Oscars talk is often far too pretentious for me to get wrapped up in when that time of the year rolls around. Hence, I do not participate in Oscars Night Twitter™.
Let people like what they want to like. And if they want to express how much they like it, let them do so. If you don’t like it as much as others, you can do that, too. The freedom of honest expression can be a beautiful thing. Just don’t be a jerk about it.
- The Bears’ IG account had its own award giveaways on Sunday:
- The Bears had Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Eddie Jackson selected to Pro Bowl teams. Eddie Goldman and Tarik Cohen were selected as alternates. Patterson won some All-Pro honors along the way. So it’s not as if the 8-8 Bears were under-represented during the NFL’s award season. But I’m still a bit miffed about Allen Robinson not getting his due. Then again, the wide receiver position is loaded with top-end talent to the point where someone was going to get snubbed at some point.
- The XFL is off to a good start from a ratings perspective:
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) February 10, 2020
- Sure, the AAF had a good Week 1, too. But this feels a bit different. The games feel quicker, the innovations raise eyebrows in a good way, and there’s even a schadenfreude angle so long as Marc Trestman is around.
- This halftime speech inspired me to take a nap:
— Tampa Bay Vipers (@XFLVipers) February 9, 2020
- He’s soooooo back:
Yep, that's me. You're probably wondering how I ended up in this situation. pic.twitter.com/UghVfPUeg0
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) February 9, 2020
- Can’t say I missed this look:
- Guessing how many holdovers there will be in Week 2 and beyond feel s like a fool’s errand so early in the game. But the general reaction to the XFL has been more positive than negative. I feel as if people are digging the vibe of the new experimental rules and clean broadcasts by networks who do football well.
- No one is here to watch SFL punts, but maybe this is what helps get Marquette King back in the league:
😂 brah the XFL ball has to be the most challenging football I ever kicked in life but when you hit the sweet spot it’ll go! https://t.co/g15ABW7V0Z
— Marquette King (@MarquetteKing) February 10, 2020
- King was a two-time Special Teams Player of the Week (2015 Week 16, 2016 Week 7), led the NFL in yards per punt in 2013, and was a second-team All-Pro in 2016. He fell out of favor with Jon Gruden upon the coach’s return to Oakland, punted four games with the Broncos in 2018, and sat out the 2019 season. Good special teams play can be hard to find (don’t we know it), so it wouldn’t be a surprise if third phase standouts get calls from NFL teams when camps open up this summer.
- Still no word if the Bears have reached out to Greg Olsen, but NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport hears a decision should come down this week:
Free agent TE Greg Olsen has a #Redskins visit through today, source said. He arrived yesterday. His #Seahawks visit is Wednesday, and then Olsen expects a decision by the end of the week. Olsen, who was in the booth for an XFL game yesterday, has also spent time with the #Bills.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 10, 2020
- Uh, what?
If you don't think Taysom Hill is a future star in the NFL, you haven't been paying close enough attention to him. He was the best player on the field for either team in the Saints-Vikings playoff game. The biggest question is can he stay healthy if used all the time?
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 10, 2020
- Yes I’ve seen those Mack rumors. No, I’m not buying them at all. Not from the source that was pushing a ridiculously unthinkable Bears-Bengals trade for the top overall pick. My response:
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) February 10, 2020
- Give the people what they want:
Bulls Front Office Rumors: New Head of Basketball Ops Could Be Coming, But Paxson Would Still Have a Role https://t.co/wzxsP2nahk
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) February 9, 2020