Carlos Boozer Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Get it Booze-Cruise! After a week of phenomenal play, Bulls’ forward Carlos Boozer was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Boozer racked up double-doubles in all four games played last week averaging 23.0 points and 14.8 rebounds. Since ringing in 2013 the big man has really stepped up his game and turned into the aggressive player we knew he could be.

Boozer’s best performance of the week was during the Bulls OT win against the Toronto Raptors. The forward lit up the court with 36 points and 12 rebounds. Those 36 points were the most he’s ever scored in a Bulls uniform and the 17 points he picked up in the first quarter were the most he’s ever scored in a quarter as Bull as well. Carlos Boozer has been taking his New Year’s resolution VERY seriously.

Congrats Boozer! We knew you had it in you! We’ve seen three weeks of consistent beast mode out of Boozer. The question is, can Boozer keep up this level of play throughout the rest of the season?

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Bears Buzz: Marc Trestman Named Head Coach

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After firing Lovie Smith and a whirlwind of interviewing 13 potential candidates, the Bears finally made there decision Tuesday evening. Marc Trestman will be the 14th head coach of the Chicago Bears. Out of all the available options Trestman seemed the most unconventional choice being removed from the NFL since 2004, but hey when have the Bears ever done things by the books? General Manager Phil Emery is trying to shake things up again; which could prove to be inspiring or completely disastrous.

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The 57 year-old head coach comes to Chicago from the Montreal Alouettes a member of the Canadian Football League (CFL). While head coach for the Alouettes (2008-2012), Trestman led his team to two Grey Cup championships – the CFL’s equivalent to a Super Bowl Championship. The most important thing is Trestman is and has been a winner in the game of pig-skin.

Montreal Alouettes' head coach Trestman holds up the Grey Cup after defeating the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the CFL's 98th Grey Cup football game in Edmonton

In his early years of coaching Trestman did some bouncing around the NFL. His most memorable stints include: offensive coordinator for 2002 Oakland Raiders who went to the Super Bowl, OC for the 1995 49ers in their hey day, and OC for the 1989 Cleveland Browns with Bernie Kosar (when they were good). Trestman knows a thing or two about offense, which is what the Bears need right now. However, he has no experience as a head coach in the NFL. The people may need some convincing.

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In Trestman we trust

Logically the decision is a stunner. The Bears are a charter NFL franchise in the league’s second-largest market and could have hired anybody and we pluck a guy out of the CFL. Bruce Arians – a likely NFL coach of the year candidate – had just interviewed with the Bears on Tuesday. Trestman got the job over Arians as well as other Super Bowl champion ex-coaches.

If Trestman was as talented as the Bears front office believes, why haven’t other NFL team’s gone after him? Is Emery a mad-man or were other factors involved? Was it money? It’s said that Trestman had agreed to keep much of the defensive coaches in tact during his interview, while Arians had intended on bring his own defensive coaches.

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It all seems a little crazy, but if Brandon Marshall is excited for the Bears’ choice, so am I. In Trestman we trust – at least for the first season. There will be a press conference at Halas Hall at 11 AM on Thursday where Trestman will address the media for the first time as head coach. #beardown

Bulls December Report Card: B

Happy New Year Bulls fans! With 2012 behind us, the Bulls look to take January by storm. Chicago finished off the calendar year at 16-13 and 9-6 for the month. December was a bit of a roller-coaster for the Bulls as they were able to defeat some of the Eastern Conference’s top teams, but also choked against one of the very worst.

The Bulls were a team held to very few expectations entering the 2012-2013 season, but our Bulls are fighters and have proven many of their haters wrong. It hasn’t been an easy ride thus far as every win has been a collective team effort of heart, sweat and intensity.  Let’s take a look at the good and the bad of the final days of 2012.

The Good: The Bulls did some Eastern Conference damage in December. They beat the New York Knicks twice (once at home and once at Madison Square Garden), they locked up a home win and a road win against their playoff rival Philadelphia 76ers, and to top things off they also beat the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics.

The Bulls reserves are proving that this new crew is just as powerful as the “bench mob”. Marco Belinelli came out of his shell producing some extra offensive power when Rip Hamilton was locked down due to a foot injury and Belinelli took his starting slot.

Nate Robinson has done his fair share and is an obvious spark-plug off the bench. His additional scoring power has kept the Bulls alive in many of their close games. Jimmy Butler plays less than 20 minutes a game, but makes every minute count.

Rookie point guard Marquis Teague has shown promise with his excellent court vision and decision-making. Teague has appeared in 16 games as Kirk Hinrich has suffered a string of injuries.

The Bad: Despite the positive wins, they also had some rough losses. Chicago rode the struggle bus Christmas Day getting blown out by the Houston Rockets 120-97. Don’t get me wrong, since the addition of James Harden the Rockets have been playing well, but it’s always embarrassing to lose by 20 plus points. Apparently Charlotte has Chicago’s number, because the 8-23 Bobcats defeated the Bulls 91-81, a 10 point deficit.

Overall Assessment: Finishing 9-6 on the month is definitely a positive for the Rose-less Bulls. The last few games of December were rather rough to watch as they got spanked by the Atlanta Hawks, trampled by Houston on Christmas Day, and defeated by the lowly Charlotte Bobcats.

If only Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich could get their offensive mojo flowing consistently our Bulls could consider themselves a playoff contender. It’s still quite early in the season for any serious predictions, but the Bulls are in decent shape starting out 2013.

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BEARS: Lovie’s Out, Who’s In?

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After nine years as the Chicago Bears head coach the soft spoken and level headed Lovie Smith is OUT. It wasn’t the best way to ring in the new year as Smith was fired by the Bears on Monday after a 10-6 season. Smith did quite a bit of good for the Bears in his time with Chicago, but his downfall was the part of the game in which he had no experience; the offense.

Chicago is now on the hunt for a new head coach and guess what they’re looking for…an offensive minded guru. Bears General Manager Phil Emery described his current head coach search as “fast, furious and thorough” on Thursday after conducting the initial round of interviews with prospective candidates. He held a press conference to discuss Lovie’s firing on Tuesday and was jet-setting to Atlanta for interviews almost immediately after.

Who are the Potential Candidates?

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It’s not required to have an offensive minded coach to be successful in the NFL. We’ve seen the defensive minded coaches get the job done as well, for instance Mike Tomlin, Bill Belichick and John Fox, even special teams guys like John Harbaugh. But if offense is the reason Lovie was booted, offense is what the Bears are looking for. Our defense is solid for at least another year with Lance Briggs, Julius Peppers, Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings all still under contract.

There are definitely other head coach openings around the league, but hopefully the Bears position is the most appealing to the potential candidates. Sometimes coming into an organization who believes they already have their “franchise quarterback” (Jay Cutler) and other star players in Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte takes some of the fun out of the job. Instead, we can only hope the large market, fantastic city and impenetrable fan base will lure the best of the best to lead the Bears.