Pokemon Go the Future of Gaming, Says Former Bears DL Idonije

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Israel Idonije played in the NFL for over a decade with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and most notable, the Chicago Bears. In our hearts and minds he’ll always be a Chicago Bears. This past weekend Idonije made a guest appearance at the Indican Pictures Comic-Con booth to promote his comic book ‘The Protectors’.

The idea was something Idonije came up with a few years back, which has garnered the attention of many major athletes, all of whom dream of being featured in the innovative comic book, which combines the two idols of children worldwide, superheroes and sports.

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Charles Tillman has Advice for Deiondre’ Hall (Exclusive)


Chicago Bears fourth-round pick (No. 127 overall) Deiondre’ Hall, a 6’2” 200-pound defensive back from Northern Iowa, has been drawing some Charles Tillman comparisons. In fact, there’s been a couple “Is Deiondre’ Hall the next Charles Tillman?” articles published in 2016.

It’s easy to see why. The two cornerbacks are similar in size and skill sets, both drafted by the Bears out of mid-major schools. The bar is very high for Hall though, as Tillman is a two time Pro Bowler, and earned first team all pro honors in 2012.

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Bears, Panthers Cornerback Charles Tillman Announces Retirement

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Former Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman will not return to play another season in the NFL this fall. As he’s said multiple times publicly, the only team that wanted to play for this year is the team that he played for last season- the Carolina Panthers.

However, it is not to be, not in Carolina or anywhere else. Peanut Tillman posted the following goodbye YouTube video on his official verified Twitter account.

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WGN, CLTV’s Jarrett Payton Talks Chicago Bears (Audio)

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Jarrett Payton, Host of “Sports Feed” on Chicagoland Television Network and “The Beat” on WGN Radio, is the next guest on The Sports Bank podcast. We covered a whole host of wide ranging issues in this one. We talked some Chicago Bears, some Peanut Tillman, and the big event coming up next week that Charles Tillman is hosting.

Payton, myself, and a wide array of athlete celebs will be in attendance, including Matt Forte and Robert Griffin III, RG3. Here’s a link to more about the event.

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Charles Tillman Welcomes RG3 for Celebrity Bowling Gala


Charles Tillman spoke to The Sports Bank on Friday, and during our conversation he revealed the guest list of celebrity athletes appearing at the fourth annual Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament. He also spoke about which NFL team is the one that he desires to play for in 2016, which you can read about at this link.

The list of famous names appearing at Kings Bowl for the July 14th event includes:

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Peanut Tillman Only Wants to Play for the Carolina Panthers


Former Chicago Bears defensive back Peanut Tillman might, arguably, be the greatest cornerback in Bears history. The team that Tillman played for last season (after 12 illustrious years in Chicago), the 17 win NFC Champion Carolina Panthers, might arguably be the greatest team not to win the Super Bowl in NFL history.

Of course, fans of the 2007 New England Patriots might have something to say about that idea. The Panthers #KeepPounding in 2016 and they remain the only team that Peanut Tillman wants to play for in 2016.

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Mike Ditka Finally Stops Endorsing a Product: the GOP

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Chicago and NFL icon Mike Ditka has long been a product pitchman first and everything else second. The 1985 Chicago Bears season was 31 years ago; his shtick on ESPN (and every other outlet giving him a platform) has been a de facto cartoon for a very long time already.

It’s been awhile since Mike Ditka has really been about actual football. These days he’s about any company with a product to push who’s nice to him and will cut him a check.

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2017 NFL mock draft 7-6-16


A 2017 NFL mock draft? Yes, a 2017 mock. It’s never too early. However, it is still extremely early, thus the order was randomized and team needs were very lightly taken into account here, and in some cases not at all. The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

Enjoy the 2017 NFL mock draft, some player descriptions were filled in, others will be completed as we go along.

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Ten Most Popular NFL Stories Ever: Happy 4th of July!


Happy Independence day everybody! Baseball has the nickname “the national past time,” but that moniker was bestowed upon the sport a very long time ago. That designation is very outdated, as the NFL is truly king in America. As the great Bob Costas said, at a time when everything is in niches, the NFL cuts across all demographics.

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The Chicago Bears are Uruguay and 7 more Copa America Analogies



Copa America Centenario kicks off tomorrow and we got on the analogy kick (pun intended) by matching a local Chicago sports franchise with one of the teams in the United States’ Group A and Mexico’s Group B. The Chicago Bears are Uruguay, the Cubs are the USA, the Blackhawks are Mexico.

To read why and how pick up a Chicago Tribune RedEye edition today, or click on this link hereAccording to the ESPN FC Soccer Power Index, America has the second best shot at getting out of group A. Here are the SPI percentage projections for advancing out of Group A and into the knockout round:

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Chicago Bears Draft 4th Round Running Back: Meet Jordan Howard


The Indiana Hoosiers are obviously a basketball school, not football. However, IU does have a very explosive offense and they’re quite apt at producing NFL talent at the offensive skill positions, especially at running back.

The Chicago Bears selected Indiana running back Jordan Howard in the fifth round (150th overall pick) of the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Along with Tevin Coleman, who was drafted in the third round by the Atlanta Falcons in 2015, this is the first time since 1990-92 (Anthony Thompson, Ernie Thompson and Vaughn Dunbar) Indiana running backs have been taken in consecutive drafts.

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Illini Football Coach Lovie Smith Praised by NFL Network Pundits


As Illinois Fighting Illini Football Coach Lovie Smith sells the program to recruits, his NFL pedigree will be a persistent theme. (We covered this in depth for RedEye on Thursday) Smith has been out of the college game for 21 years, but he takes over a program that had a really good reputation as a NFL vocational development school up until the last couple of years. Illini football excelled in winning draft night up until 2014, as the program was then shut out in 2015 and 2016.

 Fortunately for Lovie Smith, Illini football returned again to having a presence in the Draft this past weekend.

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