Friday facts you may have missed

NFL

  1. Chicago Bear President and CEO, Ted Phillips, will be retiring at the end of this season after 40 years at the helm. There seems to be a mixed reaction but most of the frustrated Bears fans have expressed their happiness regarding his departure. In a statement on Friday Phillips said :

“Every day has been a true pleasure and being surrounded by so many talented and wonderful people has made my job richly rewarding on many levels. I will always bleed blue and orange and forever be proud to be a part of the Chicago Bears family.”
BREAKING: President and CEO of the Bears Ted Phillips is FINALLY RETIRING. Glory be! pic.twitter.com/3y3N5oT17W — Barstool Chicago (@barstoolchicago) September 2, 2022

  1. Pittsburg Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin remains tight lipped about who will be the starting quarterback come week 1. Rookie Kenny Pickett isn’t saying anything if he does in fact know who it will be, but he does not seem to be concerned at all with the answer. He has repeatedly expressed that he is focused on getting better that is his only job.

Highest passer rating among all rookies in a single preseason since 2015: 1. @KennyPickett10 (138.6)@steelers fans you got a good one 👏 pic.twitter.com/o5GymUBqWo — NFL GameDay (@NFLGameDay) August 25, 2022

  1. Jared Bernhardt, former college lacrosse star turned NFL wide receiver just this past May has made the initial 53 man roster of the Atlanta Falcons. Wide receiver coach T.J. Yates has this to say about the 6-foot-1 athlete :

“You look at the background, you look at the pedigree, you look at all these different things and then you take a chance on him, and then you throw him in OTAs and he’s doing OK, and as soon as we got to training camp, he just took off.”
Falcons WR Jared Bernhardt – who won the Tewaarton Award as the best lacrosse player in the country in 2021 – has made the team’s initial 53-man roster. He started playing WR in May. One of the coolest stories in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/vZ4ww8AO5T — Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 30, 2022

NHL

  1. The Vancouver Canucks have signed J.T. Miller to a new 7-year contract carrying an average annual value of $8 million. Miller is under contract for this coming season on his previous contract which will give them a $5.25 million cap hit. Jim Rutherford, President of hockey operations for the Canucks said :

“You have to take some risk, for what J.T. has done, what he’s capable of doing, we just felt it was worth that. He’s a good player, he wants to be here. He’ll figure out a way to contribute in the latter stages of that contract.”
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that the club has agreed to terms with center J.T. Miller on a 7-year contract worth a total $56 million. pic.twitter.com/UuW2G4xhOC — Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) September 2, 2022

  1. The Winnipeg Jets signed veteran center Sam Gagner to a 1-year pact worth $750,000. Gagner spent the last 2 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.

F Sam Gagner will wear jersey number 89 for the Winnipeg Jets. Number never worn before in team history. #GoJetsGo pic.twitter.com/NFaKdkobvi — NHL Jersey Numbers (@NHLNewNumbers) September 3, 2022

  1. The Dallas Stars signed restricted free-agent goaltender Jake Oettinger to a 3-year contract worth $4 million a season. Stars general manager Jim Nill had this to say about Oettinger when asked :

“Jake’s performance spoke for itself last season. He has elite physical ability and presence in the net, while also exhibiting phenomenal mental strength in high-pressure situations. Jake’s poise and character off the ice have made him a leader in our locker room. He has shown that he has the skill, work ethic, and poise to excel at the NHL level. He was a key part of the team’s success last season, and we’re excited to see him continue to grow here in Dallas.”
🦦 OTTER IS BACK 🦦 We have signed Jake Oettinger to a three-year contract through the 2024-25 season. — Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 1, 2022

MLB

  1. San Diego Padres right-hander Yu Darvish made baseball history on Friday at Dodger Stadium. Darvish’s 6th strikeout on Friday was the 3,000th of his career, he got Cody Bellinger on a check-swing. This includes his time in both Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.

Congratulations to Yu Darvish for 3,000 professional strikeouts (Japan + MLB)! pic.twitter.com/mgKJ3b7vo5 — Talking Friars (@TalkingFriars) September 3, 2022

  1.  Minnesota Twins starter Sonny Gray left Friday’s game against the Chicago White Sox siting right hamstring tightness. The right-hander gave up 2 runs and 5 hits before his 4th inning exit.

Sonny Gray 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, (59P/40S), Friday Night against the White Sox #MNTwins #VandyBoys — GSH (@gman416) September 3, 2022

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