prospect of him playing for the Bulls.

Louisville's Terrence Williams was unique in expressing a specific desired result for the NBA Draft -- he likes the Bulls.
"I would love to play for the Bulls," he told me. "I told them that in the meeting. I told [Vinny] Del Negro that I would love to play for him 'cause I love their style and I love how Derrick Rose distributes the ball as a young point guard. I love Ben Gordon, I love their young players with [Joakim] Noah, [John] Salmons, I love everybody on their team and I love the way they play. It fits my style. I'd love to play there."

Let's hope D-Wade or C-Bosh feels the same way!

The New York Mets have traded backup catcher Ramon Castro and cash to the Chicago White Sox for right-hander Lance Broadway.

Free agent linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa agreed Friday to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears after leading the St. Louis Rams in tackles four of the past six seasons.

The Chicago Bears reached a two-year contract extension with defensive lineman Israel Idonije, the team announced Friday. According to a source, Idonije received a deal worth $7 million in new money. The team guaranteed $3 million of the contract. Idonije is now signed through 2011.

Quentin update -

Guillen expressed confidence that Quentin will return to the active roster when he's eligible on June 10.

"We have faith that the injury isn't that bad," Guillen said. "We cannot be playing short[handed] for six to seven days. That's our problem. He should be back on the day he's supposed to be back."

You have to feel bad for Randy Brown -

Former Chicago Bull Randy Brown's three NBA championship rings were sold at auction Thursday for $53,833.

The winning bidder, identified only as "RingKing," outbid Michael Jordan's publicist.

A judge ordered them sold following Brown's 2008 bankruptcy filing. The minimum bid was $19,000.

Earlier this month, Brown said the rings -- from 1996, '97 and '98 -- were his most cherished possessions.

Bears signed a lot of rookies to contracts

Although the big news of the day coming out of Halas Hall was the signing of reserve defensive lineman Israel Idonije to a two-year contract extension, having seven rookies agree to terms on four-year contracts shouldn't go unnoticed.

At least two of the seven, fourth-round pick D.J. Moore and fifth-round pick Johnny Knox, could have significant roles once the season starts. Moore could crack the starting lineup at cornerback, and Knox's blazing speed makes him a threat at receiver. Knox's signing bonus was more than $200,000. Fourth-round pick Henry Melton could be in the mix at defensive end.

And don't discount receiver Derek Kinder, the seventh-round pick out of Pittsburgh. He could contribute as well, considering how shaky most people believe the receiving corps is.

Linebacker Marcus Freeman (fifth round), safety Al Afalava (sixth round), and offensive lineman Lance Louis (seventh round) all agreed to terms as well. Afalava and Louis might have a tough time making the 53-man roster, although the needed depth at safety could help Afalava's cause.

Third-round picks Jarron Gilbert and Juaquin Iglesias have yet to agree to terms. They could play immediately, with Gilbert in the defensive tackle rotation and Iglesias possibly a No. 2 receiver.

No question MJ is best ever. I'm linking to this because I have a question ... On the left-side of the photo at the top, isn't the pic of MJ dunking flipped or something? I swear I've seen that pic before and MJ is actually dunking with his right hand, but there it's flipped to look like his left ... am I confused?!

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