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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Suspended Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo gets no ‘leeway’ from NHL

10.31.11 at 7:40 am ET
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WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

Dan Carcillo, in his first season with the Blackhawks after proudly serving as an instigator with the Flyers, was suspended two games by the league for a check from behind on Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen on Friday night. As Rob Blake — from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety — explains in the video below, Carcillo was suspended in part because “he has been fined and suspended multiple times in his NHL career.”

“There’s not too much leeway for me in this league,” Carcillo told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Maybe [I should] give some serious thought into changing my last name or something.”

♦ Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh requested a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell to talk about why he keeps getting fined, and he’ll get it on Tuesday. “To me it’s just an opportunity to go out there and have good dialogue, see what I can take from that meeting,” Suh said after the Lions routed the Broncos Sunday. “If it’s nothing it’s nothing, if it’s something good, then it’s something good.”

However, Suh didn’t sound like he had an open mind about it. Asked what the league doesn’t get about him, Suh said, “I have no clue, that’s why we’re having a meeting. I’m not changing my game. My game has gotten me to where I am right now. I’m only planning on building off of things I have accomplished.”

♦ The cornfield/baseball diamond in Iowa used in the movie “Field of Dreams” is being sold to an investment group led by a Chicago couple that plans to keep the baseball field and add others to be used for training and tournaments.

“We really have been aware all these years that the field has to grow in some capacity,” said Becky Lansing, who lived on the farm with her husband, Don. “We have done what we needed to do with the field. We nurtured and protected it and allowed the field to become all it is meant to be.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 31, 2004, the Patriots’ 18-game regular-season winning streak was ended with a 34-20 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh. The Pats lost only one other game that season, going 14-2 and winning their third Super Bowl. Which other team beat them?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We just didn’t execute very well on offense. I don’t think we complemented our defense real well. The first quarter, we had an opportunity to go answer their score and we go three-and-out. There were too many three-and-outs. There was just a poor level of execution all around.” – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, after Sunday’s 25-17 loss to the Steelers

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 – Scoring drives of 10 plays or more for the Steelers Sunday

‘NET RESULTS: A fan runs on a soccer field in Romania during a game and punches Ploiesta’s George Galamaz in the head before being subdued.

BYU quarterback Riley Nelson high-fives a referee who is signaling a touchdown in Friday night’s game against TCU.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The Dolphins, 29-28, on Dec. 20 in Miami

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tom Paxton turns 74 Monday.

Read More: Dan Carcillo, Field of Dreams, Ndamukong Suh, Rob Blake