Saturday, February 28, 2015

Crisis in Chicago

Chicago loses two most powerful forces

By: Ellen Buckley 

With Derrick Rose out with a torn meniscus and Patrick Kane leaving Tuesday’s game with a broken collarbone, it is still to be determined when the two best Chicago athletes will be back in action. 

When the news about Rose reached social media outlets and Bulls fans everywhere, you could hear a resounding, AGAIN? Unfortunately, Rose has been traumatized by knee injuries ever since the end of the 2012 season. Rose suffered an ACL tear in his left knee during a playoff game that took him out of the entire 2012-2013 season.  With hopes high for his return for the 2013-2014 season, during the 10th game, he tore his right meniscus.  If that wasn’t enough to give him the name “Rose-petal”, his most recent injury exemplifies his fragility. After complaints from Rose about knee pain, an MRI confirmed the worst. It seems history has repeated itself and D-Rose is due for surgery on his right knee to repair his torn meniscus, again. 

Doctors are hopeful for his return this season but no predictions on the timeframe have been made.

More hopeful but still serious, Patrick Kane, arguably NHL’s best player right now, left the game during the first period of the Blackhawks Panthers game. What looked like an awkward check to the boards from behind, Kane broke his collarbone.  The most recent update is that we should expect a return in about 6-10 weeks.  A loss like this for the Blackhawks could be detrimental to their future games and possible playoff run.  With the hawks performing at an average or below average level as of late, this is a void they will have trouble trying to fill.   

Chicagoans and sports fans everywhere will pay a lot of money to watch Rose and Kane play which makes these injuries troublesome for many.  We can only hope the eventual return of #1 and #88 will bring more excitement, fewer injuries, and quality entertainment for all.

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