MLB’s All-Star Game remains my favorite of the exhibitions featuring the stars of the major pro sports leagues in America. And a mic’d up Alek Manoah made a fan out of me (and probably others).
Thinking about Manoah last night had me re-visiting old episodes of Bears Mic’d Up. And this David Montgomery one hits home:
Montgomery’s I ain’t giving up on us should be a rallying cry for this year’s team. It just fits.
- Football is coming:
- A Bears-centric countdown: 8 days until the first open training camp practice at Halas Hall, 24 days until the preseason opener against the Chiefs, 41 days until rosters have to be cut to 53 players, 53 days until the regular-season opener versus the 49ers, and 60 days until the 203rd regular-season installment of Bears-Packers. Giddy up!
- The New York Giants are rolling out a throwback look for a few games this season. And they’ll debut the old school look for the first time in Week 4 against the Bears:
- What a beautiful and classic look for the Giants. And it makes me wonder if the Bears will rock with some throwbacks of their own. It’s only fitting … right? Of course, the issue here is that Chicago’s football team hasn’t changed its look much over the years. So, I’m not even sure the Bears need to go out of their way to rock throwbacks in this game. Maybe the Bears roll with these from the 2019 season? Or perhaps they’d re-visit this get-up:
- The Giants aren’t the only team that has introduced new uniforms in the wake of an NFL rules change that is allowing NFL teams to introduce a second helmet. And with it, different uniform looks. Hopefully, the Bears take advantage of the rule tweak and step their football fashion up a notch.
- Cool unis might move the Giants up my rankings of Bears 2022 road games, which are based on food, drinks, adult fun, storyline juiciness, and other factors.
- I didn’t realize it until now, but 6 of the top-10 fantasy tight ends will square off against the Bears in 2022:
- And in the cases of T.J. Hockenson and Irv Smith, they’ll get two cracks at the Bears. Suddenly, I find myself more thankful that the team addressed issues in pass coverage this offseason. Because while the Bears were good against tight ends last year (allowing just 6.95 fantasy points vs. opposing TEs, which was the sixth-lowest number), shoring up that secondary is never a bad idea.
- Roquan Smith is a good tackler. We knew that before I typed the preceding sentence. However, this puts it in perspective:
- Josh Schrock (NBC Sports Chicago) sees the Bears moving on from Eddie Goldman and Bilal Nichols as evidence that first-year Bears GM Ryan Poles made heady moves at the start of the Bears’ rebuild. Considering that a new scheme probably wasn’t right for either player, I feel like it’s a win-win on both ends of the equation. But the important takeaway here is that having the foresight to move on perhaps a year early instead of holding on until it’s too late is a delicate balance that is difficult to strike.
- Here’s how fast the NFL moves. Defensive tackle Goldman, 28, retired two weeks after signing with the Falcons. Nichols, who turns 26 in September, will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. One player is calling it a career, while the other has taken his talents to another squad. Both were integral members of the Bears’ stellar 2018 defense. As it stands, only Roquan Smith and Eddie Jackson remain as starters from that tip-top unit from four seasons ago. In other words, nine starters have since moved on from the group Chicago’s prior front office built. A reminder that roster churns never stop.
- Playing the waiting game in the Deshaun Watson saga:
- There is still time to participate in this poll:
- Getting to know the Cubs’ first-round pick:
- For more on the Cubs’ Day 3 draft picks, this post is for you.
- Zach LaVine has hops:
- More Blackhawks are making their way to Team USA hockey camp: