The Bears win over Minnesota Sunday was arguably their biggest victory since they knocked off the Saints in the NFC title game all the way back in January of 2007. That says more about Chicago’s lack of success since the Super Bowl run more than anything, but still it’s something positive. Coming into the Vikings contest the Bears had only beaten Detroit thanks to the weirdest of calls, a Packers team that beat itself, and bottom feeders like Dallas, Carolina, and Buffalo. No matter the records, topping Brett Favre and the Vikes is always a big deal.
In Sunday’s win, the Bears played their most complete game of the season. The defense was steady as usual, forcing multiple turnovers, the special teams were great with Mr. Hester acting, well…ridiculous, and the offense was better than it’s been. The line played well giving up only one sack. Mike Martz mixed in the run nicely and didn’t shy away from pounding it even when the yards were tough to come by. Jay Cutler threw his usual quota of horrific balls, but all in all played reasonably well.
Tonight the Bears will try to flex their muscles in Miami and try to build a half game lead atop the division.
Hanging Chads. The Dolphins are short-handed, or short-armed as it is, with quarterbacks one and two on the shelf. The Fins will go with Tyler Thigpen under center tonight while Chad Pennington and Chad Henne injured. Expect mucho Wildcato from Miami. The Bears are quick enough and smart enough on defense to shut that package down.
Run Jay run. Have you noticed how good Cuter’s been running the ball? He needs to do it more. perhaps even a designed bootleg or draw from time to time. If you don’t see anything Jay, take off. It’ll help cut down on some of the dopey picks we’ve seen as well.
How great is D.J. Moore? He is so fun to watch and so easy to root for. This guy has handled himself with such grace and class considering all of the off-field worries that he has to deal with, namely his mom’s fight against addiction.
Pisa Tinoisamoa is out tonight with a knee injury.
Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland served as a ball boy for the Bears from 1982 through 1987.
A perfect fit. The Bears remain undefeated when wearing their 1940s throwbacks this year. That’s fitting since the club won four NFL Championships during that decade.
For a change the Bulls started their circus trip off well, beating the Rockets by three in their first game of the long road swing. The second game was a case of running out of gas. Playing back-to-back nights, Chicago faltered in the third quarter, blowing a ten point halftime cushion and losing to the Eva Longoria-less Spurs by nine.
Derrick Rose scored a robust 33 points in the Houston win and again in the San Antonio loss. The point guard is playing as well as anyone in the league. Just imagine what he’ll be able to do when Carlos Boozer is ready and helps take some of the load off of him.
Rose is fourth in the NBA in scoring. Joakim Noah is second in rebounding and first in wondrous quotations.
Former Bull Ron Artest says he wants to play in the NFL after he retires from the Association. Considering the Bears wouldn’t even attempt to inquire about Randy Moss, I doubt he’ll land with the Bears. I wish he were on the Bulls.
Oliver, more please. DePaul opened the season in rousing fashion, obliterating Chi State and scoring the most points we’ve seen in these parts since the 90s. Coach Purnell’s crew followed that up with a bad loss in game two. It’s a work in progress, but the good vibes are there. I know it’s not a convenient trip (in other words- BUILD A NEW ARENA), but get out there Demons fans and support these players if you can.
The Natural. The Blackhawks game against Edmonton last night is the type of contest that could have the rest of the league saying “uh oh, they’re getting it together.” After a sluggish start to his season, Jonathan Toews registered a natural hat trick, Marty Turco notched his first shutout as a Hawk, and the champs drilled the Oilers 5-zip. Startin’ to come together, Pepper, startin’ to come together.
The White Sox are reportedly looking into making a play for Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui. MLB sources tell me however that Damon has not mentioned Chicago among possible destinations. At least not yet.
Congrats to Alexei Ramirez on his Silver Slugger and Mark Buehrle on his Gold Glove, an award Buehrle wrapped up on Opening Day.
Rumor has it the Cubs may play with the likes of the Yankees and make a serious push for Cliff Lee. Don’t hold your breath.
I told you last time about the Lingerie Football League and the suburb athletes that play real football. Well, guess who else likes it? Jerry Azumah. The former Bears standout was on hand for the Chicago Bliss game against San Diego. Find out how Danielle Moinet, Sarah “Swanny” Swanson, and the rest of the Chi Town beauties did Friday night on MTV2.
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.