Bears can't be fooled by good ole Mr. Wilson


Bears can't be fooled by good ole Mr. Wilson

By anyones standards, Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson is having an overall successful season.

Wilson is coming off his best performance of the season against the Dolphins where he finished 21-27 for 227 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

There was one span during the game where Wilson completed 16 consecutive passes. It was one completion shy of the Seahawks' team record set by Warren Moon against the Oakland Raiders in 1998, but it is an NFL record for a rookie.

According to head coach Pete Carroll, Wilson seems to accomplish a lot of firsts almost weekly during his rookie season.

Wilsons early season struggles have been on the road where all of his interceptions (8) have been thrown. It is also where the Seahawks' record has suffered with all five losses coming on the road.

Now, Carroll and the Seahawks are hoping Wilson can build from last weeks performance when facing the Bears.

It was a good performance for him," Carroll said. "First off, take away a couple of throw-a-ways and he was almost perfect for the day against the Dolphinsand it wasnt all just on rhythm stuff. He had to move to get his spacing and he did a fantastic job of using everybody. He used the running backs really well. He just moved very effectively and ran for 38 yards in the game as well.

Carroll is encouraged by Wilsons recent play, which he credits him with "now being comfortable with the rhythm of what were doing and what were asking him to do. Hes put together three straight games of a QB rating of 125-plus and thats the first time anybody has ever done that. He continues to do first time things in almost a spectacular way that we are really excited about.

Despite his quarterback faces early struggles on the road, Carroll doesn't believe the issues were a result of Wilson's play.

I dont have any problem on the road, but we, I would say, were not playing that well on the road around Wilson," Carrol said. "I think he just continues to grow and I do not know how long he can keep this pace up, but hes going to go for it here again against Chicago and they are going to make it hard on him for sure.

Lets hope the Bears' defense doesnt take Wilson lightly like they did San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Morning Update: Bulls prep for Game 4; Cubs won; Sox lost


Morning Update: Bulls prep for Game 4; Cubs won; Sox lost

Here are some of Saturday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Five Things to Watch: Bulls battle Celtics in Game 4 today on CSN

Preview: Cubs look to sweep Reds on CSN

White Sox scoreless streak hits 23 innings in loss to Indians

No clear options for Fred Hoiberg at point guard

Two days later, Blackhawks still stunned, 'embarrassed' by quick exit

Cubs offense explodes with three home runs in victory over Reds

Stan Bowman 'completely, completely disappointed' with Blackhawks

White Sox prospect Carson Fulmer: 'Our time is coming soon'

Still in mourning, Isaiah Thomas dictates pace, delivers for Celtics

Jacob May gets 'Harambe' off his back with first career hit

Jacob May gets 'Harambe' off his back with first career hit

Jacob May gets 'Harambe' off his back with first career hit

Jacob May earned his first career hit on Saturday night when he singled up in the middle against Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, ending an 0-for-26 start to his major league career. That lengthy stretch without a hit put a weight on May's back heavier than a monkey, as the cliché usually goes.

Instead, that weight felt like America's favorite deceased silverback gorilla. 

"It was kind of like having Harambe on my back," May, a Cincinnati native, said. "I was in a chokehold because I couldn't breathe as well. Now that he's gone, hopefully I can have a lot of success and help this team win.

In all seriousness, May felt an extraordinary relief when he reached first base. He said first base coach Daryl Boston looked at him and said, "Finally," when he reached first base, and when he got back to the dugout, he was mobbed by his teammates and hugged by manager Rick Renteria.

Before anyone could congratulate him in the dugout, though, May let out a cathartic scream into his helmet.

"I was just like oh, man, I let loose a little bit," May said. "This locker room, every'one has kind of helped me out and brought me aside, and told me to just relax. It's a tough situation when you are trying to impress instead of going out there and having fun. Just kind of got to release all that tension built up."

May only had the opportunity to hit because left fielder Melky Cabrera injured his left wrist in the top of the seventh inning (X-Rays came back negative and Cabrera said he should be able to play Sunday). May didn't have much time to think about having to pinch hit for Cabrera, who was due to lead off the bottom of the seventh, which Renteria figured worked in his favor.

"When we hit for Melky, I was talking to (bench coach Joe McEwing), I said, 'He's not going to have anytime to think about it. He's going to get into the box and keep it probably as simple as possible,'" Renteria said. "I don't think he even had enough time to put his guard on his shin. He just got a pitch out over the middle of the plate and stayed within himself and just drove it up the middle, which was nice to see. Obviously very excited for him."

When May reached first base, he received a standing ovation from the crowd at Guaranteed Rate Field, too, even with the White Sox well on their way to a 7-0 loss to the Indians. It's a moment May certainly won't forget anytime soon, especially now that he got Harambe off his back.

"I kind of soaked it all in," May said. "It was probably one of the most surreal, best experiences of my life."