Brian Urlacher Talks Bears, Hair Restoral, Cubs, Illini and More (Semi-Exclusive)

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“Anything that Brian is doing, of course should be entertaining,” said former Chicago Bears and current Illinois Fighting Illini Head Coach Lovie Smith this past week.

“I’m sure they’ll all have a great time with it,” Smith responded when we informed him exactly what Brian Urlacher would be up to this Sunday.

Smith was spot on, and perhaps even understating it a bit. Urlacher was one of the many celebrities appearing at the 17th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge Sunday morning at North Avenue beach, benefiting Special Olympics Chicago. Urlacher met with fans, took lots of pictures and served up bratwursts for Johnsonville, on a 65-foot semi-truck grill which can reportedly cook 2,500 brats an hour.

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Northwestern Basketball Will Be Analogized to Both Duke and the Cubs a lot this Month

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As we enter the B1G Tournament, Northwestern basketball will be looking to solidify their position in the NCAA Tournament, and improve their seeding by winning as many games as they can in Washington D.C.

Off-the-court, the local and national media will be producing lots of content surrounding what Jim Nantz deemed “the story of the year in college basketball.”

That story of course is Northwestern basketball making their first NCAA Tournament in the entire history of their program; ending a 78 year drought.

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Clark Squeeze Ball Popper on Chicago Cubs Website Sells Out

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“This is indeed a disturbing universe,” said baby Maggie Simpson, voiced by James Earl Jones, on a Halloween episode of The Simpsons. While that phrase perfectly summates current events and headline news these past three weeks, we’re actually referring to something much more harmless.

Big fan of Clark the Chicago Cubs mascot? Ever wanted him to shoot balls out of his mouth at you? Well you’re in luck (or at least you will be once the Cubs store re-stocks their supply of this highly sought-after item.

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Stick to Sports? Not Anymore, not with the SERIOUS Concerns We Have

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(Editor’s note: re-posting from November 18th, 2016)

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to acknowledge the passing of the phrase “stick to sports.”

It has now passed on into the great abyss.

Of course, to be honest with ourselves, we must first acknowledge

a.) that “stick to sports” only existed as a phrase conveniently leaving off the second, more important, self-defining portion of the expressed sentiment.

b.) that it was impossible for stick to sports to ever really exist in the first place.

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Yankees, Former Cubs P Adam Warren has Great “when I got traded” Story

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The New York Yankees recently announced that they have agreed to terms with SS Didi Gregorius, OF Aaron Hicks, LHP Tommy Layne, RHP Michael Pineda, C Austin Romine and RHP Adam Warren on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts, thus avoiding arbitration.

Given today’s world of extremely excessive communication technology and ridiculous over-communication, it’s nearly impossible to actually go off the grid. Like the B-52’s “roam if you want to, roam around the world,” and you’ll find more and more roaming available.

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Jake Arrieta Explains His Controversial Presidential Election Tweet

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Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta made a very controversial Tweet on November 9th, the day after the U.S. Presidential election. It was very short and (not so) sweet, as all 140 or character less offerings are, and the political statement made in the micro-blog posting was highly scrutinized and excessively analyzed.

Yesterday, the Cubs were the guests of President and now Chicagoan, Barack Obama at the White House for what will be the final public event hosted by the 44th President of these United States while in office.

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President Barack Obama Hosting the Chicago Cubs at the White House

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Like Boyz II Men told us “it’s so hard, to say goodbye, to yesterday. Outgoing President of the United States Barack Obama gave his Farewell Address tonight, and the whole country was focused in on it. “Farewell Address,” Barack Obama, FLOTUS, Malia and plenty of other Barack Obama related search terms dominated the top ten national trending terms on Twitter tonight.

On the night that the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the World Series, Obama invited the newly crowned champions to the White House via Twitter.

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12 Potential Chicago College Football Bowl Game Names

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With the idea of bringing a college football bowl game to Chicago gathering steam, we penned an op-ed on this idea for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition. You can read it in full over at this link, and we excerpted part of the introduction below:

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2017 Chicago Cubs Convention Preview, List of Attendees

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The 2017 Chicago Cubs Convention for 2017 is obviously sold out. Given that little news event in early November that you might have heard about, the World Series win (it was on all the home pages, you probably clicked on something about it somewhere) the Chicago Cubs now own this town. Sorry Blackhawks, your run was fun while it lasted. 

Today the club released the full list of attendees for the 32nd Annual Cubs Convention, accompanied by a partial list of events and panels. 

Let’s run down the list.

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Joe Girardi Discusses Cubs World Series Win Experience, Aroldis Chapman

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When asked about the return of Aroldis Chapman to the New York Yankees, and the controversy surrounding the polarizing relief pitcher, Manager Joe Girardi gave a very Joe Girardi answer.

By contrast, in response to a query about the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series, the former Cubs catcher gave a more human and less corporate answer. Girardi is a native of Peoria, Illinois (where a minor league team affiliated with the Cubs — 1985-1994, 2005-2012 — is located) and he grew up bleeding Cubbie blue.

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Upcoming Chicago Cubs World Series Trophy Tour Stops

Its official name is the Commissioner’s Trophy, and for the first time ever, the Chicago Cubs have one. It’s one giant piece of bling that is proverbially “priceless,” but has an estimated appraised value of around $8,000. Anything and everything that you ever wanted to know about the past and present of the World Series trophy is just a click away/available for free on the streets of Chicago today. 

Be sure to pick up a copy of the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye edition today. You can read a story containing all the details about what goes into caring for and transporting this coveted prize. Lots of baseball facts and figures, notes, nuggets and tidbits in there. 

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Koji Uehara: Meet the Chicago Cubs New $6 Million Man

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On Wednesday afternoon the Chicago Cubs announced the newest member of their pitching staff- Koji Uehara. The right hander signed a one-year contract for 2017 reportedly worth $6 million. Thus Uehara, 41, is literally the six million dollar man. He’s the Lee Majors of MLB I guess.

His deal also includes a very interesting perk:

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