WBEZ | Cheryl Raye-Stout http://www.wbez.org/tags/cheryl-raye-stout Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Unmasking Ernie Banks http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/unmasking-ernie-banks-111480 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ernie.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>For baseball fans, the sound of Jack Brickhouse calling Ernie Banks&rsquo; 498th, 499th and most especially, the Chicago Cub&rsquo;s 500th home run is, euphoria. The week after Banks died at the age of 83, fans, fellow ballplayers and the media talked endlessly about his talent&mdash;and charisma.</p><p>&ldquo;He liked being out in the public, it was important to him, people would recognize him. And if they didn&rsquo;t recognize him right away they might because of the Cub jacket and Cub hat he always wore,&rdquo; sports writer Ron Rapoport said.</p><p>Rapoport first got to know Banks when he was a sports columnist for the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em>. But says he didn&rsquo;t get to know the man until later in life, when both men were living in California.</p><p>&ldquo;He was wearing a mask. It was a good mask and he liked wearing it...but the mask wasn&rsquo;t the man,&rdquo; Rapoport said.&nbsp;</p><p>Rapoport said the man was thoughtful, reflective and complicated...and almost eloquent.</p><p>He used to clock how long it took Banks to remove the mask when they were out in public; said he averaged about 20 minutes.</p><p>Banks&rsquo; swing was natural, fluid, zen-like. But his public persona required coaching from the start.</p><p>&ldquo;Ernie&rsquo;s first important baseball job was with&nbsp; the Kansas City Monarchs of the old Negro Leagues where Buck O&rsquo;Neil was the manager. And O&#39;Neill used to tell him which restaurants to go to...not to be caught &ldquo;reckless eyeballing white women,&rdquo; Rapoport explained.</p><p>Banks eventually found his way with the Monarchs&mdash;then, Jackie Robinson happened. A few years later, when the Chicago Cubs chose to integrate, they went for Banks; but Banks didn&rsquo;t want to go.</p><p>&ldquo;I just felt comfortable playing in the Negro Leagues. I didn&#39;t know what to do or what to say; it was a learning process in learning how to get along...with white players,&rdquo; Banks told WBEZ in 2010.</p><p>Banks learned to say little to his teammates in the big leagues and, instead, made friends in the little leagues. During the offseason, teams would invite him to throw out the first pitch and meet the kids, but when he got there&hellip;.</p><p>&ldquo;They would look at me, they would start talking ...&rsquo;Oh, I thought he was white, he&rsquo;s black.&rsquo; Because of my name, they...they didn&rsquo;t know,&rdquo; Banks laughed.</p><p>Banks won back-to-back MVP titles and hit 512 home runs, but there were those who wished he&rsquo;d done more for race relations.</p><p>Former longtime WBEZ host Richard Steele shared that the subject frequently comes up at the Coleman Brothers Barber Shop on 62nd and Stony Island, a neighborhood gathering place. One of the brothers, James, is actually an old Army buddy of Banks--and as you might imagine, he&rsquo;s a fierce defender of his old friend.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a senior barber in there, Tommy, who&rsquo;s my barber, who knows how to get a rise out of Mr. Coleman. All you had to do is say something about Ernie Banks and Tommy would say, &ldquo;I hate to say it, he&rsquo;s kind of an Uncle Tom.&rsquo;&rdquo; Coleman would be furious and (14) he would say, &lsquo;Stop saying that! The man is a great baseball player, a great wonderful human being...I knew him in the Army...&rsquo;&rdquo; Steele recalled.</p><p>Banks became a household name around the same time as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But many said Banks didn&rsquo;t fight to get the salary the best player on the team deserved. His max salary was $65,000, while some of the white players he took on in home run derbies were making $100,000.</p><p>Lots of people thought Ernie&rsquo;s silence kept other black players from earning a fair wage. But he wasn&rsquo;t comfortable fighting for it--it wasn&rsquo;t his nature.</p><p>Nowadays, athletes&rsquo; paychecks are bigger--but so is the pressure to do and say more. Longtime WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye Stout says that&rsquo;s unfair.</p><p>&ldquo;To say because you dribble a ball or you hit a ball or you dunk a ball that you&rsquo;re supposed to be a spokesperson is difficult. You can only do that if you feel comfortable in doing it,&rdquo; said Raye-Stout.