It didn't seem like much of anything was going on Tuesday night. Now we know why. All the good stuff in the sporting world was happening Wednesday night: We had Game 1 of the World Series, the Blackhawks playing at home against a good Los Angeles Kings team and the Bulls opening their season down in Oklahoma City.
In case you missed any of it, we'll fill you in on all the action here.
Game 1 of the World Series featured an outstanding pitching matchup. Texas left-hander Cliff Lee, perhaps the best postseason pitcher of this era, was opposed by San Francisco ace right-hander Tim Lincecum.
Most people expected a 2-1 or 3-2 thriller. And, naturally, both pitchers stunk and San Francisco came away with an 11-7 victory. Lee suffered the first postseason loss of his career. Prior to this, he had been 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA in eight playoff starts.
That ERA jumped up to 1.96 after Lee surrendered seven runs, six earned, on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. Lincecum was only somewhat better as he allowed four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Former Sox infielder Juan Uribe capped a six-run rally for the Giants in the fifth inning with a three-run homer off Texas right-hander Darren O'Day. The blast put San Francisco up 8-2, and the Rangers never really got back in the game.
Who knew that game would be a slugfest? You never know in baseball.....
Blackhawks 3, Kings 1
The Blackhawks are still giving up way too many shots against. Marty Turco made 33 saves, including 15 in the third period, to preserve this win for the Hawks. Los Angeles held a 34-28 advantage in shots on goal.
Hawks winger Marian Hossa left the game early in the second period with an undisclosed upper-body injury. No word yet on the severity, but the Hawks can ill afford to lose Hossa, who has been red-hot in the early going with seven goals in his first 11 games.
About the only player hotter than Hossa right now is Hawks forward Patrick Sharp. The veteran scored again Wednesday night, a tally late in the third period that gave the Hawks a much-needed insurance goal. Sharp leads the NHL with nine goals. He has scored at least one goal in six of his last seven games.
Thunder 106, Bulls 95
The Bulls began their season with a loss, but I wasn't really expecting them to win on the road against a talented Oklahoma City team. The game was tied at 82-all going into the fourth quarter, but the Bulls managed just 13 points over the final 12 minutes of the game.
Derrick Rose scored a team-high 28 points, but he had to take 31 shots to get those points. That's too many. Rose is going to need more help offensively until Carlos Boozer (fractured finger) returns to the lineup.
Luol Deng scored just 13 points Wednesday. Not good enough. The Bulls need Deng to score around 20 if they are going to beat quality teams without Boozer. In addition, bench production was lacking. Only four points for Kyle Korver in 15 minutes. Ronnie Brewer was 0 for 6 from the field and had just three points in just over 15 minutes of action. Those guys are capable of more.
Oklahoma City shot 47 free throws in this game. The Bulls shot 22. The Thunder outscored Chicago 38-13 from the stripe. There's your ballgame.