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August 15, 2012 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
On Thursday, Chicago's sports Twitterverse was aflutter with worry. The Bears were losing their preseason opener in ugly fashion, gaining only 132 total yards in a 31-3 loss to Denver. J'Marcus Webb played most of the game; Jay Cutler played none of it. We collectively acted like the Bears instantly lost all 16 regular-season games. In August. I watched one play of that game, and that was on accident. Instead, I flipped between a baseball game involving a team 20 games out of first place and Olympic triple jumping.
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April 10, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Sports movies' bad timing can be hilarious. 2010's little-seen romantic comedy “Just Wright” starred Common as the leader of the playoff-contending New Jersey Nets and opened during a season when the team nearly secured the NBA's all-time worst record. Oops. Now it's “Draft Day,” which centers on the 2014 NFL draft (beginning May 8) and depicts a world in which the Seattle Seahawks, who in real life just won the Super Bowl, need to “save football” in the city - perhaps behind star QB Bo Callahan (Josh Pence, the body of one of the...
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SPORTS
September 25, 2012 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Three weeks into the NFL season and the "replacement refs" aren't getting any better at their jobs. On Sunday the 49ers were awarded a fourth timeout, the Lions were flagged for the rare 27-yard personal foul, and Ravens fans banded together to execute the greatest "B.S. " chant in recorded history. And need I mention Monday night's catastrophe? The most insane part of this lockout is the relatively piddling amount of money that separates the NFL and the refs. The sides are about $2 million per year apart, which works out to a mere $60,000 per NFL franchise.
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March 7, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
After heating things up as a member of the "Hottest Geek Guys of Winter 2014" , NFL pro (and former Chicago Bear) Israel Idonije cooled off by taking part in the Chicago Polar Plunge last weekend. This came on the heels of the announcement that his comic book company Athleta Comics would be going through a slight name change, to Athlitacomics, LLC . He also released a sneak peek at the cover to his company's first comic, "The Protectors" , created by Idonije and written by Ron Marz with art by Bart Sears . Add to that his...
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January 24, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein@readjack and For RedEye
The former NFL linebacker stands in the front of a school auditorium at the UIC Woodlawn Charter School on the South Side in his New Orleans Saints jersey and tells a packed house of high-schoolers about a life full of ups and downs. The lowest low? The linebacker was a youth, following his friends into a house to rob it. They thought no one was home. They heard footsteps. They heard gunshots. The future NFL linebacker scurried out of the house and ran like hell. One friend was killed.
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September 5, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
Life is short in the NFL. Like the old coach Jerry Glanville once famously said, the league's initials stand for "Not For Long. " Whether it's a college star going undrafted, a player getting released for the final time, or a coach getting fired even after a successful season, eventually the game extinguishes all but a few. And then, of course, there are injuries. When the Bears take the field against Cincinnati to start the season, one man who will not be running out of the tunnel is cornerback Kelvin Hayden, a Chicago native and alum of...
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January 3, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
Being that Marquis Teague is a big Indianapolis Colts fan and the NFL playoffs start this weekend, RedEye put the Bulls rookie's prognostication skills to the test. His unshakable loyalty is, of course, understandable. - B.C.   AFC WILD CARD ROUND Cincinnati vs. Houston Teague's pick: Texans (Citing the "Jimmy Butler effect") Indianapolis vs. Baltimore Teague's pick: Colts (Naturally) Results:     NFC WILD CARD ROUND Minnesota vs. Green Bay Teague's pick: Vikings...
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August 4, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
If Bears fans had any questions about first-round draft pick Kyle Long's mobility, they were answered Thursday at training camp in Bourbonnais. Near the end of an Armando Allen run, when most players had believed the play to be dead, safety Brandon Hardin popped the ball loose and began sprinting the other way. Trailing a step behind him was Long, who charged after Hardin like his job was on the line. Hardin eventually pulled away, but for a bit there it looked as if Long would catch him. RedEye caught up with the 6-foot-6, 311-pound offensive lineman our of Oregon after...
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October 16, 2013 | RedEye
Each week, RedEye's prognosticating pooch, Whizzer, goes paw to paw with Rob Cressy's miniature schnauzer, Callie, to see who picks NFL games more accurately. Callie went 1-4 in Week 10 while Whizzer was 2-3. Overall, Callie is 27-23 and Whizzer is 32-18. Here are their picks for Week 11. CALLIE Bears vs. Baltimore: Ravens Kansas City at Denver: Broncos New England at Carolina: Panthers San Francisco at New Orleans: 49ers Green Bay at N.Y. Giants: Giants   ...
