Mooney Starts to Feel the Love, Russ Goes “Home” Again, Bengals Modernizing, and Other Bears Bullets

I have a love-hate relationship with what happened during Saturday’s Cubs-Brewers game.

Because, on the one hand, pegging guys with fastballs for the sake of frontier justice is silly. And frankly, I could do without it in baseball. But on the other hand, there comes a point in time where players have to send each other messages. So long as it isn’t in a head-hunting fashion, I can find a middle ground when it comes to this old-school baseball thing that I kinda-sorta wish would go away.

Perhaps, more importantly, the Brewers need to figure out how to effectively pitch inside if they’re going to do it in the first place. Otherwise, the Cubs aren’t the only team they’ll be beefing with this year.

•   A few years ago, it came up in conversation with a friend over drinks about how the Bengas were the rare cold-weather team in the NFL without an indoor practice facility. It boggled my mind, to be sure. But then I cracked a joke about how they’d never use it anyway. Well … then they made it to the Super Bowl and were practicing indoors for the first time during Super Bowl week at So-Fi Stadium. But perhaps those days will soon be behind them:

https://twitter.com/BusinessCourier/status/1512477280861310982

•   Even adding a temporary facility next to their current stadium should be seen as an upgrade for the Bengals. And that the team is paying for it is an additional bonus that has me nodding my head. It is way too easy for some teams to leverage their recent success to pry money from the taxpayers, so I’m glad the Bengals aren’t resorting to that tactic. And I hope they never do.

•   While stadium stuff is on our mind, here’s this:

•   A move to suburban Arlington Heights feels inevitable. But I doesn’t mean I have to love it. Don’t get it twisted. My stance continues to be that I wish the Bears had a new state-of-the-art stadium. Something nice that was the envy of the other 31 teams in the league. A home-field advantage that is second to none in professional football. Something worthy of a charter franchise. However, putting it in soulless suburbia isn’t an idea I can fully get behind. Again, Soldier Field isn’t great. I don’t think there are many (any?) arguments to the contrary. It needs work. And fumbling its renovations in the early 2000s has ultimately put us where we are now. But … there has to be a middle ground somewhere. Right?

•   Moving from the building itself to what happens within its confines, I spy a member of the Bears on this list:

•   That Darnell Mooney is getting love in the graphic above suggests that his days as being underrated could be coming to an end in due time. Following a breakthrough 2021 season won’t be easy, but nothing worth it ever is. And with that in mind, I’m looking forward to seeing how Mooney elevates his game in 2022. I mean … why can’t he be the WR1 this team appears to be searching for this offseason?

•   Maybe that receiver is in the upcoming NFL Draft? There sure seems to be a lot to like:

•   Here’s a headline that I imagine will generate some unique conversation: “Terrell Owens makes case for Colin Kaepernick to join Fan Controlled Football” (PFT)

•   Remember that bonkers Stefon Diggs extension from earlier this week? Turns out that not only are the Bills retaining a stud receiver, ESPN’s Field Yates notes they’ll do so while creating $6.18 million in 2022 cap space. It is still wild to me that the Bills, who were appearing to be in a cap conundrum not that long ago, found a way to sign Von Miller, extend Stefon Diggs, match the Bears’ offer sheet for Ryan Bates, and end up under the cap by $2,300,713 (per OTC’s data). Sheesh.

•   The Rockies, who drafted Russell Wilson in 2010, finally were able to see it through with their pick:

•   This is the wholesome Dwayne Haskins content I needed today after his sudden and tragic death:

•   A bunch of your favorite Bulls are getting the night off as the regular season closes its doors:

•   Murph watch in Blackhawks land:

written by

Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

more bears news

Heads Up! Tyrique Stevenson is Poised For a Breakout

A tip of the cap to the Chicago Bears social media team, which is doing a heckuva job keeping fans engaged in what has turned into a fun offseason. Their latest Q&A endeavor asks Bears players who they would choose...

It’s Here And It’s Perfect: EA Sports College Football 25 Trailer Released

Today EA Sports released the trailer for College Football 25 and it's absolutely perfect. The graphics look amazing, Chris Fowler sets the stage, each team shown has its own unique entrance and tradition, and in just two short months it...

Around the NFL: Get Ready for a Hefty Serving of Aaron Rodgers, How Much Will it Cost to Watch Every NFL Game in 2024? More

The NFL schedule makers felt they were entitled to a re-do when it comes to cramming Aaron Rodgers down our throats, and they took full advantage of it. Plus, how much will it cost to watch every NFL game in...

Bears Defensive Coordinator Eric Washington to Attend NFL’s Coaching Accelerator Program

Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator Eric Washington will take part in the upcoming NFL Coach Accelerator Program that will take place at the league meetings taking place in Nashville next week. This isn't Washington's first rodeo, as the former Buffalo Bills...

