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September 9, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
The Bears' Week 1 win gave fans a lot to feel optimistic about. But how can we expect the remaining games to go? Thanks to a free weekend of NFL Sunday Ticket, I watched part or all of every Week 1 game. I'm not saying you should wager your hard-earned money based on this info. But you COULD. Sunday vs. Minnesota: The Bears should put 12 players "in the box" to stop Adrian Peterson. Sign a guy made of antimatter for the secondary to balance the numbers. Christian Ponder will have four turnovers.
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May 19, 2014 | By Jake Bressler and For RedEye
Thanks to Corey Crawford & Co., it's still hockey season in Chicago. The defending champs are now only three wins away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final, which means it's time for bandwagon fans to come out of the woodwork and buy Patrick Kane jerseys at Sports Authority. I'm the absolute wrong person to judge someone's Blackhawks loyalty. But I've never pretended to be a big supporter. I root for this team because it's positive for the city's economy and warm weather + tight women's Hawks shirts = cool.
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December 30, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
Shortly before the Vikings-Packers game Sunday, G the Vikings Fan looked at me sullenly. I had helped gather a large group of NFC North fans from all four walks of life, and following the Bears' defeat of Detroit, Minnesota's game against Green Bay was now a Vikings must-win. "This might have been a bad idea," G said about the prospect of watching the Vikings lose while surrounded by Bears, Packers and Lions fans. "If this goes bad, I might have to bounce. " I understood his concern - nobody wants to lose without empathy - but early in the first quarter, the Vikings were up 10-0 and it was not G who was...
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May 15, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I can't wait to start nitpicking the Bears draft. I'll start with just a basic complaint. As for all the guys Phil Emery drafted this year, they all have one thing in common: I've never heard of any of them. And, as noted here briefly, nobody knows anything. Every guy in a bad suit sitting on a couch on TV tried to convince me the Bears were taking a safety, and of course they didn't. People actually had me wanting a Calvin Pryor or a Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. And of course, the Packers get Clinton-Dix, and I'm envious.
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January 1, 2014 | By Alex Quigley, @alexquigley and For RedEye
This weekend's NFL playoff slate will not include the Bears. That's OK. I still can bring you great insight into pro football games not involving the hometown team. Here are my predictions and analysis for all 11 games this postseason. Wild-card round Kansas City at Indianapolis The Chiefs rested virtually all of their starters in Week 17 yet still almost won in San Diego. Indy beat KC in their own house 23-7 just two weeks ago. It seems like an easy Colts pick, but sometimes things are tougher than they seem.
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January 3, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
When I'm wrong, I'm wrong and I try and tell as few people as possible. I was wrong on Lovie Smith. He's gone. I'm so used to mediocrity I was expecting another year of blank stares and putrid offenses. But something changed, and it changed on Jan. 1, 2013. Mark that date down, maybe. I saw (I should have DVR'd it) Bears general manager Phil Emery give logical, detailed answers as to what his plans were, and what his criteria are. For once, it wasn't some zombie up there deflecting questions and dodging answers.
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December 20, 2012 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Here they come to save the day. And it's a couple of familiar faces to help us out. Bottom feeders Arizona and Detroit. It's simple. The Bears beat them, finish 10-6, they make the playoffs. You would like that, except you wouldn't. If that happens, Lovie Smith comes back for another year, and we delay the blowing up of the NFL's oldest and creakiest franchise. You don't want that. Here's what you want: 8-8. No playoffs. Fans revolt. Phil Emery has to make a move. The McCaskeys have to make a move.
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July 17, 2013 | By Riley Blevins, @riley_blevins and RedEye
The man most call “Peanut” paced by the bed of his 3-month-old daughter, Tiana. Doctors told the Bears cornerback she might not make it through the night. More than 400 miles away, a mother's son didn't. Armando Garcia died at 9 weeks old. But Garcia's mother, Magali, would make a selfless decision that saved Tiana's life.  Magali didn't know Charles Tillman. She didn't know the two-time Pro Bowler's daughter would get her son's heart. She donated it simply because she thought it was the right thing to do. In Tillman's eyes, stories...
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October 30, 2011 | RedEye
With the Bears (4-3) on their bye week, all Chicago fans had to do was sit back, relax and watch the other NFL action unfold, right? Not exactly. Even at this point in the season there are playoff implications to worry about. So how frightening were some of the results Sunday?   Detroit 45, Denver 10 Fear factor: 4 out of 4 An upset by the Broncos would have pulled the Bears even with the Lions (6-2) in the loss column. Instead, Detroit QB Matthew Stafford proved effective even at less than 100 percent.And the...
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December 5, 2011 | By Scott Bolohan, For RedEye
The phone rings in Brett Favre's Mississippi home. "Hello? Hello? Bears?" Favre answers, startled. "Hi, um, is this Brett?" Bears general manager Jerry Angelo asks. "Yeah, yeah, this is Brett Favre. " "Sorry, did I wake you up?" "I guess I must have just dozed off. I'd been staying up staring at the phone for the last 48 hours, but luckily I fell asleep with the phone in my hand," Favre says. "Sorry, I can call back later. " "No! I mean, that won't be necessary.
