Red is the color of passion, of heart, and of boldness. And it's appropriate that all I can think about is the color red these days. After all, the red-and black uniformed Bulls are playing the cardiac .
Covering both the Bulls and the Blackhawks home matches at the United Center last week, I was awash in a sea of red-shirted, screaming, red-faced fans, Bolland's back? Hossa and Sharpie scoring again? Yessss!! Scoring crisis and 0-3 deficit averted. Target heart rate restored. Then....DRose's sprained ankle and valiant efforts to will wins? I don't mind telling you that my heart rate sped toward arrythmia as Indiana surrounded the Bulls and took Game 4 last Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse, a place I enjoyed very much earlier this month covering the NCAA Women's Final Four. The shots of his walking boot actually made me dizzy.
Let's not talk just yet about the cardio-inducing antics of our baseball teams. It's too early in the season to waste our delicate circulatory systems.
And we come to Tuesday night; perhaps the greatest test of both our teams' boldness, passion and heart (and our target heart rates) with the season again on the line in Vancouver for the Hawks and Game 5 against the Indiana Pacers at the United Center. Derrick Rose is keeping a stiff upper lip, saying he'll play and receive painkillers for his injured ankle. Little comfort. My heart rate is increasing hour by hour. Rose needs the rest that a victory in Game 5 can give him. Getting there will take everything he, Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Lual Deng
In this noisiest of frenzies, with Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks (appropriately) dominating the national and local news fronts, side by side with the NFL lockouts and drafts, there's been barely time to congratulate the Bear's Jay Cutler's engagement to actress Kristen Cavilleri.
It was in this frenzy that I discovered a heart-warming press release in my inbox, from soccer reporter/promoter Charlie Corr. Indeed, the message made me see red....that is, the Red Stars..... For the past two years, amid much fanfare, the Chicago Red Stars,are joining the Women's Premier Soccer League for the 2011 season. The Red Stars played during the Women's Professional Soccer league's 2009 and 2010 seasons, and the organization elected to take a hiatus from WPS to shore up its investment group.
The Red Stars roster will include former Atlanta Beat and St. Louis Athletica forward Amanda Cinalli (a Notre Dame alumna); Geneva, Ill., native and 2010 Red Stars midfielder Jackie Santacaterina (a University of Illinois alumna); Elk Grove, Ill., native and 2010 Red Stars defender Elise Weber (Notre Dame); Naperville, Ill., native and 2010 Red Stars forward Michele Weissenhofer (Notre Dame); Aurora, Ill., native and 2011 All-Big East Conference First Team midfielder Bri Rodriguez (West Virginia); former Chicago Red Eleven midfielder and current Lewis University (Romeoville, Ill.) women's assistant coach Kara Kabellis; and Batavia, Ill., native and recent University of Illinois defender Julie Ewing.
The Red Stars will be coached by Eclipse Select Soccer Club's Director of Coaching and Player Development, Rory Dames. Dames is a Chicago native and former standout at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. Dames joined Eclipse in 1996 and has taken the club to national prominence. Soccer America named Eclipse the top girls soccer club in the nation in 2007 and 2008.
But Red Stars fans are in for a treat as the team takes the pitch in the WPSL throughout June and July, with two home games taking place on July 2 and 10 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex, 5700 College Road, in west suburban Lisle, Ill. Tickets are $10 for general admission seating.
For more information, visit www.ChicagoRedStars.com.
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