Chicago Inside Slant for Breaking Sports
November 28, 2016 View email in browser

Jaw dropping

The Bears wide receivers owe Matt Barkley an apology. Or a pizza. Or a hug. Because the quarterback, in his first NFL start, deserved better than 10 dropped passes in Sunday’s 27-21 loss to a very beatable Titans team. Barkley was 18 of 33 in the fourth quarter for 210 yards – imagine those numbers without the stone hands, writes Brad Biggs. Josh Bellamy was wide open in the end zone on first-and-goal with 47 seconds left. Nope. Deonte Thompson had a shot in the back of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown on the final play of the game. Nope. Marquess Wilson: “As a receiving corps, we’re all upset. Because it was in our hands. And we didn’t answer the call. That’s on us.” Good news (sorta?) for the 2-9 Bears: Not many people saw the failed comeback attempt in person. The Bears will have a losing record for the third straight season and put their 15th player – Danny Trevathan – on the IR. Five games to go (not that we’re counting). Gonna be a long December.

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Circus report, part 1

The Bulls finished their circus trip 4-2 – just the 3rd winning mark on the (not annual anymore) trip since the ‘97-98 season. Good feelings all around, from Rajon Rondo to Nikola Mirotic.

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Circus report, part 2

The Hawks went 3-3-1 to avoid a first losing circus adventure since the ‘06-07 season. Brian Campbell on the road trip: “Average.” Jonathan Toews probably has a different word.

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B1G headache

If Penn State wins the Big Ten championship game … it’s chaos. And there aren’t enough Advils in the world to deal with that headache, writes Teddy Greenstein.

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‘I’ll be back’

That’s what Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly said after speculation he might look for a new job. He’s clearly a big Terminator fan. The Irish finished their “nightmare” season 4-8 after a loss to USC.

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