</p><p>Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has never been much of a public speaker. But when a kid from Englewood becomes the star of his hometown team--he&rsquo;s expected to put an end to the violence he&rsquo;s witnessed.</p><p>Last December, Rose made his biggest social statement yet--without speaking. He wore a t-shirt bearing the phrase, &ldquo;I Can&rsquo;t Breath&rdquo; during a pre-game warmup. The phrase refers to Eric Garner&rsquo;s last words. The New York man died after a police officer placed him in a chokehold while arresting him for selling loose cigarettes. The demonstration drew mixed reactions--but Rose was glad people paid attention.</p><p>&ldquo;My biggest concern is the kids, I know what they&rsquo;re thinking right now, I was one of them kids. When you live in an area like that and you don&rsquo;t got any hope and police are treating you any way---I&rsquo;m not saying all our police (officers) are treating kids bad but, when you live in an area like that it gives you another reason to be bad,&rdquo; Rose said.</p><p>There will never be a shortage of people telling professional athletes what to do. And that&rsquo;s the real reason, Banks said, &ldquo;let&rsquo;s play two&hellip;&rdquo; He didn&rsquo;t want to leave the field.</p><p>&ldquo;When you&rsquo;re playing baseball, on that field, it&rsquo;s like your whole life, it&rsquo;s your world and you don&rsquo;t want to leave it. It was such a joy to be there, to be able to make decisions on your own: when to swing, when not to swing; when to run, when not to run. I felt this is the only place in the world where I could make my own decisions,&rdquo; Banks said.</p><p>I asked Rapoport if Banks didn&rsquo;t like what was under the mask--he said that wasn&rsquo;t the case at all.</p><p>&ldquo;He&rsquo;d want people to remember the mask, that&rsquo;s what he would want people to remember about him. And that&rsquo;s fair; he&rsquo;s earned the right to be remembered the way he wants to be, I think,&rdquo; Rapoport explained.</p><p>When WBEZ spoke with Banks back in 2010, Landmarks Illinois had just named the Hall of Famer a Legendary Landmark. Asked if he had any regrets, Banks explained he often searched his footsteps for them--but delighted in life&rsquo;s ups and downs. And then, ever the entertainer, he broke out into his friend Frank Sinatra&rsquo;s classic, &ldquo;My Way.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Katie O&rsquo;Brien is a WBEZ reporter and producer. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/katieobez" target="_blank">@katieobez</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/unmasking-ernie-banks-111480 Morning Shift: Owning the legacy of an artist http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-16/morning-shift-owning-legacy-artist-108439 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Vivian Meier - Flickr - Thomas Leuthard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The late street photographer Vivian Maier found fame when her photos were discovered and were included in exhibitions, a book and a documentary. But who owns the rights to her work?</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-45.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-45" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Owning the legacy of an artist" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-16/morning-shift-owning-legacy-artist-108439 Morning Shift: Diet trends, bikes and music http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-28/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music-107894 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Chicago Bike Sharing_courtesy of Associated Press.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As Chicago launches its bike-share program, we hear from you about if this new service will be utilized or largely ignored. Also, Monica Eng gives us the facts and fallacies about diet trends. And Chicago&#39;s Black Ensemble Theater pays tribute to Howlin&#39; Wolf.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Diet trends, bikes and music " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-28/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music-107894 Future is bright for rookie Cubs manager http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-07/future-bright-rookie-cubs-manager-100684 <p><p>Most people would have blown up by now if they were in Dale Sveum&rsquo;s shoes &mdash; the Cubs have been at the bottom of the NL Central Division most of the first half of this season. But the Cubs manager has shown restraint and kept his focus, despite plenty of obstacles in his way.