The Blackhawks shocked the hockey world late Friday night by working around the salary cap to re-sign Stanley Cup hero Antti Niemi to a three-year, two-part deal that will have him serve the dual role of goalie/Zamboni driver.
It has become a tradition for a Cubs manager to have a favorite veteran player or two that he inserts into the lineup nearly every day much to the chagrin of their fans. Dusty Baker had Neifi Perez and Lou Piniella had Koyie Hill.
Sources this week revealed Bob Brenly was at times covertly managing the Cubs, taking over coaching duties during now-former skipper Lou Piniella's in-game naps that occured on an increasingly frequent basis after the manager announced his retirement last month.
Wrigleyville is currently preparing itself for an onslaught of frat boys, posers and custies when the Dave Matthews Band rolls into town Sept. 17 and 18. The concerts promise to be the largest gathering of white people in Chicago since the downtown Apple Store waiting line for the new iPhone in June.
The postgame press conference began the same way so many have at Soldier Field, with a tight-lipped Smith approaching the podium, devoid of emotion.