We know it's tough, but it's time to put away your snazzy Team USA sunglasses and matching Speedo for a little while. You mean we were the only ones? Never mind then. Instead, just concentrate on catching up with the Chicago sports news you might have missed during the London Olympics.
So the Bears lost 38-3 in their preseason opener. Big deal. Most of the team's stars didn't play. We're much more concerned about Brian Urlacher's injured knee and, to a lesser extent, Stephen Paea's ailing left leg. Urlacher says he'll be ready for the opener, so start holding your breath. In the meantime, he has not said what he's getting Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari's newborn son, though our money's on one of those floppy hats he likes.
The Sox posted a 9-6 record during the Olympics and acquired left-handed starter Francisco Liriano from Minnesota. The result? Well, they're about where they were two weeks ago, which is slightly ahead of second-place Detroit in the AL Central. In another month and a half, fans might be buying playoff tickets. That is, if they're not cursing Paul Konerko's concussion or John Danks' season-ending shoulder injury.
It was easy to overlook the North Siders' 4-12 record since July 27 because they were dealing virtually every veteran in sight. It's just as well, because by the time you research guys like Jeff Beliveau, Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson and others to see what they're all about, the season will be pretty much over. And no, your eyes do not deceive you—the dust has settled and Alfonso Soriano is STILL a Cub.
The Bulls made their biggest splash in free agency when they brought Kirk Hinrich back into the fold. But their second-biggest splash might be the most intriguing. Nate Robinson is nowhere near as good as Derrick Rose, of course, but his signing opens the door for Krypto-Nate T-shirts and fan costumes, and dunk contests with Benny the Bull. Only the mascot gets to use the trampoline, however.
The Fire earned wins over Philadelphia and Toronto FC and a tie with San Jose the past two weeks; they're fourth in the Eastern Conference with 11 games left in the regular season. During that stretch they hope to get all they can out of leading goal scorer Marco Pappa; the Fire announced Monday he will leave the team for a Dutch squad in January.