December 12, 2013 |
Lance Briggs is one of the few people on the planet who can play as himself in a video game. And yes, he says it's as cool as you think it is. "It's great to see yourself make a play on the field and in a video game," the Bears star said. "I always took a lot of pride in when I played baseball or when I played basketball and stuff like that, creating different players and different teams and stuff. When I got a chance to see myself in football, I think it's pretty cool. " Briggs mingled with fans at the Best Buy on North Avenue on Tuesday prior to the Ultimate Gamers Showdown, a "Madden NFL 25" tournament that pitted fans against each other for a chance to win prizes.
December 12, 2013 |
First off, it was the Cowboys. Secondly, it was zero degrees outside, and they are the modern poster children of the warm weather sissy team. Remember the Ice Bowl in '67? They lost that game too. Nonetheless, thank you Josh McCown. Where have you been all of our lives? Playing with all those toys like that. And so the debate rages on. McCown or Jay Cutler. If Cutler is ready, I say Cutler. But I'm in the minority around here. Certainly, Brian Urlacher disagrees with me but hey, all of the sudden he's a media star after mumbling his way around town for 13 years.
December 11, 2013 |
EAT New Grits Station Lafayette Creole Cajun Chicago French Market 151 N. Clinton St. 312-207-6225 Customize your Southern-style cheese grits breakfast with house-roasted pork belly, andouille sausage, boiled shrimp or roasted vegetables - and an optional Indian street food mix-in addition of shaved boiled egg - topped with scallions and parsley ($5-8). 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. DRINK First Anniversary Party Municipal Bar & Dining Co. 216 W. Ohio St. 312-951-2125 Get ready to see and be seen - the River North spot's 2013 celeb sightings include Michael Jordan, Jay Cutler, Joakim Noah, Jenny McCarthy and Kristin Cavallari - at this bash which features $8 Russian Standard vodka cocktails and beats by DJ Irie.
December 10, 2013 |
The NFL broke a leaguewide scoring record last week, as all 32 teams combined for 859 points. And the gaudiest quarterback stat line wasn't put up by Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Drew Brees. 34-year-old Josh McCown, the man with five other NFL teams in his rear-view mirror, totaled five touchdowns and completed 75 percent of his passes in a stadium cold enough to turn beer into slush. Some dude stole a fantasy football playoff win in your league using McCown. McCown has a 109.8 passer rating, third in the NFL. He should finish with the highest single-season rating in modern Bears history, and possibly ever.
November 21, 2013 |
When the Bears take the field Sunday against St. Louis, Josh McCown will be the starting quarterback for the third time in four games. The Bears are 2-0 in his starts this year and likely would have defeated Detroit on Nov. 10 had McCown played instead of a still-injured Jay Cutler. But before McCown's success leads to the inevitable clamoring from Bears fans and pundits suggesting that McCown retain the starting job ahead of a healthy Cutler, let's remind ourselves that we have a habit of overreacting to backups' success.
November 14, 2013 |
From Breaking Bad to breaking just plain awful. I want to take this opportunity to say goodbye to Charles Tillman personally. Something tells me the old vet will not be back with the Bears next year, even if he does return form his season-ending injury. That's the way it goes in the NFL, and it never ends pretty. But Peanut gave us some great, great memories. Interceptions and takeaways, one of the best lockdown corners ever. When it comes to Chicago, I can't keep track of the tweaks anymore.
November 10, 2013 |
In the end, the Bears' scrappy effort wasn't enough. "It was really a day of missed opportunities," coach Marc Trestman said. Settling for a field goal. Costly penalties. They were just part of the equation in Sunday's 21-19 loss to Detroit at Soldier Field. Gone is the Bears' share of first place in the NFC North, as they dropped to 5-4. Two of those losses are to Detroit. Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, for one, really does not like the Lions (6-3), who lead the division.
November 7, 2013 |
If you suddenly feel the urge to reevaluate Shea McLellin's career, I'm right there with you. After sacking Aaron Rodgers and breaking his collarbone, some would call that a game changer. I'm calling it a "season changer" and as a result, I'll say it. I'm buying his jersey. Plus, I'm getting the Fathead. Furthermore, I can't believe I'm saying this, I actually like the Bears backup, Josh McCown, and would prefer it if he played Sunday instead of Jay Cutler. McCown, McClellin.
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 offense managed a meek 143 total yards as poor Campbell suffered visibly from PTSD symptoms.
October 27, 2013 |
NFL midseason reports usually are written after eight games - ya know, at midseason. But with seven games in the books and injuries piling up, the 2013 Bears have reached a crossroads. No time like the present, then, to distribute awards and look at what's to come. MARTELLUS BENNETT The Mike Ditka Award for Best Season Ever for a Chicago Bears Tight End Iron Mike, meet the Black Unicorn. When the Bears signed Bennett after his one season with the N.Y. Giants, nobody knew quite what to expect from the gabby, imaginative player.