Chicago Inside Slant for Breaking Sports
December 2, 2016 View email in browser

Order’s up

You know you are having a bad season when the only way to win is to lose. If you’re just joining us, Brad Biggs is referring to the 2016 Chicago Bears. Fans may want to team to lose out for a better draft pick, but that’s not the way coaches and players are wired. “It’s embarrassing when you get a top-five pick,” Pernell McPhee said. “That lets you know how (crappy) you are.” Sunday’s game at Soldier Field will feature teams with a combined win total of three games: the 2-9 Bears vs. the 1-10 49ers (noon, FOX). If the action on the field isn’t piquing your interest, may we suggest looking at the cleats of Sam Acho and Jordan Howard. It’s part of the #MyCauseMyCleats campaign and good job, NFL. Matt Barkley will make his second start at QB; “He’s a very poised kid. Nothing rattled him,” OC Dowell Loggains said of the 26-year-old. He’s the quarterback of the immediate future, because planning is hard. And, because Jay Cutler is out for the season. Get our your 2017 calendar and circle these important Cutler dates. Not included: April 29, his birthday. Send him a card, won’t you?

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BFFs

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are good friends. But Wade still likes playing against his old teammate, saying “I just enjoy it more. Simple as that.” Tune in (7 p.m., CSN/ESPN).

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Happy anniversary

The Cubs won the World Series exactly one month ago (really!). That’s perfect timing, because LeBron James will wear a Cubs uniform tonight to pay off his bet to Dwyane Wade.

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Best fans in baseball?

The St. Louis Cardinals love the Cubs. Why else, writes Steve Rosenbloom, would they offer ticket packages promoting the champs? Or, just call it the Jon Jay effect.

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Thanks dude

Have no fear, Marian Hossa is here. His 12th goal of the season won it for the Blackhawks in OT last night. And with Jonathan Toews still out, here’s a video of him schooling a rookie.

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Award show

The Tribune’s Silver Football predates the Heisman Trophy by 11 years. The finalists for the Big Ten’s best player: Saquon Barkley, J.T. Barrett, Jabrill Peppers and Curtis Samuel.

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