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August 6, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
Before my interview with Hunter Hillenmeyer at his home Monday morning, August 5, for a RedEye story about Bears video game players, Hunter showed me his few pieces of memorabilia from his playing days. His prize possession is a game ball from the 2010 season that Devin Hester gave him. This was the ball that Hester returned for his NFL record-tying 13th combined kickoff or punt return touchdown . In this video above, Hillenmeyer explains why Hester gave him the ball. Want more?
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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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October 26, 2011
Leave your answer in the comments box, and you might find yourself in a future issue of RedEye. Follow @redeyesportsguy for daily details about Five on Five openings. 1. How should Devin Hester treat his injured ankle? 2. Why did Lovie Smith call out Las Vegas oddsmakers? 3. What was Lance Briggs thinking when the Bears extended Roberto Garza's deal? 4. If Mark Buehrle signs with the Florida Marlins … 5. Why was Floyd Mayweather Jr. burning money in a nightclub?
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December 17, 2013 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
On the surface, the Bears are having what seems to be another in an unending series of very Bearsy seasons. The team is on top of the NFC North with an 8-6 record by a paper-slim margin with two games to go. This could be anywhere between an 8-8 season in which a depleted roster fought bravely but narrowly missed the playoffs, or a valiant 10-6 run with a brutally cold home playoff victory that eventually, probably in playoff Round 2, ends somewhere...
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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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December 6, 2011 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
I'm trying hard to find a way to feel good about Sunday's Bears-Tebows game after the recent "football game loss" to Kansas City. I couldn't help but feel a sense of déjà vu, and I realized that we had indeed been here before in the Lovie Smith era. I'm not even sure The K.C. Masterpiece Game (note: nickname is ironic) ranks in the bottom five. Try to un-repress the memories of these stink bombs: The Holy Crap, I Just Watched Our Quarterback Die On TV Game 2010 at N.Y. Giants Remember this game?
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October 2, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
So THAT'S what it looks like when Jay Cutler smiles. In fact, Monday's Bears win illustrated not just what his smiles look like but where they come from. For instance, when the offensive line gives Cutler time to throw, he smiles. And when best buddy Brandon Marshall gives him a jump ball target as large as Shaq in the post, he smiles. And when he flips a pass off his back foot to a sprinting Devin Hester for a touchdown, yes, the cantankerous quarterback is all smiles. Speaking of that beautiful touchdown, Hester smiles when he watches the replay and sees that he did indeed have...
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December 9, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
There's something about the Vikings that, I don't know, just makes me want to puke. There's no honor in losing to them and no greatness in defeating them. Playing them is like playing basketball against the annoying, hyperactive kid in your neighborhood. Win, and you're annoyed that you even spent time with him. Lose, and you have to listen to his chatter until you've made it home. That's probably why I had little respect for Sunday's game. Before kickoff, I was trading emails with a friend when the topic of the Bears came up. "The Bears need this win," I...
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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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September 16, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
A quick list of all the wacky crap that transpired in the Bears' 31-30 win over Minnesota: 1. Minnesota's Cordarrelle Patterson returned the game's opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. 2. Devin Hester returned the ensuing kickoff 76 yards, en route to a Bears franchise record 249 kick return yards. 3. Martellus Bennett scored two touchdowns, giving him as many for the season (three) as all Bears tight ends had all last year. 4. Jay Cutler was sacked only once, the first time as a Bear he's been sacked fewer than four times in a season's first two...
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November 24, 2013 | RedEye
The Bears are still in first place in the NFC North. That's how an optimist would see the Bears' situation after a 42-21 loss at St. Louis on Sunday. It all kind of falls apart from there, however. Yes, Detroit lost to Tampa Bay on Sunday, so the Bears and Lions are both 6-5. But considering Detroit holds the tiebreaker by virtue of beating the Bears twice this year, it's tough to get overly excited. Besides, there were so many other reasons to think this season has gone from bad to worse.
