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Cutler to make his pitch on the South Side

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If we had any photo doctoring skills at all, we'd get a picture of Jay Cutler in a Cubs jersey throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field and put him in a Sox jersey. But we don't possess those talents, so we'll just let you know this way that Cutler is scheduled to take the mound on the South Side.

The White Sox announced that the new Bears quarterback will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday night before their game with the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field.

*** Former Whitney Young star Russell Maryland is teaming together with Bears tight end Greg Olsen to support a scholarship fundraiser for their school--the University of Miami.

Maryland will be honored at a dinner May 28 at the Metropolitan Club at Sears Tower in the 11th annual Chicago Scholarship Classic. Olsen is scheduled to appear along with Miami head coach Randy Shannon, other members of his staff and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ted Hendricks. The event will be emceed by Bryan Dolgin of WMVP AM-1000. He is a 1997 graduate of the school. A golf outing will follow May 29 at Oakbrook Country Club in Oak Brook at 1 p.m.

For more information and tickets visit www.chicago-canes.org.

*** Former Bears Pro Bowl left tackle Jimbo Covert has been selected for induction into the WPIAL Hall of Fame. That's the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic League. Stan Musial will be joining him in the third class to be inducted. How Musial, or Covert for that matter, were passed over for the first two classes makes us scratch our head.

*** To some actual football news ... it looks like veteran wide receiver Kelley Washington will land with Baltimore or Washington, but Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times writes that the Bears held discussions with agent Chad Speck about the player. Whether that was Speck calling the Bears or the Bears calling Speck, we don't know. General manager Jerry Angelo said after drafting three wide receivers that he was less inclined to seek help in free agency at the position.

*** Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News lists Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett as one of 10 second-year offensive players that needs to step up in the league. He lumps Bennett in with a few players who were injured as rookies, including Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall and Dallas running back Felix Jones.

We'll be getting to Four Down Territory a little later on today, and we'll take a look at an issue on the offensive side of the ball. Check back.

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I'm surprised that Chris Williams wasn't listed in the Sporting News article. He did nothing last year and a lot more was expected from him than Bennett. I guess Shaffer is insurance for Williams, but with Pace being a short term solution (hopefully), Williams really needs to step up this year.

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