It’s the one instance in which I love to see the Bears* lose:
My alma mater’s men’s basketball team is building something special, and I cannot begin to express how happy I am that the arrow is pointing up for the Southern Illinois Salukis.
This shot (which knocked off the Missouri State Bears*) is something I’ll remember for a long time.
- The sports radio host who put out the wild rumor suggesting the Bears were among the teams calling the Bengals to trade up to draft LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (which we instead used as a vehicle to discuss how the Bears could reasonably trade into the first round should they want to draft a QB) isn’t backing down. In fact, I would consider this doubling down:
- Every league year features a trade that would have otherwise been unthinkable to anyone except for those with the wildest imaginations. But a Khalil Mack trade from the Bears to the Bengals to secure the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft isn’t one of them.
- Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate most off-the-wall rumors. Oftentimes, rumor mill chatter opens up avenues for discussion regarding the value of players and picks, the importance of fits and schemes, roster construction, and more. HOWEVER, dragging Mack’s name (and tagging him on Twitter) into the muck ain’t it.
- For what it’s worth, it’s not unreasonable to think the Bears and Bengals are talking. I’d bet all sorts of teams are having conversations about future plans. Generals managers wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they weren’t doing so. But it is probably more reasonable to believe that – if the Bears and Bengals were talking – conversations might center around the Bengals’ second-round pick (No. 33 overall) or even Andy Dalton. But talking about trading for that first pick? With what the Bears have to offer? It’s a likely a non-starter.
- The XFL debuted on Saturday and it didn’t stink. In fact, there is a lot to like — which means there could be a ton of stuff the NFL could learn from this upstart league. For what it’s worth, the XFL seems pretty open to the idea of the NFL snagging some of its bits if it comes to it. Anything for the betterment of football, I suppose.
- Austin Proehl (who was one of Mitch Trubisky’s favorite targets at North Carolina in 2016) scored the league’s first touchdown, while ex-Bears practice squad member Nelson Spruce picked up the league’s first 100-yard receiving game:
Nelson Spruce had the XFL’s first 100-yard receiving game pic.twitter.com/qJ6PVByTTG
— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 2020
- I can’t front … I’m falling for Cardale Jones as a quarterback prospect all over again:
Cardale Jones highlights from his XFL debut.
— XFL Vids (@XFLvids) February 9, 2020
- I am 100 percent here for these new kickoff rules:
— Henry Schleizer (@henryschleizer) February 8, 2020
- Encouraging one of the most exciting plays in the game while also angling to prevent the injuries that come when two massive men are crashing into each other at full speed is a heckuva concept. How long until the NFL adapts this one?
- A reminder that Allen Robinson is the truth:
Who will lead the Bears in 2020? pic.twitter.com/NhyJoDL3pb
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) February 8, 2020
- Way to go, Ron:
Redskins and HC Ron Rivera are working to make Jennifer King the first full-time African American female assistant coach. King would join the staff as an offensive asst, a source @DNewtonespn. Rivera hired King as a wide receivers coaching intern in Carolina the past two summers.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 9, 2020