Fresh Faces on the First Day, New Team Means New Bling, Radio Refresh, and Other Bears Bullets
Part of me wants to bake a cake. But another part of me thinks that would be wasteful because I would be the only one eating the cake. This is a conundrum I’ve been trying to figure out for a month. And yet, no resolution. What’s a guy to do?
- If you’d like to brush up on your Spanish (like me) and see the Bears arrive in style to the first day of the offseason program (me, again), then this tweet thread is for you:
- It’s always nice to see the gang back together.
- Rising second-year defensive end Dominique Robinson was definitely digging the vibes, telling Larry Mayer (via Chicago Bears): “It was fun walking in. I think somebody mentioned it’s (like) the first day of school. That’s kind of how I felt coming back and seeing everybody.” I already had a tepid relationship with school. But if it was snowing when I showed up to class, I’d probably spend my walk to and from class muttering under my breath and cursing the weather gods.
- Then again, I was always fond of seeing my friends for the first time after a break. And for these Bears, it isn’t just about seeing familiar faces. There are so many newbies in town. Since the Bears put a bow on the 2022 regular season back in January, they’ve added a stud receiver (DJ Moore), protection for QB Justin Fields (Nate Davis), a pair of starting linebackers (Tremaine Edmunds, T.J. Edwards), three starting-caliber players along the defensive line (DeMarcus Walker, Andrew Billings, Rasheem Green), depth at running back (D’Onta Foreman) and tight end (Robert Tonyan). Oh … and the franchise also hired a new team president/CEO (Kevin Warren) to lead the top of the organization. So much for “same old Bears” … am I right?
- This DJ Moore bling got me with my eyes wide open:
- New team, new bling., Makes sense to me.
- I’m obviously excited about the infusion of fresh blood in the locker room. But there is a part of me that wants to not so quietly admit that I’m almost as equally excited about the start of the Kevin Warren era. He has a lot on his plate upon arrival. The stadium stuff is at the top of the to-do list. But he’ll also need to find new revenue streams, create new relationships, mend some old fences, and avoid the missteps that Ted Phillips couldn’t. No pressure, new guy.
- If you can correctly guess the Bears schedule (who they’re playing and when), then you can win a chance at landing two tickets for every regular-season home and away game by successfully conquering the team’s schedule prediction challenge. In addition to games against divisional foes such as the Packers, Lions, and Vikings, Chicago’s football team squares off in home games against the Falcons, Panthers, Broncos, Raiders, and Cardinals. And if you’re looking for a road trip, then maybe showdowns versus the Chiefs, Chargers, Saints, Buccaneers, Commanders, and Browns are of interest to you.
- Ranking the Bears’ road trips destinations in order of which place I’d like to visit most: New Orleans, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Cleveland, Tampa, and Washington. I’m sure Cleveland not ranking dead last is a surprise, but the craft brew scene is absolutely delightful and is a needle-mover for me. The only thing keeping Tampa from the bottom is the potential of a Florida trip in the winter. Hopefully, the schedule-makers do right by us this year.
- When the Bears return to our airwaves, they’ll be on a new radio station. ESPN 1000 is taking over. And here is how the new radio home of the Bears will line up:
- Always nice to see SIU Carbondale products such as Silvy and Peggy get extra shine. If you’re ever looking for a third Saluki, y’all know where to find me!
- The NFL Draft is in 9 days:
- Catch up with the BN NFL Mock Draft here.
- I don’t know what the future holds for DeMar DeRozan, but I wouldn’t mind if his leadership hung around for another year:
- Patrick Wisdom was hitting. Hayden Wesneski was shoving. And the Cubs should be considering bringing up Matt Mervis to add some juice to this squad.
- Bring him home: