Can the Bears Find a Vintage Wide Receiver?

Tweet When it comes to wide receivers, good ones are a rare find for Chicago. In all honesty, Alshon Jeffery rates as the best wide receiver the Bears drafted in the Super Bowl era.  He excels as a football player, but claiming the top spot in Bears draft history never required getting past Art Monk, Jerry Rice, or John Stallworth.  Simply stated, Chicago struggles to catch a pass catcher on…

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Can Blaming Movies Give the NRA its Hollywood Ending?

Tweet The NRA changes its story again, still shooting for a happy ending. Hollywood does glamorize the use of guns to establish law and order rather more often than it promotes illegal gun activity.  The good guys get into gunfights with the henchman of the bad guy, and the good guys win.  People don’t buy tickets to watch Bruce Willis die harder, they buy tickets to watch Bruce Willis use…

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Baseball Doesn’t Need A Change-up in the Ninth Inning

Tweet Proposed rule change is way off base. In the last twenty-five years, Major League Baseball never averaged less than eight runs a game, and averaged slightly more than ten runs a game only three times.  Simply stated, a typical MLB game will feature about nine runs a game.  Over the past forty-two years, the American League outscored the National League on average every year.  The AL averaged more than…

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Can MoneyBall ever Become MoneyFootball?

Tweet If in baseball you buy wins by buying runs, what do you have to buy in football to buy wins? Sometime around the age of ten I learned to appreciate the value of walks to a baseball team.  I essentially imitated my older brother and adopted Ron Santo as my favorite player because Santo was his favorite player.  One of the things John told me was that Ron Santo…

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Are Bears Sitton Down, or Standing Up to Reality?

Tweet When the Bears said they were rebuilding, they weren’t joshing. When the Eagles decided to go for the touchdown just before half time in the Super Bowl, some people proclaimed it the turning point of game, some even the Eagles lined up, and others after the game ended.  The greater point seemed to be that the Patriots and the Eagles were evenly matched, so the Lombardi Trophy stood within…

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On Draft Day, Washington is Still the Worst

Tweet Washington: First in war, first in peace, last on draft day. Since the Cleveland Browns reentered the NFL in 1999, you may think they rank as the worst drafting team in the NFL, but they don’t.  I haven’t run all the numbers, so I don’t know exactly where they rank, but I know the second coming of the Browns outperformed the Redskins. In the Super Bowl era Washington ranks…

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Tying Ourselves in Knots to Accommodate Machine Guns

Tweet Automatic weapons don’t belong on our streets. We all need to accommodate the stupid and the dishonest.  As I ride my bicycle across Chicago I make stops at various stores to purchase a newspaper (yes, I still read them), or a drink, or whatever.  If I stop outside a 7-11 I calculate whether my bike will be safe from theft while I run into the store.  Sometimes I decide…

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A Titanic Need for the Leadership of Women

Tweet We need to follow the lead of women, again. When Titanic still played in its first run at the theaters I talked about it with a woman friend who said she didn’t like the movie.  She found the character of Rose Dewitt Bukater off-putting because Rose was so modern.   The idea of a woman in 1912 being such a Feminist struck my friend as anachronistic.  I responded that women…

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Are Bears in a Guarded Draft Position?

Tweet If the Bears choose the right guard with the 8th pick, it wouldn’t stink.    On draft night the Chicago Bears will take the eighth player off the board, and some people suggest the Bears choose a guard, Quenton Nelson, from Notre Dame, if he’s still available.  How unusual is it for a guard to go in the top eight?  Since 1967 NFL teams selected a guard in the…

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Taking Note of a Take-Charge Guy

Tweet The east bound Irving Park Road bus grew ever more crowded this morning, and as I stood in the center aisle I glanced back. If the people in the aisle behind me moved back a few steps, they opened up much more room. If I spoke up they probably would do as I asked, but I’m not the take-charge guy who doesn’t mind drawing attention to himself. No sooner…

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Things You Didn’t Know You Were Dying to Know

Tweet If you think you know where all the bodies are buried, you simply don’t know. How would you feel about receiving a sky burial?  In her entertaining and fascinating new book, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, mortician Caitlin Doughty explains death rituals from different places around the world.  Some of the death rituals come across as something out of a horror movie,…

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