WBEZ | bulls http://www.wbez.org/tags/bulls Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: The uncertainty of planning for retirement http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-11-04/morning-shift-uncertainty-planning-retirement-109070 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Retirement Flickr 401(K) 2013.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We talk with a financial planner about why so many middle-class Americans says they&#39;ll never be able to retire. We also check in how Chicago&#39;s Bulls, &#39;Hawks and Bears are faring. And, a look at the connection between race, class, and fashion.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-uncertainty-of-planning-for-reti/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-uncertainty-of-planning-for-reti.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-uncertainty-of-planning-for-reti" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: The uncertainty of planning for retirement" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-11-04/morning-shift-uncertainty-planning-retirement-109070 Humane Society calls for USDA investigation of Chicago Bull Run http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/humane-society-calls-usda-investigation-chicago-bull-run-108334 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Bull Run_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Humane Society says an upcoming Chicago Bull Run needs a license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but organizers say otherwise.</p><p>The event involves bulls chasing thrill seekers around a fenced track.</p><p>The Humane Society contends that organizers do not have a USDA license that ensures the safety of both animals and the public.</p><p>John Goodwin is The Humane Society&rsquo;s Director of Animal Cruelty Policy.</p><p>&rdquo;Why would we put animals in harm&rsquo;s way when we have more entertainment options available to us today than in any point in human history?&rdquo; Goodwin said.</p><p>Rob Dickens is the co-founder and chief operating officer of The Great Bull Run.</p><p>&rdquo;What happens with this company is that they supply bulls to rodeos,&rdquo; Dickens said. &ldquo;They transport bulls all over the U.S. for this purpose and so it&rsquo;s that country that requires all those licenses by transporting these animals.&rdquo;</p><p>Goodwin says that a lack of license prevents the USDA from inspecting the event.</p><p>The Humane Society has called for the USDA to investigate bull runs around the country.</p><p><em>Lee Jian Chung is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/jclee89" target="_blank">@jclee89.</a></em></p></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/humane-society-calls-usda-investigation-chicago-bull-run-108334 Great Bull Run to pit thrill-seekers against bulls in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/great-bull-run-pit-thrill-seekers-against-bulls-chicago-108296 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Bull Run.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>About 750 people have already signed up for Chicago&rsquo;s bull run next year.</p><p>Next year, Chicago will host an event modeled after the &lsquo;Running of the Bulls&rsquo; in Pamplona, Spain.</p><p>Chicago&rsquo;s bull run will take place at the Hawthorne Race Course and will include 24 bulls chasing participants around a quarter-mile track.</p><p>Rob Dickens is the The Great Bull Run&rsquo;s co-founder and chief operating officer. His company organized similar events throughout the country, beginning in Virginia later this month.</p><p>He said they are doing their best to keep people safe, but he&rsquo;s not making any promises.</p><p>&ldquo;When you think about it, what is a rodeo?&rdquo; Dickens said, &ldquo;A rodeo is a human strapped to a bull&rsquo;s back. A very, very big and aggressive bull, and we allow that all the time and this is really no different. They accept that as what makes the event exciting. You know, you remove the danger then you remove the entire point of the event.&rdquo;</p><p>Dickens says their event will use tame bulls and scalable fences.</p><p>The bulls will come&nbsp;from a ranch in Kentucky and Dickens hopes the same ones will return every year.</p><p><em>Lee Jian Chung is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/jclee89" target="_blank">@jclee89</a></em></p><p><em></em><em>Correction: A previous version of this story contained an incorrect origin for the bulls in the run. The bulls will come from a ranch in Kentucky.</em></p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 08:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/great-bull-run-pit-thrill-seekers-against-bulls-chicago-108296 Blackhawks (and fans) rest up, Bulls memories and Bears camp http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/blackhawks-and-fans-rest-bulls-memories-and-bears-camp-107695 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Lions%20hockey%20Scott%20eisen.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Blackhawks own the town this weekend. