The Bears host Washington today trying to rebound after last week’s frustrating loss to the Seahawks. Two weeks ago, Chicago’s defense made Jimmy Clausen look like a Pop Warner player and the Bears overcame a horrible outing from Todd Collins to grab a win over winless Carolina. The winning did not continue however. Jay Cutler returned at quarterback but the Bears had no pop at all. No Lance Briggs on defense hurt, and other than more heroics from Devin Hester, the contest was in Seattle’s hands for most of the day. The worst part is the Bears may have been able to pull off a late victory if they had any timeouts left. All of the second half clock stoppages were used by the time Devin got ridiculous, so when the onside kick was recovered by the Seahawks the Bears had no way of getting the ball back.
The Bears were forced to finally run the ball in the Carolina game because Cutler was not on the field. It worked early and two big runs from Matt Forte held up. With Cutler back last week, Mike Martz went away from the run again. It will be interesting to see if Martz and Lovie Smith can dial up the right adjustments. A win today would be huge. 5-2 heading into the bye week and then a match-up with the lowly Bills is a lot better than 4-3 and having to sit around for two weeks licking your wounds.
Cut Todd Collins.
Former Bears signal caller Rex Grossman makes his return to Soldier Field today as the Redskins back-up. Barring an injury to Donovan McNabb it is very unlikely Rex will see any action. I hope that is the case. If Grossman does come in, I will have a hard time not rooting for him. I have never cheered against the Bears in my life and probably never will but the raw deal #8 got in the Windy City makes me wish him nothing but the best. It’s funny, but every time Cutler throws a pick or every time Kyle Orton or anyone else for that matter is intercepted, every excuse and reason in the book for the miscue is brought up. When Rex made a mistake however, it seemed he was vilified as if he did it on purpose. Grossman was always a friendly, hard working, stand-up guy. He did not deserve that kind of treatment. It seems if he cured cancer and AIDS there’d still be a reason brought up as to why he didn’t do it alone or the accomplishment happened despite him. The shame of it all is that the league bought into the fans and media bias. I hope Grossman gets another chance. A lot of teams could use 23 touchdown passes and 13 wins in a season.
After a slow start, the Blackhawks seemed to get on the right track, but now they’ve lost two straight. No worries. The returning stars need time to gel with the new guys. Everything should be in place for another run when the real season starts in the spring. My biggest concern is Marty Turco’s pads. They look like two big Fruit Roll-Ups on his legs. Perhaps less of a gaudy target for the opposition?
Jeremy Roenick has been inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Exactly where he belongs.
The Bulls open up the regular season Wednesday night at Oklahoma City. Fans are hoping for an exciting season. We probably won’t know the team’s true potential until the injured Carlos Boozer returns, but this is still a much anticipated tip off. The Bulls are really the only team that issued some strong words toward LeBron James after he snubbed Chitown and other NBA cities for South Beach. While other team leaders like Dwight Howard went out of their way to wish James well, Bulls stars like Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Boozer said BRING IT ON! I can’t wait for the running of the Bulls.
Mike Quade stays on as Cubs skipper. Pray for him.
No doubt Cody Ross deserved NLCS MVP honors but let’s hear it for former White Sox shortstop Juan Uribe who deserves the NLCS fielding award and the clutch hitter nod!
Not to squeeze my own juice box but I had Texas and San Francisco winning their respective divisions back in March and a Rangers-Giants World Series before the playoffs started. Check Facebook and Twitter records!
Please tune in Monday night to “It’s Your Call With Lynn Doyle”. I’m on the panel talking about sports greatest moments. The show is on RLTV nationally at 9:30 pm. You can also see the program on YouTube. Lots of Chicago topics come up on the show.
Watch out Northwestern! I think they’re going to fake the….ah, nevermind.
About the Author
Written by Kevin Scholla
Kevin Scholla is an American news and sports anchor/writer for CBS Radio. He has been a professional journalist for more than a decade. Scholla's other current projects include: Anchor/Host- LBL Radio. Announcer- Trenton Thunder Baseball (New York Yankees AA), Holy Family University Men's & Women's Basketball, Lincoln University Football. Host-"Delaware County's Most Wanted TV Show" on Comcast. TV/Radio Panelist-Fox News Channel, TCN, TBN, WBCB. Scholla's past projects include: Public Address Announcer- Villanova Men's Basketball, Philadelphia Wings Lacrosse, Penn Baseball, Sotball, Lacrosse, Sussex Skyhawks Professional Baseball Club, New York Majesty and Philadelphia Passion of the Lingerie Football League. Writer/Host- LBL 360 Radio. Play by Play-Centenary College Basketball, William Paterson University Football. Radio Analyst-Delaware State University Football. Press Secretary-Gubernatorial Race. Reporter/Anchor-Millennium Radio. News Director-Clear Channel. Reporter/Anchor-ABC Radio. Scholla interned at WFAN in New York City working alongside Don Imus and Chris Russo. Scholla's career highlights include reporting live from the NCAA Basketball Final Four, serving as courthouse reporter at the Jayson Williams trial, and interviewing three U.S. presidents and two U.S. vice presidents. Scholla was the only radio or television reporter to interview former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey on his first day out of office. On January 28, 2009, Scholla was the public address announcer for the Villanova vs. Pittsburgh game at the Wachovia Spectrum. It would be the final college basketball game ever played at the historic arena. Scholla wrote, produced, and acted in a public service announcement that was named the American Cancer Society Award Winner. Scholla has also compiled quite a resume outside of journalism. He coaches youth softball and baseball. He is a committee chairman for the Miss Illinois Scholarship Association. Scholla also works as a booster and consultant for DePaul University, the Montgomery Biscuits, the Tri-City Dust Devils, and the Helena Brewers. Scholla has been recognized for his volunteer work with various charities including VFW, ASPCA and the Philadelphia Zoo. Along with Shannon Elizabeth, Scholla supports Animal Avengers, a California-based pet rescue group. Scholla has worked for numerous political campaigns and twice won the nomination for township committee in Springfield Township, Union County, New Jersey. Scholla is a fan of the Bears, Bulls, White Sox, Blackhawks, and DePaul Basketball. Outside of Chicago, he also roots for the Mets and University of Florida Football.