Word on the Street: Bears must-see TV?

Word on the Street: Bears must-see TV?

Monday, Nov. 29, 2010CSNChicago.com

Bears-Eagles highest rated game of season

The rest of the country appears to be catching on to what Chicago fans already know; The white-hot Bears, winners of four straight, are must-see TV. SBNation Philly reports that Sunday afternoon's Bears-Eagles game at Soldier Field was the highest-rated game of the NFL season thus far. (SBNation Philly)

Maine South to be stripped of 8A title?

The head of the Illinois High School Association backed off the possibility that Maine South would be stripped of their Class 8A state football championship title it won on Saturday night in light of alleged violations.

Maine South is accused of printing extra, fraudulent, sideline passes as well as engaging in vulgar taunting.

"Our rules are very clear about how many passes schools get and who is to get them," IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said. "We are taking this matter very seriously. We are concerned that they used fraudulent passes to gain a competitive advantage having extra coaches, extra spotters and extra people not available to other folks. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Bears getting no respect?

Despite an impressive statement win over the explosive Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon, NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan still believes the Bears will miss the playoffs. Kirwan listed his his six playoff contenders from each league, as well as one extra seventh team - the team he believes is most likely to break in if one of the top six teams fall. The Bears were listed as No. 7 in the NFC behind the Packers, Eagles, and even the 5-6 Rams.

"Too close to leave out of the picture, especially since they currently sit in the No. 2 spot. The Bears defense is excellent, but the offense is inconsistent. They are hot right now with four straight wins, but they still have three road games and their two home games are against the Patriots and Jets," said Kirwan of the Bears. (NFL.com)

Boozer practices, could play Wednesday

Bulls top free agent acquisition Carlos Boozer said that he felt "pretty good" after taking part in his first contact practice as a bull on Monday. He said it was too early to know whether or not he will be able to play on Wednesday when the Bulls take on the Magic at the United Center, but several people associated with the team are reportedly cautiously optimistic that it will happen.

"I felt I had a pretty good day of practice," Boozer said. "My hand felt pretty good. There were a couple times it got hit, which was good to see how that felt. It was a little sore. But overall, it was a good day." (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Soldier Field death ruled accident

The death of a 23-year-old Woodstock man who fell from a ledge at Soldier Field during Sunday's Bears-Eagles game has been ruled an accident by the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The autopsy of Stuart Haverty, who fell at about 4:55 p.m. and was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital about a half hour later, concluded that he died of multiple injuries sustained during the fall. (CSNChicago.com)
Bears-Patriots start time moved

The start of the Dec. 12th Bears-Patriots game at Soldier Field has been moved from the Noon time slot to a 3:15 p.m. start in wake of yet another impressive win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon - a game that had also been moved up to 3:15 the week earlier. (Bears Goggles On)

Fire to resume U.S. Open Cup at packed house in Cincinnati

Fire to resume U.S. Open Cup at packed house in Cincinnati

Since arriving this winter, Dax McCarty has been the one to raise the expectations for the Chicago Fire and continued to do so after the Fire beat Orlando.

He raised the question to himself if it was realistic for the Fire to win MLS Cup, the Supporters’ Shield and the U.S. Open Cup and he said “Why not?”

The Fire’s U.S. Open Cup hopes take center stage on Wednesday when the team plays at FC Cincinnati in the round of 16. The Fire beat Saint Louis FC in the team’s first match in the tournament and even though Cincinnati is another USL team like St. Louis, things should be different.

Cincinnati is trying to showcase itself as a future MLS market and had a crowd of 30,160 for the 1-0 win against the Columbus Crew last round, which was a record for a U.S. Open Cup match played before the final. Another big crowd is expected when the Fire come to Nippert Stadium.

While cities like St. Louis and San Diego have run into trouble getting stadium deals done, Cincinnati has only had positive momentum so far in the expansion process. For example, there’s a story from USSoccer.com saying Cincinnati is the capital of American soccer.

Cincinnati’s ambition is clear in the statement from team president and general manager Jeff Berding when it was announced that Wednesday’s match will be broadcast on national TV.