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)" />Had enough rest after game one of the Stanley Cup Finals? Everyone has one more day before the Blackhawks and Bruins get back into action at the United Center. The teams will hold workouts and look to make any adjustments. This match-up could be one for the ages. The national and local television ratings are the highest in 16 years. It is great to still hear Eddie Olczyk, but it is a shame it is without Pat Foley.</p><p>I suggest listening to the game action on WGN Radio or WGN online. John Wiedeman and Troy Murray do a terrific job on the broadcast. John&rsquo;s play by play is really astounding, crisp, accurate and very exciting, coupled with the former Hawks Murray, they are an underrated pair doing radio sports in Chicago.&nbsp;The Hawks own the attention in Chicago this weekend. Both the White Sox and Cubs are on the road. This has been an abysmal year on both sides of Chicago baseball.</p><p><strong>Remember when the Bulls owned this month?</strong></p><p>June use to be a great month for NBA Finals for Chicago. Twice on this day the Bulls won NBA Championships: beating Portland in 1992 and Utah in 1998. &nbsp;</p><p>The game against the Trailblazers was one of the most unbelievable comebacks. The Bulls were down by 15 in the fourth&nbsp;quarter and Phil Jackson put all bench players, like Bobby Hansen, into the game. They went on a 14-2 run and earned their second title with a 97-93 final.</p><p>The 1998 NBA Championship was Michael Jordan&#39;s last game in a Bulls uniform and the sixth and final title. Jordan went out in style: the Bulls were down by one and Jordan stole the ball and scored the winning bucket with 5.2 seconds left it gave the Bulls an 87-86 win over Utah.</p><p>After the game, some of the Chicago media was around when the Jazz Stadium crew was dismantling the floor and baskets. A pair of scissors gave us an opportunity to get a piece of the netting from the basket that Michael made his final basket. &nbsp;At the time, we had no idea that it would be his final shot ever as a Bull.</p><p><strong>Football on a break</strong></p><p>The Bears wrapped up a mandatory mini-camp this week. New head coach Marc Trestman believes the team is absorbing his playbook. It was hard to tell from the sidelines what strides the Bears have made. We&rsquo;ll know more when they put on the pads in Bourbonnais next month. That will also be the first time since rookie camp the team&rsquo;s number one draft pick Kyle Long will be able to join them. Because of NCAA regulations, Long has had to wait until his school semester is finished. However, he was in town all week. Kyle likes to tweet a lot about his whereabouts.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a>&nbsp;</em></p></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/blackhawks-and-fans-rest-bulls-memories-and-bears-camp-107695 Phil Jackson chats about his book and the Bulls http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/phil-jackson-chats-about-his-book-and-bulls-107348 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_phil_jackson_tony_gutierrez.jpg" style="height: 233px; width: 350px; float: right;" title="Author Phil Jackson has no plans to coach again. (AP)" />It has been 15 years since Phil Jackson rode out on his motorcycle and ended his coaching career in Chicago. He continued his success after his six Bulls NBA Championships with the Lakers and earned five more rings. Now at the age of 67, he has authored a new book aptly titled, &quot;Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.&quot;</p><p>Jackson held court about his new book at the <a href="http://media.apps.chicagotribune.com/secondscreen/phil-jackson-interview-with-k-c-johnson:-chicago-tribune-printers-row-live-event/index.html" target="_blank">Trib Nation&#39;s Printers Row</a> session conducted by the Chicago Tribune&#39;s beat reporter K.C. Johnson. An audience of dignitaries, including new Bears head coach Marc Trestman, and a large group of fans filled the Palmer House Hilton Ballroom. Before the event, I was privileged to be granted a one-on-one with the &ldquo;Zen master&rdquo; himself-Phil Jackson.&nbsp;</p><p>The essence of the book is found in the subtitle, The Soul of Success.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;[It&#39;s about] trusting, nurturing your spiritual side and allowing that side to be part of your business life,&rdquo; Jackson said.</p><p>What the former NBA coach found interesting was the focus of some reviewers is centered on the fact that he &ldquo;finally&rdquo; sided with one of his superstars, Michael Jordan, over another, Kobe Bryant. Jackson said he was not saying one was better or best, but different and great. He attributes it to the way our society measures success &ldquo;winners take all and losers lick their wounds&rdquo; and Jackson says some his most successful seasons came from losing.</p><p>Of course, the bulk of our conversation was about the Bulls, both past and present. Jackson appreciated the terrific play from his big time stars: Michael Jordan&rsquo;s heroics, Scottie Pippen&rsquo;s flashes of brilliances and Dennis Rodman&rsquo;s rebounding. He found a true appreciation for the &ldquo;little things&rdquo; such as Jud Buechler and Steve Kerr having the opportunity to hit a big three-pointer. Jackson pointed out the fact those two bench players and others had a high level of professionalism to play the roles they were given.