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January 2, 2013 | By Whizzer and RedEye
Happy new year, loyal readers! Winter's a bit challenging for us dogs. Your fur dries out in a heartbeat, and you start to wish they made indoor restrooms for canines. It's even rougher when the Bears collapse and fail to make the NFL playoffs. I'm not about to leave you hanging, though. Grab your hot chocolate and have a seat next to the fire, because here are my picks for the wild card round, complete with my paws ratings.   CINCINNATI AT HOUSTON 3:30 p.m. Saturday, NBC As much as I can't stand cats, I really want to pick the Bengals because of their bruising...
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December 2, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Leading up to the Bears' overtime field goal attempt Sunday, uber-accurate kicker Robbie Gould had made 157 of 166 kicks of 40 yards or fewer, good for an essentially automatic 94.6 percent. From 47 yards and out, he hit 31 of 49 - only 63.3 percent. These are stats that make sense to an average NFL fan, and they certainly should be known to the Bears' coaching staff. Those extra 7 yards represented a 30 percent increase in success, and the Bears had just driven 24 yards in five plays against a porous Vikings defense.
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December 1, 2011 | By Whizzer, RedEye
When I spry young pup, my momma used to carry me around by the scruff of my neck. For those of you not familiar with canine behavior, that's totally normal. Loving, even. Why do I bring this up in a column where I'm supposed to predict the weekend's NFL action and challenge you to beat me? Neckbeard, of course. Former Bear Kyle Orton is back in town, and he's likely to play against the his former team Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs visit Soldier Field. He's not the starter, but don't worry, he'll be in. Chiefs starting quarterback Tyler Palko is terrible.
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January 2, 2013 | By Whizzer and RedEye
Happy new year, loyal readers! Winter's a bit challenging for us dogs. Your fur dries out in a heartbeat, and you start to wish they made indoor restrooms for canines. It's even rougher when the Bears collapse and fail to make the NFL playoffs. I'm not about to leave you hanging, though. Grab your hot chocolate and have a seat next to the fire, because here are my picks for the wild card round, complete with my paws ratings.   CINCINNATI AT HOUSTON 3:30 p.m. Saturday, NBC As much as I can't stand cats, I really want to pick the Bengals because of their bruising...
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December 20, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
As the Bears prepare to play Arizona on Sunday, they need other teams to lose for them to make the postseason. But just because you need help to get into the playoffs doesn't mean you can't do some damage once you're there. Here are recent teams who made a name for themselves despite entering Week 16 with similar or worse records than the Bears. In other words, it ain't over till it's over.   2008 Arizona Cardinals Entering Week 16 : 8-6 Finished: 9-7, lost Super Bowl The Cardinals clinched their division in Week 14 and, at 8-5, were still in the race for a...
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September 17, 2012 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
The most concise, helpful statistic in all of sports is upon us. "Magic number. " As I write this, the White Sox have a magic number of 16. What does that mean? It's simple. A magic number is the number of wins or opponent losses that will ensure a division title for a first-place team. So a magic number of 16 means if the Sox win 16 of their last 17 games, they will win the American League Central Division. Or it could mean that if the Sox lose ALL of their last 17 games, and the Detroit Tigers lose all but one of their last 17 games, then the South Siders...
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December 2, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Leading up to the Bears' overtime field goal attempt Sunday, uber-accurate kicker Robbie Gould had made 157 of 166 kicks of 40 yards or fewer, good for an essentially automatic 94.6 percent. From 47 yards and out, he hit 31 of 49 - only 63.3 percent. These are stats that make sense to an average NFL fan, and they certainly should be known to the Bears' coaching staff. Those extra 7 yards represented a 30 percent increase in success, and the Bears had just driven 24 yards in five plays against a porous Vikings defense.
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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 (He's...
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December 3, 2012 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Are you still ticked about Sunday's Bears loss? It was a special kind of frustrating, a level of hair-pulling and flat-screen shooting that only a few of Lovie Smith's 61 losses have reached. Here are the five worst games for frustrating Bears fans, ranked by amount of yelling we did at our TVs: No. 5: Dec. 11, 2011: Getting Tebowed With Jay Cutler out, the Bears weren't expected to do much. But entering this Denver tilt, Chicago was 7-5 and still had wild-card hopes with a win over a terrible Broncos offense "led" by Tim Tebow.
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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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December 20, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
As the Bears prepare to play Arizona on Sunday, they need other teams to lose for them to make the postseason. But just because you need help to get into the playoffs doesn't mean you can't do some damage once you're there. Here are recent teams who made a name for themselves despite entering Week 16 with similar or worse records than the Bears. In other words, it ain't over till it's over.   2008 Arizona Cardinals Entering Week 16 : 8-6 Finished: 9-7, lost Super Bowl The Cardinals clinched their division in Week 14 and, at 8-5, were still in the race for a...
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September 17, 2012 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
The most concise, helpful statistic in all of sports is upon us. "Magic number. " As I write this, the White Sox have a magic number of 16. What does that mean? It's simple. A magic number is the number of wins or opponent losses that will ensure a division title for a first-place team. So a magic number of 16 means if the Sox win 16 of their last 17 games, they will win the American League Central Division. Or it could mean that if the Sox lose ALL of their last 17 games, and the Detroit Tigers lose all but one of their last 17 games, then the South Siders...
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December 1, 2011 | By Whizzer, RedEye
When I spry young pup, my momma used to carry me around by the scruff of my neck. For those of you not familiar with canine behavior, that's totally normal. Loving, even. Why do I bring this up in a column where I'm supposed to predict the weekend's NFL action and challenge you to beat me? Neckbeard, of course. Former Bear Kyle Orton is back in town, and he's likely to play against the his former team Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs visit Soldier Field. He's not the starter, but don't worry, he'll be in. Chiefs starting quarterback Tyler Palko is...
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March 1, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
We've put it off long enough, but it's time to take that first peek at our beloved baseball teams in spring training. First, some good news: The MLB is expanding the wild-card playoff format by two more teams. (Yes! Even more like the NBA!). Bad news: It won't include Chicago's two teams. Warning: This is going to be slightly to horribly painful. Let's go to the White Sox first. Here we have an example of how a team can really thrive amid "low expectations. " We are in rebuilding mode here, with no Mark Buehrle, Carlos Quentin or Sergio Santos.
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April 25, 2012 | By Ryan Smith and for RedEye
With the release of his new movie, "The Raven,"opening Friday, April 27 in theaters, we sat down with John Cusack to ask him about his Chicago ties and how they play into his life today. If you could take the"Hot Tub Time Machine"back to a certain year and place in Chicago, where would it be? Definitely places I've already been, because I've lived through some of the best history in Chicago. All the times the Cubs won the division before the Wild Card; those were unbelievable times in Chicago.
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