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November 29, 2016 View email in browser
 

Free refills too?

Hockey sticks make up the floor. And chairs. Frames around the TV. A wine rack. A hollowed out one lets you do “shots on goal” at the bar. Welcome to Blackhawks fan Kenn Shaw’s fan cave, a two-room house of hockey worship at his home in … Victoria, British Columbia. That’s Canada (north of the United States on your map). Shaw has never been to a game at the United Center, where the Blackhawks (sans Jonathan Toews) return tonight against the Panthers (7:30 p.m., CSN). “It’s so expensive to take a family to an NHL game,” Shaw said. “So we decided to bring the experience to us.” It’s been happy returns in the cave this season – at 14-6-3 (31 points), the Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference. Cheers.

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Really, really bad month

Your 2016 Bears: Where hope-filled moments continually morph into misery. Example 241: Danny Trevathan (ruptured patellar tendon) might not be ready for 2017 training camp.

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Safety dance

If Adrian Amos is the best the Bears can do at safety, Steve Rosenbloom writes, then they need a new GM and coach. Brad Biggs hands out his grades from the latest loss (it’s not all bad).

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Duh, we all predicted this

Warriors, Clippers and … the Bulls? All rank in the top 10 in offensive and defensive rating and that’s some good company. And that’s without Doug McDermott – but not for long.

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That is shocking

The Cubs were named organization of the year by Baseball America. Consider us shocked. But we are pleasantly surprised that Shake Shack is moving into Wrigleyville (in ’19).

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En fuego

That must have been some halftime speech from Chris Collins. Bryant McIntosh scored 19 of his game-high 23 in the 2nd half of NU’s 65-58 win. Tonight: Illinois vs. N.C. State.

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Man in the mirror

David Haugh writes that Brian Kelly’s hubris stands in the way of Notre Dame restoring its football program to exemplary status. Like this: This shouldn’t happen.

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