With the Cubs facing an early 6-1 deficit against the Braves yesterday, I decided it was a good time to help my dad pick up some stuff from the local hardware store. While I was gone, the Cubs pulled off a furious comeback fueled by the offensive efforts of *checks notes* Jason Heyward and Victor Caratini! They also called up some guy named Kimbrel from Triple-A Iowa. He seems legit. Welcome to The Show, guy!
- Here’s hoping you read our earlier stuff here regarding Mitch Trubisky’s MVP odds. Because if you picked up a ticket when he was a 200/1 long-shot, there is a good chance you’re one of the proud few who can cash out in a big way. Will Brinson (CBS Sports) made Trubisky his long-shot MVP favorite when he was sitting at 200/1, and apparently some big money went in that direction because his odds currently sit at 50/1 at the Westgate Sportsbook. Something happened! It took two days for Trubisky to go from 200/1 to 50/ … which is nothing short of insane. Even I’m flabbergasted.
- Then again, I’m not that surprised. The NFL MVP is almost always a quarterback. And it wasn’t hard to see why Trubisky would have been seen as a tremendous value in the wagering world. If Trubisky takes another positive step in his development, Matt Nagy’s offense keeps churning out the fun plays, and the Bears continue their winning ways, there is a path for QB1 to be in the MVP conversation. And if he makes a similar leap like the one he made from his rookie season to his sophomore campaign, then watch out. Heck, you might want to jump on the 50/1 odds while you can.
- The oddsmakers don’t change lines like that unless so much money comes their way that it makes them fearful of a huge loss. Clearly, Vegas thinks Trubisky is good enough to make them take a financial hit. And when Vegas thinks something, it usually means they know something the public doesn’t.
- Chicago radio host Danny Parkins is all in on Trubisky as a future MVP:
— Danny Parkins (@DannyParkins) June 27, 2019
- I was yesterday years old when I learned there was a market to buy futures tickets from sports books. What a time to be alive!
- Off the field, Trubisky is doing fun things for the kids because he knows what it would’ve meant to him growing up:
While hosting a youth camp in Lake Forest this week, @Mtrubisky10 says he wants #Bears fans, young and old, to get to know him as a person and not just as the quarterback of their favorite team. pic.twitter.com/W4WF36fgwd
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) June 27, 2019
- There aren’t too many people I enjoy talking football with as much as I do when I get to talk shop with Bear Report’s Zack Pearson. We talk about Leonard Floyd, MVP talk, and an eagerness to get to camp. Give it a listen:
— Bear Report (@BearReport) June 27, 2019
- Well, this is one way to keep defenses honest:
Sean McVay and the Rams used 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR) on 90+% of their offensive snaps in 2018.
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) June 26, 2019
- No team has thrown more different looks at opposing defenses over the last two seasons than the Chicago Bears. And while there is some cross-pollination with the end of the Dowell Loggains era, a good chunk of this has to be from Nagy, his use of gadgetry in the red zone, and willingness to use players like Tarik Cohen anywhere and everywhere. Can we fast forward to this time next year to see what that number looks like now that he has Cordarrelle Patterson and David Montgomery in the mix?
- It’s neat that Nagy and Andy Reid are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the variety of sets in the offense. Yes, Bears fans should want Nagy to follow in the footsteps of Reid — who has been one of the league’s most successful head coaches for a long time. HOWEVER, Bears fans should want Nagy to create his own identity. Nagy forging his own path after following Reid’s ways is exactly how the apprentice becomes a master in his own right.
- While we’re tying Nagy and Reid together, Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport has the two coaching staffs among the 10 best in the NFL. The Bears probably could have been listed higher had Vic Fangio stuck around to run the defense for another year, but the addition of Chuck Pagano keeps the group in the top-10. If Pagano’s defense has a lights out year, I have no doubt this collection of coaching talent will see a jump in next year’s rankings.
- This is cool: Bears running back David Montgomery was named one of the Big 12’s Sportspersons of the Year! It’s an award that honors those who came through big time on the field, but also in the classroom, and within the community. Congratulations to Mr. Montgomery, as well as Baylor women’s basketball player Lauren Cox, and the Kansas State women’s rowing team for their efforts.
- Patrick Mahomes just threw another dart:
So your saying i made good decisions and throw to the open guy!😁 https://t.co/Gw3Ke2Ol2I
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) June 27, 2019
- Here’s a hat for a fan of Wisconsin’s baseball team, who also happens to like the colors of Chicago’s football team:
friend sent me this pic, a brewers hat found in a gas station in wisconsin.
– "new area" obvi a ripoff of "new era"
– navy/powder blue with the orange… it's a little off-putting? maybe the orange is just throwing me off
— megan YELI MVP brown (@thatgirlondeck) June 28, 2019
- A fancy cookware set is Amazon’s Deal of the Day, but they also have a cheap-as-heck TV for Prime members.
- Yesterday would have been Doug Buffone’s birthday. And whether you remember Buffone as a hard-hitting Bears linebacker or the passionate voice of Bears fans as a radio host, odds are he impacted your fandom somewhere along the line. I stumbled across this video of ex-teammates sharing their memories of Buffone, and felt the need to share it today because I didn’t get to it on Thursday.