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FIFA Snubs Soldier Field, Minicamp Pics, Wild June, and Other Bears Bullets

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The NBA season is OVAH! And while I’m happy about my favorite player (Stephen Curry) celebrating with a fourth ring, I still hold out hope the Bulls have a run in them coming soon.

  • Soldier Field was a host site for the World Cup in 1994. Fast-forward 32 years, and 11 NFL stadiums will get to provide the turf for fútbol’s biggest stage. But Chicago’s stadium site will not be one of them this time:
  • So. Many. NFL. Stadiums. The homes of the Falcons (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), Patriots (Gillette Stadium), Cowboys (AT&T Stadium), Texans (NRG Stadium), Chiefs (Arrowhead Stadium), Rams/Chargers (SoFi Stadium), Dolphins (Hard Rock Stadium), Jets/Giants (MetLife Stadium), Eagles (Lincoln Financial Field), 49ers (Levi’s Stadium), and Seahawks (Lumen Field) will all host World Cup games. The fact Chicago isn’t a part of the action bums me the heck out. And I don’t even like soccer.

While I’ve been a seemingly lone voice against the Bears leaving Soldier Field, it is highly likely to happen now as the city is not budging when it comes to the organization’s needs/demands. Make no mistake about it, the Bears moving to Arlington Heights is not an inevitability. Chicago could stop the move. But right now, that’s simply not happening, and the team does not expect that to change.

  • None of that sounds good. And I think this situation will get messier between now and when the Bears move out of town. This is all setting up to be a throwback, Chicago-style battle. These never end with both sides looking good after haymakers are thrown and land in various different places. Then again, we had an idea it would go in that direction when Mayor Lori Lightfoot threw down the gauntlet in 2020.
  • Just something to keep in mind, especially since the Bears are probably hanging around Soldier Field until the cost of breaking their lease with the city slips. Remember, the Bears would have to pay Chicago $84 million if the team was to break the lease in 2026. It would cost considerably more to do so earlier.
  • On a lighter note, Cam Ellis (670 The Score) ranks the Bears’ “crises” that went down in June. I needed the chuckle. And if things that have happened in the last month have pushed you to feel strongly one way or another, you probably needed the laugh, too.
  • Wrapping up veteran minicamp with some flicks:
  • Bumping some minicamp thoughts from the last two days here and here.
  • I’m itching to get out there:
  • This man is *NOT* playing around:
  • Ugh, this stinks: ESPN’s Pete Thamel reports Boston College offensive lineman Christian Mahogany will miss the 2022 college football season due to a torn ACL injury. You never want to hear about a player suffering an injury while training in the offseason, and you especially don’t want to hear it when it is a college player entering a pivotal year. As Thamel notes, ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. had Mahogany as the No. 2 guard prospect for the 2023 draft. A strong year from Mahogany would’ve gone a long way toward certifying his status as a top OL prospect. And when you’re as blocking-starved as the Bears are, every bit of news like this matters to us. Here’s hoping for a swift and full recovery.
  • This is is worth keeping tabs on, as the sports-viewing market continues to evolve:
  • Rounding up some basketball rumors with Eli:
  • OPE!

Author: Luis Medina

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