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Chicago remembers Walter Payton

Chicagoans at the Bears game against the Browns today saw a tribute to football legend Walter Payton on the 10-year anniversary of his death.

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Chicago meets Ricketts family as new Cubs owners

Now that the sale of the Chicago Cubs is a done deal, the Ricketts family wants to make itself known to the city, especially to North side baseball fans who've been waiting many years for a step in a more positive direction.

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Jay Cutler signs two-year contract extension


The Chicago Bears have finally found a quarterback who they would like to hang onto, at least for the time being. Last night, Jay Cutler agreed to a two-year contract extension which will keep him in Chicago through the 2013 season.

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Chad Ochocinco bullies Chicago Bears on Twitter


As if the 21-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons wasn't enough, some Chicago Bears on Twitter became the victim of cyber-bullying yesterday.

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StubHub tickets goof: Playoff seats offered to Cubs, Sox fans

StubHub "accidentally" sent automated emails out to thousands of Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox fans, as well as those from other teams, stating they can see their team "chase baseball immortality" in the playoffs.

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Featured TwitPic: Mini Bears Fan

This TwitPic was posted by @826rebel_nalej with the caption, "My lil Bears fan."


Terrell Owens to Bears?: ESPN floats rumor

The hottest NFL rumor this morning involves the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens.

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Erin Andrews' stalker goes to court

ESPN reporter Erin Andrews has an alleged creepy stalker named Michael David Barrett and he happens to reside in Westmont, IL, a southwest suburb of Chicago. He's been accused of cutting holes through her hotel rooms all over the country and taping her with a cell phone camera.

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Bears ready for bye week after big win over Lions


The Chicago Bears defeated the Detroit Lions 48-24 on Sunday, and they now head into their bye week with a 3-1 record.

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Chicago out for 2016 Olympics: Daley Plaza "celebration" turns depressing

There was plenty of buzz leading up to today's IOC decision at 11:57 a.m. Central Time. That was the time, supposedly, that everyone would find out if Chicago or Rio de Janeiro would be awarded the 2016 Olympics.

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Chicago reacts to President Obama's Copenhagen travel plans

President Barack Obama's announcement early this morning that he would be traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark to support Chicago's 2016 Olympic Bid has sent shock waves through the Twitterverse.

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Bears come together late in Seattle to beat Seahawks 25-19


In what would seem a like a recurring theme lately (for the Bears and elsewhere in the NFL), the Bears-Seahawks game would comedown to its final seconds.

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Seahawks jerseys take a beating as Bears game begins

For a moment, never mind the game.

As the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears kicked off this afternoon, the first thing to generate significant buzz on Twitter was the neon-green jerseys the Seahawks are sporting.

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Oprah will travel to Copenhagen to pitch Olympic bid

Chicago's Olympic bid committee is sending Oprah to Copenhagen to represent the city and be a part of the official delegation to help pitch Chicago for the 2016 bid.

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Adam Burish surgery will cause Hawks winger to miss significant time

Bad news for the Chicago Blackhawks today, as the team announced rugged winger Adam Burish will have surgery due to an ACL tear in his right knee and is expected to miss six months.

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Cubs suspend Milton Bradley for remainder of season


Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley has been suspended for the remainder of the season, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Chicago Bears' home opener pre-game tweets

The home opener is finally here, and today Soldier Field will get its first look at Jay Cutler in a Bears jersey for regular season action.

What's on the players' minds headed into the match-up against the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers? Twitter helps give a glimpse.

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Jake Peavy to start for White Sox this weekend


Jake Peavy will make his long awaited White Sox debut this weekend.

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President Obama, First Lady host 2016 Olympic rally at White House


The President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting an Olympic and Paralympic event at the White House today, September 16, to promote Chicago for the 2016 Olympics. Live coverage of the event is available at NBC Chicago.

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Bears LB Brian Urlacher likely out for season

Three words are being circulated across Bears Nation this morning. Linebacker Brian Urlacher wrote in a text message to the Chicago Tribune, "season is over."

Within 30 minutes, more than 600 "Urlacher" tweets followed the story from the Tribune.

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Cutler, Bears drop defensive battle in Green Bay

The Chicago Bears' season opener at the Green Bay Packers went all the way down to the final minute, but when all was said and done, the Bears suffered a heartbreaking loss in a defensive battle.

