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Cubs will be there for Ozzies return

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Cubs will be there for Ozzies return

It has been remarkably quiet around the Cubs, a distraction-free zone where the focus is on baseball.

That will change in one week, when Ozzie Guillen returns from a five-game suspension to manage the Miami Marlins at their new ballpark in Little Havana.

The Cubs will be in the other dugout on April 17, beginning a three-game series that already had plenty of Chicago storylines between Guillen, Carlos Zambrano and Mark Buehrle. Its now a political flashpoint.

Guillen apologized on Tuesday for comments in TIME magazine that were sympathetic to Fidel Castro and offensive to the citys Cuban community.

At a Miami press conference that was carried live on national television and drew protestors outside the stadium Guillen said his words were essentially lost in translation.

The magazine quotes Guillen as saying he respects the Cuban dictator because a lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that (expletive) is still here.

Chicago reporters are used to Guillens entertaining stream of consciousness, how the former White Sox manager would wander into areas outside of baseball and have everyone laughing.

Today, managers are the faces of the narrative, meeting with the media before and after almost every game. Guillen and first-year Cubs manager Dale Sveum are from the same generation as players. The White Sox even acquired Sveum when Guillen was injured in 1992. Their personalities are polar opposites.

You just hope youre never in that seat, Sveum said. Hes in a difficult situation right now. Its unfortunate for him and the city of Miami. Its just one of those incidents you wish you could have back. But its not going to go away.

The coolest Bear arrival in Bourbonnais was.... the punter?

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The coolest Bear arrival in Bourbonnais was.... the punter?

Today is basically a national holiday for football fans around the globe. It’s a fresh start, a new beginning, the start of training camp and effectively the start of the 2017 football season.

Now the Bears pre-season doesn’t start until August 10th, and the regular season begins exactly a month after that as the Monsters of the Midway take on the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field .

But for fans who are in desperate need of some football injected into their lives, today will suffice.

The beginning of training camp means a many things for the players. It can be the difference in getting a job or not, impressing a coach or even feeding their family. Yet on a lighter note, day 1 provides a perfect opportunity for a first impression as players show up to camp in style and in… well you can decide.

In an homage to arguably the greatest Bear ever, just a day after his birthday, WR Josh Bellamy showed up in a #34 Bears Walter Payton jersey. You have to love that. Coincidentally he is pictured with a man who hopes to be the Bears next Sweetness, 2016 Bears Offensive MVP, Jordan Howard.

Next, with possibly the most style of any arrival in Bourbonnais today, we have 6’5” 220lb machine of a punter Pat O’Donnell and Bears K Connor Barth rolling up in a McLaren with the butterfly doors. I feel like it's safe to say the Bears have started the 2017 NFL campaign with the coolest  special teams showing across the league. That’s some major  #SpecialTeamsSwag

Rounding out the notable arrivals we have our most unique one to say the least. OL Eric Kush, who the medical community unanimously declared as allergic to sleeves, showed up on a tandem bike. With whom did he show up on this tandem bike you ask? Take a look below.

Bold move by Kush, but you’ve got to respect it, he's proabably the size of 2 average people anyways so it all works out.

If you’re itching for more Bears training camp storylines take a look here, and now that the season is underway start tuning in to our BearsTalk Podcast here to stay up to date on on everything blue and orange.  

Bear down Bears fans…. We’re almost there.

30 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

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30 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

School: Maine West

Head coach: Jason Kradman

Assistant Coaches: Steve Piha, Mike Smith, Russ Swenson, Dan Wilson, Mike O'Brill, Matt Boswell, Tony Manicke, Ryan Willett, Trent Greco, Rashad Daviston, Joe Duszynski

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (2-3 Central Suburban North Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th vs Streamwood

September 1st @ Larkin

September 8th vs Buffalo Grove

September 15th @ Wheeling

September 22nd @ Glenbrook North

September 29th vs Maine East

October 6th @ Vernon Hills

October 13th @ Highland Park

October 20th vs Deerfield

Biggest storyline: Can Maine West become playoff eligible in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior TE Matt Kentgen Senior DL Walter Hutt

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need to reload on both sides of the football with just 7 starters back (3 offense 4 defense) this fall. .

EDGY's Early Take: Maine West is looking to continue to take positive steps forward after just missing out on a five win season in 2016. Look for the Warriors to get the football into the hands of senior TE Matt Kentgen as much as possible and if the underclassmen can develop West could again challenge for a state playoff slot in 2017.