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September 19, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Well, that was quick. I'm not sure I'm done savoring the Blackhawks offseason, but it's back to the ice already. They beat Detroit the other night in an exhibition. I have no comments, no insight, no snarky remarks, no anything to report other than, "Hey, I'm still exhausted from last season. I'm not ready yet!" And yet, here we go. Yours truly also hasn't had any quality alone time with the Cup. Everyone else I know in Chicago has seen it! Relatives keep sending me pictures.
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September 16, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
A quick list of all the wacky crap that transpired in the Bears' 31-30 win over Minnesota: 1. Minnesota's Cordarrelle Patterson returned the game's opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. 2. Devin Hester returned the ensuing kickoff 76 yards, en route to a Bears franchise record 249 kick return yards. 3. Martellus Bennett scored two touchdowns, giving him as many for the season (three) as all Bears tight ends had all last year. 4. Jay Cutler was sacked only once, the first time as a Bear he's been sacked fewer than four times in a season's first...
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September 12, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
Get ready, Bears fans: Adrian Peterson is coming to town. The Monsters of the Midway have had a roller-coaster ride defending the running back - and reigning NFL MVP - called "All Day. " Here's a look at the good, the bad and the ugly. THE GOOD Nov. 14, 2010: Bears 27, Vikings 13 Peterson: 75 total yards Peterson missed the second Bears game in both 2010 and 2011, but the way he played in the first ones, he might have been better off. The Bears closed this game with a 20-3 run while holding Peterson to 51 rushing yards and...
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August 6, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
Before my interview with Hunter Hillenmeyer at his home Monday morning, August 5, for a RedEye story about Bears video game players, Hunter showed me his few pieces of memorabilia from his playing days. His prize possession is a game ball from the 2010 season that Devin Hester gave him. This was the ball that Hester returned for his NFL record-tying 13th combined kickoff or punt return touchdown . In this video above, Hillenmeyer explains why Hester gave him the ball. Want more?
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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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September 19, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Well, that was quick. I'm not sure I'm done savoring the Blackhawks offseason, but it's back to the ice already. They beat Detroit the other night in an exhibition. I have no comments, no insight, no snarky remarks, no anything to report other than, "Hey, I'm still exhausted from last season. I'm not ready yet!" And yet, here we go. Yours truly also hasn't had any quality alone time with the Cup. Everyone else I know in Chicago has seen it! Relatives keep sending me pictures.
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December 17, 2013 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
On the surface, the Bears are having what seems to be another in an unending series of very Bearsy seasons. The team is on top of the NFC North with an 8-6 record by a paper-slim margin with two games to go. This could be anywhere between an 8-8 season in which a depleted roster fought bravely but narrowly missed the playoffs, or a valiant 10-6 run with a brutally cold home playoff victory that eventually, probably in playoff Round 2, ends somewhere...
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December 20, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
This preseason, while asking Bears to name the special teams teammate they were most excited to watch, Eric Weems' name kept coming up. And while he is a joy to watch on the field, Weems also never bottles up his personality, which is a quality reporters love. In honor of Weems, here are 14 facts about No. 14. 1. He's 5-foot-8. Raise your hand if you are 5-8 or shorter. OK, now leave it up if you are a pro football player. Your hand just went down? Mine too! I know he's listed at 5-9, but trust me, I've stood eye to eye with this man, and I am definitely not 5-9. 2. He's an underdog.
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December 9, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
There's something about the Vikings that, I don't know, just makes me want to puke. There's no honor in losing to them and no greatness in defeating them. Playing them is like playing basketball against the annoying, hyperactive kid in your neighborhood. Win, and you're annoyed that you even spent time with him. Lose, and you have to listen to his chatter until you've made it home. That's probably why I had little respect for Sunday's game. Before kickoff, I was trading emails with a friend when the topic of the Bears came up. "The Bears need this win," I...
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