</p><p>With the All-Star break in progress, it&rsquo;s a perfect time to reflect on the Cubs&rsquo; rookie manager and the team&#39;s situation after the first half.</p><p><strong>On patience</strong></p><p><em>&ldquo;There are times it would get to people, but [Sveum] has been great. We want to do well for him.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em><em>&ndash;</em><em>&nbsp;pitcher Jeff Samardzija</em></p><p>Losses aside, players and coaches are impressed with the patience Sveum has shown and the straightforward way he&rsquo;s managed his first season. According to Cubs broadcaster and former Arizona manager Bob Brenly, patience is mandatory for a manager. &ldquo;I think [Sveum] knew it was going to be a struggle,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;but it doesn&rsquo;t take away from your competitiveness.&rdquo;&nbsp;Even during a 12-game losing streak the Cubs manager never lost his cool. &ldquo;It would have be real easy for him to blow up,&rdquo; Cubs player Darwin Barney said. &ldquo;[But] he gets where we are as a club and an organization.&rdquo;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Cubs%20Manager%20Dale%20Sveum_0.jpg" style="float: left;" title="Cubs manager Dale Sveum (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" /></div><p><strong>On accountability</strong></p><p><em>&ldquo;There are some guys who thought their place with the team was secure; they are not here anymore. It&rsquo;s not what you did in the past, but what you can do in the future.&rdquo;&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;broadcaster Bob Brenly</em></p><p>The word &ldquo;accountability&rdquo; is used often when Cubs management talks about the players and the expectations given to them.&nbsp;All players, including Bryan LaHair, know that is a fact. &ldquo;You feel everyone is in the same boat,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;If you don&rsquo;t do something right, he&rsquo;ll let you know &mdash; and that is good for us.&rdquo;</p><p>LaHair knew &mdash; when he began struggling at the plate &mdash; that he would not start every day. Coming out of spring training, the bullpen had several inexperienced pitchers; the anchors were supposed to be Kerry Wood and closer Carlos Marmol, but both players were ineffective. Eventually Wood retired, and Marmol lost his closing role. Recently, Marmol regained the confidence of Sveum &mdash; and his closing role.</p><p>The expectation of accountability was also apparent in the handling of starting pitchers Chris Vostad (acquired in the Carlos Zambrano deal), Travis Wood (part of the Sean Marshall trade) and Randy Wells, all of whom stumbled as starters. All three were sent to Triple-A Iowa and Wood has come back. Now he appears to have &ldquo;turned the corner&rdquo; with some good outings.</p><p><strong>On instructing</strong></p><p><em>&ldquo;He played the game, he knows how hard it is and he is in the trenches with us.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em><em>&ndash;</em><em>&nbsp;third base coach Pat Listach</em></p><p>Sveum is a hands-on manager; during pregame workouts he&#39;s in the field, aiding in the instructions with his middle infielders. Barney, a former shortstop, has been playing second base every day, and he credited Sveum and Pat Listach for helping him. &ldquo;They helped me build a lot of confidence around the bag and turning a double play,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;[Sveum] personally helped me out there.&rdquo; Starlin Castro has also improved in turning double plays from the shortstop position.</p><p>As a former Milwaukee Brewers hitting instructor, Sveum also advises his batters. In May, he convinced left fielder Alfonso Soriano (who was homerless at that point) to switch to a lighter bat. Since the change, Soriano has hit 15 home runs. While Soriano may not be a fan-favorite, he is a fan of Sveum and the Cubs coaching staff. They wanted Soriano to make the All-Star team, and throughout the season the Cubs manager has given genuine compliments to Soriano on his work ethic. Soriano, a Cubs veteran, returned the compliment: &ldquo;He knows we are working hard. The record may not show it, but I see everyone is prepared.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>On communication</strong></p><p><em>&ldquo;I am not afraid to go to him to ask him about a situation. The line of communication is there and he makes it easier on everyone.