NFL Draft: a Sporting Event Built to Survive Lockdown

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The NFL Draft, in a highly altered and very much scaled down form, might be the only sporting event that survives the next couple months. If they can pull it off, and it is very much doable, you could see the MLB, NBA and NHL follow suit. It won’t be actual sports, but hey, it will be something close. And it will give you some sports to bet on too, as NFL betting sites have already been taking action on who the first overall pick would be for quite some time already.

On Monday morning, the National Football League announced that the draft will go on, on the planned date, but all fan events are cancelled. So for now, it’s on, but who knows what could change between now and the end of April. Personally, I think it would be really cool if they went all retro/back to their roots- just a bunch of old dudes in a conference center ball room picking names off of a board.

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Nick Foles to Chicago Bears, Fans React Colorfully on Twitter

Yesterday, when Tom Brady officially left the New England Patriots, en route to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, discussions were triggered all over social media about what athlete looked the strangest in a jersey of “another” team. By “another” think of Michael Jordan as a Washington Wizard, Joe Montana as a Kansas City Chief, Johnny Unitas as a San Diego Charger etc. 

One of the more clever reponses was Mitch Trubisky in a Pro Bowl uniform. It’s funny because it’s true, and it’s clear the Chicago Bears will need a new QB1 if they are to do achieve anything while having this stellar defense that they have in place going for them. So the Bears have made moves, trading a fourth round draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Nick Foles.

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Jay Cutler Originally Committed to Illinois, but Ron Turner Shifted QB Priorities

Before former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler signed with Vanderbilt to play his college football, he strived to stay closer to home. The Santa Claus, Indiana native, who grew up a Bears fan, wanted to go to Notre Dame, but they weren’t interested.

Purdue wanted him, back in 2002 when Cutler was coming out of high school, but the Boilermakers coaching staff envisioned Cutler as a defensive back instead. Illinois offered him, Jay accepted, but then the staff told him he was lower on the priority list at the position. It proved to be a terrible mistake as then coach Ron Turner suffered through a 1-11 season in 2003, and then found himself out of a job after a 3-8 campaign in 2004.

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Khalil Mack Still Had a Solid Season, Despite Pedestrian Stats

As the Chicago Bears were getting absolutely thrashed, at home, on national television by the Kansas City Chiefs, NBC announcer Cris Collinsworth said it best: Khalil Mack has played a great game tonight and has almost nothing to show for it.”

That’s been the story of his season, actually. You could say that it’s the story of the Bears defense as a whole. Chicago heads into the final game of the season at the Minnesota Vikings, with an ugly 7-8 record, despite surrendering the fewest total points in the NFC. It’s a championship level D, being held back by a pathetic O.

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As Mitch Trubisky Keeps Failing, Seat of Ryan Pace Keeps Warming

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The struggles of Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky are on more people than just him. While his continuously underwhelming play is due to the failures of his teammates, as well as himself, the repercussions will be felt far above and beyond just the individual signal caller.

The Monsters of the Midway rebuild was designed around having patience while Trubisky developed. The fruits of the labor came last season with a division title and a 12-4 record, but that’s all by the wayside now, given the utterly disastrous 4-6 season that has unfolded in Chicago.

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Peanut Tillman Should be Living Face of Bears Franchise, Not Mike Ditka

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The Saturday Night Live Super Fans bit will never die; I am grudgingly resigned to accepting that reality. You would think, as comedy is an extremely time sensitive medium that an early ’90s SNL bit about dysfunctional obsession with sports/deification of sports heroes would eventually become stale, but whatever.

The “DA BEARS!!!!” routine doesn’t seem to ever die, regardless of the countless times it’s re-hashed, re-booted, re-worked, but anyway. The important thing is that each time it is, the mythology around Mike Ditka continues growing. For those with just a cursory knowledge of Iron Mike, and football in general, he’s the greatest football coach of all time, the absolute paradigm of rough, tough manliness.

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Super Bowl Champ Martellus Bennett Very Busy in Retirement

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Former Chicago Bears and New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is was and always has been a multi-layered individual. Before, during and after his pro football career, Martysaurus Rex had been a Renaissance man; interested in many things.

He’s in to drawing, illustrating, fighting for social justice and he’s being doing some promotions too. Bennett was recently at a tailgate in College Station, TX (his alma mater is Texas A&M) working with a beer company on a promotion involving picking who will make the College Football Playoff rankings.

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Chicago Bears Fans Losing Patience with Mitch Trubisky, Team Still Committed

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With every major investment there comes a point where you have to ask yourself a couple important questions. Have we seen enough sample size yet to determine whether we’re getting an effective ROI (return on investment) or not? Is this a sunk cost? Are we continuing to throw good money and time after bad?

With Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky, the answers to these questions are clear now, at least among much of the fan base. They’ve seen enough, believe it is isn’t working out and that it’s not going to work out. However, the front office is not on the same page, and that’s the opinion that matters.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot Aims to Make Soldier Field Year Round Destination

On the 22nd anniversary of the founding of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, and the 148th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Chicago Fire, the club held a media and fan event at Soldier Field. The club will call the building home again next season, much like they did in 1998-2001 and 2003-2005.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was in attendance yesterday, and she’s excited for what lies ahead for both the team and the lakefront venue.

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Looking to Relocate NFL Team in London

This past weekend saw Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London host the English Premier League and the American National Football League on the same weekend. The $1.25 billion stadium, which opened last spring, after several delays, was worth the wait. It’s world-class, and their next goal is to host the Premiership and the NFL on the same day.

If they can make that short term objective work, the over-arching long term objective is to get a NFL team relocated to London; as has been part of the vision since the beginning of the project. and it would make a great for home for some NFL team, but who?

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Chicago Bears: 2019 Unfolding Just Like 2018, but Road Ahead Vastly Differs

Past results do not always predict future performances, but they do possess a lot of information worth analyzing nonetheless. History doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme, Mark Twain famously said.

The 2019 Chicago Bears, through the first five games, not only have the same record as 2018, but they have also mirrored that path to three wins and two losses. It’s something to think about this bye week, when looking head to the next game, at home against the New Orleans Saints.   [Read more…]

Watch: Amazing Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Time Lapse Videos

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was built not just to be the home of the North London Premier League club, but also the National Football League’s new place to stage their games in the U.K. The venue’s opening was massively delayed, several times, but in the end it was worth the wait.

THS has two playing surfaces, one for NFL football and the other for English football, with the two fields of play sitting on top of each other.

Watch these two amazing time lapse videos, which show the rotation and transition.

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