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March 13, 2012 | RedEye
The Bears finally have that No. 1 wide receiver fans have been asking for year. On Tuesday, the Bears traded two third-round draft picks for Brandon Marshall, quarterback Jay Cutler's former Denver Broncos teammate. The move was met with near unanimous cheers. Marshall, 27, is 6-foot-4 and gives Cutler a big target and playmaker. So, why is Marshall such a big deal? Check him out vs. the Bears' top receivers.   81 Number of receptions Marshall had last season, 10th in the NFL. 52 Number of receptions Matt...
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February 9, 2014 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
The fact that an athlete coming out of the closet on the cusp of one of the biggest moments of his life is a major news story in 2014 is equal parts astonishing and shameful. We as a society should have evolved to the point where it's all right to be true to yourself regardless of whether you're a professional accountant or a professional athlete. But now is the time for the Michael Sams of the world to stand up and be proud of who they are in public. Sam, in case you missed it, went from an NFL draft prospect unknown to the masses to cultural icon overnight simply by being true...
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December 19, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Chicago Bears' cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman talks about being bullied as a child in the upcoming "NFL Characters Unite" documentary. "I was labeled as the geek, the loser," Tillman says in the documentary. "I didn't really fit in. " Tillman and seven other NFL players took part in USA Network's anti-bullying campaign, sharing their personal stories of of overcoming prejudice, bullying and discrimination with eight young people currently experiencing the same challenges. Each week, viewers can watch Tillman and the...
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November 18, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
It was careless ignorance of the situation at hand. It wasn't even flawed reasoning - it was a lack of reasoning altogether. And although the memory of the positive result will trump the poor decision process as time marches on, we shouldn't forget what almost happened. Yes, Marc Trestman should've used his timeouts late in the fourth quarter to give the Bears a chance to win the game in regulation after a potential Baltimore touchdown. But I'm talking about the insane decision to start that game at noon.
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October 21, 2013 | RedEye
Ouch. And double ouch. The football gods dropped the hammer on Bears Nation on Monday, as quarterback Jay Cutler is out at least four weeks with a torn groin muscle and linebacker Lance Briggs is out four to six weeks with a shoulder fracture. Which means the Bears have to replace their offensive leader and their defensive leader for at least a month. Coach Marc Trestman did his best to look on the bright side, as coaches do. "The positive thing is they're not out for the season," he told reporters at Halas Hall, adding that neither player will require...
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October 16, 2013 | RedEye
Each week, RedEye's prognosticating pooch, Whizzer, goes paw to paw with Rob Cressy's miniature schnauzer, Callie, to see who picks NFL games more accurately. Callie went 1-4 in Week 10 while Whizzer was 2-3. Overall, Callie is 27-23 and Whizzer is 32-18. Here are their picks for Week 11. CALLIE Bears vs. Baltimore: Ravens Kansas City at Denver: Broncos New England at Carolina: Panthers San Francisco at New Orleans: 49ers Green Bay at N.Y. Giants: Giants   WHIZZER Bears vs. Baltimore: ...
SPORTS
October 16, 2013 | RedEye
Each week, RedEye's prognosticating pooch, Whizzer, goes paw to paw with Rob Cressy's miniature schnauzer, Callie, to see who picks NFL games more accurately. Callie went 4-1 in Week 14 while Whizzer was 3-2.  Overall, Callie is 39-30 and Whizzer is 44-25. Here are their picks for Week 15. CALLIE Bears at Cleveland: Bears Baltimore at Detroit: Lions Green Bay at Dallas: Cowboys Philadelphia at Minnesota: Eagles New Orleans at St. Louis: Rams   WHIZZER Bears at Cleveland: Bears Baltimore at Detroit: ...
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November 22, 2012 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I blame you and I blame me, but more on that in a minute. The Bears have been exposed and you knew it was coming. Aging defense, lame offense. Thank you, Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers. Thank you for showing us who we are. Nice to see a team (theirs, not ours) can just plug in their second-round draft pick from Nevada (Nevada?) as a backup and keep humming along. Us? Yeah, we plug in a supposed "veteran" and it's like he's never seen the field before. Again, thank you for clarity.
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September 12, 2012
RedEye asked several Bears who are new to the Packers rivalry what it means to them. Armando Allen, running back (second NFL season, both with Bears) We play them twice a year. Players treat it like every game, just with a little extra spunk. But you know, you want to do your best job in every game. So I think when you look at it like that, it calms things down for us because we try to do the same thing every game. We want to go out there and give it 100 percent no matter what opponent we're facing.
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September 30, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
The fan overreaction that follows the first Bears loss of the season is as predictable as leaves changing color and local politicians getting indicted. After reading my timeline Sunday afternoon, I'm convinced Twitterbots generate at least half the Bears-related tweets out there. It doesn't even matter what year it is. "Fire [name='current.coach.Bears']!" "Put in [name='backupQB.current' NOT IF name='grossman.rex']!" "[print='This is not TRUE BEARS FOOTBALL!!!' IF date=> 01-26-1986]"
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