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May 7, 2014 | By Jay St. Pierre, @jaystpierre
The Bears have had some pretty awesome draft classes in the past 20 years. And some horrible ones. THE BOTTOM THREE 1997 I don't even know where to start with this draft class. Without a first-round selection, the Bears needed to strike gold in the middle and late rounds. Let's just say they came up empty. Six of their nine picks never played in a game for the Bears, and most didn't make it past training camp. The only saving grace of this class was Marcus Robinson, who set the team record for receiving yards (1,400)
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April 10, 2014 | RedEye
The movie "Draft Day" hits theaters Friday. It's about how Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner), the fictional general manager of the Cleveland Browns, turns around the franchise. But really, it could easily be about the Bears. How do we know? Because these quotes we pulled from trailers are all too transparent (cough, cough).   "The best thing for the team this season is me. " In the movie: Brian Drew (Tom Welling) pleads his case as the Browns' incumbent quarterback.
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April 3, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Earlier this year “The Lego Movie” reminded moviegoers that animated movies can be totally awesome, and it was much needed: The form has fallen into such a rut that Pixar (“Monsters University”) not only doesn't win the Oscar anymore, it's not even nominated. One of this year's best animated feature nominees (which inevitably lost to the just-OK “Frozen”) was the French/Belgian “Ernest and Celestine,” which gets the English language treatment thanks to Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy (“The Conjuring”)
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March 27, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Well, this is going to take some getting used to. Jared Allen, longtime Minnesota Viking, is now ours. Take that, Julius Peppers. We basically traded a banged up rusty Buick for a shinier, less rusty Cadillac. Those are terrible analogies, given that modern day cars don't seem to rust, but I'm happy with the exchange. The question remains: How do I start liking Jared. Oh heck, you got me! I love him already! (Reminds me of the Dennis Rodman trade. Minute One: Wait! I hate that guy!
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March 20, 2014 | By Michael E. Ruane, The Washington Post and Washington Post
WASHINGTON - When the National Zoo's female sloth bear, Khali, delivered three cubs last December, she consumed one of them right after it was born. Carnivores do this in the wild when there is a sick offspring. A deceased cub in the den can draw predators, the zoo said. But a week later, when Khali consumed the second cub, keepers feared for the third. So for the first time in the zoo's history, keepers took a sloth bear cub from its mother to raise by hand. Three months later, after weeks of incubators,...
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March 4, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
"'Oysters' is the inviting sign on a basement saloon at the corner of Wabash avenue and Twenty-second street. Mr. George H. Smith is its proprietor. And daily between midnight and cockcrow, there come sounds of revelry there-from bearing testimony to the quality of oysters and the abundance of the cheer. " - From "Oysters and Wine at 2 A. M.," Chicago Daily Tribune, Dec. 4, 1888 With the advent of ice-bearing "refrigerated" train cars rolling in to Chicago in 1852, oysters arrived by the barrel.
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November 18, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
The Bears have won four of their past six games against San Francisco dating to 2001. That's the good news. The bad news? They've lost nine of 10 in San Francisco, including seven straight. Here's a look at the losing streak.   Dec. 14, 1987 49ers 41, Bears 0: In a showdown of two 10-2 teams, Niners backup QB Steve Young posted his first career four-touchdown game in this vicious shellacking.   Dec. 24, 1989 49ers 26, Bears 0: A year after the Niners beat the Bears in the NFC championship game at Soldier Field, the Bears' troubled 1989 season ended with six...
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September 4, 2012 | By Whizzer and RedEye
Hello again, faithful readers. If you're wondering why I've been gone so long, my owners at RedEye sent me to London this summer. Not for the Olympics - to brush up on my English. Jeez, did I really just make that joke? I promise they won't all be that bad. Neither will the Bears, as a matter of fact, who I predict will be playing in January. But that's a column for about four months in the future. For now, here are my picks for the Bears' season. Sept. 9 vs. Indianapolis W - This is not your Lucky day, Andrew.
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February 27, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco
Soldier Field in March may be just as brutal as a December football game. The Hawks on Friday will test the outdoor ice rink on the field before the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series matchup with Pittsburgh on Saturday. Playing in Chicago has turned some of the Blackhawks into football fans. "Being from Canada, I know we have the CFL," forward Bryan Bickell said. "It's tough to follow. I'm not a big fan of the CFL. Being in Chicago for as long as I have been, I'm a Bears fan definitely.
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February 11, 2014 | Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins | RedEye Sound Board
Say what you want about Martellus Bennett, at least he's consistent. The Bears tight end has released a new mixtape of original raps with the clever title of "Year of the Orange Dinosaur. " This release follows 2011's "Fast Food. " If you're concerned that this new venture will be a distraction, fret not: Bennett took to Twitter to let everyone know not to expect a long rap career from him. "I am not a rapper or musician nor do I want to be. I'm just c reative trying to express myself in as many ways as possible," he...
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