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Jay Cutler off to shaky start at Lambeau Field

The early going of Jay Cutler's regular season debut with the Chicago Bears left fans with much to be desired.

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Is Oprah's Chicago shutdown really about the 2016 Olympics?

Many have said that it's awfully selfish of Oprah to shut down a portion of North Michigan Avenue for more than 48 hours and disrupt countless Chicagoans' commute fresh off a holiday.

But was it really her idea or could there be more to this behind the scenes? Let's mull over the evidence, shall we?

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Tweets voice concern about loss of Kevin Jones

The Chicago Bears found out last night that their No. 2 running back Kevin Jones is done for the season after an ankle injury in the team's final preseason game.

Local Twitter users shared their disappointment upon hearing the news and pondered the implications for their team.

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Chicago endurance enthusiasts on Twitter

Those interested in endurance tend to stick together. That's because they can so easily relate to each other, sharing tips, experiences, motivation, and inspiration.

If you're an endurance enthusiast, you'll certainly want to follow these local Twitter users.

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Local college football Twitter accounts

College football fans are known to be passionate and information-hungry.

If you fall under either category, then you won't want to miss these local Twitter feeds that can provide you with everything from breaking news to inside info.

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4 Weeks until IOC decision: Does Chicago want 2016 Olympics?

Four weeks from tomorrow, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will name either Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, or Tokyo the host of the 2016 Olympic Games.

But a fresh poll by the Tribune reveals something rather interesting: apparently, these days, just as many Chicagoans oppose the Olympics as want them.

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Chicago Twitterers fire back to Milton Bradley

After Milton Bradley publicly displayed his outrage toward the alleged racism of Chicago Cubs fans, tweets from Chicagoans, Cubs and Sox fans alike are pouring in about the Cubs outfielder.

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Anticipation begins for Cutler vs. Orton

That didn't take long.

Just hours after the Bears' 17-3 home win over the New York Giants, fans are already eyeing next week's match-up with Kyle Orton and the Denver Broncos.

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Favre joins Vikings; Twitterers respond

The Twitterverse had much to say on Brett Favre's recent move to the Minnesota Vikings.

Now that he's back in the NFC, Chicago tweeters are stirring in their seats and are eager to see the Chicago Bears play him on a rival team once again; this time in purple.

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Jay Cutler debut put under microscope

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler only played one quarter on Saturday against the Buffalo Bills. He only threw 10 passes, completing five. He only had some of the expected starters playing alongside him, with no Greg Olsen and Matt Forte.

But, fair or not, his every move was analyzed in this meaningless NFL exhibition game.

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Is Jay Mariotti coming to Chicago Tribune?

Rumors are spreading like wildfire across the blogosphere and Twitter that the Chicago Tribune will be the new home to Jay Mariotti's weekly sports column starting September 1. However, the Tribune has made no official statement about hiring him.

The former Sun-Times sports columnist was known to get a rise out of Chicagoans with his highly debatable content, playing devil's advocate time and time again.

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What's in a name? Official Twitter accounts of Chicago pro sports teams

You’d think there would be some sort of formula in the naming of professional sports teams’ Twitter accounts. But there’s not.

The name of the authentic account for your favorite team can be very strange and quite a chore to find.

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Patrick Kane arrested for altercation with cab driver

Early this morning, Patrick Kane was apparently arrested after a disagreement with a cab driver in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y.

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ESPN planning Bartman documentary

ESPN will feature Steve Bartman, arguably the most wanted man in Chicago during the fall of 2003, in an hour-long documentary according to WBBM radio 780AM.

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Tillman out indefinitely due to back injury

A back injury has forced Bears' starting cornerback Charles Tillman to have surgery and he is out indefinitely, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Local Twitterers are giving their take on the impact of the news.

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Perfect: Mark Buehrle, White Sox take over Twitter

Did you see Mark Buehrle, #whitesox and Chicago White Sox jump up the Twitter trends today?

Unless you live in a cave, you'll know exactly why that happened, too. Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game, the second in Sox history and 18th in Major League Baseball history.

The real-time social networking site was filled with thoughts, reactions, links, and comments on the feat.

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Hossa, Hawks backlash populating Twitter upon injury news

The Chicago Blackhawks made a big splash in free agency when they signed winger Marian Hossa away from the Detroit Red Wings for 12 years and $62.8 million on July 1.

