Good morning, frents!
There are few things more lowkey satisfying than a shoveled driveway at nightfall. Hope those of you who got snow yesterday were able to enjoy it a bit until it turns gross and hangs around for the next two months.
Preds 3, Hawks 2 (OT)
Hawks at Preds (6:30, NBCSN)
St. Johns at DePaul (8, FS1)
Bulls at Grizzlies PPD
Riding the QB carousel
Doing things a little bit differently today. With Adam Schefter listing 15 NFL quarterbacks with uncertain futures, Scott Koral and I turned on the webcams Tuesday to talk about how each would look in a Bears uniform next fall. It's a fast-moving conversation with a fun format for those of you who said you wanted to see more videos.
Which quarterback do you want to see with the Bears next year? Hit me up on email with your case and I'll run some responses this week.
Buehrle survives Hall of Fame, Round 1
No one's going into the Hall of Fame this year because Curt Schilling doesn't understand that words carry meaning and consequences, but there are some Chicago results to report.
- Mark Buehrle received 44 votes for an 11 percent total, more than twice what was needed to keep him on the ballot for another year. That's probably still too low to eventually see No. 56 into the Hall of Fame — the lowest first-year percentage for a writer's inductee was Bert Blyleven, who needed 12 years to get in after receiving 14 percent of the vote in 1999. But it's still a good showing and it'll be interesting to see how high that percentage will climb.
- The good news for Sammy Sosa is that he got 17 percent of the vote, which is the highest total he's ever received in nine years of eligibility. The bad news is that he, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds will be hailing a cab off the ballot together next winter.
- Aramis Ramirez received just four votes for a 1 percent total and won't be around for 2022. I don't think he's a Hall of Famer or anything, but A-Ram seems like he deserves more than being a one-and-doner.
- Newcomers on next year's ballot: AJ Pierzynski, Jake Peavy and first-ballot "hey, that guy played in Chicago?" members Jimmy Rollins and Joe Nathan.
Wendell Carter out 4+ weeks
- Carter is expected to miss at least four weeks with a quad contusion. He played in only 44 games as a rookie and appeared in only 43 of 65 regular-season games last year.
- The loss of Carter is a blow to a defense that already wasn't that good. Get ready for more Daniel Gafford.
Hawks get point in Nashville, lose DeBrincat and Boqvist
- The Hawks almost stole this one with their special teams, converting on their first power play chance — the team's seventh straight game with a PP goal — and shutting down all five of Nashville's extra-man advantages. Malcolm Subban also turned in 36 saves in his first start since the season opener against Tampa.
- But Nashville controlled possession almost the entire game, which allowed the Predators to tie the game in the third and win it OT on Roman Josi's goal.
- The two teams will meet again tonight, but the Hawks will again be without Alex DeBrincat and Adam Boqvist. Both are out for at least two weeks because of COVID-19 protocols.
1. Joe Posnanski's case for Minnie Minoso as the No. 1 Hall of Fame snub is air tight. What a great piece. (The Athletic)
2. I don't think I've ever felt bad for Aaron Rodgers until I read Bob McGinn faulting him for everything from Sunday's loss to the global spread of COVID-19. Yeesh. (The Athletic)
3. I'm looking forward to listening to George Ofman's new Chicago podcast. (Tell Me A Story I Don't Know)
4. Big Ten basketball power rankings! (Eleven Warriors)
5. Seven new pizza places to try. (Tribune)
Look at our mans!