Morning Jolt: Cutler scaring off Bears' OC candidates?
There are reportedly "rumblings at the Senior Bowl" that the Bears can't find an offensive coordinator because candidates are turned off by the prospect of having to coach Jay Cutler. The perception, presumably, is that Cutler ran ex-Bears OC Ron Turner out of Chicago, which it would be hard to disagree with. There is a more logical perception that OC candidates don't want to work under head coach Lovie Smith, who's entering a "win or else" situation in 2010. (NBC Sports) Comment
It seems remotely possible that the Devin Brown-Aaron Gray trade could allow Chicago to put together a pretty impressive package in a trade offer for a really big name. Amar'e Stoudemire is one such big name, as has been reported by multiple news outlets in the last couple of days. Chicago could package Kirk Hinrich or Luol Deng with Tyrus Thomas as the key pieces to a deal for Stoudemire. (hoopsworld) Comment
The A's have some cash to spend and they're reportedly ready to offer a large chunk of it to free-agent pitcher Ben Sheets. Oakland, which struck out on free agents Marco Scutaro, Jamey Carroll and Adrian Beltre this winter, is apparently ready to move on to Johnny Damon if it can't lure Sheets. But, there are indications the A's are major players for Sheets. (Oakland Tribune) Comment
Knee pain led defending champ Rafael Nadal to retire from his Aussie match against Andy Murray (AP).
Half-court shots always impress, but toss in a blindfold and a few disorienting spins and, well?
- SI Vault: More Brett Favre
- 1997 -- Brett Favre leads the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl victory over New England.
- 1991 -- Jan Stenerud becomes the first pure placekicker to make the NFL Hall of Fame.
- 1990 -- The Boston Red Sox hire Elaine Weddington as asstistant General Manager, making her the highest-ranking black female in a major league front office.
- 1982 -- The New York Islanders score four goals in 1:38 against the Penguins.
- 1980 -- Mary Decker become the first woman to run a mile in under four minutes.
- 1963 -- The Major League Rules Committee votes to expand the MLB strike zone.