Robinson's Fantasy Year Was Really Good, Some XFL Love, Talking Through Wild Rumors, and Other Bears Bullets

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Robinson’s Fantasy Year Was Really Good, Some XFL Love, Talking Through Wild Rumors, and Other Bears Bullets

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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.

  • 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:

  • I can’t front … I’m falling for Cardale Jones as a quarterback prospect all over again:

  • I am 100 percent here for these new kickoff rules:

  • 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:

  • Way to go, Ron:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.