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October 31, 2016 View email in browser
 

Trick or treat

For the first time in history, the Cubs are still alive on Halloween. And you know what that means: Trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, before a costumed plane ride to Cleveland for Game 6 (and hopefully/possibly Game 7). Last night’s Game 5 win had a little bit of everything: a surprise bunt from Javy Baez, hits upon hits in the 4th inning and an 8-out save by Aroldis Chapman. Joe Maddon’s gamble paid off with Chapman, as did Jon Lester’s honesty. “Actually I told Boz (pitching coach Chris Bosio) after that sixth I had been kind of grinding for the last couple innings,” Lester said. “I couldn’t make mistakes.” Now, it’s up to Jake Arrieta to get to a Game 7 for Kyle Hendricks. And sorry kids, you don’t have to go home but you can’t watch the games at Wrigley Field.

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Boo!

Worst-scoring offense (Bears) vs. the stingiest defense (Vikings): Tonight on MNF (7:30 p.m., ESPN). If that isn’t scary enough, inside turmoil boils and QB talk bubbles.

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Monster day

Matt Forte dressed up as a fantasy football hero for Halloween, scoring 2 touchdowns. As for the NFL, they had their candy stolen (again) by World Series ratings.

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Costume party

The undefeated Bulls are playing … fast? Taj Gibson: “You see the pace of the game — we’re pushing it. We’re running.” Tonight: Robin vs. Brook Lopez (6:30 p.m., CSN).

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Better than candy corn

Jonathan Toews scored a goal. Finally. And the Hawks didn’t allow goal on the penalty kill. Finally. And Marian Hossa got his nose honked.

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