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Stop Holding Mack, Daniels is a Bulldozer, More Sayers Highlights, and Other Bears Bits

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The Chicago Cubs are playoff bound. And while I understand that this is a weird and unprecedented baseball season, I’m also old enough to appreciate a fifth playoff appearance in six seasons. You will not take this joy from me.

•   Waking up to read the unfortunate news of Gale Sayers’ passing isn’t going to be easy for Bears fans who watched him star for the franchise in his amazing, but injury shortened, career. For those of us who didn’t have that honor, I’ve collected some highlights from the web to share:

•   There’s never a bad time to share Gale Sayers highlights. But I think we all needed that this morning.

•   Will Larkin, one of my favorite co-workers from my time at the Tribune, wrote this last year as part of his re-visiting of the greatest players in Bears history. I would nudge you in hopes you read it:

•   Watching clips and reading about Sayers over the years has long had me being of the opinion that he could have starred in any era. The way Sayers glides with the ball, dodges defenders, eludes would-be-tacklers, and finds the end zone at such a high clip is something else. That is what a transcendent talent looks like. And while I wasn’t alive to see him at the peak of his powers, I’m happy for those who did and am glad he is part of the Bears’ storied franchise. May Sayers’ family find inner-peace during these difficult days and may he rest in peace.

•   Elsewhere on the Chicago sports landscape, this is a HUGE story:

•   I’m ridiculously excited for Eli and our BN Bulls outfit. There are few things that are as energizing as a new coach hire. And that it’s someone with Billy Donovan’s résumé makes it that much more fun. The Bulls hiring a coach with previous head-coaching experience is a narrative-buster that reminds me of when the Bears hired Matt Nagy despite narrative history suggesting they wouldn’t pursue the “hot, offensive-leaning coaching candidate from a well-decorated coaching tree.” It’s simply something the team hadn’t done. Here’s to the best of times moving forward, BN Bulls.

•   Let the big dawg eat:

•   But also … maybe stop ignoring penalties that can be called against guys trying to block him:

•   This gives me feels:

•   The gang was really putting in that work:

•   On the other side of the line, I love watching James Daniels shove dudes around:

•   I still have a quiet confidence that the Bears and Allen Robinson will come to an extension agreement at some point. And even after getting his own deal done, Tarik Cohen made sure to leave something for his teammate:

•   Of course:

•   For your listening pleasure:

Author: Luis Medina

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