To Be American.

Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. – The United States Bill of Rights Part…

Winning Ugly

On a day when the football world was standing against a belligerent tyrant, the Bears stared down perhaps their greatest nemesis:  Themselves.  There are fewer teams in the NFL more prone to getting in their own way than the Chicago Bears, and recent history has painted an ugly portrait of a team that rarely plays…

A Mission of Mercy

SCENE:  In the Chicago Bears locker room, quiet hangs overhead as the roster is joined by John Fox and the coaching staff.  Ryan Pace emerges from a door labeled PERSONNEL, trailed by a cigarette-smoking man in a business suit, a gilded label upon his visitor’s badge that reads “BEARS FANBASE REPRESENTATIVE”.  FANBASE:  Let me have…

The Old Familiar Places

Mike Glennon is not a good quarterback, but at least he’s not Jay Cutler. Mike Glennon can’t extend plays with his legs, but at least he’s a nice guy. Mike Glennon can’t go through progressions with his targets, but at least he doesn’t have a punchy-face. Mike Glennon misses open receivers, but at least he…

The Process

Following the Bears, especially as an amateur enthusiast who lives vicariously through Twitter Journalism™, sports talk radio, team releases, press conferences, and beat writers, can be profoundly frustrating. This is not specifically to point fingers at Fox, Pace, or players – they were not hired for their warmth and transparency with the media.  Their hiring…

It’s just one game…right?

It was like something out of a bad dream. Under duress from the Broncos pass rush, new Bears quarterback Mike Glennon sailed a pass badly into triple coverage, resulting in the Soldier Field crowd groaning as they watched what feels like an all-too familiar sight:  The other team returning interceptions for touchdowns.  Isn’t that what…

Preseason? Preseason!

It’s that time of year again, folks! Prepare your bodies for the inevitable rush of feeling that comes along with every football season, as its once-gentle trickle back into our spheres of consciousness has been relegated to a modest flood of NFL overload, weeks before the season even formally begins. What with the juggernaut that…

Tastes & Samples: Neither Free

About this time ten years ago, I stood around a computer monitor with the other members of my then-band, looking at potential houses in the Los Angeles, CA area.  We were all drunk with confidence about our band’s future, knew that we were sure to make it, be huge, sign a deal, and tour in…

Returns in Red

Believe it or not, the Blackhawks are a frustrating team to root for, due to reasons acceptable, arguable, and stupid.  Then again, as many non-Chicago fans remind me with reckless abandon, the Blackhawks have been the class of the NHL since 2010 and the core of the roster has three Stanley Cup banners hanging in…

Shock & Aww: Trubisky ushers Bears into new era

Just as Cleveland fans were wiping their brows in relief that their beloved franchise safely selected Myles Garrett, Bears fans suddenly recoiled when news broke that they, not San Francisco, would be picking 2nd overall.  The shock was only bolstered when it was revealed the cost of moving from pick 3 to pick 2: Bears 2017…

Butt of the Joke

The other day, my morning began with the usual firing up of my computer, opening TweetDeck, and seeing what the world is up to.  Typically there is little new or exciting going on, but on that particular morning, I was treated to an extremely unusual sight:  A photo of a naked Jay Cutler staring out…