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Posted By Kevin Scholla On Nov 14 2010 @ 3:29 am In Chicago | No Comments

The Bears and Vikings collide at Soldier Field today.  Any get together between the Monsters of the Midway and the Purple People Eaters comes with plenty of anticipation, but this one has some particular juice to it.  The Bears have been so-so so far, but good enough to take over first place with a win.  Lovie Smith says his club has yet to peak, and if that is indeed the case, Chicago fans could be in store for something big.  Minnesota is 3-5 and with all of the drama between Favre and Childress and Harvin and everyone else perhaps they should be playing their games in Knots Landing rather than Minneapolis. 
Rarely do you see a game in the NFL at this point of the season in which the outcome will provide such a huge swing one way or another for a team.  The Bears however have a lot on the line.  A win would vault them to 6-3 and place them in a tie with Green Bay atop the NFC North, plus Chicago currently holds the tiebreaker.  A loss sends the Bears into second and gives the Vikes hope, plus the Chicago schedule is brutal the rest of the way.  After facing teams like Dallas, Carolina, Detroit, and Buffalo in the first half, Lovie and the gang will have to deal with the likes of New England, Philadelphia, and the Jets in the second half, not to mention a rematch with the Packers.
Look for field position to play a huge part in this game.  If the Bears can get the special teams cooking, Minnesota will have a tough time.  Get ready for an important day, Bears fans.  Is Chicago legit or is it time to quit?  We’ll know in a matter of hours.
The Bears will wear their throwback uniforms today against the Vikings.
The Bulls are a first place ball club.  After a choppy start to the season, Tom Thibodeau’s bunch has looked better of late posting huge home wins over Carmelo’s Nuggets, Golden State, and Washington.  The 5-3 mark and one game division lead gives Chicago at least a schmidge of breathing room heading into their annual circus trip.  When the long road swing ends things don’t get much easier.  After seven straight road games, the Bulls return home to face a very tough Orlando team, followed by a visit to Boston, before finally coming back to the Windy City for a two game home stand.  Not a bad start though for a team that has still yet to reap the rewards of Carlos Boozer.
Luol Deng had a career high 40 points in the Bulls victory over the Wizards.
United Center fans greeted former Bull Kirk Hinrich with a nice ovation.  Hinrich started for Washington and scored 8 points.
After losing to the Bulls, Denver also lost to the Pacers before posting a victory over the Lakers, handing Los Angeles their first loss of the season.  Something from this game has been bugging me to no end.  At the end of the game, Denver had it wrapped up, leading by 6.  As time expired, just for kicks one of the Nuggets took a jumper into his own basket. He got it off before the clock hit zero. The game ended.  That basket was not put up on the scoreboard. Shouldn’t that be two points for Los Angeles awarded to the closest Laker to the ball?  Just because the intent wasn’t there is irrelevant.  A basket is a basket.  It had no baring on the outcome, but it should have counted.  Shouldn’t it have?
College hoops is back. Illinois ripped SIU yesterday while Northwestern hammered Northern Illinois.  Today DePaul hosts Chicago State.  It’ll be the regular season debut for new Blue Demons coach Oliver Purnell.  DePaul lost an exhibition contest to Lewis heading into this one, leading many to think the worse. Not so fast.  Let’s see what the Demons have now that the games count.  Grabbing wins in these early contests is vital for DePaul however, because we all know how tough the Big East competition is  year in and year out.
The Blackhawks continue to slump, losing in a shootout to Nashville Saturday night. It’s still early.
Northwestern football notched a biggie Saturday upsetting Iowa.  All the news wasn’t good though with quarterback Dan Persa rupturing his Achilles tendon.  He’s done for the year.

Have you seen the Lingerie Football League?  Don’t let the name fool you.  This is real, hard-hitting, professional gridiron action, that just happens to be played by gorgeous women.  The league, sprung from the old Lingerie Bowl halftime show is in the midst of it’s second full season.  The Chicago Bliss is one of the best teams in the league, too.  They made it all the way to the title game last season and they’re rolling again with an undefeated mark.  If you haven’t seen these super athletes play yet, check it out.  MTV2 carries the games on Friday nights.

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