Chicago Inside Slant for Breaking Sports


October 28, 2016 View email in browser

You look marvelous

Holy cow. Seventy-one years after last hosting a World Series, Wrigley Field returns to the national spotlight for Game 3 (7:08 p.m., FOX). The vibe? “Electric,” per Kris Bryant. “Insane,” per Anthony Rizzo. Fans lined up in the wee hours of the morning in the hopes the Cubs would release unsold tickets. Need two? That’ll cost you an average of $3,000 for Game 3 ($3,700 for Game 4 and climbing for a possible clinch in Game 5). Wow, people really want to hear Bill Murray sing the stretch and eat some Hot Doug’s. Also on the menu tonight: Wind. Hear that, starter Kyle Hendricks and likely pinch-hitter Kyle Schwarber? Fly the W. Let’s go.

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Non-Cubs item No. 1

We can all agree that the Bulls are going 82-0, right? Jimmy Butler had 24 points, Dwyane Wade had 22 as the Bulls won their opener. Wade: “It was like the perfect storm.”

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Non-Cubs item No. 2

Watch the Hawks before the Cubs and you’ll see Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane skating together vs. the Devils (6:30 p.m., WGN). Will that help the historically bad penalty kill?

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Non-Cubs item No. 3

Certain people might be “meh” about Jay Cutler’s return, but not Alshon Jeffery. “I am excited. Jay is my guy,” the receiver said. On defense, Tracy Porter is giving it a go, in spite of a bad knee.

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Non-Cubs item No. 4

Can Northwestern find road magic AGAIN? Who will start at quarterback for Illinois? What did the Wisconsin and Nebraska coaches have for breakfast? B1G picks, for you.

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