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em><em>&ndash;</em><em>&nbsp;second baseman Darwin Barney</em></p><p>There is no indecisiveness in the way Dale Sveum goes about his job. He is direct and pulls no punches. Before Anthony Rizzo was brought up, Sveum told Bryan LaHair he was going to play right field and would move there permanently when Rizzo arrived. It was simple and to the point.</p><p>Sveum is a &ldquo;straight-shooter&quot; in&nbsp;the usual pre- and post-game sessions with the media. He handled the ascension of Rizzo as well as could be expected, not wanting to put pressure on the young player but knowing the significance of this future star.</p><p>Recently, Sveum was asked repeatedly about the rookie hitting third in the lineup. Without flinching, he said, &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t see me changing that in the future.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>On respect&nbsp;</strong></p><p><em>&ldquo;He shows respect to all the players. Nothing is more important.&rdquo;&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;outfielder Alfonso Soriano</em></p><p>From the players to the coaching staff there seems to be mutual respect, despite a losing record. First base coach Dave McKay spent 27 years with former St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa. When McKay was interviewed for his current job, he called LaRussa that night. &ldquo;I told Tony I was impressed with Dale. He reminded me of [Tony]; his attention to detail and doesn&rsquo;t back off of players and makes sure they do it right,&rdquo; McKay said. With all the losing, McKay was looking to see if the Cubs manager would falter; he didn&rsquo;t. &ldquo;After those games where you expect there to be whining; he&rsquo;ll come in and say, &#39;We have to stay positive with these guys,&#39; &quot; McKay said. &quot;[Sveum] carries himself well.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Sveum has had a lot on his plate for his first season as manager: There have been several injuries to his catching corps. His best pitcher, Ryan Dempster, has been on the disabled list (he returned&nbsp;on Sunday)&nbsp;and will likely be dealt soon. His starting third baseman, Ian Stewart, is lost for the season with a wrist surgery. He moved LaHair from first to the outfield, a move that Bob Brenly thought was great &ldquo;out of the box&rdquo; thinking for Sveum. Of course, there is more but Sveum credits his team for always &ldquo;busting their butts&rdquo; no matter the circumstances.</p><p>When asked about the most difficult aspects of his job, Sveum said, &ldquo;I think I learned a lot about lineups; we haven&rsquo;t done well against left-handers.&rdquo; He has used at least 56 different combinations. Lately though, Sveum said he sees some positive signs. &ldquo;Things are falling into place for the bullpen, the lineup is looking stable and the addition of Rizzo makes a difference,&rdquo; he said. The young first baseman has contributed with game-winning hits and his presence should give Starlin Castro more protection in the lineup.</p><p>After the All-Star break, it will be interesting to see what effect some possible deals will make on the club. Dempster, Matt Garza and possibly Alfonso Soriano may have new teams by the trade deadline. But that all will have to wait. In the next few days Sveum will be taking a much needed break and head home to Phoenix. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m doing nothing for three days,&rdquo; he said. He deserves it.</p><p><em>On Wednesday, we&#39;ll look at the other rookie manager in town: Robin Ventura of the first place White Sox.</em></p></p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-07/future-bright-rookie-cubs-manager-100684 As global allies gather, Chicago's crosstown rivals wage war at Wrigley http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/global-allies-gather-chicagos-crosstown-rivals-wage-war-wrigley-99264 <p><p>NATO&rsquo;s 28 member countries will meet in Chicago this weekend to address global challenges&mdash;together. Ironically, on the city&rsquo;s North Side, bitter rivals will wage war at the Friendly Confines. The Cubs-White Sox rivalry has divided the city&mdash;and many of its households&mdash;for decades. Many are born to a clan and their allegiance grows over the years&mdash;every win, every loss, every insult is personal. And bragging rights are the currency of choice around every bar stool, ball park and battering ram sports fans can get their hands on.</p><p>&nbsp;<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mtxo4BnYzro" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Matchups against rivals serve as a season&rsquo;s guidepost for fans and athletes. As soon as the NFL schedule is set, Bears fans circle games against the Pack&mdash;and the same is true on the other side of the Cheddar Curtain. As much as we loathe those pea-and-corn looking Packer fans, they detest us sausage-clogged Cutlerites equally. But we live for it.