May has flown by! It’s already Memorial Day Weekend, but I don’t have any plans. This is probably a good time to re-charge some batteries and take a relaxed attitude toward the weekend before gearing up for the summer.
- The best of the best to lace ’em up for the Chicago Bears:
- There was never a doubt who was going to be No. 1 on the Bears’ list of 100 best players in franchise history:
- Creating that list was always going to be difficult. Despite some lean years that are still fresh in our memory, the Bears have had a wealth of talent throughout their storied history. Fitting all the heavy hitters was going to be impossible. But for the most part, the list is solid – even if I don’t agree with the placement of a couple of players who probably deserved better.
- With that in mind, I appreciated Dan Pompei’s transparency in sharing what went into ranking the players:
The whys and hows behind our controversial Top 100 Bears list. https://t.co/Sz3mmdC5uk
— Dan Pompei (@danpompei) May 24, 2019
- Even after reading it, I still would have ranked Brian Urlacher higher than 14th.
- WSCR 670-AM’s Dan Bernstein sorts through the snubs, players who were rated too highly, not ranked high enough, and highlights those who probably shouldn’t have made the list at all.
- My 10 favorite Bears who didn’t crack the top-100 list: Ted Washington, Ruben Brown, Rosevelt Colvin, Marcus Robinson, Alex Brown, Anthony Thomas, Curtis Conway, Thomas Jones, Keith Traylor, Raymont Harris.
- To be fair, I’m not sure how many of these guys deserve spots on the list. But because they were favorites of mine growing up, I thought this would be an opportune time to spread the love to guys who provided a highlight in my Bears fandom at one point or another.
- Eddie Jackson’s inclusion on the list was a surprise because he only has two years under his belt, but you’ll get no argument from me. Perhaps having the clutch gene gives him an edge over others:
Eddie Jackson was the league's best safety in the fourth quarter of one-score games during the 2018 season pic.twitter.com/HDJ2GjHIFn
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 24, 2019
- The future is still bright:
As rookie, #Bears WR Anthony Miller:
* Dislocated his left shoulder “5 or 6 times”
* Also tore his left labrum (surgery after season)
* Only missed 1 game, playing in shoulder harness/strap
* Finished 2nd among rookie WRs in TDs (7)
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) May 23, 2019
- I can’t wait to see what a healthy Anthony Miller can do in this offense!
- Dream big! Long odds tend to yield big rewards:
Odds to win the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award:
— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) May 23, 2019
- Let’s put it this way: Placing a $10 wager on David Montgomery to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award could pay out $210. It might be worth the investment. Just saying.
- There are times when the NFL’s salute to armed forces feels like nothing more than lip service, but Chase Daniel’s visit to U.S. troops in South Korea is a good look:
- Oh, brothers:
All for it bro. Can’t wait to have a traditional Chicago hot dog when I come to a bears game. Bun, hotdog and some Heinz 57. As is tradition.
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) May 24, 2019
- Watch Aaron Rodgers get whooped here:
This is Wisconsin. These are my people pic.twitter.com/arHknV1p4C
— Lori Nickel (@LoriNickel) May 24, 2019
- Elsewhere in the division, Matthew Stafford shows how it’s done:
- I can’t wait until the Bulls put together a championship contender and Mitchell shows ’em how it’s done.
- Ah, speaking of Chicago’s basketball team:
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) May 22, 2019