November 3, 2013 |
Daylight saving time ended this weekend, which leaves us bracing for four months of early sunsets. The Bears are also entering their own traditional period of darkness, which this year involves a groin injury to Jay Cutler and a still-aging and still-injured defense that despite a bye week is still old and still hurt. We understand that periods of bone-deep malaise are a part of any Bears season. Last year gave us the Jason Campbell Monday night game in San Francisco, when a porous Bears offensive line coughed up five and a half sacks to an out-of-his-mind Aldon Smith, and as a result the...
October 21, 2013 |
Bears tight end Martellus Bennett showed off his artwork publicly for the first time at a reception Monday for The Dinner Party, a monthly talk show at City Winery. And while proceeds from the show will benefit After School Matters, Bears fans wanted to talk about only one thing: the injuries to Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs. "We'll take it one game at a time," Bennett said. "There's a lot of ups and downs just like a theme park. There's a lot of roller coasters in the football season.
October 20, 2013 |
At the risk of making the understatement of the year, the Bears' bye week likely could not have come at a better time. First Jay Cutler left Sunday's game in the second quarter with a groin injury. Then Lance Briggs went down with a shoulder issue. Then Charles Tillman and Major Wright were sidelined. Briggs' backup at linebacker, Blake Costanzo, needed X-rays. Even Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery looked shaken up at one point. After all that, the Bears' 45-41 loss to Washington, dropping them to 4-3 on the season, is almost an afterthought.
October 17, 2013 |
"I don't look around and see [backups]," Lance Briggs told reporters after last week's win over the N.Y. Giants. "I look around and see Chicago Bears out there. " That's the spirit, Lance! While that might be the greatest teamwork-related quote ever, it's also one of the most depressing of 2013. Because by the end of the Giants game, the Bears defense had - ahem - backups playing on the defensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary. The Bears get a bye after their game against Washington, so they'll have time to get healthy.
October 14, 2013 |
Hall of Fame basketball writer Sam Smith probably has forgotten more about basketball than most people remember. But when it came to Derrick Rose's knee injury and the backlash he took for sitting out the 2012-13 season, Smith saw something he hadn't witnessed in 30 years covering professional sports: fans turning on the homegrown star of the hometown team. RedEye talked to the co-author of "The Jordan Rules" for his take on Rose's injury and the 2013-14 Bulls. Talk about why you were upset by the backlash toward Rose.
May 22, 2013 |
Busy with my life of slinging brilliant insight and watching as much NBA playoff basketball as I can manage, I'd pledged to catch only the second half of Tuesday night's Memphis-San Antonio game, and in doing so completely forgot to watch the draft lottery. Therefore, my phone practically blew up in my pocket, sending shards of iPhone glass into my thigh, when every basketball fan friend I have from Ohio texted me simultaneously as the league revealed that the Cleveland Cavaliers, for the third time in a decade, would have the #1 overall pick.