'What year is it?' Behind the Dawson-Wood commercial

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'What year is it?' Behind the Dawson-Wood commercial

Chicago fans have been seeing the Kerry WoodAndre Dawson commercial for months, but now the State Farm spot is garnering national recognition during the MLB playoffs.

Mike Berardino wrote a column for the Sun Sentinel Sunday on the ad spot and talked to Dawson, who is currently working as a special assistant with the Marlins (ht HardballTalk)

"It's been off the charts," Dawson said of the reaction. "Everywhere I go, people are saying, 'Hey, I saw the commercial. Good job.' Now I've got more friends than I can imagine."

Berardino also goes into detail on how the commercial came to fruition, which is very interesting. The State Farm spot was actually filmed at Wrigley Field and just used some extra ivy to cover up that door in right-center.

It's a great commercial (with the exception of the creepy guy pushing the wheelbarrow in the background. Seriously, why is his hat so low?). Just like there are people living in the scoreboard, there really is stuff in the ivy. Check it out in the Making Of video:

Genius.

Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

In terms of overall satisfaction for a fanbase in total, it'd be hard for any team could beat the Cubs' faithful right now.

Ending a 108-year drought will make even the most pessimistic of fans ecstatic.

So it's no surprise Wrigley Field would be considered one of the happiest places on Earth.

To counteract "Blue Monday," CNN discussed 15 of the world's happiest places and Wrigley was included.

But the kicker is — CNN doesn't even mention the World Series championship.

Here's the rationale:


"Wrigley Field, on a warm summer night when the breeze off Lake Michigan makes the flags flutter and your cheeks flush with relief from the damp heat.

"No matter where you sit, you are close to the field, which makes you feel both the intimacy of the game and the immensity of it.

"The players, standing just feet away from you, feel like giants. And the vendors in the stands hawking hot dogs and beers and Italian ice really are a study in that particular species of Chicago native."


Don't know many people who would argue with that.

The only other American location on the list was Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Other worldwide locations include Bangkok, Japan, New Zealand and Copenhagen.

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Bears Pro Bowl running back Jordan Howard will have a new positional coach in 2017.

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Bears are expected to hire former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins as their running backs coach.

Before joining the 49ers in 2016, Modkins served as the Detroit Lions running backs coach from 2013-15. Modkins broke into the NFL as a running backs coach with Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. After serving one year in Kansas City, Modkins left for the same job with the Arizona Cardinals in 2009. The following season Modkins took a promotion with the Buffalo Bills, becoming the team's offensive coordinator from 2010-12.

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Modkins will be reunited in Chicago with reported new Bears offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn. The duo worked together for three seasons with the Lions from 2013-15.

The Bears were in need of a new running backs coach after Stan Drayton departed to take an associate head coaching job under Tom Herman at the University of Texas.