But some are now second-guessing the move, as news comes out that Hossa has been nursing a shoulder injury and may even need surgery.

Many Chicago Twitter users were not happy when they heard the report. Some laughed it off, while others were much more serious.

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Obama throws first pitch wearing White Sox Jacket

President Barack Obama, well known to be a White Sox fan threw the first pitch at this year's MLB All Stars baseball game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

His left-handed pitch hit home to South-siders as he sported his White Sox jacket with popped collar, looking as presidential as one can wearing jeans.

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Hawks replace GM Dale Tallon with Stan Bowman

Rumors circulated late last night that Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon had been fired, and this morning they were confirmed by the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc and others. He will be replaced by Stan Bowman, previously assistant general manager and son of NHL Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman.

Hockey bloggers broke the news to Twitter - @Eklund provided the news first and @2ndCityHockey posted the first Chicago-based report on Twitter.

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Remarks from White Sox GM stir controversy on Twitter

If you haven't heard them yet, White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams made some controversial comments on Tuesday when addressing the state of his team.

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Ricketts, Tribune Co. reach deal on sale of Cubs

The Ricketts family has agreed on a deal with the Tribune Co. to buy the Chicago Cubs for just less than the $900 million original bid, Reuters reports this morning.

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Celebration begins for Fourth of July in Chicago

One of Chicago's craziest weekends is upon us and if you're still not sure what kind of activities to partake in, Metromix Chicago has the "schedge" laid out for you.

Most of the city has the day off today, and locals are tweeting up their weekend plans. Take a look and you might find some ideas!

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Havlat disses Hawks' management on Twitter

By Dave Adams

The Chicago Blackhawks parted ways with winger Martin Havlat Thursday after signing star winger Marian Hossa Wednesday. Active on Twitter, Havlat tweeted his reaction to leaving Chicago.

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Chi Sox streak at 5 with 6-2 sweep of Tribe

By Dave Adams

The Chicago White Sox completed a sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 6-2 victory Wednesday night behind 8 innings pitched and 2 runs given up by Jose Contreras. The Sox have won 12 out of their last 16 ball games and are gaining ground fast on the first place Detroit Tigers.

The Sox moved 3 games behind first place Detroit Wednesday night, behind a clutch rbi single by Alexei Ramirez to tie the game and opposite field 3run homer by Roman Castro to take the lead as Chicago Tribune and White Sox beat writer Mark Gonzales was their live to tweet it.

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Cubs fan pledges to go on hunger strike

By Christiana Johns

For a team enveloped in superstitions, add another one to the list.

Buffalo Grove chiropractor Daniel Kamen has vowed to go on a 500-calorie per day hunger strike until his beloved Cubs win five games in a row. The North Siders haven't been able to win five straight all season, and Kamen said he hopes to "embarrass" the team into winning by watching him whither away.

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Hossa signs 12-year deal with Hawks

The Chicago Blackhawks made a big splash today by signing unrestricted free agent Marian Hossa to a 12-year deal worth $5.2 million per season, according to TSN. The Slovak right-winger scored 40 goals last season for the rival Detroit Red Wings and he has played in the last two NHL Stanley Cup Finals.

@sigsegfalt was the first Chicagoan to tweet on the news, just seconds after tweets citing TSN confirmed it.

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Sox strike last in 8-7 thriller

The Chicago White Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs Saturday afternoon 8-7, off a game-winning hit by rookie Gordon Beckham in the bottom of the 9th. It was the 11th loss the Cubs have suffered this season in their opponent's final at-bat.

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Cubs break series tie with 5-4 victory

The Cubs and Sox battled each other for the 69th time in history Friday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. With the all-time series even at 34 wins a piece, the Cubs grabbed bragging rights beating the Sox 5-4.

@coatney posted this TwitPic from the game with the caption "What did I do to deserve this? 9th row sox cubs game all you can drink and eat with @chazelbert @lannyz @schemblogger"


The Sox took an early 1-0 lead with a home run from Jermaine Dye in the 1st inning, but it was the only lead they would see as Jake Fox gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead in the 4th with a blast to left field. Chicago Tribune White Sox beat writer Mark Gonzales tweeted live from the game.

  1. Mark Gonzales
    MDGonzales Dye HR. Sox 1-0 in 1st.
  2. Mark Gonzales
    MDGonzales Jake Fox 2-run HR in 4th, Cubs take 2-1 lead.

