IINJURY ALERT: Rose Officially Ruled Out for the Season

It’s honestly hard to stomach, but for the second time in two years the Chicago Bulls find themselves Rose-less. Derrick Rose has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair the torn medial meniscus in his right knee Monday morning.

The basketball odds are not in the Bulls’ favor and so a serious case of the Bulls Blues has taken over the city of Chicago as we embark on #theReturnPart2.

With the confirmation of the devastating DRose news comes an overwhelming sea of questions. Will Rose ever be the same? What are the Bulls going to do? Can the season still be salvaged? Will we ever see a NBA Championship in Chicago during the Rose era? Let’s see if we can get some of these answered.

What Does this Mean for Rose’s Future:

The Bulls’ star was in good spirits after surgery and the organization expects a full recovery from their MVP. Rose opted to have the meniscus repaired in his knee rather than having it removed all together. The recovery time for removing the meniscus would have been much quicker, but repairing it allows for more longevity in Rose’s career. The rehabbing process takes at least six months.

There is one silver lining to the Rose injury saga, it could have been worse. Most feared the worst Saturday afternoon while refreshing their news feeds to get the latest DRose news, he could have torn the ACL in his right knee. Which ultimately could have been career ending.

Confidence and trust will play a major factor in Rose’s recovery. We all watched him struggle to find his groove this season after sitting out for an entire year rehabbing his ACL. In the last three seasons, Rose has only played in 50 games and now he’ll have two reconstructed knees. Rose is a super humble dude, but it’s going to take some mega-mindpower to get back into his pre-injury form.

What This Means for the Bulls:

All postseason hopes are not lost of our mighty Bulls. Don’t get me wrong, the Bulls are absolutely better off with Rose on the court – the entire league is actually – but they still have enough talent to take them into the playoffs without the 2010-2011 MVP.

With Rose active the Bulls are a title contender. Without Rose the team could make a playoff run, but are unlikely to beat the Miami Heat or the Indiana Pacers in a 7 game series. HOWEVER the Heat are one Dwyane Wade injury away from trouble and the Pacers still struggle on offense down the stretch.

Los Bulls have been down this road before. They’ve managed a winning season without their star point guard. The key to success will be a healthy Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. Offseason pickup Mike Dunleavy, a seasoned vet, will need to get going and be a consistent scorer.

Luol Deng trade rumors have begun to spiral. Without Rose healthy the team is now looking toward the future rather than the present season. Deng is a two-time All-Star forward who’s expecting some serious cash when he becomes a free agent at the end of this season. That being said, the Bulls are already paying the luxury tax for being over the salary cap threshold. They’re looking to lower their financial load and unfortunately the team would get the most in return for a Deng trade.

Overall, it was a bad weekend to be a Bulls fan and more importantly a Derrick Rose fan. Instead of our white knight riding off into the sunset with an NBA Championship, he’s forced to hobble around with a set of ugly crutches. #notfair

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Weekend Roundup: Bulls are Back in Business with Two Blowout Wins

Weekend roundup

It was a win-win kind of weekend for the Chicago Bulls who got back to their streak-snapping roots and pulled off two big blowout wins against the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers.

Despite their healthy roster, it has been a rough start overall for Chicago who is still working through the kinks and rust of Derrick Rose’s return to the court. This weekend put the haters to rest and gave Bulls fans a gust of hope with some breakout performances and team defense.

Friday Bulls at Raptors

Bulls were cruising in the 96-80 win over the Raptors Friday night. With Rose on the bench resting his sore hamstring the Bulls played stingy defense and a well rounded offense. Luol Deng led the way with 19 points, but every Bulls’ starter was in double digits.

Joakim Noah finally found his offensive swagger and had his first big offensive game with 18 points. Jo-No missed the majority of the pre-season with a groin injury and needed a few games to find his rhythm again.

Raptors’ swingman DeMar DeRozan had a career high of 37 points. He dominated the fourth quarter making some outlandish jumpshots, but Toronto had dug themselves too deep of a hole to come back from.

Jimmy Butler showed off his new haircut. The handsome young stud changed up his fro to a more clean-cut style.