HBD Coach Flus, Andy Dalton’s Side Hustle, College Football’s Big July Date, and Other Bears Bullets

It's a Friday. We finally made it. I can't believe I get to see your face. Making it to a warm-weather Friday in spring has me feeling better than I do on other days of the week. And it's got...

The Chicago Bears 2024 Schedule is HERE (Dates, Times, More)

Caleb Williams, DJ Moore, Cole Kmet, Rome Odunze, Kyler Gordon, and Teven Jenkins are among the Chicago Bears players who took starring roles in the team's 2024 schedule release video drop. Here it is in all of its glory: The...

Austin Booker is the Third Bears Draft Pick to Sign Their Rookie Deal

Another one is in the books for the Chicago Bears 2024 NFL Draft class as the team announced that Austin Booker has signed his rookie deal. This is what it looked like when Booker put pen to paper at Halas...

NFL Schedule-makers Gifted Caleb Williams and the Bears a Soft Landing

If Caleb Williams and the Chicago Bears get off to a good start this season, someone at Halas Hall should send a gift basket of Italian beef, tavern-style pizza, hot dogs, sport pepper Malört, and other Chicago delicacies to the...

My Favorite 2024 NFL Schedule Release Videos

Schedule release day in the NFL is one of my favorite non-game days of the year. NFL social media teams work hard to create entertaining videos revealing their teams' schedules for the upcoming season. Here are my favorite 2024 NFL...

Ope! The Bears Also Announced Their 2024 Preseason Schedule

ESPN's Monday Night Football team will call the first game of the Caleb Williams Era when the Chicago Bears play the Houston Texans in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. This will mark the first time the Hall of...

Latest News

How to Watch Twins vs. Guardians: Live Stream or on TV

On Saturday, Bailey Ober will start for the Minnesota Twins (24-20) against Logan Allen and the Cleveland Guardians (28-17), with first pitch scheduled for 6:10 PM ET at Progressive Field.If you're intending to watch this game, keep reading for TV...

Giants vs. Rockies: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

Kyle Harrison will take the ball for the San Francisco Giants (20-25) when they host starter Ty Blach and the Colorado Rockies (15-28) on Saturday, with first pitch at 4:05 PM ET.Keep reading to find out all the details on...

How to Watch Dodgers vs. Reds: Live Stream or on TV

The Los Angeles Dodgers (29-17), who will give the start to Walker Buehler, host the Cincinnati Reds (19-25) with Graham Ashcraft on the hill, Saturday at 9:10 PM ET.Keep reading to find out how to watch the Los Angeles-Cincinnati matchup...

Las Vegas Aces vs. Los Angeles Sparks: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

A game after putting up 30 points in an 89-80 win over the Mercury, A'ja Wilson leads the Las Vegas Aces (1-0) at home against the Los Angeles Sparks (0-1) on Saturday, May 18, 2024. The matchup begins at 3:00...

Aces vs Sparks Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – May 18

A game after scoring 30 points in an 89-80 win over the Mercury, A'ja Wilson leads the Las Vegas Aces (1-0) at home against the Los Angeles Sparks (0-1) on Saturday, May 18, 2024. The matchup airs at 3:00 PM...

How to Watch Diamondbacks vs. Tigers: Live Stream or on TV

On Saturday, Zac Gallen will start for the Arizona Diamondbacks (21-23) against Jack Flaherty and the Detroit Tigers (21-22), with first pitch scheduled for 8:10 PM ET at Chase Field.The article below will provide you with everything you need to...

Astros vs. Brewers: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

On Saturday at 7:10 PM ET, Kyle Tucker and the Houston Astros (20-25) take on William Contreras and the Milwaukee Brewers (26-18) at Minute Maid Park.If you're trying to watch this game, keep reading for TV and streaming options for...

Rangers vs. Angels: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

Jose Urena takes the ball for the Texas Rangers (23-23) when they host starter Patrick Sandoval and the Los Angeles Angels (17-28) at 7:15 PM ET on Saturday.Keep reading to see how to watch the Texas-Los Angeles matchup in the...

Red Sox vs. Cardinals: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

Kutter Crawford will take the ball for the Boston Red Sox (22-23) when they visit starting pitcher Miles Mikolas and the St. Louis Cardinals (19-25) on Saturday, with first pitch at 7:15 PM ET.Keep scrolling to find out all the...

New York Liberty vs. Indiana Fever: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

Breanna Stewart leads the New York Liberty (2-0) into a matchup against the Indiana Fever (0-2) after scoring 31 points in a 102-66 win over the Fever. The matchup is on Saturday, May 18, 2024, tipping at 1:00 PM ET...

more bears news