It’s October so we all know what that means Chicago fans! It’s Blackhawks season, Cubs playoffs, and Bears football. Here is a quick rundown of what is happening over the next five days:
Thursday 10/5 – Blackhawks season opener vs Penguins 5:30pm PST,
Friday 10/6 – Cubs Playoffs NLDS game 1 at Nationals 4:30pm PST,
Saturday 10/7 – Cubs game 2 NLDS at 2:38pm PST and Blackhawks vs Blue Jackets 5:30pm PST
Sunday 10/8 – Day of rest. Hopefully, reminisce about Cubs and Blackhawks dominating over past few days. Get ready for a BIG Monday!
Monday 10/9 – Cubs in Chicago game 3 NLDS time is TBD as of post, Blackhawks at Maple Leafs 4pm PST, and Bears vs Vikings MNF 5:30pm PST
Let’s start off with the Blackhawks. They return tonight for their season opener vs the defending NHL Stanley Cup Champions, Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh has won back to back titles and 3 since 2009. With the Hawks winning in 2010/3/5 these two teams have won 6 of the last 9 cups. Tonights matchup could very well be what some are predicting as this year’s finals pairing. Only time will tell. The Hawks are coming off two straight seasons of being bounced in the first round and will be without Marian Hossa who’s career sadly may be over. Hawks fans will be happy to welcome back Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp however. For a more detailed season preview click here: http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/20765378/2017-18-nhl-season-preview-chicago-blackhawks Don’t forget to 710 for all the games including tonights 5:50pm PST puck drop.
So we all know the Cubs are back in the Playoffs for the third straight season which is the first time in over 100 years. This will also be their first world series title defense in that same time period. The Cubbies travel to the Nationals who have pretty much been the top team in the NL East all season. The Cubs had an up and down season but they pulled away in the NL Central and won 15 of their last 19 games. Hopefully, most of the team is well rested and ready to roll. The rotation against the Nationals for the Cubs will be Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, and then Jake Arrietta if needed. While they might be defending champions the Cubs are actually underdogs in this series and also behind the Dodgers in odds to advance to NL. This underdog status might be exactly what this young Cubs team needs. For more on this read here: https://cubbiescrib.com/2017/10/05/chicago-cubs-stand-benefit-underdog-status/Cubsplay Friday, Saturday, and Monday. Of course, all games will be shown at 710.
Lastly, let’s not forget about the Bears! They play on Monday Night Football vs the Vikings and will be trotting out their rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky. We have mentioned before in past blogs that the time would be sooner than later before Trubisky would take over for the terrible Mike Glennon. Rightfully Glennon is back to holding a clipboard and now we can see why GM Ryan Pace was so enamored with Trubisky on draft day. The Bears haven’t had the 1st QB taken in the draft since pretty much anyone reading this was born… We can all remember Cade McNown and that disaster but he was the 5th QB taken that year. We hope Trubisky can be the real deal so all we can do is hope he shows promise. We know he is throwing to a WR corps that rivals most college WR corps… But he does have an average to above average offensive line and a top 5 running back tandem in Howard and Cohen. If you have been sleeping on the beach lately and have no idea who Mitchell Trubisky is here is a quick primer for you: https://www.windycitygridiron.com/2017/10/5/16429226/chicago-bears-podcast-radio-who-is-mitchell-trubisky-north-carolina-rookie-nfl-audio Get ready Chicago fans because Mitch-a-Palooza officially kicks off Monday night!
As you can see this is a VERY EXCITING time for Chicago sports. Come on down to 710 and catch the Hawks, the Cubs title defense playoff run, and the first game of what we hope to be the Chicago Bears savior and future pro-bowl QB.