Saturday Bulls vs Pacers

STREAK SNAPPED: Going into Saturday’s matchup the Indiana Pacers were the only remaining undefeated team in the NBA. The Bulls, who had already lost to the Pacers earlier this season, said “not in our house.” Chicago not only ended Indy’s nine game winning streak, but they did so in a 110-94 blowout fashion.

Derrick Rosehad his first break-out game of the season with 20 points and four assists and against a tough opponent too (feel free to let out your sigh of relief).

It was a battle between two All-Star small forwards, but Luol Deng (23 pts) took advantage of Indy’s counterpart Paul George (12 pts) who has had a solid start to his season. Overall, the Bulls starters dominated the Pacers big guys.

Carlos Boozer did some pushin-and-shovin against Chris Copeland. They were both ejected with 21.9 seconds on the clock.

The Bulls and Pacers claim there is no longer a team rivalry between the two divisional opponents, but we beg to differ. Things got taken up a notch at the UC and things will continue to get more heated between these two teams as the season goes on.

Your Take Away Piece:

“We witnessed three things this weekend: the Bulls showed off their feisty team defense, they had a resurgence of balanced offense (they surpassed the 100 point hurdle) and DRose got his MVP groove back. I think things are finally coming together for our Chicago Bulls and there’s a lot of great basketball in store for us all.”

What’s Next:

Chicago is 5-3 as they prepare to host the 5-5 Charlotte Bobcats tonight at the UC. Tune in to Comcast Sportsnet at 7 PM to see if our main men can keep their offensive mojo going and continue their four game winning streak. Always BULLieve.

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Cheese Graters > Cheeseheads

Bears Packers Football

Last night proud Chicago fans headed into enemy territory (also known as Lambeau Field) as they ferociously cheered on the Bears against the Green Bay Packers during Monday night football. The Bears-Packers rivalry is one of the oldest and greatest in the history of the NFL and no matter what’s at stake for the season this game is always taken seriously. Every educated fan can appreciate the history, but let’s be serious, Bears fans and Packer fans hardly get along. 

Per usual Lambeau was a sea of Green, Gold, and cheeseheads, I mean cheese hats, but finally Bears fans had an amazing response to those horrific cheese hats – cheese grater hats. Take that you cheese queens, we can shred you up.

Cheese graters

It was a battle of the back-up QBs and for the first time since 2010 (yup the Packers had taken the last six games) the Bears defeated the Packers 27-20 at their own sanctuary in Green Bay.

Ditka

Da Coach predicted the Bears W

Before last night, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers had won four consecutive games and sat atop their throne in the NFC, but after a serious upset we’ve got a three-way tie going on between the Bears, Packers and Lions. With Aaron Rodgers’ injured shoulder, the Bears injury woes/aging defense and the cowardly Lions, the NFC is anyone’s for the taking. Could our Bears make a playoff appearance this season?

Keep those cheese grater hats handy boys, the Bears end their regular season against the Packers on December 29th. #BEARDOWN

Try to Top This Chicago Bulls Home Opener

It Doesn’t Get Much Better than a Bulls Home Opener. It was not the most impressive technical game of basketball, but the Bulls home opener ended in an 82-81 Chicago win and was an insane fan experience. Here’s my laundry list of why it was awesome:

The Bulls intro is bar none the best in the league. To top it off on THIS night, it was Derrick Rose’s official return to the NBA. All the announcer had to say was, “FROM MEMPHIS…” and then everyone in the UC lost their minds.

Then we ran into so many people from the exceptional community of Elk Grove:

EG at UC

These Victorian Gentlemen were court-side cheering on their Bulls entertaining us the entire game. 

Victorians

Mr. Clutch is Back! Tyson Chandler missed one of his free throws, the Bulls called a time out, Derrick Rose got the ball with 10 seconds left and BOOM floater sunk (pretty positive he didn’t even see the rim). The CROWD WENT WILD.

DRose Clutch

Then Noah got on the microphone and said “I missed this sh*t. I MISSED this sh*t. Woo, I love it,” and it just sealed the entire fan experience.

Oh, and then my best friends and I had a photo shoot on the Bull.

friends

And one with Manny of course…

manny

Happiest of Halloweens for this Bulls fan!