Thankfully Football Saves Us From Football


Stephen A.Smith

Everything gets pushed aside for the start of NFL training camps.

Is Kevin Love getting traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Not nearly as important as a cocky, highly questionable rookie quarterback for the lowly Cleveland Browns. The size of the most recent Jose Abreu home run? Psshh.

Was it bigger than Jay Cutler’s new shaggin’ wagon?

Much like the way the commencement of baseball Spring Training fills us with a sort of revitalizing vigor every year, this version of the start of the NFL season (not to be confused with the draft or minicamp or the Hall of Fame Game or your team’s first preseason game or the third preseason game that’s like almost real football or the Thursday game of Week 1 or Sunday of Week 1 the next week) stirs up those savage desires to watch controlled violence.

Football makes everything better.

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Chicago Bears RB situation: Jordan Lynch has a chance


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Jordan Lynch made it to my “2014 Publicity NFL Mock Draft.”

It would go like this:

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Former Bears Coach Dave Wannstedt gets new TV gig


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Dave Wannstedt was the head man with the Chicago Bears from 1993-1998. During his tenure, the Bears went to the playoffs once, and won just one playoff game- a memorable New Year’s Eve 1994 upset at Minnesota led by the “legendary” Steve Walsh.

After a fun-to-watch 1995 Bears team had a winning record, but failed to reach the postseason, he built up expectations in Chicago with a famous “all the pieces are in place” soundbite. But the Bears suffered a losing season and eventually “this place was in pieces.”

Wanny’s way with words winds him up on FOX Sports it was announced today.

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AUDIO: NIU Coach on post Jordan Lynch QB situation


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For the time being, Jordan Lynch is a member of the Chicago Bears. The NIU quarterback, who hails from Chicago, will attempt to make a professional football career in the same general area where he starred playing both his high school and college football.

Lynch signed as a free agent and a Bears press release says Jordan Lynch is a running back. I guess that works since Jordan Lynch broke the single game record for rushing yards by a quarterback this season; then the broke it again.

But like I posted earlier today, on NIU football Chicago Media Day, where do the NIU Huskies go from here?

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Today, NIU Huskies football begins life after Jordan Lynch


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Jordan Lynch was arguably the greatest player in NIU football history. You’d have to put the former Northern Illinois quarterback in the discussion for the MAC all-time Mt. Rushmore, if you don’t have him there already. But again, and it pains me that I have to say this in the first place, he’s not a NFL player. He may catch on with a practice squad somewhere, but if he makes it to into the Chicago Bears two-deep at the tailback position then I’ll change my entire wardrobe to skin tight t-shirts designed by Ed Hardy.

I have a better chance of entering a serious relationship with Candice Swanepoel than Jordan Lynch does of being a significant part of the Bears ground attack.

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The 2014 BSPYs


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Awards shows are self-congratulatory industry bacchanalia that we play voyeur to because we love watching rich and famous people be rich and famous and pretend to be humble.

Slap on a death montage and a lifetime achievement award of some sort to keep it from being a full blown orgy of how awesome everyone must think this specific entertainment medium being celebrated is.

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VIDEO: Chicago Bears Lamarr Houston unorthodox training


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Lamarr Houston, who just turned 27 last month is an upgrade over Julius Peppers, 34 on the Chicago Bears Defensive Line this season. Obviously, Peppers has had a more distinguished career than Houston probably ever will. However, this Lamarr Houston is an upgrade over this Julius Peppers. Last season, Pro Football Focus ranked Peppers 36th out of 54 qualifying 4-3 defensive ends. 

He ranked 22nd rushing the passer and 44th against the rush. Also, he does a great impersonation of Batman villain Bane (as you’ll see in this video)

Also, Lamarr Houston has some interesting and unorthodox training techniques.

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ESPN Chicago Bears preview day with Michele Steele July 28


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Michele Steele is name you recognize a lot from ESPN and their NFL coverage. She’s on ESPN NFL Sunday Countdown all the time and reports on site for NFL games regularly. And she’s handling the Chicago Bears on Monday July 28th, as part of ESPN’s 32 NFL teams in 10 days. She’s a fellow Illini! Yes, she’s a Daily Illini alum, as I remember that she used to write the Scout column for the student daily at the University of Illinois. I think she’s around my graduating class.

I don’t really remember her that much, she might have been a class or two above me, which would put Steele around age 40.

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More Money For Sports In Brazil And Chicago, More Problems


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Thing about television is that it only shows you the unpleasant and the uncomfortable when it makes for better theater. Rarely is such the case in viewing sports. Besides the actual game action, a national broadcast is going to feed you shots of local peculiarities and regional foodstuffs during timeouts.

Going in and out of commercials you get the blimp views of the stadia amid a lit up downtown at night, stock footage of hustle and bustle during the daytime, and shots of some unique piece of architecture soundtracked by a song from and/or about whatever city the game is in. Oh, hey, look at the city-native-but-now-probably-expatriate celebrity in the stands totally trying to go unnoticed in that black baseball cap. (8,974 screenshots get tweeted.)

And Drake. There’s always Drake.

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VIDEO: Bears’ Lamarr Houston does Batman villain impression


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Lamarr Houston who just turned 27 last month is an upgrade over Julius Peppers, 34 on the Chicago Bears Defensive Line this season. Obviously, Peppers has had a more distinguished career than Houston probably ever will. However, this Lamarr Houston is an upgrade over this Julius Peppers. Last season, Pro Football Focus ranked Peppers 36th out of 54 qualifying 4-3 defensive ends.  He ranked 22nd rushing the passer and 44th against the rush.

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PHOTO: Bears Icon Jim McMahon wears Sausage King T on ‘Today’


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Jim McMahon is one of the most beloved players in Chicago Bears history. Sure, he won games mostly to being a “game manager,” a decade or so before that term became a cliche, but he’s still the most iconic signal caller in the long, rich history of the Bears franchise. “The Punky QB” won it all because he had a great defense and running game around him, so it’s not his play that makes him a Chicago legend- it’s his colorful, brash personality.

Then and now.

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Chicago Bears Season Preview: Never too early


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With the NFL, there’s always a demand for discussion, even in June. You’ll notice I never complain about page views for content surrounding any NFL team. Teams in all the other leagues, yes. But in America the NFL slaughters everything, with college football a distant number two. And all other sports fall into rank an even further distant third place, and on down.

So let’s get this party started.

We continue the never too early series with the Chicago Bears season preview.

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