Fourth-and-one 'go' was the right call

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Fourth-and-one 'go' was the right call

Would you have taken the three points or called Michael Bushs number for that half-yard at the Seattle 15 in the second quarter of the Bears 20-17 overtime loss to the Seahawks?

Lovie Smith himself argued both sides of the decision after the game, that his head-coach call really hurt his team but later that hed probably go for it again.

If youre already a Lovie-hater, he was an idiot. If youre not, and judging from the stadium reaction when it was evident that the Bears were going to go for it, the go call would have been widely seconded, then it made sense.

Its actually why the Bears spent a lot of money for Bush. And fold these elements into the discussion:

Smith and the Bears had a chance to sustain a drive that was on the way to a second touchdown and 14-0 lead. The offense had a dagger in its hand;

The Bears had called six running plays previously on that possession. After a no-gain by Matt Forte, the next five all had produced positive yardage;

In Bush, the Bears have a back that had converted seven of nine third-and-ones this season, and four of whose five rushing touchdowns have been for one yard. Put another way, this someone whose specialty is getting a single yard when opponents are most ramped up not to let him get one.

In addition, Smith likely factored in the fact that even not picking up the first down was to give Seattle the football at its own 15. He was putting the situation in the hands of both his offense and defense.

Pick a gaffe, any gaffe

How many plays cost the Bears that game? How about any of these:

- Major Wright not intercepting the deep throw to Sidney Rice just after the two-minute warning;

- Earl Bennett getting turned around and bobbling away what would have been a 62-yard touchdown pass in the first half;

- The 11-yard Russell Wilson completion on third-and-14, which was followed by a seven-yard completion on fourth down and a 27-yard throw to Sidney Rice the play before the go-ahead touchdown.

- (your choice here).

Sick bay: some potential lost time

As devastating as the sick bay looked after last weeks win over Minnesota, the losses against Seattle may prove every bit as serious.

All but receiver Devin Hester (concussion) and guards Lance Louis (knee, IR) and Chris Spencer (knee) were able to play against the Seahawks.

But receiver Earl Bennett went out Sunday with a concussion, and Hester and Jay Cutler were held out of the next game with their head injuries.

Cornerback Tim Jennings did not get up after a monumental collision with 240-pound fullback Michael Robinson in overtime. He will have an MRI exam on Monday but even a bruised shoulder typically will cost him no less than a game.

Brian Urlacher was sidelined a couple plays after Jennings when he felt a hamstring problem. Exact severity also will not be apparent until further evaluation.

Safety Chris Conte had to leave the game due to illness in the first quarter but is unlikely to be at risk of lost playing time next Sunday in Minnesota.

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

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