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THE WINDY CITY WEEKLY: HOLD THE BRATS, BEARS WANT DOLPHIN STEAKS

Posted By Kevin Scholla On Nov 18 2010 @ 7:11 pm In Chicago | 1 Comment

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.    

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