</p><p>As the conversation steered towards this current Bulls team, he mentioned the team&rsquo;s injuries have been an impediment. Additionally, he believes presently the Bulls don&rsquo;t have &ldquo;all the pieces&rdquo; yet. Jackson was complimentary to the high level of play by Jimmy Butler and Marco Belinelli. He looks at how well his former player, now team President, John Paxson has assembled the team, especially with all the salary cap implications.</p><p>Looking at this Bulls roster, I had to ask Jackson if there are one or two players he would like to coach. The first player he mentioned was center Joakim Noah.</p><p>&ldquo;He is a player that is really good on a ball club he leads the team through his energy and his vocal capabilities,&rdquo; &nbsp;Jackson said.</p><p>There were two other Bulls he brought up: Nate Robinson and the way he could win <em>or</em> lose a game but inspire a team and Kirk Hinrich&#39;s overall play.</p><p>Needless to say, there was one other player to discuss: Derrick Rose. Jackson believes you have to trust a player&rsquo;s instincts about their physical and mental status, otherwise he could have a &ldquo;misstep&rdquo; that could be more detrimental to the player&rsquo;s career.</p><p>As to Jackson&#39;s career and a possible return as a NBA coach, he maintains that is not in his future.</p><p>&ldquo;My intention is not to coach,&rdquo; Jackson said with one caveat. &ldquo;My finance Jeanie Buss says whenever you have to answer that, say, Jeanie Buss thinks I can still coach.&rdquo;</p><p>There is no doubt he could, however, the travel and physical ailments are a huge roadblock in his mind.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame&nbsp;</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 24 May 2013 18:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/phil-jackson-chats-about-his-book-and-bulls-107348 More than Derrick Rose's injuries need to heal http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/more-derrick-roses-injuries-need-heal-107224 <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/rsz_1derrick_rose_rick_bowman.jpg" style="float: right; height: 427px; width: 300px;" title="Not returning to the Bulls lineup has caused ill will for Derrick Rose. (AP/File)" />There is plenty of time for the Bulls to heal all their various ailments after losing the series to Miami. In the case of Derrick Rose, he has some other wounds that need to be repaired between now and when he returns to play next year.</div><p>The anger directed at Rose for not returning this season after major ACL knee surgery was frankly, unbelievable.&nbsp; There were definite mistakes made concerning the prospect of the Bulls guard&rsquo;s return to game time action. His shoe company even did a video &quot;The Return&quot; to highlight the rehabbing Rose was doing after he was given the green light.&nbsp;</p><p>At media day in early October, Rose sounded hopeful that he would be able to join the team during the season. At no time, publicly, did Derrick Rose or the Bulls ever give a hard date. It was all speculation that drove the story, lit a smoldering fire and turned into a firestorm once months passed.&nbsp;</p><p>The silence of Rose and his camp of handlers muddied the waters. When there were &quot;on the record&quot; quotes, it was Rose&rsquo;s brother/manager Reggie that caused the biggest stir. He inferred that there were other issues than his brother&rsquo;s health (like the quality of the team&rsquo;s roster) that was impeding his comeback. Eventually, Rose did give a lengthy interview with a national paper and from time to time spoke with the media, but nothing was settled.</p><p>A report from ESPN.com writer Melissa Isaacson in March indicating that doctors cleared Rose to play stirred the pot. Once that news was out, it was assumed that he would soon be announced in the players&rsquo; introductions for a game, but that never materialized.</p><p>Rose did practice with the team, but the Bulls did not have many full team scrimmages at this point. With all the team ailments, film sessions and free throw shooting filled most of the practice time. Most scrimmages involved under-used players.</p><p>During every interview, coach Tom Thibodeau was asked about his star player and the answer was optimistic but never definite.</p><p>As playoffs approached the tide of public opinoin turned against Rose. Everyone became an expert on what was best for him. Many argued he owed it to the Bulls to return. Some want the Bulls to trade him.</p><p>Last season the Chicago native suffered one injury after another, tried to play through it and was felled by the devastating one. Forget that the injury is scary for a young player that does things on the court most can only dream about. People have questioned his heart and his courage.</p><p>A few weeks ago, Rose was in the hallway of the United Center and I asked him if he was hearing or reading the negative comments. He said no. Maybe he hasn&rsquo;t, but he likely has some knowledge that his reputation has been marred.&nbsp;</p><p>The reaction to him not playing is more apt for a player who has committed a major crime. Not for one trying to be completely healed in his mind and his body.