Saturday, January 29, 2011

SCP Author's "Military Time" Ice Show



Sporting Chance Press author Nicolette House is back skating with her ice dancing partner Aidas Reklys in a new ice show that also features Olympic Champion, Ilia Kulek and Olympic Medalist, "Jumpin Joe" Sabovcik. The new show, Military Time, the creation of House-Reklys, follows a soldier's journey as he joins up, heads out for training and then serves--all culminating in the casts' high energy "USO show." Military Time offers high quality figure skating entertainment that is appropriate for all ages.

Nicolette House is the author of Maddie Takes the Ice published by Sporting Chance Press. Maddie is a middle grade novel and an America's Battle of the Books selection for 2011.

Nicolette's new ice show, MILITARY TIME, will be performed on Saturday March 12, 2011 at 8 p.m. at the West Meadows Ice Arena, 3939 Winnetka Circle, Rolling Meadows, IL.
For more information see Ice Talent.

SCP Author on Al Kresta Radio Program


SCP author, Patrick McCaskey, was interviewed on the nationally syndicated Kresta in the Afternoon radio program on Friday January 29, 2011. Kresta's popular radio programs airs on Ave Maria and EWTN radio stations and their syndicates reaching over 120 stations across the country and streaming live.

McCaskey discussed Sports Faith International an initiative he chairs that honors exceptional athletes who lead exemplary lives. SFI honors professional, college and high school level athletes. The Bears Senior Director also discussed his new book, Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout, a person chronicle that looks back at decades of spiritual enrichment and life lessons from athletes, coaches, religious and everyday people.

Kresta image above is from Ave Maria Radio.net

Monday, January 17, 2011

Green Bay Packers’ Coach Mike McCarthy on Bears-Packers NFC Title Game



As we approach the NFC Title game, it's interesting to hear what the coaches are saying. Here's a short piece that summarizes Mike McCarthy's thoughts.

On the Turf:

We're not going to concern ourselves with the turf. It's something you go with every week, every game you play in particularly on the road. You go out early, you make sure you've got the right, proper shoes on.


Approach to the Big Game:

It's hard to get to the championship game. And that's why it's even more important to reinforce what we've been reinforcing to our team, is to stick to who you are. We like our brand of football. We're not going to change the way we approach games, the way we perform in those games.


On the Bears Defense:

They're a good defense, number one. I think the statistics speaks for themselves. It's a system that's been in place there for quite some time, I know since before I even arrived here…that they haven't had any injuries, so they're very much in sync.
On Bears-Packer Title Match
It's really a privilege and honor now to be part of this great history with the playoff game against the Bears. I know it's only the second time it's happened, the 182nd meeting of both teams.


On Bears-Packers Rivalry:

We don't like their team and they don't like [our] team. I get all that. But I respect the way they play. They play the right way. We play the right way. But this is about winning championships… and you have to beat teams like the Chicago Bears [to] achieve that goal. … I think Lovie Smith is an outstanding coach. I think he's a fine gentleman. I don't know him very well on a personal level. But I really enjoy competing against him and his football team.


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bears Quarterback Quiz




As the Bears move into the playoffs, it’s a good time to reflect back on some of the Bears quarterbacks. Here’s a little quiz I made up that includes questions on current and past Bears who played the position. (It's also a good time to buy one of my books.)

1.Who had the highest QB rating for the 2010 Season?
a.Jay Cutler

b.Kyle Orton

c.Rex Grossman


2. Who had the highest QB rating for the 2009 Season?
a.Jay Cutler

b.Kyle Orton

c.Rex Grossman

3. Who was not born in Indiana?
a.Jay Cutler

b.Kyle Orton

c.Rex Grossman

4. Who did not play for the Green Bay Packers?
a. Jim McMahon

b. Bobby Douglass

c. Rex Grossman

5. Who punted in college before getting to start at QB?
a. Jim McMahon

b. Kyle Orton

c. Rex Grossman

6. Who of these three Bears has the highest career total rushing yards?
a. Jim Harbaugh

b. Kordell Stewart

c. Bobby Douglass

7. Who was acquired in a trade that sent Zeke Bratkowski to the Rams?
a. Rudy Buckich

b. Bill Wade

c. Sid Luckman


8. In college, who set his college records for total offense (9,953 yards), touchdown passes (59), pass yards (8,697), pass completions (710), and pass attempts (1,242).?
a. Jay Cutler

b. Jim Harbaugh

c. Rex Grossman

9. Whose father and grandfather played at Indiana University?
a.Jay Cutler

b.Kyle Orton

c.Rex Grossman

10. Who led his college team to four consecutive bowl games?
a.Jay Cutler

b.Kyle Orton

c.Rex Grossman


Bears Quarterback Quiz Answers

1. Who had the highest QB rating for the 2010 Season?
Kyle Orton (87.5) -- Jay Cutler (86.3) Cutler's rating improved greatly in 2010, but he did not catch Orton.

