Chicago Inside Slant for Breaking Sports
November 14, 2016 View email in browser

Arrrrrr!

We missed out on “Talk like a Pirate” day in September, and yesterday’s Bears pummeling by the Buccaneers provided little to smile about … Fire in the hole! Steve Rosenbloom writes that Jay Cutler needs to walk the plank. Like now. The failure of this Bears organization starts and ends with the quarterback position – the player has failed, the coaching has failed, the GM has failed. Sloppy play in the 36-10 loss has the Bears marooned at 2-7: “Anybody who plays football knows that if you turn the ball over you can’t win,” Alshon Jeffery said. “If you turn the ball over (five) times, the other team is supposed to win. That’s easy.” Aye, David Haugh and Brad Biggs would agree with that assessment. Former matey Chris Conte had a lot of (expletives) to say postgame after returning a Cutler INT for a TD. Yo-ho-ho. And pass the bottle of rum, Jeffery has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

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How did he do that?

And by that, we mean scoring a goal while airborne. And by he, we mean Patrick Kane in last night’s Blackhawks win: “It was pretty cool.” Also, stick tap to Hall of Famer Bob Verdi.

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Road trip

Packing for two weeks? “I dread it every single year — you really never can prepare for it,” Taj Gibson sad. Hope you remembered socks. The Bulls will be on the road until Nov. 30.

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Award season

Get your speeches ready. Kris Bryant (MVP, Thu.), Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester (Cy Young, Wed.) and Joe Maddon (Manager, Tue.) all have solid shots at winning top NL honors.

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B1G surprises

You wanted chaos? You got chaos. Look no further than the Big Ten East. But there’s still no question who is No. 1 in the Big Ten for Teddy Greenstein (no your guys, Jim Harbaugh).

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