This is a very important piece of Chicago sports and food journalism, so I’m sharing it at the very top of today’s Bullets:
As part of @TheAthletic’s initiative to support local businesses at this time, we present …. the Chicago sportswriter’s guide to the best hot dogs, Italian beef and pizza.
Order, enjoy and debate!
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) April 9, 2020
My picks to click are Byron’s (hot dogs), Al’s (Italian beef), and Pequod’s (pizza). And I didn’t come to those easily. (Michael: Mine are Vienna Sausage Factory (hot dogs), Portillo’s (beef), and Art of Pizza (pizza).
I grew up on Byron’s dogs on Irving Park long before people associated them with President Obama. Heck, I still go there to grab a dog and some fries for my grandma who lives in the neighborhood because she loves them. Otherwise, I’m a big-time Superdawg fan. Roma’s has my favorite sandwich (an Italian beef with Hot Doug’s atomic sausage), but the original Al’s on Taylor Street is perfect. Anyone who knows me (or even follows my Twitter or IG accounts) knows I dabble in pizza. New York Style? I go to Jimmy’s in Lincoln Square. Detroit pan? I dig Union Full Board and Jet’s. Tavern cut? Give me any number of places. But my life changed when my father first took me to Pequod’s. (Michael: Hard to argue with any of that. Lu knows his stuff).
I’m looking forward to seeing your picks to click in comments later.
- It’s been a while since I was too excited to sleep, but the Chicago Bulls reportedly hiring a new lead executive had me buzzing at midnight:
It’s Happening: Bulls Reportedly Hiring Arturas Karnisovas as New VP of Basketball Operationshttps://t.co/A1DMreNlRL
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) April 9, 2020
- And in case you missed it, the process leading up to hiring Arturas Karnisovas was a wild one. Eli had Bulls coverage at BN covered like a blanket here, here, here, here, and here. Finally, the Bulls are headed in a direction that isn’t toward the pit of despair!
- I decided to lead Bears Bullets with a Bulls item because it put me in the mindset to think about GM Ryan Pace’s future calling the shots at Halas Hall. Since being hired in January 2015, the Chicago sports landscape has gone through some tremendous changes — specifically at the top. Here’s a brief list of things that have happened since Pace was hired:
- The Cubs have won a World Series and replaced the manager who took them to the promised land.
- The Blackhawks have won a Stanley Cup and dismissed the head coach who won three titles for the franchise.
- The White Sox have torn things down and rebuilt the core of their organization with a new power structure at the top.
- And now, the Bulls have hired a new lead executive. I’m not saying Pace needs to watch his back right now. But I will say he needs to realize how important it is to get it right this year if he wants to be in Chicago long-term. Otherwise, he could join the list of top dogs in Chicago who get pushed out the door.
- In some circles, Pace is already believed to be on the hot seat.
- Mitch Trubisky’s RPO decision-making left a lot to be desired:
Gosh if the Eagles' 2017 offense is any indication of how Chicago's Matt Nagy wants to call plays, then I can't imagine how rough it's been on him that Trubisky can't read RPOs well. I've seen maybe 28 offensive snaps so far and at least 8 have been RPOs. Bears can't use em.
— Robert Schmitz (@robertkschmitz) April 8, 2020
- Probably should’ve seen it as a sign of things to come when Matt Nagy diagnosed Trubisky’s problematic decision-making to check out of runs to throw the ball in Week 1.
- Finding someone who checks all these boxes in this year’s draft is going to be a challenge for a team without a first-round pick:
The 4 key factors for QB's:
2) Decision Making
Good exercise to run the QB class through these four factors. I think Burrow & Tua are both outstanding in all 4 areas.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 7, 2020
- Finding someone to protect whomever is throwing the ball for the Bears should be a priority. That’s why I took great interest in reading up on Josh Jones, the Houston left tackle with first-round talent who might slip into Round 2. If he is there at No. 43, the Bears would be wise to scoop him up and not think twice about it. Jones still has to refine his game, but because the Bears have two starting tackles entrenched, the team could use the early parts of the season to mold Jones until he is ready to be unleashed.
- The NBC Sports Chicago tag team of Adam Hoge and JJ Stankevitz has additional breakdown:
He most likely won’t be, but if he is, I’d pick him straight away without any shadow of thought.
— Sean (@SeanBcricket) April 8, 2020
- Jenny Ventras (SI.com) puts the Bears at No. 23 on The MMQB’s latest installment of power rankings. Although, I can’t bring myself to get riled up about power rankings in April. I just can’t.
- Who are you staying with when Quarantine Club Dub opens?
Good morning! You've been provided the opportunity to join Quarantine Club Dub. Which group are you joining? pic.twitter.com/urCeJmhV3G
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) April 9, 2020
- Pretty neat:
— VaynerSports (@vaynersports) April 8, 2020
- Cam Newton was a savage for this:
Bears shoulda signed Cam Newton (if only so we could watch him own the Packers like this twice a year).
🔊 SOUND ON 🔊
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) April 8, 2020
- The NFC South is going to be savage (on *AND* off the field):
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) April 8, 2020
- This one hurts:
#ThrowbackThursday: Name the most random NFL Draft bust who pops into your head.
Mine: Penn State & Chicago Bears RB Curtis Enis.
Anyone who's followed his post-playing career know this dude deserves his own 30 for 30… pic.twitter.com/WwYggO6QDl
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) April 9, 2020
- It was good to talk baseball with my fellow Outsiders again:
— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) April 9, 2020