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WILL BEARS ROAR AFTER BYE WEEK OR SAY BYE BYE TO SEASON?

Posted By Kevin Scholla On Nov 7 2010 @ 5:08 am In Chicago Bears | 1 Comment

The Bears had an entire two weeks to think about their back-to-back stinging losses to Washington and Seattle.  Today, they’ll take on the winless Bills in Canada with the season pretty much on the line.  Chicago can not afford to lose to Buffalo if they want a realistic shot at the postseason.  It will be interesting to see what kind of a Bills team shows up.  The club has played better the past couple of weeks and seem to be on the verge of a victory.  The Bears will be better off if Buffalo is feeling down from the tight defeats instead of inspired that they may be on the cusp of a win.  

As expected the Bears did not try to acquire Randy Moss after the future Hall of Famer was waived by Minnesota.  The good news is Lovie and the gang won’t have to face Moss now.  If you remember how he and Cris Carter used to torch Chicago defensive backs, as a members of the Vikes, you know what I mean.  Any time Minny needed a third down conversion, it seemed Moss or Carter was wide open.  So no Moss against the Bears is good.  No Moss on the Bears is not so good.  Why didn’t a team that hasn’t had a big time receiver in…well, ever…take a stab at a big play guy like Moss?  Jerry Angelo chalked it up to not wanting to bring in a player this late in the season.  Many writers threw around the ‘trouble maker’ label.  Please!  If by trouble maker, you mean guys who can change ball games in seconds then the Bears need plenty of more trouble makers stat! 

Thanks for nothing, Jets.  With the Bears on their bye week things looked promising for them to gain ground without playing.  Minnesota took on New England while Green Bay headed to New York.  The Pats came through, but the Jets laid an egg.  A goose egg to be precise.  The Packers shut out Gang Green 9-zip dropping the Bears into second place.   

The Blackhawks knocked off Dustin Byfuglien and the Thrashers last night in a wild one.  Hawks prevaiedl in a shootout.  Big Buff tallied an assist and finished at minus two.     

Carlos Boozer’s cast is off.  The Bulls have gotten off to a sluggish start without him.  They looked good in two games after an opening night loss at Kevin Durant’s house, but after the two victories, losses to the Knicks and Celtics have Chicago under .500 early on.  Tim Thibodeau’s decision to keep Derrick Rose on the bench late in the 4th quarter of the New York game was curious at best.  This isn’t a time to show you’re “in charge” just because no one other than basketball junkies has ever heard of you.  This is a time to have the Bulls young core play together as much as possible.  Lucky for the Bulls, their division doesn’t appear to be too strong, so the slow start may not bite them as much as it may have in previous seasons.  It would bode well for the team to grab a few wins soon before the dreaded circus trip later this month.  

Northwestern blew an early big lead and lost to Penn State in Happy Valley yesterday.  The win was number 400 for Joe Paterno.  Congratulations to Joe PA, a true sports icon. 

Michigan and Illinois played one for the ages yesterday.  The Wolverines pulled out the scoring fest 67-65 despite giving up the most points in school history.  The contest set all sorts of other records as well.  It was the highest scoring football game ever in the Big Ten.  The teams also combined for more points in this one than in each of their last three meetings on the basketball court!  In the end though, it amounts to just another Illini loss. 

Baseball season is officially over with the surprising San Francisco Giants hoisting the World Series trophy.  Now it’s time for the Cubs and White Sox to get to work on improving their respective clubs for 2011.  I will say this before we head into hot stove territory: I have no problem with third jerseys.  Wearing a solid color is fine.  However, if one team is wearing a solid jersey the other team should wear white or gray.  When both wear a color it looks like a beer league softball game.

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