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November 11, 2016 View email in browser
 

QB of future?

Out with the Jay Cutler, in with the (insert name of one of the quarterbacks pictured above)? The last time the Bears drafted a quarterback in the first round was Rex Grossman in 2003. So why not take a chance on North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson or these five other players? With no more Cubs baseball to distract us, it’s time to start paying attention to the Bears. Sorry, those are the rules. So here’s how they can beat the Buccaneers and 2015 No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston on Sunday (noon, FOX). Step one: Don’t to the #MannequinChallenge on the field. Step two: Read up on the extraordinary odyssey of Bears safety Harold Jones-Quartey. And step three: Follow Kyle Long’s advice.

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ALL of the trophies

Anthony Rizzo and Jake Arrieta, Silver Sluggers. What about one next year for Jason Heyward? “No doubt” he’ll fix things, per Theo Epstein. But what does that mean for Jorge Soler?

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Victory lap

The Cubs story was ready to be told, Bernie Lincicome writes, but it can be told only once. Like wedding dresses, ear swabs and coffins, this is a single-use item. So enjoy the tour.

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Touch ’em all

It might be easier to list the positions the White Sox won’t address in the offseason, because the list is getting long. And if Hawk Harrelson needs a day off, we know a guy. Or a kid.

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‘It was weird’

That was Dwyane Wade’s summary of last night’s Bulls win in Miami, where he played for 13 seasons. Wade iced the Heat (get it?) with 2 FTs late. Also weird, Bulls’ effort on defense.

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Coincidence?

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have played on the same line the last seven games. The Hawks have won seven straight. Just sayin’ … Tonight: Home vs. Capitals (7:30 p.m., CSN).

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Go time

For Illinois, it’s on Malcolm Hill. At Northwestern, it’s Vic Law. Over at Notre Dame, V.J. Beachem. It’s college basketball season, y’all. Let’s hoop.

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