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Take another look at '12 Bears' schedule and the '85 Bears'

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Take another look at '12 Bears' schedule and the '85 Bears'

The remainder of the Bears schedule has presumably better teams than the first seven games. What that means well, it really doesnt mean anything. More perspective on that in a moment.

Coaches and players arent the least bit interested in discussing whether or not the Bears have played anybody i.e., good on the way to their way to the 6-1 start. Why should they be?

Using one prism for perspective, the Bears have beaten only one team currently above .500.

Using a different one the Lovie Smith glass-half-full model four of the seven teams the Bears have faced have been .500 or better: Indianapolis, Green Bay, Dallas and Detroit.

Dallas and Detroit are 3-4 right now but heres the catch: that includes the losses to the Bears. Meaning, part of the reason those two are sub-.500 is because they played and lost to the Bears.

I think you have to forget that winning record part, Smith said. Because we had a 1-5 Carolina team come in here and play pretty good football.

I think you look across the league, if youre a true pro you dont get into those things. To be truthful, I know who we play this week Tennessee. But beyond that and I know whos coming up. But the order, we cant look at that. We just know that this week going on the road in a tough environment we need to play better ball, which well do.

The 85 lesson

Smiths Bears have had to endure endless comparisons with the 1985 Bears anytime their defense is very good. So its only reasonable that the 85ers help this group out on schedule perspectives.

The Super Bowl XX winners had six games against teams with winning records in 1985: New England, Washington, San Francisco, Dallas, Miami and the Jets. They were 5-1 against those teams.

The 2012 Bears are on course to have seven games against teams with winning records, including one more with Green Bay.

While the angst is running amok in BearNation, and lest there be any idea of, Yeah, but those 85 guys at least crushed the mopes on their schedule.

The 85 team needed come-from-behind wins to escape with two wins over Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first five weeks of the season. Those would be the 2-14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jim McMahons legendary Thursday night rescue from a 17-9 third-quarter hole was against division rival Minnesota. The 7-9 Minnesota Vikings.

As they were on final approach to the Super Bowl, the week after losing in Miami on Monday night, the Bears were tied 3-3 at halftime, at home, with the Indianapolis Colts. The 5-11 Indianapolis Colts.

The 2012 Bears arent the 1985 Bears. For that matter, the 1986 Bears werent the 1985 Bears. Schedule analyses should wait until more of it has played out.

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.