Bears-Packers: And the winner is...

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Bears-Packers: And the winner is...

The season has wobbled off its CSNChicago.com gyro (thats a gyroscope, not a Greek sandwich) the past several weeks. Not surprising, since the Bears have lost their compass over that stretch and possibly their season. Maybe their coach.
 
It is unlikely to get better Sunday afternoon against the Green Bay Packers, based on current information and the CSNChicago.com crystal ball, which is getting a little foggy.
 
Before the season, here is how CSNChicago.com operatives saw the Bears and this game:
 
Green Bay Packers (2011: 15-1)    Sun., Dec. 16, noon
 
Analysis: The Bears will have won four straight and be playing with confidence and a need for payback. They will edge out the Packers for the NFC North title but Green Bay is not surrendering its crown willingly.
 
Result:    L    (10-4)
 
Well, the four straight was almost right, just not the won part. But this game could well be over within the first 15 minutes, definitely by halftime. The Bears are 1-6 over the past two seasons when trailing after one quarter (0-3 this year). That worsens to 1-10 over the past two seasons when trailing at halftime.
 
The last time the Bears faced the Packers they were outgained 87-0 in the first quarter based on yards lost on two sacks of Jay Cutler. They self-destructed to allow 10 points in the final 2 minutes of the first half, seven on a fake field goal and three on a field goal after a Cutler interception.
 
The Bears should still make the playoffs with a 10-6 record. This just wont be one of the 10.
 
Packers    24    Bears    16

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

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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."