Nothing made me want to go back to bed quicker than seeing two white hairs in my beard that definitely weren’t there yesterday. Ah, well. I’ll just have to power through it and act like everything is fine. Let’s do this!
- Is it September 5 yet?
- Have you ever witnessed a better debut showing than what Khalil Mack put on when the Bears and Packers opened up the Sunday Night Football slate in 2018? One sack, one forced fumble, one recovered fumble, 1 interception that was returned for a touchdown. The only thing missing from that stat line is a win for his team, but you can’t put any blame on Mack for that one.
- For as maddening as that opening-night loss to Green Bay was, it’s says something about what the 2018 Bears represented that it turned into a springboard for a 12-win, division-clinching season. Truly a testament to the players and coaches for not letting one bad loss on a prime-time stage derail a dream season. It’s that kind of bounce-back that needs to happen again after their soul-crushing loss to the Eagles in the postseason. And there is no better place to do it than on Thursday Night Football during the season-opening game in the team’s 100th season at Soldier Field against an arch enemy.
- History in the making:
September 5 will mark the first time the #Bears have opened a season on Thursday Night.
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) March 25, 2019
- To heck with the idea of waiting 163 more days. I want it now!
- In the meantime, I’ll be looking forward to this:
NFL announces “significant-sized, free event” in Grant Park on Sept. 5 before and during the Bears-Packers opener.
It’ll include concerts, appearances by Bears greats and a free game-watch party in the park, the NFL says.
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) March 25, 2019
- In case you’re curious, StubHub has already sent me push notifications to inform me tickets are already available for sale for the Sept. 5 grudge-match against the Packers. As of this posting, the cheapest tickets in the house are a pair in section 430, row 32 that costs $294 each. I hope you started putting away some money yesterday.
- Seriously, you couldn’t have picked a better matchup to open up the season than than what the NFL has put forth. The league isn’t perfect, but it does scheduling and prime-time correctly.
- Check out new running back Mike Davis and Mitch Trubisky getting to know each other on a football level:
It appears that Mike Davis has joined Mitch Trubisky and others out west for some workouts (per his IG account) pic.twitter.com/uVgJ3NqbpB
— Matt Eurich (@MattEurich) March 25, 2019
- Tarik Cohen was almost perfect in 2018:
Kerryon Johnson & Matt Breida each hauled in 100% of the catchable passes thrown their way in 2018 to pace the league's RBs pic.twitter.com/3TTiKfmdWJ
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 25, 2019
- I’d bet on Tarik getting that 100% in 2019.
Vikings are a 1-15 roster
if I give them a free win
/ づ https://t.co/AYqPN2rbzW
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) March 26, 2019
- Over at the league’s meetings in Arizona, go ahead and find your favorite coach:
— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) March 25, 2019
- Matt Nagy is certainly a bold one. Not for his wardrobe choice, but for standing next to Doug Pederson in the photo. Long-time friendship aside, I’m not sure I’d have it in me to stand next to the coach whose team eliminated my squad from the postseason last year. Wouldn’t even be close to being interested in that scenario. But Nagy has a stronger will than I do, which is one of the many reason’s he’s a professional football coach and I am a professional football-coach watcher.
- The breakdown of the coaches photo here is unlike anything you’ve ever seen:
Here it is. How’d your coach look?
— GMFB (@gmfb) March 26, 2019