The Sox went on to tie the game at 2 in the bottom half of the 4th on a opposite field home run by Jim Thome. However after an error by Paul Konerko in the 7th on a bouncing ball hit by Mike Fontenot, Geovany Soto blasted a three-run shot that would prove to be the difference in the game.

The Sox had an opportunity to respond with the bases loaded in the 8th, but A.J. Pierzynski pinch hit into a double play, ending the threat.

Gonzales and Chicago baseball fans tweeted their reaction to the Cross-Town Classic.

  1. Mark Gonzales
    MDGonzales Soto smokes 3-run HR, Cubs take 5-2 lead.
  2. Mark Gonzales
    MDGonzales Error by Konerko that preceded Soto HR snapped 118-game errorless streak.
  3. Mark Gonzales
    MDGonzales first pitch DP. Cubs protect 5-4 lead.
  4. Michelle Halm
    MichelleHalm Wanted my boy AJ to tie up the game. Let's go #Sox
  5. Daily Herald Insider
    DHinsider BREAKING: Cubs offense hot as a (Jake) Fox in 5-4 win over White Sox in Act 2, Game 1.
  6. Mark Gonzales
    MDGonzales Contreras said he felt slight pinch in lower back but is fine.
  7. Trib Sports
    TribSports Cubs 5, White Sox 4: Geovany Soto 7th-inning blast the difference in City Series game Geovany Soto hit a three-r..
  8. Laura White
    LcDUB great game!! #sister hazel pre-game performance..#adam burish threw out first pitch..HOT guy sat in front of us..and #CUBS WIN!!

Game two comes your way today at 3 p.m. on Fox.

Cubs catcher Soto caught for marijuana use at WBC

The hottest Chicago link on Twitter today referred to Cubs catcher Geovany Soto testing positive for mairjuana at the World Baseball Classic. The ESPN link was tweeted 66 times as of this post, while other Tweeters linked to the story at USA Today, the Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times, and fantasy sports site RotoWorld.

ESPN reports that Soto will not be penalized by the Cubs or Major League Baseball, but according to the Sun-Times he has been banned from international baseball for two years.

Local Twitterers were quick to add their thoughts about the report, which broke this afternoon.

  1. Kevin Warwick
    kevinwarwick HA! RT: @Suntimes: Cubs catcher Soto tested positive for marijuana at WBC. Banned from international play for 2 years.
  2. Lono
    LonoSG @espn Cubs' Soto tested positive for marijuana - - Like things couldn't get worse...
  3. David
    Legendary23 Geovany Soto was smoking weed at the WBC? Wow! I guess weed messes up your baseball swing. Might have wanted to think about that first.
  4. Stephanie Franczak
    cubsjunkie I seriously thought everyone was joking about the Soto thing...but I just read it. Wow, ridiculous. #cubs
  5. Salman
    SalUkani I cnt believe Cub's Catcher Geovany Soto tested positive 4 Marijuana during the WBC. Explains a lot.
  6. Chris Hill
    chrishill this explains the .227 batting average! RT @espnchicago: Cubs' Soto tested positive for marijuana
What's your reaction to this report? Surprised? Indifferent? Let us know on Twitter at @BTChicago or by leaving a comment.

Live Bulls Blog: Chicago selects Johnson, Gibson in NBA Draft

Follow along throughout the evening here at Breaking Tweets Chicago for updates on the NBA Draft and news about the Chicago Bulls.

We will be posting all the latest along with real-time analysis from Twitter users in Chicago, beginning in a few moments. Have your refresh button handy so you can follow along with us.

Follow us on Twitter @BTChicago.

6:05 p.m. -- Locals have some thoughts as the draft is ready to get underway.

  1. Michael Cronin
    TMichaelCronin NBA Draft Time! While the talent pool is weaker than other years its still deep. Plus the amount of guessing is crazy. Nothing is certain!
  2. Jake S.
    traptecho Dear Bulls, please acquire Amare Stoudemire and draft Tyler Hansbrough and Omri Casspi. Thanks!
  3. Antonio Carter
    acarterjr @hwood24 they both on the block, if i was cle i would have tried for amare first, my bulls need a post guy give up tyrus, hinrich, & #16

6:38 p.m. -- No. 1 pick is Blake Griffin. No surprise there.

