The greatest sequel ever turns 40:
I don’t have much else to add, other than I already know what will be background movie noise theater for today’s work day.
• Akiem Hicks was among the snubs who did not make the cut of CBS Sports’ top 100 players of 2020. And while that’s not cool, at least he is getting some love from the analytical community. Cynthia Frelund (NFL Network) rounds up the most underrated players from each of the NFC’s 16 teams. For the Bears, Frelund lands on Hicks, who offenses have to account for to attack from so many different angles when he is in the lineup. Hicks being an all-around threat who can stuff the run, pressure the quarterback, and fill space makes him a key cog in this defense. Frelund has been beating this drum for awhile (and we thank her, as so we are not alone in this fight) and named Hicks one of the NFL’s most under appreciated players of the 2018 season.
• What a stat:
According to NGS, Khalil Mack's pressure rate the first 3 weeks of 2019 with Akiem Hicks healthy would've been tops in the NFL at 16.4%. Without Hicks, that fell to 8.7% the rest of the season. Keep this in mind with Mack, Hicks and Robert Quinn all on the field in 2020 #Bears
— Andrew Freeman (@AjFreeman25) May 19, 2020
• Over at the Bears’ official website, Charles “Peanut” Tillman re-tells the story of one of his favorite moments in the pros. It happens to be one of my favorite moments as a Bears fan.
• And in case you missed it when it happened in real time back in 2003, it looked something like this:
• “I had the mindset that no matter what happens, I’m taking this ball,” Tillman said. “He’s not going to be on SportsCenter’s Top 10. I’m getting this ball.” And he did! He out-Mossed Randy Moss. What a moment!
• Because I know you can’t get enough of great Peanut Tillman moments, here are some more:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 21, 2020
• When a popular ex-Bear finds comfort in a new home, I feel good about it. Even when it’s with the Raiders. And while no free agent signing is ever going to say they feel as if they landed in a spot that is questionable for them, I believe Prince Amukamara when he says he fits in Vegas playing for Paul Guenther’s unit. “With Paul’s defense, I followed him when he was at Cincinnati and you can see the guys are aggressive, and he likes for his guys to press and I think that’s where I flourish,” Amukamara told the Raiders’ official website. “I’m one of, if not the best, corners in press, man-to-man coverage in the league and I have the tape to show that, which is why I’m saying that so boldly.”
• I can’t say enough good things about Marc Silverman, so let’s just say that I was moved when I saw our friends at Obvious Shirts post this as an attempt to help a good man and a good cause:
Marc Silverman is stronger than cancer! Privileged to partner with @WaddleandSilvy to make these and donate 100% of the proceeds to @TheVFoundation. Learn more at https://t.co/zlcfe0vSOm pic.twitter.com/cuOh2iXNqU
— OBVIOUS SHIRTS® (@obvious_shirts) May 20, 2020
• Stay strong, Silvy! You’ve got this!
• I am looking forward to seeing how Darnell Mooney’s offseason work turns into positive results:
• It’s been a noisy offseason throughout the league:
I ranked all 32 NFL teams on how much noise they've made this offseason, positive or negative. On the list:
— Jeremy Layton (@JeremyLayt0n) May 20, 2020
• An eye-opening piece:
NFL’s diversity plan is better than nothing, but here’s why it’s not enough https://t.co/GB6V9kOfYV
— Jason Reid (@JReidESPN) May 20, 2020
• A look at how the sausage is made:
• This comedy tour would be a banger:
If Phil Jackson dropped a comedy album this would 100% be the cover. pic.twitter.com/qOrsDAJKOU
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) May 21, 2020
• Tough scene for Sean Casey here:
How Can You Let Yourself Get Thrown Out at First Base from Left Field?https://t.co/YzTyzAQpHw
— Baseball is Fun (@flippingbats) May 20, 2020
• A COVID-19 and sports update:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) May 21, 2020