</p><p>Sports rivalries are epic and primal. They have rich and emotional histories with larger than life characters. That&rsquo;s what appealed to Steppenwolf&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/ensemble/members/details.aspx?id=34" target="_blank">Eric Simonson</a> when he wrote <em>Lombardi:</em> <em>The Only Thing and Speak American</em>. A lifelong Packer fan (not his fault, he was born in Wisconsin), Simonson knew the lore of the rivalry as his own. And just as George Halas served as the patriarch on this side of the divide, Vince Lombardi was his general. The success of <em>Lombardi</em> led to a second sports-based venture; Simonson was asked to write the book for <a href="http://www.magicbirdbroadway.com/" target="_blank">a play celebrating the rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird</a>.</p><p>So we decided to have Simonson and WBEZ&rsquo;s sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout join <em>Afternoon Shift</em> for a look at some of the greatest sports rivalries throughout history&mdash;and really, who doesn&rsquo;t love making arbitrary lists?</p><p>That being said, as a longtime lover of sports--and irrational disdain--I give you 10 of sports most storied rivalries (in no particular order&hellip;because I&rsquo;m also a coward and a commitment-phobe).</p><p>1.&nbsp; Bears vs. Packers: See above. And WBEZ midday executive producer <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-09-23/i-hate-green-bay-packers-i-just-dont-know-why-92370" target="_blank">Justin Kaufmann&rsquo;s</a> personal exploration of his deep-rooted hate for Green Bay and a careful&mdash;and catty&mdash;examination of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-23/halas-and-lombardi-rivalry-looms-over-bears-packers-game-92367" target="_blank">Halas and Lombardi,</a> care of ESPN&rsquo;s Lester Munson and Pulitzer-Prize-winning Packer fan and Lombardi biographer, David Marannis.</p><p>2. Yankees vs. Red Sox: Really, you could argue that it&rsquo;s Yankees vs. everyone but for 86 years, many Bostoners blamed it on the Curse of the Bambino. So the takeaway here: don&rsquo;t trade Babe Ruth to the Yankees.</p><p>3. Duke vs. Carolina: About the only thing these teams agree on is what color to paint their bodies. Duke&rsquo;s Camden Crazies are, in fact, crazy; but the state of North Carolina and college basketball fans everywhere look forward to the two&mdash;three if we&rsquo;re really lucky&mdash;times a year these two teams hit the hardwood.</p><p>4. Michigan vs. Ohio State: There&rsquo;s so much hate here that I hate &#39;em both. This <a href="http://www.hbo.com/sports/michigan-vs-ohio-state-the-rivalry/index.html" target="_blank">Big Ten rivalry</a> dates back to 1897.</p><p>5. Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson: The heyday of the NBA is often accredited to these two guys. When Bird and Magic were playing, oftentimes, the games weren&rsquo;t broadcast on television. Nowadays, many people would rather watch a Lakers-Celtics <em>Hardwood Classic</em> over the modern-day spectacle that is the NBA.</p><p>6. Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier: The punching pair fought just three times but their final meeting, known as the &ldquo;Thrilla in Manila&rdquo; featured months on trash talk.</p><p>7. Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe: At last year&rsquo;s U.S. Open, tennis enthusiasts celebrated the 30th anniversary of the match where Johnny Mac finally dethroned Borg and became the No. 1 player in the world. After five years in the top spot, Borg couldn&rsquo;t bear being second best&mdash;he was burned out and retired from tennis at the age of 26.</p><p>8. Martina Navratilova vs. Chrissie Evert: Like Magic and Bird, these two were fierce rivals with great respect for one another&mdash;probably a good thing considering the two faced each other 80 times over the years. From 1975 through 1986, either Evert or Navratilova held the No. 1 ranking at the end of every year. But Navratilova was the ultimate victor, holding Evert to a 43-37 margin.</p><p>9. Cubs vs. Cardinals: Harry Caray may have started his broadcasting career in St. Louis but he most certainly left his heart&mdash;and his legacy&mdash;in Chicago with the Cubbies. In retrospect, former Cardinal Mark McGwire and former Cub Sammy Sosa might not be the perfect poster boys for &ldquo;pure&rdquo; competition&mdash;but the season the two sluggers spent chasing Roger Maris&rsquo; home-run record was one of the most exciting in recent history.