  1. Andrew Mauck
    MauckAndrew Clippers take Blake Griffin from OK. Kid is a beast. Good luck in LA, you'll need it!
  2. Sheena D.
    IHeartSheena On a lighter note...Blake Griffin goes #1 in the NBA Draft. I predicted right!!

6:44 p.m. -- With No. 2 pick the Memphis Grizzlies select Hasheem Thabeet of Connecticut.

  1. Christopher Cason
    C4DUNK Hasheem Thabeet at #2, Memphis now has a shot-blocker but does he want to play there?
  2. Sam Walter
    numbtenor21 Hasheem Thabeet-shiny suit. Dude needs to gain some weight if he's going to play center in the NBA.

6:52 p.m. -- No. 3 pick is ... surprise... Arizona State guard James Harden. Most had Spain's Ricky Rubio going here.

  1. Hassan
    stupiddopemoves JAMES HARDEN??!?!?
  2. cameron watkins
    nbullsa don't know much about him, but harden looks bust like to me.

6:59 p.m. -- Rubio slipping. No. 4 is Tyreke Evans of Memphis heading to Sacramento.

7:09 p.m. -- Rubio No. 5 to Minnesota, and the Timberwolves also take Jonny Flynn at No. 6.

7:39 p.m. -- A local Tweeter notes an interesting observation from Mark Cuban, while the official Twitter account of the Bulls @chicagobulls just announced that New Jersey has selected Terrence Williams at No. 11. That means Chicago's coming up at No. 16.

  1. Steve Cohen
    stevemco My how the times have changed...RT @mcuban reading the tweets of NBA players as their teams draft is amazing
  2. Chicago Bulls
    chicagobulls #11 New Jersey: Terrence Williams, Louisville

7:50 p.m. -- Local Tweeters react to Tyler Hansbrough going at No. 13 to the Indiana Pacers, dashing the hopes of @traptecho and some others.

  1. Kevin Becker
    thekevinbecker awesome! the bulls wont draft tyler hansbrough
  2. Matt Bzak
    b_zak wow Tyler Hansbrough to the pacers, that was a curve ball #CSNBulls

8:05 p.m. -- The Bulls have selected James Johnson of Wake Forest at No. 16 in the first round of the draft. @chicagobulls tweeted about the pick first; the first four Chicago Tweeters to respond to the pick were not happy.

  1. Chicago Bulls
    chicagobulls #16 Chicago Bulls... James Johnson... thoughts?
  2. Seth Anderson
    swanksalot Bulls select James Johnson, who doesn't bother to show up. #NBA_Draft
  3. Allana Tachauer
    ChitownHeiress James Johnson huh? No feelings on him yet. Not thrilled, not disappointed...
  4. Lance Washington
    forjanuary the Chicago Bulls First Round 16th Pick Selection is: James Johnson? wtf...
  5. Jay
    Krypto13 @chicagobulls Not happy. Think Blair's toughness and and skill would have been a great addition to the team. Need to see more of Johnson.

Doug Thonus of Chicago Bulls Confidential has a different view on the pick.

8:58 p.m. -- The Bulls have selected Taj Gibson from USC at No. 26 in the NBA Draft. Local tweeters voiced mixed views on this pick.

  1. Ben Brabston
    Ben_Brabston Bulls just picked Taj Gibson? I just puked a little in my mouth.
  2. vanessa
    nessacakes Excited to see the new @ChicagoBulls players: James Johnson & Taj Gibson next season! Welcome, guys!
  3. Chip
    offtheoldblock seriously @chicagobulls, TaJ gibson?
  4. Steve Cohen
    stevemco Umm...didn't know Taj Gibson was even on the #Bulls draft board. We could have traded down to get him. Bad move!
  5. Nick Covey
    NickC91 @chicagobulls I think that Taj Gibson will be a wonderful addition to the Bulls.

Thonus provided his analysis on the Gibson pick.

9:35 p.m. -- The Bulls may be done for the night without a Round 2 pick, barring a trade, but one prominent NBA player and two Chicago Tweeters were mutually surprised that one guy remained on the board after Round 1.

  1. Kevin Durant
    KevinDurant35 Wow this draft is dejuan Blair, Sam young or chase budinger in the 1st round!!!
  2. Ya Boy B
    dakidblizz @KevinDurant35 yea thats crazy i just knew the bulls would pick up d. blair at 26....oh well, wat can u say
    CHAPMOE my bulls didn't do anything 2 help da team no dajuan blair

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