One of Chicago Bulls Biggest Fans: President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama, perhaps the most famous Bulls fan in the world, sat court-side on Tuesday October 27 to watch the Bulls defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers on the opening night of the NBA regular season.

In a halftime interview with TNT, Obama predicted the Bulls and Cavs will be “two of the top teams” in the Eastern Conference, but he couldn’t withhold his favoritism for his hometown team.

“I am a big Bulls fan,” Obama told TNT’s David Aldridge. “It’s very promising.”

During his interview with TNT, Obama also thanked the NBA for supporting his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which helps young men of color.

“It’s a program to make sure that all of us are supporting disadvantaged youth and particularly disadvantaged boys,” Obama said. “The NBA stepped up. Every team in the league is sponsoring mentorship programs.”

Following the game, Obama took to Twitter to applaud the Bulls’ victory.

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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said “it’s always an honor” to play in front of the president.

This wasn’t the first time Obama attended a game while in office. In February 2009, during his first term, Obama sat courtside for a game between the Bulls and Washington Wizards in D.C., and he drank a beer as he took in the action.

When Lebron James was interviewed before the season opening Bulls vs Cavs game, he said “I believe our league is the greatest league that we have in the world. We have the greatest athletes and greatest fans and so on and so on,” said James. “So [for] the president of the United States to grace us on opening night in Chicago, I’m just honored. [It’s] something I can tell my kids a long, long time from now. I’ll actually be able to have the film showing them — kids don’t believe me sometimes — I’ll be able to show them the film that the president of the United States was at a ballgame I played in. That’s pretty cool.”

To read more about Obama’s love of the Bull’s, click here.

Chris Sale’s Success

Alan Rasof, Chris SaleThough the Chicago White Sox lost to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, August 26th, White Sox pitcher Chris Sale’s proved his dominance on the field, delivering seven scoreless innings without a whole lot of support from his team.

According to ESPN.com, “The beauty of Sale is that he still knows enough tricks of the trade to not only get by without his best stuff, but also to hold an opponent scoreless into the late innings,” (Chris Sale Finds a Way, But White Sox Can’t). Sale entered Wednesday’s game coming off a 15-strikeout game on August 16th against the Cubs, followed by a 14 strikeout game against Seattle. Though the Red Sox would not give left-handed Sale the ability to become the second pitcher in the MLB’s modern era to strike out in 14 consecutive games, Sale kept his team afloat, delivering a great game.

Though Sale did have a bit of trouble with his fastball for the Red Sox’s right-handed hitters, he was able to adapt throughout the game. After the game, Sale stated:

“I was throwing a lot of pitches; they were spitting on some good ones. But I wasn’t really Alan Rasof, Chris Salehelping myself out. The arm-side fastball kind of got away from me a little big. I made some in-game adjustments. We talked in between innings to get that a little bit tighter,” (Chris Sale Finds a Way, But White Sox Can’t).

As we know, team communication plays a huge role in the outcome of a game. So though Sale was very vocal about switching up his pitching style, the White Sox as a whole must work on ways to communicate more effectively.

Overall, a round of applause for the way Sale has been pitching lately, but the lack of team effort definitely needs to be worked on amongst the White Sox.

Duncan Keith – The Best on the Blackhawks

Alan Rasof photo of Duncan Keith blackhawksAs we all know, the Chicago Blackhawks took home the 2015 Stanley Cup last week on June 15th. But, who proved to be the best player throughout the final rounds in the tournament? Most people would immediately jump to Toews, Crawford, and Kane, but according to an article recently published by USA Today, “Duncan Keith is the best player on the Chicago Blackhawks right now,” (Jhaveri, Not you, Patrick Kane. Or you, Jonathan Toews). So, why does Duncan Keith deserve this title? Here are some of the many reasons:

First, Keith’s undeniable stamina and fortitude as a defenseman throughout the post-season play are what made many fans and spectators look to him as MVP. During the Wednesday night Game 6 Western Conference Final, Keith’s efforts really came into light as he assisted the first 3 goals for the Blackhawks within a span of 3 minutes and 45 seconds. Keith played for an impressive 28 minutes and 35 seconds throughout the crucial game over the Ducks.

According to the USA Today article, “While Keith didn’t notch a goal, he was still the best player on the ice, using speed, skisl, patience, and toughness to help the Blackhawks to a win,” (Jhaveri, Not you, Patrick Kane. Or you, Jonathan Toews). Keith’s initial long pass to Kane ended in Sadd’s goal, putting the Blackhawks first on the board for the night. Then, Keith maneuvered his way through the Anaheim defensive with a double pump fake which led to Marian Hossa’s goal, shortly followed by his ability to keep the puck in the Blackhawks zone that quickly followed by the third goal placed by Kane.

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Furthermore, “With 16:40 left in the third period and the Blackhawks clinging to a one goal lead, Keith also made the save of the night on Corey Perry. There’s not much else Keith could have done to help the Blackhawks win,” (Jhaveri, Not you, Patrick Kane. Or you, Jonathan Toews). Keith’s consistency during this game carried on throughout the remainder of the tournament, proving that great players, not just great scorers, are what leads a team to winning a championship game.

For more information on what makes Duncan Keith one of hockey’s greatest players, read USA Today’s article here.