</p><p>10. Nancy Kerrigan vs. Tonya Harding: Uhhh&hellip;this one maybe went a little too far. Nancy Kerrigan, favored to win the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, was clubbed after a private session before the competition. With Kerrigan sidelined by the injury, Tonya Harding went on to win in Detroit and secure a spot on the U.S. Olympic team&mdash;and later, of course. her place in sports&rsquo; infamy once her role in the attack was revealed.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uYk0EHgjBys" width="420"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 17 May 2012 16:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/global-allies-gather-chicagos-crosstown-rivals-wage-war-wrigley-99264 NHL Playoffs: The hits just keep on coming http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/nhl-playoffs-hits-just-keep-coming-98386 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Hossa%20hit%20AP%20resize.jpg" title="(AP/File)"></div><p>No one expected to see Marian Hossa back on the ice Thursday night for Game 4 of the Blackhawks' playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes after he left Game 3 strapped to a stretcher. There was, however, some initial uncertainty about whether the NHL would allow the guy who put him on a backboard, Raffi Torres, to lace up his skates. Many of those questions were answered Wednesday when the league suspended Torres indefinitely pending a hearing Friday.</p><p>This is not Torres’ first suspension--and it’s certainly not the first time he’s been accused of playing dirty. Last year, fresh off a four-game suspension for a head hit, Torres delivered a blow to Brent Seabrook’s temple--and Hawk fans haven’t forgotten it or the fact that it went unpunished.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NNonHvqxST0" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The Hawks didn't forget it either.</p><p>“You try to warn your linemates and be aware when [Torres is] on the ice. He’s got a history of targeting guys’ heads and questionable hits. It makes it that much more frustrating to see it happen, but we’ve got to rally behind [Hossa] and move on,” said Hawks forward Patrick Sharp.</p><p>But the hit heard round the ice rink failed to catch the attention of the four officials on duty Tuesday night—and while no penalty was called, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville cried foul when it came to the night’s refereeing.</p><p>"It was a brutal hit," Quenneville said Tuesday. "I saw exactly what happened and it was right in front of me. All four guys missed it. It was hard. The refereeing tonight was a disgrace."</p><p>The feelings in Phoenix are decidedly different. In an interview with the Arizona Republic, Coyotes GM Don Maloney called Torres’ hit a mistake and an error in judgment. Though, he had more choice words when it came to the negative attention Torres is receiving.</p><p>“You would think Raffi murdered a busload of children the way he’s portrayed here in Chicago,” Maloney said.</p><p>So what's happening out there: Are referees seeing less—or are we seeing more violence?</p><p>Through the first seven days of playoffs, nine players were suspended. That’s more than double the total number of suspensions in the entire 2011 postseason. The league and its commissioner, Gary Bettman, has been criticized for being lax on rough play. Bettman got considerable heat for <a href="http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/12/05/sports/100000001200443/gary-bettman.html" target="_blank">an interview</a> with <em>New York Times' </em>reporter John Branch on the role of fighting in hockey and the recent death of enforcer Derek Boogaard.</p><p>On Thursday's <em>Afternoon Shift</em>, ESPN.com senior writer Lester Munson and WBEZ's regular sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout will sit down with WBEZ’s Jason Marck to talk about the uptick in violence.</p><p>And we want to know what you think too: has the game gotten too violent? Or are hard hits all a part of the game?