&nbsp;</p><p>What has been a problem was how it was handled. There should have been more transparency about the situation. Maybe the Bulls could have taken the decision out of Rose&rsquo;s hands once the season was winding down. Maybe they did, but strategically they allowed teams to think a Rose return could make it difficult to game plan.</p><p>It would have been advantageous to have a media session with the doctors, Rose and the front office to answer the whispers out loud. Hopefully, lessons were learned by everyone involved in this situation.</p><p>It will be a long summer and fall before we can expect to actually see Rose on the court. If it is the pre-season, it won&rsquo;t even be in the U.S. The first game is in Brazil. That doesn&rsquo;t really matter, once he steps on the court and drives to the basket and lands on his feet, he and the fans should feel better. If the fans still don&rsquo;t forgive him, Rose should close his social media accounts.</p><p>Derrick Rose hasn&#39;t deserved the condemnation and I look forward to seeing him again on the court exciting the fans whostayed in his corner.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></em></p></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/more-derrick-roses-injuries-need-heal-107224 Bulls' hope fades, Blackhawks take on Red Wings http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/bulls-hope-fades-blackhawks-take-red-wings-107169 <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/rsz_bulls_fans_nam_y_huh_0.jpg" style="float: right; height: 260px; width: 350px;" title="Bulls fans are glum about the team's chances against Miami. (AP/File)" />The depleted, ailing Chicago Bulls are one game from starting summer vacation. Down three games to one to the Miami Heat, it feels as though the end is near. It has felt that way since early in Game Three when the listless Bulls could not muster the strength to avoid a lopsided loss to the defending NBA Champions.</div><p>This isn&rsquo;t a small hill the Bulls face to get back in this series. It is the Rocky Mountains. You could see it in the eyes of the players in the locker room following Monday&rsquo;s game.</p><p>They didn&#39;t concede anything, but slumped back in their chairs. At this point, the Bulls cannot compete in the same stratosphere as LeBron James and his teammates. Missing players have forced others to carry a load that is too heavy.</p><p>It really is amazing they were able to stun Miami in Game One. Since then, the Heat adjusted defense and took advantage of their size to trap Bulls guard Nate Robinson. The physical play in the first three games was missing in the last contest. The Bulls may try to pull out all the stops tonight. This is a team that would love to go down swinging.&nbsp;</p><p>Dwayne Wade&#39;s sore knee may force him to miss Game Five, but it doesn&#39;t matter at this point. He wasn&rsquo;t a factor in last game. The Heat is alreadly looking forward to the winner of the Knicks-Pacers series and will need Wade moving to the next round.</p><h2><strong>Better chances for the Blackhawks</strong></h2><p>Bulls fans may be gloomy, but Blackhawks fans heading to the United Center have high expectations as second round action against the Detroit Red Wings. You can&rsquo;t fault the Chicago hockey crowd for being giddy. This is a series that oozes great drama and of course, there will be the ever-present &#39;Detroit sucks!&#39; chant.</p><p>If there is one player with a smile on his face knowing the Wings are next it is Corey Crawford. The Hawk goalie is 11-2-2 lifetime against them with a 1.82 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.</p><p>It has been a long time since the Blackhawks played, so recent practices have been important to keep focused for the challenge at hand.</p><p>It will be a quicker-paced series than Minnesota. Detroit has been resilient: getting into the playoffs, then forcing and winning a game 7 on the road.&nbsp; The Red Wings have two big-time stars Pavel Dansyuk and Henri Zetterberg who will challenge the Hawks. Of course, the Hawks have plenty of stars and are healthy.</p><p>The Red Wings have been the cream of the crop for years. Heck, the city is known as Hockey Town. These two teams&nbsp;met in the post season four years ago for the Western Conference Final. There were three overtime games and Detroit took the series in five games. This will be the last time Detroit will be in the Western Conference, so in the future the Hawks can only meet them in the Stanley Cup Final.</p><p>Nothing is better than these two Original Six teams doing battle with so much at stake.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></em></p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/bulls-hope-fades-blackhawks-take-red-wings-107169 Playoff ride continues for Bulls and Blackhawks http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/playoff-ride-continues-bulls-and-blackhawks-107134 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_1lebron_charles_rex_arbogat_2s.jpg" style="height: 377px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Physical play has been big in the Bulls-Heat series. