The Morning Loop is a one-stop-shop for all of your Chicago sports teams, with news and notes about last night’s action as well as what’s on tap for the day across the Chicago sports landscape.
This is your Morning Loop for December 17, 2016:
Bucks Throttle The Bulls In Front of United Center Crowd
The Chicago Bulls should be hitting the panic button right about now, and I don’t care that it’s only December. They look really, really bad lately and last night was no exception as they were throttled by the lowly Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center.
The Bulls could only muster 69 points on the night as the Bucks ran away with the game after surging out to a 35-14 lead in the first quarter in Chicago. Jimmy Butler, the Bulls leading scorer shot 3-14 from the field and was unable to reach the free-throw line for the first time in over 50 games.
Dwyane Wade led the Bulls in scoring on the night with just 12 points, while 10 of the 12 Bulls players who played tonight failed to eclipse the 10 point mark. The Bulls shot 28-92 from the field as a team on Friday night, good for just 30 percent, highlighting just how bad the Bulls offense has been in the month of December.
The Bulls will take their three game losing streak into a match-up with the Detroit Pistons at the United Center on Monday night. The Bulls dropped their last game against the Pistons on December 6 in Detroit, and enter play today with a 13-13 record, tied for the eighth position in the Eastern Conference and in fourth place in the Central Division.
You can catch the action on Monday night at 7:00 PM (CT) on CSN-Chicago (TV) and WLS-890AM (Radio).
Blackhawks square off With Rival St. Louis Blues, Check Out Scott Darling‘s New Mask
Scott Darling has a new mask, just in time for the Blackhawks and Blues Winter Classic match-up next month, take a look at the mask that he will wear at Busch Stadium in the annual outdoor game:
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The new mask pays homage to the Lemont native’s favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, and of course throws a little shade at St. Louis fans as he will don the mask at the home of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Blackhawks will take on the St.Louis Blues tonight, looking to add to their NHL leading 44 points. Puck drop is at 7:00 PM (CT) and you can catch the action on CSN Chicago (TV) and WGN-720AM (Radio).
White Sox Notes: Robertson, Farm System Rankings, and a Crazy Idea for Free-Agency
The White Sox shoot all the way up to number two on MLB Pipeline’s Top-10 farm systems according to Jim Callis of MLB.com, coming in behind only the New York Yankees for the top farm in baseball.
Rick Hahn confirmed yesterday that they will not be rushing any of their newly acquired minor league talent to the major-league level until they “force the issue with their performance”. Sweet music to many of ears on the south side of Chicago.
Read more about Hahn’s plans for the newest members of the White Sox, as well as an idea for the White Sox in free-agency that may pay off big next July, in the full White Sox Notes article from Friday afternoon.
Aroldis Chapman delivers subtle parting shot to former manager joe maddon.
During his press conference officially announcing his new deal with the New York Yankees, Chapman related through his agent that he was “not OK with the way he was used in the postseason”, and thought that Joe Maddon used him in situations that he didn’t agree with.
Chapman did say though, that he had not discussed the issue with Joe Maddon, and simply did what he was told to do because that was his job. Maddon gave the media a brief response to the comments by Chapman, thanking Chapman for his importance to the World Series Championship, while pointing out that any usage of Chapman was talked about prior to the game.
Whatever, Chapman’s parting shot to Maddon just reaffirmed what most of us actually thought, that he went to Chapman too early at times during the World Series.
Bears Wide Receiver Marquess Wilson Stuck By the Injury Bug Again.
For the third time in 12 1/2 months, Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson fractured his foot and will need to have surgery. Bears Head Coach John Fox announced on Friday that Wilson will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to the injury.
Wilson suffered the latest injury in a practice earlier this week and is expected to be placed on injured reserve prior to Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.