It was a crazy last week for sports stories as the headlines centered around the University of Miami scandal that implicated several former players receiving gifts in the form of everything from money to prostitutes, all with the knowledge of some of the former coaching staff and team officials.
What does that story have to do with Chicago?
Please take a look at some of my favorite sports stories from this past week to find that out and more.
Hester can outrun Miami allegations: This post by ESPN Chicago’s Jon Greenberg writes about how winning helps erase anything that has to deal with any negativity. It comes from the fallout of former University of Miami booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro and his claims that Chicago Bears return specialist and wide receiver Devin Hester, as well as several former UM football players, were provided money, gifts and other privileges while in college.
Offensive line will be in the spotlight during Bears’ exhibition against Giants: In continuing with Bears coverage, Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs looked ahead to tonight’s exhibition against the New York Giants and some of the things that fans will need to be keeping a close eye on, specifically, that notorious offensive line of theirs.
With new GM, Cubs will be feeling the heat: In the aftermath of former Cubs GM Jim Hendry being fired, Comcast SportsNet’s Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney writes about the changes that could be coming for the Cubs as they won’t have the luxury of having a general manager who cares to develop personal relationships with players and staff.
Mr. Lunatic Cub: Garza wants the big stage: Another good piece from Mooney on how Cubs pitcher Matt Garza adjustment to playing in the Chicago market and where his future might lay with the club getting new management soon.