12/15/21: Candace Parker's big news

The Sky star said she's expecting a child with wife Anna Petrokova.

12/15/21: Candace Parker's big news
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Chicago Cardinals legend Charley Trippi turned 100 on Tuesday, just the second Pro Football Hall of Famer to hit the century mark.  Trippi was the star player on the Cardinals' 1947 NFL title team and also a member of Georgia's national championship squad in 1946. He celebrated with a cake and a visit from current Georgia coach Kirby Smart.

I've been working on some bigger year-end things for both Midway Minute and my freelance work, so let's just jump into some news, results and links, starting with some cool news for Candace Parker's family and following with some not-so-cool news about Chicago teams and COVID.


Tuesday's scores
DePaul 72, UIC 66
Pistons at Bulls, PPD

Tonight's schedule
Capitals at Hawks (7, NBCSCH)


Sky: Candace Parker announces big personal news

(Candace Parker/Instagram)

It's been a big 2021 for Parker. The Sky star is expecting a baby with her pregnant wife, Anna Petrakova. She announced the surprise in an emotion-filled Instagram post on Tuesday.

  • Didn't know Parker was married? You're not alone. Parker and Petrakova were married in a small ceremony two years ago, but kept the relationship under wraps until their two-year anniversary.
  • Petrakova is a Russian professional basketball player who spent her college days at Louisville.
  • Parker already has one daughter, 12-year-old Lailaa, who was born during Parker's marriage to former NBA player Shelden Williams and just made her seventh-grade basketball debut.

Bulls: Lakers tipoff time changed to 7 pm

This game was originally scheduled for 2:30, but the later start gives the Bulls a few more hours to test and try and get more players back from COVID protocol. Both Tuesday's game against the Pistons and Thursday's trip to Toronto have been postponed with 10 Bulls affected.

  • The Lakers might also have a big share of players out for the game. Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard and Malik Monk all just entered protocols.

Bears: Eddie Goldman among three players placed on COVID list

Here we go with the Bears, too?  Eddie Goldman, Artie Burns and Sam Kamara were placed on the COVID-19/reserve list on Tuesday, one day after Mario Edwards landed there.

  • More than 19 million people watched the Bears-Packers game, the highest Sunday Night Football broadcast in more than two months. (In case you were wondering why that game wasn't flexed.)

Hawks: Troy Murray back in broadcast booth tonight

Just the best news. Murray is still in the middle of a cancer fight, but he's apparently feeling good enough to re-join John Wiedeman in the booth for tonight's game against the Caps.

DePaul: Moves to 9-1 with win over UIC

Javon Freeman-Liberty had another big game with 27 points in the 72-66 win over the Flames. There's one more game for 9-1 DePaul before Big East play begins: An interesting trip to Evanston on Saturday to face 7-2 Northwestern.



1. Jon Greenberg on the impact that Justin Fields can have on young African-American quarterbacks in the area. The Athletic

2. Marcus Freeman says his short time with the Bears helps him on the Notre Dame recruiting trail. Notre Dame Rivals

3. Elias Schuster on where the Bulls fit in the trade market. Bleacher Nation

4. Jim Margalus on the "massive impact" that the late, great Roland Hemond had on the White Sox franchise. Sox Machine

5. David Backes avenged Duncan Keith's "wakey wakey" taunts by ... taking it out on the Arizona Coyotes? Cam and Strick

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