Good Thursday morning, Illinois. Chicago once again is faced with tragic rebranding, this time it’s of the old Comiskey Park-turned-U.S. Cellular Field turned … Guaranteed Rate Field. Story Continued Below Maybe fans will find a workaround, like by calling it GRF. Or maybe just WTF. TRONC FIELD, MAYBE? -- “There can’t be a worse name than Guaranteed Rate Field. Can’t be." by Sun-Times' Rick Morrissey: “Guaranteed Rate Field? You’re kidding, right? Was Year End Clearance Stadium already taken? Going Out of Business Sale Park? Your Name Here Yards? ... There are brutal ballpark names, there are ballpark names that inspire feelings of despair and hopelessness, and then there is Guaranteed Rate Field.
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Alan Branch can officially return to the New England Patriots. Branch’s week-long, club-issued suspension was lifted Thursday, according to the NFL’s transaction wire. Branch was suspended last Thursday prior to the Patriots’ preseason game against the Chicago Bears. The reason for Branch’s suspension is undisclosed. Branch is in his third year with the Patriots. He played in all 16 regular season games in 2015, starting 15 and recording 35 tackles with one sack. The 6-foot-6, 350-pound defensive tackle is in the mix to start for the Patriots this season. Thumbnail photo via Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports Images