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" />It is not an overstatement to say the Bulls face a must win game Monday night against Miami. Chicago is down two games to one, and it is likely going to be another physical, tough game at the United Center.</p><p>It has also been a costly series for the Bulls so far. Coach Tom Thibodeau is $35,000 dollars lighter after his negative comments about the officiating last Friday. Taj Gibson had to cough up $25,000 for his dispute with referees in the second game.</p><p>There have been three Bulls players ejected from the last couple of games. The perception is this is a whiny Bulls team. When you look at everything they have dealt with this year, it is more like they are fighting to stay alive in the playoffs.</p><p>Nothing has been easy for them and facing the Miami Heat that is healthy and loaded with talent has been difficult. The hurdles they have dealt with would have weakened the resolve of most teams. The Bulls can not afford to lose the war with the officials. They must remain level-headed.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Luol Deng is still struggling with his health after his spinal tap. Kirk Hinrich is not seeing much improvement on his bruised calf. Of course, you have to mention (and would rather not) Derrick Rose is unavailable.</p><p>Can this Bulls team win another game in this series?</p><p>You cannot rule them out, but they are treading on thin ice if they don&rsquo;t win tonight. Being home and knowing they were in the game last Friday magnifies the urgency to take advantage of favorable opportunities.</p><p>Having two days off between games may help the Bulls. At this point, you have to grasp at straws to find any positives.</p><h2><strong>Bring on the Red Wings</strong></h2><p>The Chicago Blackhawks now know who they will meet next in the Stanley Cup playoffs.</p><p>Late Sunday night the Detroit Red Wings finished a seven game series on the road in Anaheim with a 3-2 win. What a great matchup in the second round: two of the original six NHL teams meeting. It&rsquo;s particularly interesting because next season Detroit will move to the Eastern Conference.</p><p>The Hawks have home ice advantage and the first two games of this series will be played at the United Center. During the regular season, the Hawks beat the Red Wings in all four meetings. Since finishing off their first round series last Thursday, the Hawks have been able to mix rest with intense practices. Intensity was the magic word used by players at their practice on Saturday. Knowing it is Detroit will make it easy to dial it up a notch entering the next round.</p><p>The Hawks will have more players at their disposal. Coach Quenneville says he will have Ray Emery and Dave Bolland back from injuries.&nbsp; Bolland is known as someone who can get under the skin of his opponent.</p><p>Emery&rsquo;s return is good insurance to back up Corey Crawford between the pipes. Crawford is coming off a stellar first round and to have the Hawk fans back in his corner is an added bonus. There is no question that Crawford is more confident having that first series win under his belt. But if he falters (which seems unlikely), Quenneville will not hesitate to go with Emery.</p><p>It will be interesting to see if the Red Wings are worn down from their seven game series or if they have momentum from their series opener. Either way the Blackhawks will be ready, willing and able to meet the Detroit Red Wings. This is match-up the fans will definitely love. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a>&nbsp;</em></p></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/playoff-ride-continues-bulls-and-blackhawks-107134 Chicago Bulls prepare for Miami Heat, Blackhawks beat Wild http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/chicago-bulls-prepare-miami-heat-blackhawks-beat-wild-107116 <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/rsz_1joakim-miami_tech_lynne_shadkey.jpg" style="height: 221px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Chicago Bulls hope to have cooler heads tonight when they take on the Miami Heat. (AP/File)" />Stay classy, Chicago fans. Game three of the NBA playoff series tips off at the United Center Friday night.</div><p>With the Bulls and Heat knotted at a game apiece, most of the attention should be on the series. But antics and injuries off the court are garnering plenty of interest.</p><p>The Bulls had two players, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, ejected in the enormous 115-78 loss to Miami. As Noah was walking through the exit in the American Airlines Arena, one of the fans bluntly showed her displeasure with the Bulls center. <a href="http://deadspin.com/the-bird-flipping-miami-fan-was-once-accused-of-murderi-498713885">Filomena Tobias</a> flipped off Noah and the image went viral. This is not new. Several years ago the Chicago Sun-Times had a back page photo of a Bears fan doing that to players walking through the tunnel. I remember because it was my son&#39;s grade school gym teacher doing the gesture.</p><p>The Miami fan story shielded the Bulls from their crushing defeat by LeBron James and the Heat on Wednesday night. It must have felt like a freight train for the Bulls as James did what most people expected after losing the opener: he took over. The physical play was brutal and the officiating was a big factor, with nine technical fouls and two players ejected.