Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Chicago

Wellness Check: David Strauss from Sluggers

After a brief hiatus that no-doubt disappointed millions of people, Wellness Checks are back. Today's guest is David Strauss, one of the three brothers whose family owns Sluggers, the Wrigleyville staple bar and restaurant with batting cages and other nonsense upstairs. David and his family have always been very good to Brad and The Heckler, hosting a number of events and running ads and co-promotions from time to time. Listen here!

Heckler Exclusive: Riggleman asks Sosa to shorten up his swing

After taking nearly two months to hit his 10th and 11th homers of the season Sammy Sosa has been asked by his manager to dramatically adjust his approach at the plate.

MLB

Patient on ventilator ‘relieved’ to hear of MLB’s COVID testing issues

MLB's major problems with coronavirus testing come as an "odd relief" to a patient currently battling the disease with the help of a ventilator.

World Series title to go to whichever team has at least 9 healthy players left by the end of September

As players opt out of the 2020 season and fall ill to COVID-19, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that this season will be a "war of attrition."

MLB agrees to play 2020 season in South Korea

Manfred added that before deciding to move to South Korea the league considered "much, much, much safer" countries than the United States including Angola (13 cases a day), Venezuela (100 cases a day), Namibia (5 cases a day) and Finland (8 cases a day).

NHL

Blackhawks hire McDonough back after making playoffs

During John McDonough's month away from the team, the Blackhawks somehow qualified for the postseason so the team was left with no choice but to bring back their former president.

Stephen A. Smith argues that with today’s rules, ’97-’98 Bulls would destroy ’14-’15 Chicago Blackhawks

Fans and analysts love comparing players and teams from different eras, but Stephen A. Smith took these comparisons to a whole new level.

Jay Cutler moves in with McDonough during divorce proceedings

Jay Cutler nearly cracked a smile after John McDonough, recently fired as president of the Chicago Blackhawks, offered him a place to live during divorce proceedings.

NFL

Redskins changing name to Washington Bullets

Following decades of backlash, Dan Snyder today announced the NFL team he owns will be changing its name from the Redskins to the Bullets.

Drew Brees apologizes for being better at reading defenses than he is at reading the room

Drew Brees issued an apology Thursday morning after his comments about disrespecting the flag a day earlier sparked an immediate uproar as acceptance of Colin Kaepernick's protests from a few seasons ago seemed to be gaining more acceptance than ever.

Redskins’ owner finally sees the light, changes the name to Washington Murder Hornets

Washington Redskins Dan Snyder has come around on his team's controversial name.

NBA

Horace demands apology from MJ for giving him 3 championships and a reason to still be relevant

Horace Grant may have called the Pistons "straight up bitches" in "The Last Dance," but now it's Michael Jordan he's coming after.

Young Utah Jazz fan distraught after tough NBA Finals loss

Jimmy Toegard, an 11-year-old Jazz fan from Ogden, Utah, didn’t enjoy ESPN’s documentary "The Last Dance" about the 1998 Chicago Bulls.

ESPN plans ‘The First Dance,’ a 10-part look at Michael Jordan’s high school prom

Panicked executives from ESPN are reportedly rushing to follow up the massively successful "The Last Dance" with a new 10-part documentary about Michael Jordan. Called "The First Dance," it chronicles the future NBA superstar's experience at his high school prom.

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