As he prepares to embark upon his 13th season, LB Brian Urlacher is realistic about Chicago’s rapidly shrinking Super Bowl window of opportunity. After 2011′s late-season five-game losing streak eliminated postseason hopes, fans expected the offseason to be a busy one, and it was, although perhaps not as much as some die-hards anticipated. Injuries plagued the Bears last season, with QB Jay Cutler and RB Matt Forte both sidelined late. Hopes are high that the injured will be 100% recovered, although Forte and management are still at odds over a contract dispute. With the addition of WR Brandon Marshall and RB Michael Bush, expect more potency offensively, which is a must playing in the same division with the Packers and Lions. The primary concern revolves around an aging defense, with Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Julius Peppers and Charles Tillman all on the plus side of 30. Urlacher, who has stayed remarkably healthy for most of his career, is recovering from offseason knee surgery and although he claims that he’ll be “ready to go” once training camp begins, he IS 34 years old. First-round draft pick, http://www.directstartv.com/, DE Shea McClellin of Boise State is being counted on to bolster an anemic pass rush. Never one to mince words, Urlacher voices total support for teammate Forte, and as for the 2012 season, he states, “This is definitely the best chance we’ve had to win it (Super Bowl) since I’ve been here.”
The Chicago Bears are starting a new era this fall. Gone is Lovie Smith though some still want him there. The Bears have been good over the last few years, and this year they should be good again. They face off against Indianapolis in the regular season opener, and this figures to be quite a challenge for the new coaching staff. The Colts made the playoffs last season, and with an extra year of preparation Read the rest of this entry »
With the uneasiness that goes along with not knowing when or if former MVP Derrick Rose will return for the upcoming season, the Bulls have some difficult decisions to make as the NBA Draft approaches. They have the 29th pick of the first round, and nothing in the second round. Do they trade up and package a player along with the pick? Do they hold onto the pick? The Bulls are worried, as well they should be, but how worried? Only the Chicago Bulls management team knows that for sure.
The ideal scenario would see the Bulls holding onto Read the rest of this entry »
2011 was a year that Jay Cutler will probably look back on with some regret. The Chicago Bears quarterback threw for just thirteen touchdowns and played in only ten games. Both of these totals were the lowest of his career since his rookie season in Denver. The previous two seasons in Chicago, Cutler started 31 out of 32 regular season games and tossed 50 touchdown passes.
At the beginning of the 2012 season, Cutler finds himself outside of the NFL’s annual ranking of the top 100 players once again. Last year the snub seemed unfair but this year Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been another forgettable season for the Chicago Cubs, a fact that may be starting to wear on the fans. While they are willing to give new GM Theo Epstein some time, this Cubs season has a chance to go down among the worse in team history, if not the worst. With this in mind, it’s wrong to simply say that the Cubs are losing because of their pitching. Sure, their ERA is 27th in the league, but they are also 28th in runs and on-base percentage as well. With all of that Read the rest of this entry »
The stars were alignment for the New York Mets offense on June 27th. Unfortunately, those stars turned their backs on the pitching of the Chicago Cubs. The Mets blasted sixteen hits, four of which were homeers, in route to a 17-1 victory over the Cubs. The New York offense was paced by 2B Daniel Murphy’s first career two homer game and a grand slam by OF Scott Hairston. 1B Ike Davis, entered the game under Read the rest of this entry »
While it’s tempting to look down on the American League Central and call it the most “sub-par” division in baseball, you can also look at it with a glass half full view and say that it is the most compact division as well. You currently have four teams within 5.5 games of each other, meaning that there is a whole lot to play for as we head into the All-Star Break, something that you can’t say about a lot of the other divisions out there. With that in mind, while the fact that the Chicago White Sox crushed the Minnesota Twins 12 Read the rest of this entry »
As he prepares to embark upon his 13th season, LB Brian Urlacher is realistic about Chicago’s rapidly shrinking Super Bowl window of opportunity. After 2011′s late-season five-game losing streak eliminated postseason hopes, fans expected the offseason to be a busy one, and it was, although perhaps not as much as some die-hards anticipated.
Injuries plagued the Bears last season, with QB Jay Cutler and RB Matt Forte both sidelined late. Hopes are high that the injured will be 100 recovered, although Forte and management Read the rest of this entry »