“We look forward to showing off our great city as the hottest new soccer market to the rest of country,” Berding said.

To add to the spectacle of the match, a local brewery from each city placed a bet on the match in the name of charity.

The Fire brought mostly a first choice lineup to Missouri in the win last round. Of the Fire’s most common starters, only Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Accam, Nemanja Nikolic and Joao Meira sat out.

This time around Accam and McCarty will be out with their national teams. Nikolic did travel this time around.

The two teams met in the preseason, with the Fire winning 3-2 back on Feb. 22.

Cincinnati features a pair of former Fire players in Austin Berry (2012 MLS Rookie of the Year) and Corben Bone. Cincinnati is 5-5-5 in the USL this season, but as coach Alan Koch said after the team beat Columbus, “The beauty of cup soccer is anything can happen in one game.”

Cubs will make statement with trip to Donald Trump's White House

Cubs will make statement with trip to Donald Trump's White House

WASHINGTON — Within a matter of days last November, the Cubs won a staggering World Series for the first time in 108 years and Donald Trump won a scathing election to become the 45th president.

Those two surreal worlds will collide again on Wednesday when a group of Cubs get a private White House tour that can be interpreted as a political statement, something larger than this four-game series against the Washington Nationals.

This comes less than six months after the Cubs enjoyed an East Room ceremony that became the final official event at Barack Obama’s White House, at a polarizing time when speculation centered on whether or not the Golden State Warriors would skip the traditional photo op with Trump, not wanting to make an implicit endorsement after winning another NBA title.

“You’d have to talk to the Warriors,” manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday. “To go tomorrow is out of respect to the Ricketts family and to the office and the building itself. Listen, I like the United States a lot. I like living here a lot. And I like everything that it represents a lot.

“So when you get a chance as a citizen to get to go to the White House, you go. I think you go. Whether you like the person that’s running the country or not — out of respect to the office itself — you go.

“I don’t agree with all the other banter that’s going on right now, because I have a different perspective.”

Chairman Tom Ricketts and his brother, Todd, a board member who withdrew his nomination to become Trump’s deputy commerce secretary, brought the World Series trophy to Capitol Hill on Tuesday and did a meet and greet with Illinois Congressional staffers at the Russell Senate Office Building.

Within the Ricketts family/Cubs board of directors, Pete is Nebraska’s Republican governor and Laura was a superdelegate and a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein is also active in Democratic circles.

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Maddon also plans to attend a luncheon on Wednesday with young Republicans organized by Congressman Lou Barletta, an old buddy from growing up in Hazleton, Penn., and an early Trump endorser.

“It’s not as ceremonial as the last one was, going there as the World Series champions,” Maddon said. “It’s more based on the Ricketts family relationship and the crowd that’s going to the White House.

“The Ricketts family’s been tied in there really well ... so wherever Mr. Ricketts would like me to go, I’m going to do (it). Mr. Ricketts and the Ricketts family has been good to all of us, so part of that is that.

“The other part is whenever you have a chance to go to the White House, I think it’s easy to say yes out of respect to the office and the building itself.”

Maddon didn’t know if meeting Trump would be on the itinerary and said he understood if some players passed on the invite.

“I don’t have any rules to begin with,” Maddon said. “I just want you to run hard to first base. As long as you run hard to first base, they can make up their own mind whether they want to go to the White House or not.

“Furthermore, not having to wear a suit, I think, is the best part of this whole trip, because, to me, to have to dress a certain way to impress somebody, my God, nobody would ever fail. So I’m all about all of the circumstances right now.”

Maddon didn’t sound at all concerned about the optics of visiting the White House at a time of travel bans, sub-40 percent approval ratings and investigations into the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia, or meeting with a president who compared Chicago to Afghanistan.

“I like living here a lot,” Maddon said. “I like this country a lot. And I would much prefer living here than some of the other places that adopt different methods of government.

“I think sometimes that gets confused when people want to take a stand and not really realizing actually what we have, which is a lot better than most every place else.”