</p><p><strong>To join the conversation, call in today at 2:00 p.m., the number is 312-923-9239. Or jump in on the action at #AfternoonShift. </strong></p></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:55:12 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/nhl-playoffs-hits-just-keep-coming-98386 Bulls' 'Bench Mob' stepping up early http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-26/bulls-bench-mob-stepping-early-95849 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-26/Michael Conroy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Wednesday night's game was a tough loss for the <a href="http://www.nba.com/bulls/" target="_blank">Chicago Bulls</a>. The<a href="http://www.nba.com/pacers/index_main.html" target="_blank"> Indiana Pacers</a> broke Chicago's home winning streak with the 95-90 loss. Despite the final score, the Bulls once again received help from the "Bench Mob." That is the crew of standbys that have been doing less of that lately. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout joined the show to help dissect the game.</p></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-26/bulls-bench-mob-stepping-early-95849 Bulls and Hawks hit a wall as Angelo and Martz hit the road http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-09/bulls-and-hawks-hit-wall-angelo-and-martz-hit-road-95383 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-09/Boozer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/index.html" target="_blank">Bears</a> said goodbye to Jerry Angelo and Mike Martz and the <a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=chc" target="_blank">Cubs</a> traded Carlos Zambrano to the Florida Marlins to be with Ozzie Guillen. And there were tough losses for both the <a href="http://www.nba.com/bulls/" target="_blank">Bulls</a> and the <a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/" target="_blank">Hawks</a> over the weekend. So, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> dove right in with WBEZ's regular sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout.</p><p><em>Music Button: Curumin, "Tudo Bim Malandro", from the album Achados e Perdidos, (Quannum Projects)</em></p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 15:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-09/bulls-and-hawks-hit-wall-angelo-and-martz-hit-road-95383 The best and worst of Chicago sports in 2011 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-22/best-and-worst-chicago-sports-2011-95101 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-22/cutler down resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All week, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> revisited the stories that shaped Chicago's culture and community this year. With so many stories occupying the headlines in 2011, it was hard to pick out the key moments. Because moments are brief--but milestones are more like guideposts that give people permission to pause and think. So Thursday, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> revisited some of the hallmarks from the last year.</p><p>First up, a look back at the year in sports—the highs, the lows; winners and losers--both lovable and not so lovable. <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy sat down with a pair of fans who regularly join <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk shop—Cheryl Raye-Stout and ESPN’s <a href="http://search.espn.go.com/lester-munson/" target="_blank">Lester Munson</a>.</p></p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-22/best-and-worst-chicago-sports-2011-95101 Bears get Tebowed in overtime http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-12/bears-get-tebowed-overtime-94820 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-12/BearsBroncos AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Professional sports has another kind of paywall--salary caps. They limit how much teams can spend on player salaries and can make it difficult for sports teams to change things up or keep them the same. So when players become free agents and head onto the sports market, things can get a bit nutty. Such was the case in the basketball world last Friday with the beginning of free agent signing. The <a href="http://www.nba.com/bulls/" target="_blank">Chicago Bulls</a> have been looking for a shooting guard to help out star player Derrick Rose; and they may have landed an interesting catch. Meanwhile the<a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/index.html" target="_blank"> Chicago Bears</a> could have used someone to help them during Sunday’s last-minute defeat to the <a href="http://www.denverbroncos.com/" target="_blank">Denver Broncos</a>. WBEZ's regular sports reporter, Cheryl Raye-Stout, joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to give insight on both the Bears and the Bulls.</p><p><em>Music Button: Fort Knox Five, "Blowing Up The Spot", from the album The New Gold Standard, (Fort Knox)</em></p></p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 14:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-12/bears-get-tebowed-overtime-94820