</p><p>Friday the Bulls can expect the same tone from the NBA&nbsp;defending champions. Since the Heat formula is to be rough and tough, the Bulls have to play smart in response. They cannot lose their cool and they must still move the ball on offense. You can bet the officials will be calling this game close. That may make it harder on the Bulls since they are so undermanned and can&#39;t afford any players to get into foul trouble.</p><p>Two of the ailing Bulls, Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich, were at Thursday&rsquo;s limited workout. It was mostly a film session (more like a horror film).&nbsp;It was the first day Deng has been able to get out of bed after an illness and severe side effects from a spinal tap procedure.</p><p>How bad has this past week been for the Bulls All-Star? Deng lost at least fifteen pounds, suffers headaches with too much movement and looks weak. Deng admitted he was frightened since he had many issues with bodily functions, speaking and walking. It&#39;s doubtful Deng will play for a while.&nbsp;</p><p>Hinrich&#39;s bruised calf is still causing him to walk gingerly and will likely keep him planted on the bench next to Derrick Rose. Of course, there are tons of rumors about the former MVP return and people are becoming more vicious by the day. It is extremely doubtful Rose will suit up.</p><h2><strong>Blackhawks slam door on Minnesota Wild</strong></h2><p>The Blackhawks slammed the door on the Minnesota Wild 5-1 to take the series four games to one Thursday. What a huge series for Corey Crawford. He played tough and atoned for early first round exits the past two seasons. Last night when Crawford made some terrific saves the fans chanted his name.</p><p>The heroes of the night, besides Crawford, were Marian Hossa scoring two goals, one each for Marcus Krueger and Andrew Shaw (his first career playoff goal). Patrick Sharp had a 3rd period 5-on-3 power play goal and finished with five goals&nbsp;for the series.</p><p>The penalty kill was again brilliant they denied the Wild twice on the power play and all 17 times for the series.</p><p>The Blackhawks will play either San Jose or Detroit after the Western Conference playoff series.</p><p>One thing we know for sure, round two will open at the United Center for the first two games and this Hawks team will be rested and ready.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout </a>and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a></em></p></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 00:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/chicago-bulls-prepare-miami-heat-blackhawks-beat-wild-107116 Bulls odds improving after Game 1 upset http://www.wbez.org/news/bulls-odds-improving-after-game-1-upset-107090 <p><p>After a surprising Game-1 win against the Miami Heat Monday night, the Bulls&rsquo; odds seemed to be improving. But before what some have called the playoff upset of the decade, the battered Bulls were hardly a safe bet.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bulls2.jpg" style="float: left;" title="Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer dunks the ball against Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Bulls lead the series 1-0. (AP/File)" />The Heat are the reigning champions and overwhelming favored to repeat.<br /><br />In a ceremony before Monday night&rsquo;s game, LeBron James was named the league&rsquo;s most valuable player for the fourth time in five years.</p><p>The only player to interrupt his reign was Derrick Rose.</p><p>But Rose didn&rsquo;t play in Game 1...or any other matchup this season.</p><p>And yet the Bulls managed to knock King James &ndash;&nbsp;and oddsmakers &ndash;&nbsp;off their game Monday night.</p><p>In fact, Miami was so favored to win the series that in order to win a single dollar off a bet in their favor, you&rsquo;d have to put up $30. Again, to win a dollar...you&rsquo;d have to bet 30.</p><p>But then the Bulls won--and the odds began to change.</p><p>&ldquo;A lot of people are betting on the Bulls tonight with the points...it&rsquo;s a lot of points, with 12 points. One book said it&rsquo;s like 80 percent of the bets so far were on the Bulls,&rdquo; David Purdum explained.</p><p>Purdum covers the sports-betting industry for<a href="http://www.OddsShark.com"> OddsShark.com</a>. He said the Bulls odds may still improve if they can get healthy. But, that some players&rsquo; return is more impactful than others.</p><p>&ldquo;Luol Deng coming back would even surpass the impact on the line that Derrick Rose, if he was to decide to play. You just don&rsquo;t know what you&rsquo;re going to get out of Rose,&rdquo; said Purdum.</p><p>Rose and Deng have both been ruled out for Wednesday&rsquo;s game.</p><p>But here&rsquo;s to Bull-ieving...</p><p><em>Katie O&rsquo;Brien is a WBEZ reporter and producer. Follow her <a href="http://www.twitter.com/katieobez">@katieobez</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 18:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/bulls-odds-improving-after-game-1-upset-107090