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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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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 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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January 1, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Now that the long slow death of the Bears is finally over, there's something I've been wanting to say for a while now to all Chicago sports fans. It's hockey season! And it has been for quite some time! Like, since October! More good news: The Blackhawks are among the best in the NHL. Wait, it gets better. Patrick Kane just got named to the U.S Olympic team that's going to Sochi, Russia. Kaner, a quick tip: There's this drink called a Moscow Mule that you must try. Pro tip: There's a lot of vodka in it. Here's another tip: You can also get that drink at any bar in Chicago and I suggest...
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January 24, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Welcome back, red-hot Chicago Blackhawks. Man, that's their best start in 40 years. Forty. Good year, good reference though. Your 1972-73 Blackhawks made it to the Stanley Cup Finals that year, losing 4-2 to the Montreal Canadiens. Still, Marian Hossa looks great, Corey Crawford looks tolerable, and three nice wins against the Kings, Coyotes and Blues. Tuesday night: A 3-on-0 goal. That hasn't happened since the era before they used defensemen. Smells like 2010 around here, good smell.
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March 28, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
If you can't beat him, sign him. That's what we're down to in Chicago. There is no way, healthy or not, Derrick Rose or not, that the Bulls can play with the Miami Heat. So, it gets real simple: At the end of 2013-14, LeBron James can opt out of his deal with the Heat. That's when the Bulls come knocking with a) Healthy Derrick Rose b) Tons of cash and cap space c) Maybe another stud. Who that other guy is, I don't know, but they'll have the room to add someone. Hey, I'm not the minutia guy; I'm the big picture dreamer.
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October 3, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Let the Joe Girardi talk begin. Good luck. First off, you're not going to get him, Theo Epstein. The Yankees are going to beat you to him, sorry. I love Epstein's optimism. He says the perception around the league is the Cubs are coming, and coming fast. Oh yeah. Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo leading the way. Oh, good experience for these guys. They're not even 24 yet and already they've gotten a manager fired. Don't blame me. I begged for Girardi in 2006. Nope. We just had to go with Lou Piniella.
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October 15, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
The most frustrating part of watching Bears games this season comes when they're on defense, a 180 from every year in recorded history. More specifically, the weak spot is the very center of the defense. Season-ending injuries to tackles Henry Melton and Nate Collins AND middle linebacker D.J. Williams plus underperformance from 2012 1st-round pick Shea McClellin mean the shortest route to the end zone for opponents is right up the gut. On Thursday we saw Brandon Jacobs - a man who was expected to play in as many NFL games this year as RedEye's mascot,...
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October 24, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
It's sad when it ends like this. I am talking about the Bears season, but I'm also speaking of the great Bears defense. So many years. So many wins. So many pick-sixes, forced fumbles, great players. It had to end sometime and it has ended … now. Brian Urlacher gone. Lance Briggs out 4-6 weeks, nearing the end of the road. Charles Tillman getting beaten badly by … the Redskins. Julius Peppers with nothing on the board this season. It couldn't last forever, but I sure wanted it to. Nope.
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November 14, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
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.
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December 19, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Three Bears fans walk into a bar. Let's call them Trusty, Scaredy and Doubty: Trusty: So, Jay Cutler should start Sunday, right? Scaredy: Absolutely! Did you see that arm strength in the Cleveland game? He fits the football into windows that Josh McCown can't. No, no … that NO OTHER quarterback can! Doubty: Did you see him force throws in that same Cleveland game? Cripes, he cost the Bears 10 points on forced throws to Brandon Marshall, and simply got lucky that his lollipop of a toss to Alshon Jeffrey wasn't intercepted, either.
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December 10, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
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...
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November 14, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
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.
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October 24, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
It's sad when it ends like this. I am talking about the Bears season, but I'm also speaking of the great Bears defense. So many years. So many wins. So many pick-sixes, forced fumbles, great players. It had to end sometime and it has ended … now. Brian Urlacher gone. Lance Briggs out 4-6 weeks, nearing the end of the road. Charles Tillman getting beaten badly by … the Redskins. Julius Peppers with nothing on the board this season. It couldn't last forever, but I sure wanted it to. Nope.
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October 15, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
The most frustrating part of watching Bears games this season comes when they're on defense, a 180 from every year in recorded history. More specifically, the weak spot is the very center of the defense. Season-ending injuries to tackles Henry Melton and Nate Collins AND middle linebacker D.J. Williams plus underperformance from 2012 1st-round pick Shea McClellin mean the shortest route to the end zone for opponents is right up the gut. On Thursday we saw Brandon Jacobs - a man who was expected to play in as many NFL games this year as RedEye's mascot,...
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October 3, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Let the Joe Girardi talk begin. Good luck. First off, you're not going to get him, Theo Epstein. The Yankees are going to beat you to him, sorry. I love Epstein's optimism. He says the perception around the league is the Cubs are coming, and coming fast. Oh yeah. Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo leading the way. Oh, good experience for these guys. They're not even 24 yet and already they've gotten a manager fired. Don't blame me. I begged for Girardi in 2006. Nope. We just had to go with Lou Piniella.
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December 10, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
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...
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January 1, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Now that the long slow death of the Bears is finally over, there's something I've been wanting to say for a while now to all Chicago sports fans. It's hockey season! And it has been for quite some time! Like, since October! More good news: The Blackhawks are among the best in the NHL. Wait, it gets better. Patrick Kane just got named to the U.S Olympic team that's going to Sochi, Russia. Kaner, a quick tip: There's this drink called a Moscow Mule that you must try. Pro tip: There's a lot of vodka in it. Here's another tip: You can also get that drink...
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April 24, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
As Phil Emery prepares for his second Bears draft, he would be wise to study his predecessor Jerry Angelo. The Bears will pick in the first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds of the 2013 draft. RedEye takes a look at Angelo's best and worst from those rounds. FIRST ROUND BEST - Tommie Harris, defensive tackle, 2004 WORST - Michael Haynes, defensive end, 2003 Angelo's poor track record in the first round is well-documented, and we could debate his best and worst picks till the cows come home.
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March 28, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
If you can't beat him, sign him. That's what we're down to in Chicago. There is no way, healthy or not, Derrick Rose or not, that the Bulls can play with the Miami Heat. So, it gets real simple: At the end of 2013-14, LeBron James can opt out of his deal with the Heat. That's when the Bulls come knocking with a) Healthy Derrick Rose b) Tons of cash and cap space c) Maybe another stud. Who that other guy is, I don't know, but they'll have the room to add someone. Hey, I'm not the minutia guy; I'm the big picture dreamer.
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