2. Who had the highest QB rating for the 2009 Season?
Kyle Orton (86.8)-- Jay Cutler (76.8)

3. Who was not born in Indiana?
Kyle Orton was born in Iowa, but attended Purdue.

4. Who did not play for the Green Bay Packers?
Rex Grossman has not played for the Green Bay Packers yet.

5. Who punted in college before breaking into the lineup at quaterback?
Jim McMahon. According to the College Hall of Fame, in four years at BYU he had 84 touchdown passes, gained 9,536 yards in passing, had a .616 completion percentage, and averaged 39 yards on punts. He set 80 records at the school, conference, and national levels.

6. Who of these three Bears has the highest career total rushing yards?
Kordell Stewart rushed 2,874 yards in 11 seasons, Jim Harbaugh rushed for 2,787 in 15 seasons and Bobby Douglass rushed for 2,654 in 10 seasons.

7. Who was acquired in a trade that sent Zeke Bratkowski to the Rams??
Bill Wade. Bratkowski would later get picked up by the Packers and would prove invaluable as a backup during the Lombardi era.

8. In college, who set his college records for total offense (9,953 yards), touchdown passes (59), pass yards (8,697), pass completions (710), and pass attempts (1,242).?
Jay Cutler

9. Whose father and grandfather played at Indiana University?
Rex Grossman--Grandfather Rex played quarterback and linebacker for Indiana University from 1945-46 and in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts. His father Rex played quarterback for Indiana from 1970-72

10. Who led his college team to four consecutive bowl games?
Orton started in the 2001, 2002 and 2004 Sun Bowl and the 2003 Capital One Bowl.


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Another Bears' quiz to take here.

The chair photo is of the Dreamseat NFL Leather Recliner, which I have no financial interest in.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pat McCaskey's Sports and Faith Arrives


Bears Senior Director, Patrick McCaskey works with players and staff to continue the faith stewardship and community outreach programs that have been part and parcel of his organization for decades. His new book, Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout is now available. Sports and Faith is McCaskey's spiritual chronicle of athletes and coaches who struggled to make the cut on and off the field — plus people who have left comfortable lives to serve the under-served in many ways. Personal experiences of growing up in an exceptional sports family are also shared.

The spiritual outreach to players is important because athletes often face difficult lifestyle choices and moral challenges. Many professional sports teams work with religious men and women to help players and staff continue their spiritual enrichment. The Chicago Bears bring in speakers and inspiring men and women who share their faith and life-lessons with players. According to the author, “We don’t force feed anyone, but faith is fundamental to our care-taking efforts.” The Bears are also involved in many charities that are directed and supported by amazing people from all walks of life who also find themselves on the pages of McCaskey's book.

Patrick McCaskey is an author and speaker known for his humorous and moving presentations on sports, community and faith. He is chairman of Sports Faith International an initiative that recognizes people who are successful in sports while leading exemplary lives.

Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout is published by Sporting Chance Press of Crystal Lake, Illinois and is available directly from the publisher's web site www.sportingchancepress.com and Catholic/Christian bookstores like St. Peter's Book and Gift Shop on west Madison in the loop, the Christian Shop LTD in Palatine, C and A Inspirations in Champagne and more each day.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Keep the Faith: Bears in Playoffs


I embrace the sports philosophy that you stick with the guy who brought you to the dance. There was a lot of discussion at the end of last season about how the Bears should fire Coach Lovie Smith. Certainly much of that was hyperbole extolled by sports writers and commentators who spin negative stories for ratings and readership more frequently than politicians sling mud at each other. For my money last season was marred by injuries and learning curves more than coaching, but that's another story. It seems today that everyone is trying to hold onto their jobs--life is tough and people get mean.

Coach Smith has just tallied his third Division championship and we have the playoffs to look forward to this year. Not bad. One reporter called it a miracle finish for Smith. Miracles do happen when you keep the faith.

What happens if one miracle isn't followed by another? While there are those who think that anything less than a Super Bowl win is a losing season, most fans think otherwise. A good year is a good year. Let's hope this year just gets better.

We'll see what happens next.


Photo is of the Miracle Windows at Cantebary Cathedral.